Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Fred Wesley plays the trombone. It’s not a sexy instrument. So it’s not the type of instrument you typically see a band leader holding.  But it’s a wild instrument. An audacious instrument. A who-even-came-up-with-the-idea-for-this instrument.  Like a fretless bass meets a trumpet.  It can just do things other brass instruments can’t do.  Which means there … Continue reading Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

It’s one episode in and I’m prone to hyperbole, but.  I found Merve Emre via her book The Personality Brokers back in 2018ish. This book helped me better understand the Meyers-Briggs personality test. Not my particular personality (INTJ, as discussed here, or anyone else’s for that matter), but - where the test came from, who … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Before you assume you’re right about anything, remember to ask this question.  From Will Storr (as told to David McRaney, as relayed to Bogumil Baranowski): Am I right about everything? The answer is, “No.” It’s not even hard to say. Try it (we'll say it together. 1, 2, 3 and) - "I am most certainly … Continue reading Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks

“OK, Boomer.” “OK, Zoomer.” “OK, _____” Want to forge stronger connections and build relationships outside of your age range? Do it the same way you do it within your own age range.  Start with something they care about.  It helps if you care about it too.  AKA be curious.  And skip over the boring stuff. … Continue reading Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks

Creativity And Surprise (Leonard Bernstein Edition)

This Leonard Bernstein quote won’t get out of my head, The truth is that all great composers free music - not from the bondage of other composers, but from routine, from mediocrity, from second-rate, dusty tradition; in other words, a great composer frees music from the predictable. On one level, it’s the idea that all … Continue reading Creativity And Surprise (Leonard Bernstein Edition)

What Will They Say When You Leave (Jurgen Klopp Edition)

Jurgen Klopp announced 2024 will be his last season as head coach of Liverpool FC. He’s brought the club league titles, championships, and a sense of identity that was sorely missing before he arrived in 2015. And despite the ache of seeing him go, the leadership lessons from his time are priceless.  The one I’m … Continue reading What Will They Say When You Leave (Jurgen Klopp Edition)

How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

When Steven Pressfield asked Robert McKee to write the foreword to The War of Art, he probably didn’t expect McKee to include a strong disagreement. You know, in the intro of HIS book. But McKee did it.  It makes McKee’s War of Art intro one of my favorite forewords ever, if not the gold standard … Continue reading How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

Sunday Music: Sampha’s “Lahai” And Tiny Desk Concert

My wife and I were catching up on the last month (or three’s) of Tiny Desk Concerts last weekend. Sampha’s came on. He’s been on my radar a long time but apart from his guest spots with Kendrick and a few tracks off the last album, I haven’t caught the same bug that’s caught so … Continue reading Sunday Music: Sampha’s “Lahai” And Tiny Desk Concert

Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart

David McRaney’s a household name around here. I’ve got several years worth of regular check-ins on his work if you're interested. But if you don’t know him, this is easily one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard him give.  Bogumil Baranowski had McRaney on the Talking Billions podcast - so of course the financial … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart