What’s the Best Album Cover in Music History?

What’s the Best Album Cover in Music History?

I’m voting for Thrust by Herbie Hancock. Simple, creative and a nice representation of his style. Herbie is flying over Machu Picchu in a spaceship, and the console of his machine is a keyboard. He gazes into the distance with a pensive look.

Artwork should be accessible to the masses. It should elevate the human spirit, providing a simple yet powerful message. It’s not about tricking the people with postmodern shapes. Rather, it’s about affirming a universal life essence. The album cover to Thrust meets that lofty requirement.

The music is wonderful also. Herbie was still firmly entrenched in his funk era. Some people prefer his jazz offerings, but the Major has always sided the more commercial side of Herbie Hancock.

Have a listen…and enjoy:

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Book Review: “The Art of Getting Money” by P.T. Barnum

Book Review: “The Art of Getting Money” by P.T. Barnum

P.T. Barnum is a popular name in American lore. But like so many historical figures, very little is known about him. The Art of Getting Money (1880) provides a nice glimpse into the man. It’s filled with philosophical quips and general advice – I highly recommend it.

Some of my favorite lines were the following.

“Young men starting in life should avoid running into debt. There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt. It is a slavish position to get ill…Debt robs a man of his self-respect, and makes him almost despise himself.” 

“The safest plan, and the one most sure of success for the young man starting in life, is to select the vocation which is most congenial to his tastes.”

“The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.”

As you can see, Barnum gives common sense advice. And let’s face it…the world needs more common sense. The book is perfect for young adults. The style is direct and engaging, giving sold advice to the emerging man (or woman).

I find that financial books are helpful in the general sense: i.e. Rich Dad, Poor Dad; The Millionaire Next Door, etc. They keep our mind focused on the attributes of wealth. Specific information is omitted, since the “nuts and bolts” of any industry come with experience and are varied. Therefore, the information remains on the surface for a logical reason.

That being said, it still helps to read the words of wise men. When trying to improve at something, we should listen to those that have experience in such matters. P.T. Barnum fits the bill with regards to wealth – his strategies are common sense tidbits and very important reminders.

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On the Hypocrisy of “Who You Love” by John Mayer and Katy Perry

On the Hypocrisy of “Who You Love” by John Mayer and Katy Perry

I’m a little late to the party on this one. Several years ago, John Mayer and Katy Perry were the hot couple. They appeared on TV shows together and love was in the air. But like so many Hollywood romances, the relationship came crashing to the ground. Why the demise? Who really knows…perhaps they’re not even sure.

At any rate, the apex of this relationship was a video called “Who You Love”.

The premise of the video is that love is blind. This theme is reinforced by various couples riding on top of a horseback: we see people of different ethnicity and social class, furthering the point that love emanates from within.

The video is a hypocrisy, of course. John Mayer received a lot of criticism for saying in Rolling Stone that he would not date black women. And Katy Perry is falling in love with John Mayer…a multi-millionaire rock star (note that she’s not dating a Mexican security guard or a Jamaican plumber).

In short, both John Mayer and Katy Perry have a prejudice when it comes to mating; however, they encourage people to overlook prejudice when it comes to dating.

In other words, do as I say and not as I do – otherwise known as hypocrisy.

Judge people by their actions…not the pretty lies they spin. Hollywood stars do what they want as they want, yet they moralize to the general public.

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Your Personal Victories Come First

Your Personal Victories Come First

Periodically, I have to write same post – your personal victories come first.

Why do I say that?

Because in the United States, we’re invaded by a media circus. The Kavanaugh drama is just our newest example…we’ve seen this before. The media, salivating like an Ethiopian hyena and ready to strike. They spin sophistry and promote degeneracy. They drag America into a sick and never-ending cesspool.

The sicker you get, the stronger they become.

You gotta be happy. If you don’t shine, nobody else will feel your light. So you have to rise above. This means getting your house in order. Make sure the kids are fed, the bankroll is growing, and your spouse is happy. Everything begins at the dinner table.

Take a look in the mirror. Make sure you love what you see. Make you sure you dedicate every day to excelling at GOALS.

Your personal victories come first.

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