Music

Late Bloomer, Long Tail 3: Heart Work

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The Long Tail endeavor is an archaeology of the heart. You discover something that excites you and dig deep. Sometimes you fail (or your equipment does), but even failure keeps you going because it leads to further discovery.

Late Bloomer, Long Tail 2: Eschew Schlock

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Job Number One in The Long Tail, according to Pressfield and Coyne, is to produce something of absolute quality that you’ll love for years. I don’t think the ChiaBieberPet qualifies.

Late Bloomer, Long Tail 1: Cloud Fail

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For two months, I spent nights and days preparing my book for publication. Then “The Cloud” vaporized 70% of my work. How did I recover? With a little inspiration from Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne.

Ruth Flowers: Rockin’ Retirement

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One of Europe’s best loved DJs is an English granny who ran a fabric store! In case you’re wondering, she prefers electro rock to house music.

How Leo Fender Found His Groove

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He’s been called “The Henry Ford of electric guitar.” But this late-blooming rock innovator didn’t even know how to play an instrument!

Susan Boyle: Dreams Are Just Deferred

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Susan Boyles turned 50 on April 1, 2011. Here’s a tribute to her beautiful voice and inspiring story, some of which might surprise you.

Lady Jazz! Drummer Jerrie Thill At Age 93

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93-year-old jazz drummer Jerrie Thill has been playing since her teens. Allee Willis (who wrote the “Friends” theme) captures Jerrie’s amazing spirit in a music video.

Bloomer Girls Unite!

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Welcome to the premiere of Girls’ Friday, musings for and about les femmes d’un certain âge. I adore the old musicals. The exuberance, the banter, the kitsch. You can’t help but be uplifted by the fantasy that singing will solve all life’s troubles.  (Wait, is that a fantasy?) So I was excited to find a forgotten […]