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Wynton Marsalis, in his interview for the Ken Burns Book JAZZ, notes that Jazz, unlike classical music, has no child prodigies. The reason for this, according to Marsalis, is that Jazz is a music about the streets, a reaction to living through a sophisticated musical idiom, and cannot be understood or performed by a child without real-life experience. It is certainly true that the young musicians who play as part of the Jazz ensemble play for what they know of life and music as a theory. In Dana playing to a crowd of their peers, they seemed to have lived... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Center for Principled Problem Solving
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation retreat had as its stated goal teaching students about social entrepreneurship, giving them tools to improve and focus their creative ideas, and offering them a boost toward forming community and world changing groups and businesses. For The Principled Problem Solving Scholars, including myself, the sessions were rigorous, informative, and fun. A natural result of bringing together like-minded optimists is that many connections are made; social, ideological, and personal. One of my favorite events at the conference happened on the first night as part of a team building exercise. Gathered in groups in a cozy community... Continue reading
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