Personal Notes (Notes, get it?)
post # 62 — April 27, 2006 — a General post
Warning: this blogpost has nothing to do with business and is purely personal!
I got a note from Bill Peper, who has been an active participant in the discussions on this blog (Thanks, Bill!) He wrote:
I appreciate the great information on your site and the insights from your blog. Your writing has influenced my career more than any other author. I have a passion for the issues you discuss. I am an attorney serving as a full-time independent contractor for Standards for Excellence, a voluntary continuous improvement process for GM dealerships. I carry a few of your handout in my brief case, as they have proven handy. I also “assigned” lecture 3 of your new podcast series to all of my managers.
I also suffered from severe sleep apnea for 30 years before a friend diagnosed it last year.And I am a vocal music junkie — but my tastes tend toward jazz and the Great American Song Book. I would love to see you identify some obscure singers whose music you enjoy.
Well, Bill, let’s restrict ourselves to the Great American Songbook. (if anyone wants to encourage me, we can discuss jazz and pop some other time.) I actually do not seek out obscure singers. My philosophy has always been that as long as there’s an Ella Fitzgerald recording that I don’t have on CD, why would I want to hunt for anything else? And when the time comes to play a CD, if it’s a choice between Ella and somebody new – well, quality beats variety any day. (I have over 200 distinct Ella CDs.)
The same is close to true, for me, with Peggy Lee. If it’s not Ella playing, it’s likely to be Peggy. And (and this one may surprise you) I’d put Doris Day a close third. She developed an unhip persona, but the lady can sing. I have over 100 of her CDs. Not an unlistenable recording in the bunch. I first fell in love with her on a recording of the soundtrack she did of the ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, with Robert Goulet singing all the male parts. (It’s on one of the Doris Day Bear Family boxes – absolutely essential!)
Finally, you want obscure? That’s tough, because different people ‘know’ different artists, but are you familiar with the Boswell Sisters (from the 1930s)? Backed by the Dorsey brothers, they recorded the swingy-est, close-harmony, swooping, stop-start vocals you’ll ever hear.
OK, everybody. Let me know. Do you want me to stick to business? Or would you like to have (VERY occasionally) some music conversations here? Let the people speak!