Archive for July 2011

Viewpoint and Attitude…   Leave a comment

Recently seen quote:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Posted July 29, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

Musicians are smart!   Leave a comment

Not just my humble opinion – there’s recent scientific research supporting it! See it at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/music-intelligence_n_904124.html?ref=fb&src=sp. Worth reading!

Posted July 22, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

Vive la France!   1 comment

We have long had a love-hate relationship with France and the French. I’m on the love side, but I’m a bit prejudiced about it – my high school French teacher was a big influence on my life, many of my favorite musicians have been, and are, French, and a beloved uncle was at D-Day! Here’s an excellent article from today’s New York Times by the renowned historian David McCullough that puts the relationship in some perspective. To paraphrase Albert Camus, there is more to admire than to despise about it! Vive la France!

Posted July 14, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

The Declaration, the Violin, and Einstein   Leave a comment

I have a certain number of things I reread each year – among them is the Declaration
of Independence. I’m a big Thomas Jefferson fan, and I reread this great document at
least every other July 4th (today was different from past years, since I read it on my phone!).

Here’s a link to a fascinating thing about Jefferson, music, and the Declaration, with
a tidbit about Einstein as well. The second link is to the full article, on music and the
brain – definitely worth your reading!

Happy July 4th!

http://grovesite.com/page.asp?o=vces&s=Homers&p=407878

http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html

Posted July 4, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

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