Yes, yes, yes, it's time to get moving. There's content to write. Bills to pay. Children to feed. A house to clean. Laundry to do. A neighborhood event demanding an appearance. Errands to run. And those are just the mandatories. What about the disorganized basement? The unfertilized lawn? The messy desk? And yet... sometimes there's… Continue reading The Pause Button
Firing someone is a terrible but necessary rite of passage for every manager. I have two overly dramatic metaphors that have helped me describe it. In the fifth book of the Harry Potter series, Harry learns that what he originally thought were magically self-propelled carriages are actually pulled by mystical creatures known as Thestrals -- winged… Continue reading Seeing Thestrals, and the Bridge Test
Cross-posted from my other blog, Just Another Bass -- For this year's Tanglewood season, I am fortunate to be on the roster for the second residency, which includes our chorus's annual Prelude concert in Ozawa Hall. The set of a capella pieces we are singing are a fabulous assortment of sumptuous harmonies, consonant and dissonant, all dancing… Continue reading The Lotti Eight-Part Crucifixus
Even when one has a reputation as a pretty even-keeled fellow, it can be surprisingly easy to get angry at Internet rhetoric. How could they believe that? How could they even write that? In those situations it can be a struggle to find anything resembling joy. Worse, there's a false sense of joy in scratching that… Continue reading The Best Way to Respond — Don’t.
Seth Godin, brilliant as always, talked in his June 6th podcast about the process of moving his blog site from a "sharecropper" platform (where he was the product another site was selling) to one where he was the product. His content is written not to appear at the top of every Google search (what many know as… Continue reading Write Something Every Day