Today’s Quote by James Baldwin

Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know. ~ James A. Baldwin


Today’s Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Today’s Quote by poet Allen Tate

I have felt darkness lead me by the hand
Over the hill to greet the singing dawn….

Allen Tate

Laughing Song ~ Poem by William Blake

Laughing Song

by William Blake

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing “Ha, Ha, He!”

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread,
Come live & be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of “Ha, Ha, He!”

Today’s Quote by Willie Nelson

Today’s Quote by Willie Nelson on the present moment

I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you’ll always be happy, because it’s always in the now

Willie Nelson

Today’s Quote by Archibald MacLeish

Today’s Quote

There is no dusk to be, There is no dawn that was, Only there’s now, and now, And the wind in the grass. – Archibald MacLeish

Happy Thought – Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Thought

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.

Quote for Today – January 1, 2018

Today’s Quote

For all that has been, thank you. To all that shall be, Yes. ~ Dag Hammarskjold


25 Tips For Being Successful

I usually share an inspiring video in this space. Today, I share something a bit different. The following is a list of Thelonious Monk’s 25 tips for musicians. When I read the list by this great jazz pianist and composer, I discovered many of the tips can be applied to nearly everything I do.  In many ways, the tips seem like simple common sense; it is in their simplicity where the kernels of wisdom are found. Enjoy and apply.

Thelonious Monk’s 25 Tips for Musicians

Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to keep time.

Pat your foot and sing the melody in your head when you play.

Stop playing all that bullshit, those weird notes, play the melody!

Make the drummer sound good.

Discrimination is important.

You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?

All reet!

Always know

It must be always night, otherwise they wouldn’t need the lights.

Let’s lift the band stand!!

I want to avoid the hecklers.

Don’t play the piano part, I am playing that. Don’t listen to me, I am supposed to be accompanying you!

The inside of the tune (the bridge) is the part that makes the outside sound good.

Don’t play everything (or everytime); let some things go by. Some music just imagined.

What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.

A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.

Stay in shape! Sometimes a musician waits for a gig & when it comes, he’s out of shape & can’t make it.

When you are swinging, swing some more!

(What should we wear tonight?) Sharp as possible!

Always leave them wanting more.

Don’t sound anybody for a gig, just be on the scene.

Those pieces were written so as to have something to play & to get cats interested enough to come to rehearsal!

You’ve got it! If you don’t want to play, tell a joke or dance, but in any case, you got it! (to a drummer who didn’t want to solo).

Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along & do it. A genius is the one most like himself.

They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.