Music Monday: the Figlie del Coro

I am in the midst of reading a fascinating book - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein - and I thought one of the stories he shares would fit in nicely with my Music Monday posts. Epstein tells the story of the figlie del coro, which means "daughters of the … Continue reading Music Monday: the Figlie del Coro

Music Monday: A Dog, a Mercedes, and a Beautiful Song

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz stuck with their 2018 Summer Event commercial again this year, because I don't recall seeing it last year. But as soon as I saw it this year, I had to find out what the song was in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC-mzUxXvRQ The song is Side by Side, by Layup, a band I had never … Continue reading Music Monday: A Dog, a Mercedes, and a Beautiful Song

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

Proving that they weren't just flashes in the pan, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen returned to the top of the Billboard Charts with their newest albums this week. The last time these two held the top two spots was back in 1985, when Springsteen was on top with "Born in the USA" and Madonna held the … Continue reading Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

Every year, Cannes Lions explores the value of creativity in branded communication: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution, and impact. Since I'm such a fan of commercials, I always look forward to seeing what the winning ads were from the Festival. The winning ad in the Film Lions category was a … Continue reading Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

Billy Joel wrote "Piano Man" when he was 24. I'm sure there are many other examples of young people writing best selling songs, but these two songs have always stood out in my mind because the lyrics seem to show wisdom beyond their ages. Here are the words to "Dream On": Every time when I … Continue reading Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

It Was Deja Vu All Over Again, Thanks to Gaelic Storm

Three years ago I wrote about "The Best Night of Summer 2016, Thanks to Gaelic Storm", recounting what a perfect summer night my wife, son, and I had at a free concert featuring Gaelic Storm. Well, tonight they were back in town, putting on another free concert as part of Upper Merion's Summer Concerts Under … Continue reading It Was Deja Vu All Over Again, Thanks to Gaelic Storm

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

How To Make Meetings More Effective: Separation, Standing, Shrink.

Steven Rogelberg is an expert on something that takes place 55 million times per day - meetings. Rogelberg is a professor of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, and his latest book is The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance. Rogelberg is featured In the … Continue reading How To Make Meetings More Effective: Separation, Standing, Shrink.

Music Monday: Scottish Artist Lewis Capaldi

When I first started writing Music Mondays several months ago the original intent was to feature a new artist each week (well, at least new to me). The hope was that doing so would allow me to break out of my fixation on music from the 70s and discover some new artists I would enjoy … Continue reading Music Monday: Scottish Artist Lewis Capaldi