Manifesto? Shameless self-promotion? Or both?

I was sending an email to a friend, telling him about my Jogovision Song Contest project.  A few days after I had sent it, I reread what I had written and thought it sounded a bit like a manifesto!  It’s not just about me as a creative person, but the manner in which I likeContinue reading “Manifesto? Shameless self-promotion? Or both?”

Lessons for Young Designers (or any creative person)

10 lessons for young designers, from John C Jay, executive creative director for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy: 1. Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do. 2. Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefitContinue reading “Lessons for Young Designers (or any creative person)”

Happy Birthday, Carl Orff

Today is composer Carl Orff’s (1895-1982) birthday.  He is best remembered, at least to modern listeners, for the “O Fortuna” segment that opens and closes his cantata, Carmina Burana, which is one of my favorite choral pieces.  While “O Fortuna” is an amazing segment, it has become almost trite due to it use in countlessContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Carl Orff”

A popular and ignorant rumor

“This is the final demolition of this popular and ignorant rumor that the basis of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s music is electronics.  They make music the way people have made music since the world began.  First of all, they’re musicians.  They have an accurate ear for harmony.  They work very hard.  They have aContinue reading “A popular and ignorant rumor”