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Friday, March 28, 2014

New Record In The Works.

After listening to Seth Godin's "The Icarus Deception", I realize that I've left the industrialists dampen my passion a little lately. Recently, listening to "Change Me As We Go" sparked criticism. It wasn't good enough, mediocre at best, bla bla bla. Criticizing is easier than taking action, even if it is criticizing oneself.

I listened to my recordings again, re-read the lyrics to Perfect World, and realized I was wrong. There was room for improvement, but it was not a vain effort. There is a message, a connection. I can still feel it myself. It wasn't a bunch of words made to rhyme. A real situation, real emotions pushed me to write these words.

I decided I will record again this year. Watch out! Never mind the "it's not worth it". It is worth it. It is worth the satisfaction of hearing your art performed in the best way, and captured forever.



Perfect World lyrics:
I would like you to know how happy I am
But then I know you wouldn’t understand, oh

Everybody tries to make a perfect world
Everybody wants to give a perfect world to you
But every perfect world is different
And yours and mine just won’t coincide

And so we are, defending our utopia
Not going far against each other’s idea
I look at you, I love you
But I’m misunderstood and so alone

You’re still the same, should I feel ashamed?
Thought I had your word that said you would change?
You’ll never change for anyone,
Why do I keep holding on?

Nothing lasts forever
Though we were great together
There’s no point in crying over what could have been
Life was never “fair as it is”

Icarus and The Reinventors

Blurbs/Notes from listening to Icarus (Seth Godin) and The Reinventors (Jason Jennings).
These are not particularly organized. Will edit after I finish the books, due tomorrow.

In Icarus, Seth Godin suggests that all entrepreneurship should be viewed as art. 
- We grew up with beliefs of an industrial economy, but the new economy is about making a connection, making a difference, inspiring change. 
- Physical labour doesn't scale, but emotional labour does. 
- Applause is shortlived. A connection made with an audience will long outlast a standing ovation. Art that is not shared is not art. If you can't fail because you never put it out, because you never meant it to make a connection, it's not art and means nothing. 

In The Reinventors
- Every company has a culture. If the leaders don't work assiduously to create one, one will emerge by default. And it will be one where everyone's self-interest is put first. 
- Most company leaders admit losing 6-16% revenue due to their ego. Some estimate even up to 20%. This % is higher than the profit margin for the fortune 100.
- Staying relevant requires staying ahead of your customers' needs. If management is constantly putting out fires, there is no time/energy left for reinvention. Soon, you will be obsolete.
- An inventor is someone who doesn't take his/her education too seriously. Toyota invited Ford's top engineers to visit its new manufacturing plant. Too good to be true? The engineers thought the warehouse was too small, didn't see many spare parts lying around and thought it was all staged, not the real deal. It was in fact a lean manufacturing facility that propelled Toyota to #1 automaker, while Ford's market share fell from >90% to <40 div="" nbsp="">
- Letting go of invention killers must be a vital part of your culture. (same old

Guiding principles
- businesses exist to grow revenues and profits
- committed to keeping growing and rewarding talent
- grow by finding keeping and growing more.. .. .. customers
- this occurs as a result of staying ahead of customer's changing needs
- requires constant and radical reinvention

To embrace change, companies need to let go of:
- yesterday's breadwinners
- ego -> arrogance --> blindness, inability to recognize opportunity
- using conventional wisdom to predict likely future result
- entitlement/greed - when leaders treat the company like there own pocket, no place for - - reinvention, get defensive, claiming the others are naive.
- short-timers (someone planning on leaving but still on the job). leaders who are thinking about leaving the company have already left. they're stalling innovation. scant attention to detail.
- risk aversion. Coca-cola had the chance to buy Pepsi for $1000. Yahoo had the opportunity to buy Google for $5bn (10% of Yahoo's value) a decade ago.

Mauritian Independence Day

I've been asked to sing the National anthem a few times. Each time, I browsed YouTube to see what renditions are out there and couldn't find much. Told myself I should upload something but never got around to it. But this year I did! Published it right on time for March 12.

As a bonus, I also recorded quick acoustic renditions of Kaya's "Chante L'amour" and Cassiya's "Le Morne".






Sunday, March 9, 2014

Christina Grimmie

I've been following zeldaxlove64 since I saw her cover Rascal Flatts years ago. Some of my favourite covers by her are David Guetta's "Titanium" and Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away". But that was before her audition with the voice. She completely blew everyone away, even old fans like me. I do hope she wins. She's been working hard, is incredibly talented and is just so damn cool. Go team grimmie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuVKMUwgE8

Digraph

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting a colleague's two kids aged about 3 and 8. It's the first time in a long time I've been around young kids. So much energy!

When we got in, they asked "Do you know what's a digraph?"

To be honest, I had no idea. I like learning from smart kids. It's inspiring. They explained what digraphs are and gave us some examples. I hope they continue to learn so eagerly.

They spent the next hour or so showing me their drawings, baked art and books. We played a few games of miniature (baked) bowling before their daddy and I headed off to the studio for a super fun jam session.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Accents

Are some accents closer to the "correct" pronunciation/accent than others? Is a German accent in English easier to understand than a French one? Or an Indian one? Or Singlish?

I think the accents we are most used to are likely the ones we find easier to understand, but I'm not sure there is an overall "easier" accent to understand. I could be wrong. Thoughts?