dinsdag 19 februari 2008

More Cole Porter Songs with Thomas Hampson

Recorded at the Prinsengrachtconcert, Amsterdam
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Ties Mellema, saxophone/Wilmar de Visser, Bass/Wolfram Rieger, piano/Liza Ferschtman, violin

zaterdag 16 februari 2008

“Everyone knows what attention is

“Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought… It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.”
— William James

So I haven't been writing much, I guess largely due to the process above. Trying to focus more. Also I have been reading Getting Things Done, a book by David Allen. A fun and very effective way to get more organisation in your life.

We gave a great concert with the quartet some days ago in Vught. Unexpectedly I might say! We didn't have so much time to prepare as we should, but everybody seemed to be 200% alert and the magic happened. Always when you expect it least...

For musicians: I have been working with an 'eierwekker' (is that egg alarm clock in English???) when studying and working behind the computer: 10 minutes of work and 2 minutes of rest. Also very effective!