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MIND MUSINGS for the week of January 10, 2021

Hank, Frank, and The Beatles

I always told my kids (and anyone else who would listen to me) there is a Holy Trinity of popular music: Hank (Williams), Frank (Sinatra), and The Beatles. And then there is everyone else (the mortals). . . . .

This is not to belittle any of the greats.

Country music has Ma Carter, June Carter, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Willie, Waylon, Dolly, and so many others.

Popular music of the 40’s and 50’s (the era of The Great American Songbook) had Bing Crosby, the divine Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis, Jr., and many others.

Rock had Elvis (I can hear many of you screaming at me I left Elvis out of the Trinity, but you don’t have Elvis without Hank—maybe I should have made my metaphor Mount Rushmore. Oh, well, in another life!), The Who, The Byrds, The Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, and so many more.

But it is to recognize that the solitary sublimeness of these 3 (ok, 4) artists.

Here’s a way of testing this for yourself: Try Frank.

Go and listen to ANY Frank version of a song in The Great American Songbook, and then go and listen to ANYBODY ELSE’S—and the Frank version is ALWAYS the best. Don’t listen to me. That’s Willie Nelson’s opinion, too—and he knows a thing or two about American music.

All this reminds me of part of a podcast I did with Charles Cooke on December, 18, 2021. His response to why The Beatles were, and will remain, the best band ever is a great defense of that claim.

Here’s the link to the podcast. This discussion begins at 28:33:


Speaking of podcasts, my podcast this Friday (1/15) is really, really good. The topic is central to our last 11 or so months, and the guest has a lot to say about that period and how we could have avoided it.

The guest is Jay Richard, co-author of The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe.

How a fact-free media, along with wildly inaccurate forecasting models, “experts” who serially contradicted themselves (Fauci: we are looking at you!), and the lowest form of human expression (social media) ruined 2020 (and beyond?). A riveting conversation.

And now Rick’s Wisdom Gained…..

Hi All-

I hope that you had a good start to the New Year.Here’s our second edition of 2021 “Wisdom Gained.”

Favorite interview of the week: Got to chat with Dr. Paul White, co-auithor of Five Languages of Appreciation in the Work Place. Listen to this…..https://www.spreaker.com/user/4383588/smtl-5langs2

Here are the key takeaways:

1. There are different ways to communicate appreciation and encouragement to others.

2. An individual will value a certain language more than another.

3. The most effective communication of appreciation and encouragement occurs when the message is sent in the language of appreciation most valued by the receiver.

What I’m reading (longer narrative) —The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. I’m reading this one again in preparation for a new television series we are working on. These observations may help you.

  • Our lives bring out our characters, and you find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s better to put yourself in situations that will bring out your higher nature instead of your lower, don’t go where it’s slippery.

  • Sometimes we need a hero to help “give voice” to our deeper longings. Campbell says this is one of the perils of modern society. Maybe they need a hero to help guide them out of it.

  • Each person’s journey involves overcoming personal demons and reaching a higher power.

  • Relative to our current Covid 19 pandemic, modern heroes may realize their destiny amid isolation and grief.Take that ….Covid 19.

What I’m re-reading to learn more about extraordinary/ordinary lives — The Importance of Living by Dr. Lin Yutang. Here are the headlines.

  •  Revere inaction as much as action when making important decisions.

  • Invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude.

  • Enjoy life and travel deeper. Pay attention to different details with every new village you encounter.

  • Pay more attention to what older people have to say. They know a lot more about living and how to find goodness in others.

What I’m watching- Ted talks on extraordinary people. Watch this…https://thealikasa.com/are-you-living-an-extraordinary-life-start-yours-today/

What I’m listening to —Garth Brooks. How did this ordinary dude from Oklahoma turn into an extraordinary, music super star. He worked hard, overcame struggle, found his voice, paired with the right songwriters and climbed his own ladder of success.When asked what’s his favorite song, check out this clip..https://www.radio.com/music/country/garth-brooks-reveals-his-favorite-song-to-perform-live

Quote I’m pondering —

“True joy, as it turns out, comes only to those who have devoted their lives to something greater than personal happiness. This is most visible in extraordinary lives, in saints and martyrs. But it is no less true for ordinary people like us. “John Ortberg

And, as always, please give me feedback by email. Which bullet above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Please let me know by emailing at rick@successmadetolast.com.

Have a wonderful week.     Rick


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