Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hungarian composer Bela Bartok was in town and George McKay introduced him to Lockrem and the composition class. As the story goes, George asked Bela, “and what advice might you have for this aspiring young composer?”
Bartok replied... “Sit down, get started, and keep it simple.”
In 2000 I found a book titled, The Eighth Lively Art: Conversations with Painters, Poets, Musicians, and the Wicked Witch of the West, by Wesley Weher. Wesley was also a student of Lockrem in the late 1940's and told a similar story about Bartok’s advice to a group of student composers at the University of Washington as, “Keep your music simple! Don’t try to say everything at once.”
I'm thinking a little artistic license was evident in both versions of the story, but none the less great advice for starting any creative process. Also, I think it's ironic that Bartok, who wrote some the 20th Century's most complex and intricate music would say that.
If I've learned anything in life it’s #1 to trust the process (especially when I'm doubting it) and #2 simple ideas get complex soon enough. Anyway, you never know when an idea will occur, or exactly what it will be. But if your mind is open you’ll accept what the universe has to offer and run with it.
Dell Wade, a gifted composer and friend of mine would head up to Lockrem’s house in Lake Forest Park most Saturdays back in those early days and spend the better part of the afternoon studying composition, listening to music, and helping out with everything from housework to paperwork for his publishing company, Puget Music Publications.
Lockrem had a great sense of humor. He loved telling stories, guess it games, and practical jokes. I remember one day we were playing 'guess what Beethoven Sonata this is?' and he'd only play the first note. Good times, great memories.
Lockrem Johnson Bela Bartok George McKay Wesley Weher
Originally posted on the Activerain network.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It's been pouring rain all day... Back from Seattle I'm headed down Benson on Easthill Kent for my office this afternoon listening to NPR and thinking, "When the rains come, they run and hide their heads." It was 1966 and Rain was the flip side to Paperback Writer. These two songs along with the Rubber Soul album, followed by Revolver really stirred my imagination and changed my musical direction forever.
They were no longer the 4 young Lads singing cute songs like I want to hold your hand. I agree with Ringo, who said years after The Beatles, he thought Rain was one of his best drum tracks.
Traffic is light, where is everybody? Oh that's right! They're stuck on the freeway in Seattle. That's why I came home the back way...
I love the sound of rain and the extra snaps and pops the hail adds. I had a home on May Valley Road years ago, between Renton and Newcastle. I used to really enjoy listening to the rain out on the back patio. It was covered with one of those green corrugated plastic roofs. Our home backed up to Cougar Mountain on the south side and when the rain rolled in the low lying clouds would back up against the mountain and wow we'd really get dumped on and that plastic roof would roar!
I'm a Northwest guy, so I rarely if ever use an umbrella, but with a good rain jacket and a baseball cap you'll make out just fine. Come summer we'll be glad we had days like today, when it's beautiful outdoors, the skies a clear and the landscape is a thousand shades of green. I'll be singing then, "The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle!" ;0)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Cherry Street divides two old charming Seattle neighborhoods, Madrona to the north, and Leschi to the south. I love the old mostly turn of the century homes here and the narrow quiet streets many with beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and the Bellevue Skyline.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Inman News’ Agent Reboot
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA.
11100 NE 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
8:00 am to 4:15 pm
The Leading Tech Event for the Modern Agent.
Find out what tools and systems today’s leading industry experts are using to grow their business. Numerous speakers giving presentations and conversations by industry leaders like Imran Poladi, Katie Maxwell, James Dwiggins, Brian Copeland, Laura Monroe, Laurie Weston Davis, Jeff Lobb, Travis Robertson, Greg Rand, Tony Giordano, Kim Colaprete, Tamara Suminski, Marci James, Stacie Staub, Cory Jo Vasquez, Zach Schabot, Mariana Wagner, Lon Welsh, Charles Roberts, and Seth Price.
Check it out and register online $59 (save $40)
Agent Reboot Seattle
March 13, 2014
RE BarCamp Seattle (real estate barcamp)
Where: Center Point Conference Center
20809 72nd Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Check it out online and order your $10 ticket.
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What is a Real Estate Barcamp?
I love RE BarCamps!
It’s a great day to hangout with those who are advancing in their real estate careers through embracing emerging new ways of doing things. It’s an unconference... meaning it’s not formal. No classes here, or training. It’s not one to the many, but many to the many.
We’re all in the room to share what we know, successes and failures, and to learn from each other. It’s as many conversations you can have in a day with an amazing talent pool in one location. It’s where we the people in the industry share what works, talk about emerging technologies, marketing, tools and platforms, and social media.
The sky's the limit!
I’m attending both events... I hope I see you there!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I confess, I'm scrambling a bit to implement my 2014 business plan. After some wonderful downtime over the holidays Monday, January 6, 2014 arrived and I was totally inundated. The week took off like a rocket! It's been that way everyday since. No complaints! It's all good stuff and I think this year is going to be exceptional...
So I laughed on the way home from the office yesterday afternoon when I passed this sign on the Benson Highway, "GET YOUR 2012 L ADY CALENDA R."
Feeling better, it'll happen!