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My Favorite Non-commercial Music Lyrics and Chord Site. What’s Yours?

I love playing music, yet I don’t know all the words to the songs I know and making them up isn’t an option unless I’m doing a parody–think Weird Al Yankovich.

The best non-commercial site I’ve found for a wide range of songs with charted lyrics and chords is run by Gunther Anderson. He has thousands of songs that he’s charted and they are good versions! No tabs for guitars, just chords and lyrics.

What cool non-commercial chord and lyric sites have you found?

Do You Know David Garfinkel?

If not, you should. If you do, you might learn something about him in this article.

David is the best at writing sales copy of anyone that I know. He’s a critical thinker, an innovator, and great fun to be with.

I met David in the early ’90’s and we quickly became good friends. While I’ve not spent as much time with David as I would have wished, I still have many great memories and look forward to more great times with him.

To give you an idea of what he’s like, here’s a recording that I created with David, How to Write Letters that Make Your Phone Ring.

And I’ll tell you a secret. Although it sounds like we’re sitting across from each other in a recording studio, David was in San Francisco and I was in Roanoke. We conducted the interview via phone and each of us ran a recorder with a good microphone. He sent me his recording and I edited them together.

There are lots of great ideas on this recording.

And one more of David’s recordings, Referral Magic. He’s given me permission to post this so you can enjoy his thoughts about how to get lots and lots of referrals.

To get more great ideas from David, visit his blog at http://www.world-copywriting-institute.com/blog/. He is always very generous with his ideas and I believe that you’ll grow to appreciate him as I have.

I Love Air Canada’s In-seat iPhone Charger

Thanks to some last minute delays and accommodating airline staffers, I’m on an Air Canada flight from Chicago to Toronto.

Who doesn’t love in-seat personalized entertainment and an iPhone charger! That’s what I call taking great care of the customer. Now if only United and Continental would do this…

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Having Tough Times? Bounce!

I just finished reading Keith McFarland’s new book, “Bounce: The Art of Turning Tough Times into Triumph.” Keith is the author of the bestselling book, “The Breakthrough Company.”

The book opens with a story about Mike Maloney, the division manager of a manufacturing company faced with yet another round of budget cuts, layoffs, and discontented customers wanting lower prices or bailing for another, “better quality” vendor.

Mike meets his buddy, Joe, a Ranger freshly back from the Middle East, at the gym and begins to get schooled in what it takes to bounce back when times get tough.

Using the simile of how a super ball bounces back, versus an orange that thuds and bruises, or a Christmas ornament that shatters into bits, what happens when one loses altitude depends on what they are made of.

In a series of lessons delivered by Joe in an understated manner, Mike learns new attitudes and approaches to turn around his division and bounce to a new level of performance and excellence.

This is a quick-reading (I ripped through it on a Denver to Las Vegas flight), entertaining, and thought-provoking book aimed at executive management.

The six key principles are useful to consider in any challenging leadership situation.

  • Embrace the bounce: it’s not going to go away without you doing something about it.
  • Manage the anxiety: absorb your team’s anxiety and redirect it to become a positive resource.
  • Manage the mental factors: it’s time to get mentally tough and own the situation.
  • Manage the money: money is the fuel of commerce and it’s always better to make more then cut, so uncover sources of money now.
  • Manage the mission (in a military sense): your mission is to direct the company to higher performance.
  • Manage the morale (in a military sense): your team must feel committed to the outcome to make this work.

The book storyline illustrates each of these principals and gives additional insight in the last chapter as it reviews the six key principles.

I found the book an inspiring read for these economic times. If you’re a leader or executive facing tough times, get it and read it.

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

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I’ve been digging into Kenny Werner’s classic work about freeing the inner musician. I was really struck by the discussion about fear. He points out that there are five basic fears: loss of life, loss of livelihood, loss of reputation, fear of unusual states of mind (I think of this as fear of new and radical thoughts), and fear of speaking (applied to music, performance anxiety).

Kenny suggests that to be the master musician we are, we have to release these fears.

I’m going to interpret this as “Dare to suck” and just play all out. If we care about what others think about our playing, we limit what we can creatively play.

What do you think?