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Wisdom from Duke Ellington

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I often reflect on what sets prolific artists apart from those who only created a modest amount of art. How do the most productive musicians allocate their energies? All of our energy must go somewhere, whether that’s in circles or in a somewhat straight line. Perhaps the difference lies in the consistency of going in a particular direction. Going to five places at the same time means that you won’t get to any of them! There’s a proverb I like to remind myself of, whenever I find myself trying to do too many things at the same time. “(S)he who chases too many rabbits ends up hungry.” There’s a lot to think about within those words. Duke Ellington also sums it up nicely saying “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

There you have it! A snippet of sound counsel for a day like today.

 

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