Archive for the 'Music' Category

The Vitality Secret

“I Am Not Aware I Am 100 Years Old” says composer Elliot Carter in his conversation with Charlie Rose on his birthday.  Carter’s 100th birthday was celebrated with the NY Symphony playing his new work, Interventions for Piano and Orchestra.

What is the secret of extraordinary vitality and creativity?  What keeps him going at 100 years old?

Carter gets up every morning ready for the adventure of discovery. He gets up to discover the music inside him. He never feels like he has already reached the top of the mountain. He is still climbing. He is focused on his work and he enjoys it.

We can all learn from Elliot Carter the secrets of vitality and creativity. Try this for 10 days:
1. Get up ready for the adventure of discovery.
2. Create and develop the ideas and music you hear inside.
3. Focus on your work and enjoy it.

© Aviv Shahar

There Is More Than Fiction In The Space Between

Tracy Chapman sings “There is fiction in the space between.”
I disagree and beg to differ.
There is a lot more than fiction in the space between.
Creativity and innovation appear in the space between.
Peace and quiet are found in the space between
In the space between you can listen and hear
A truth and a meaning you can reconcile.
There is communion, serenity and perspective in the space between
And dimensions of connections not experienced elsewhere.
In the space between your roles, between your responsibilities,
In the space between your different worlds,
The seen and the unseen,
The higher, the lower and that which is between;
That which was before and is no more;
That which is to be and shows up here for you and me.

If I could sing like Tracy Chapman I would sing these words instead.

© Aviv Shahar

Favorite Soundtracks

Music is the fastest way to feelings. Music inducts us into feelings which activate a mindset that connects us with importances. In our leadership and strategy summits we use music to accompany moments of reflection and introspection; specific tracks help produce the feelings and mindsets needed for the quality of reflection we are seeking to promote.  Recently, many participants have asked to know more about the music we use in our seminars and summits. Here are a few of the favorite soundtracks I have on my Ipod which we sometimes play in the background:

A Beautiful Mind
Last of the Mohicans
The Mission
Pearl Harbor
Unfinished Life

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