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Rhythm & Life

Central to all music is rhythm- the pattern of regular or irregular pulses. This is extends beyond music and into nature. The movement of tides in the ocean are essentially, rhythmic. The activity of the solar and planetary system can also be considered rhythmic, on a much larger scale.

Your eyes blink, your heart beats, your legs walk, the patter of raindrops, the flow of a brook, the clock's tick- all rhythm. Rhythm is the skeleton of music. That skeleton only makes a complete body when the flesh and blood of melody and harmony have been added.
Rhythm is a physical stimulus; it's the response of a reflexive action, and it's entirely natural. A child's first attempts at making music consists of beating on something (hopefully that something is inexpensive and can be easily replaced).
The rhythm element of music is just as natural as rain, breath, and any other involuntary force on this beautiful earth. Essentially, rhythm, and ultimately music, are just as indigenous …

Regionalism in Economic Development

When it comes to economic development, regions that work together have more success.

The largest city in an area may have the most name recognition nationally or internationally, but it's the nearby cities and towns in the area that may actually claim many of the jobs and residents (in a beneficial way, of course). Think about this: Seattle is not actually home to much of Boeing and Microsoft Renton and Bellevue, Washington are. Portland is not actually home to Intel or Nike; Beaverton and Hillsboro, Oregon are.

Regional partnerships are necessary for present-day economic development efforts. One city, no matter its size and reputation, only has limited resources. However, when combined with other surrounding cities and communities, resources (money, infrastructure, education, amenities, etc.) can be pooled together collaboratively.

A regionalistic (just made that word up) makes business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts easier. The adage "it takes a village to rai…

FundaMusic: Fundamentals of Music

Just as it is more fun to watch a football or baseball game if you know something of the rules, so it is more fun to listen to music if you have some idea of what is it's all about.

I define music as the organization of sound toward beauty. Notice it's "toward beauty," not "to beauty." The artists' work is in the direction of beauty, even though he/she may not always attain it. Music isn't about perfection, it's about expression.

Think of music as a practically continuous stream of sound containing patterns. The raw materials of music are sound and time. Behind these technical materials are the thoughts, moods, and emotions of the artists.

An artist is one who succeeds in transferring his/her thoughts, moods, and emotions to other people. Since we're all humans, anyone is capable of communicating and understanding these expressions, whether its with our voice or an instrument. Therefore, music is a universal language that anyone can make an…

What is Economic Development?

Economic development is a program, set of policies, or activity that seeks to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community/city/region. Ideally, it will create and retain jobs that promote growth and provide a stable tax base.

It's the work of economic development to keep jobs in the community and create a favorable climate for new job growth by providing support to businesses. This is done in a variety of ways whether its offering economic development incentives, consulting with lawmakers, or speaking with the municipal infrastructure-related authorities. Economic Development takes many forms and when done properly, benefits not just its immediate community, but creates a ripple effect of positive economic impact for surrounding regions.

Stories, Lies & Truth

Our natural tendency is to tell stories: what we did all day, how we met our spouse, the fun we had last vacation. In telling every story we face the delicious temptation to add in a little fiction or quite frankly, lie. When we were kids our parents called this "telling a story," a nice way of saying we were caught in a lie.

Sometimes this truth-stretching is involuntary. We forget certain facts. We jumble the order of events.We tell our stories in ways that make ourselves look big, powerful, and almighty. We leave out some details that may seem irrelevant.  Our perspectives are limited.

What's left out can change the story- greatly. Therefore, to make sure we get the story right, rethink the entire matter. Put yourself in someone else's or something else's shoes. Then before you put it in writing or tell your story, decide on the form in which you will present your tale: opinion, meditation, analysis, judgement, fancy, interpretation.