Musicians Quotes

music“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is”
Miles Davis

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line”
Duke Ellington

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”

“If you have to ask what it is [Jazz], you’ll never know.”
Louis Armstrong

“You can’t explain jazz to anyone without losing the experience because it’s feeling, not words.”
Bill Evens

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”

“You should never be comfortable… being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians. ”
Miles Davis

“…when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.”

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“It takes an intelligent ear to listen to jazz.”
Art Blakey

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”

“All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.”
John Coltrane

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

“It took twenty years to learn to play the way I do, and I expect people to get it straight away.”

The advanced musician can receive guitar, Piano or violin tuition at the Charisma Music Academy.

CARPETS – A little Background

Carpets date so far back into our history that it is impossible to know when they first appeared. Obviously the manufacturing of carpet requires some form of weaving; prior to weaving the immediate ancestor of the carpet was the animal skin. Carpets, in the form of rugs, possibly developed when earlier civilizations wanted to sleep on something other than the rough ground; carpets and bedding may have developed together. Alternately, carpets may have started as weaving for display purposes. Whether they were for display or protection against the ground woven carpets date back many years B.C.

More modern carpets owe a great debt to the Middle East; almost modern looking carpets in the Middle East date back to at least the 2 century B.C.; knotted carpets date back centuries earlier than this. Carpets also appeared later in place like China, but the carpet art-form remained a minor cultural influence in many oriental countries at least partly due to the scarcity of wool. The Chinese preference for art with very fine detail might also have been a factor here, as a carpet could not have ornamentation finer than the thread it was stitched from.

A few latter type of carpet include;
Kidderminster Carpet or Ingrain carpets: A flat woven carpet developed in the 18th century, these have opposing patterns on either side; turn the carpet over and the light colours become dark and vice-versa. This could be useful if the carpet covered most of the floor and one wanted to change the appearance of a room; turning the carpet over could make the whole room darker or lighter.

Lotto Carpets: Produced in Turkey from the 16th century these carpets featured a complex interweaving geometric pattern, usually yellow with a red background. The patterns varied, but were stylistically similar to cast iron fences, candle holders and other ornamentation that was popular at the time.

Axminster Carpets: An English company that dates back to the mid-18th century. Their carpets were influence by Turkish methods, but were artistically styled after English tapestries. These were the extremely long carpets used in the finest room and hallways of aristocratic homes. The record for the longest carpet by this group stands at 74 feet by 54 feet.

Rug and carpet cleaning services for Newcastle and the Central Coast area are available from the Clean your Carpet company.

United Martial Arts

Martial Arts is an important part of a person’s wellbeing. It teaches and fosters integrity, courtesy, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. Sydney based Taekwondo World, led by Master In Cheol Yoo, Byunggee Yoo and Master Danny Biggatton with combined martial arts experience of over 50 years has built a strong foundation of a nurturing environment, exceptional coaching and passion in martial arts.

Taekwondo World also teaches Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which builds upon fitness and practical self-defence to prepare you if a real life threatening confrontation were to occur. TKD objectives taught in this course are:

  • Effective Kicking
  • Jeet Kune Do (Founded by Bruce Lee)
  • Grappling in the form of Hapkido
  • Boxing
  • Break Falling (How to fall without hurting yourself)
  • Self-Defence

It is very important to have these set of skills as we live our lives because we may be presented with a life threatening situation. Being prepared for the unexpected can boost our confidence when commuting and be more street wise.

Business decision that went the other way.

1858 – Edwin Drake invents the oil drill. He never acquired a patent and a lot of other people made a lot of money off his invention.

1876 – Western union miss the opportunity to buy the telephone from Alexander Bell. Bell ended up founding his own company.

1903 – Gillette tried to introduce the disposable razor blade. People went use to throwing things out, especially if they had to be bought with real money. It was only the blade that was disposable, you were supposed to keep the handle, but people kept their old habits. Eventually disposable blades were used in the First World War, and returning soldiers had gotten use to disposable blades and passed the habits onto others. Now disposability is the norm.

1937 – The founders of McDonalds open their first restaurant, actually a hot dog stand. They didn’t think hamburgers were a worthwhile product at the time so didn’t include them on the menu.

1958 – Ford motors tries to market the Edsel model car. Aimed to fall between the average and the prestige car the Edsel’s price was not much less than many superior makes. This relatively high price, along with the 1957 recession, the unpopular stying of the vehicle and the unreliable workmanship, caused the car to be a marketing failure, losing the company millions of dollars.

Over the next few decades many of the Edsel’s design ideas became popular with other manufactures, and the few individuals cars that survived proved collectable and valuable.

1970s- Xerox lets several Apple employees visit their facilities, where they see Xerox Alto with graphic user interface. Apple made billions with ideas ‘inspired’ by this.

1975 – Kodak had developed a digital camera, but felt it might threaten their existing markets. Several years other companies moved into digital photography before Kodak, who finally started the transition in the 1990’s. Kodak was looking at bankruptcy in 2012, but managed to hold on after selling many of its patents.

1985 – Coke asks the public what it wants in a soft drink, via taste tests, and changes the flavour of the product accordingly. The public then refuses to buy what it wanted! The reason why is still debated: the public had an emotion attachment to the original flavour, people are conservative when it comes to icons, taste tests are unreliable because people prefer sweet things at first, then prefer something else. In the end Coke brought back the original flavour, and the ostensibly improved version drifted into obscurity.]

1991. The owner of Ratner’s jewellery decried one of his own products (a sherry decanter) as ‘total crap’. The company, which had made a profit of 110 million pounds in the previous year and was looking to buy other businesses, lost 500 million pounds in value over the space of a few weeks and plunged into a 122 million pound loss. Ratner lost his job and the company had to be renamed.

1999 – Excite is offered the initial version of Google for one million dollars, quickly cut to $750 000. The refused. Google was worth billions less than a decade later, and excite is a minor subsidiary of another company.

2000 AOL acquires Time Warner. One of the largest mergers in history it seemed the combination of internet with film and music culture was the way of the future. Nine years later the companies split, estimated worth gone from $300.oo billion to $40 billion.

2012 – JC Penney use to do well with cloths sales via their pretend discounts; people bought a $10.oo shirt because it was supposedly discounted from $20.oo. In 2012 a new executive decided to be honest and just sell the items as the real price of $10.oo. Sales plummeted by 25% and the company had to return to its previous policies to stay in business.