Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Great Teacher

I’ve been a fan of Wynton Marsalis’ work for some time. We know him as a trumpet player; I routinely find him with his Lincoln Center Orchestra; his session with Eric Clapton is as good as it gets, and the tribute to Dave Brubeck, a personal musical talisman in my life, is wonderful.

But it was as a teacher that I first discovered him; several of his quotes from an old PBS show on Juilliard made it into my “Summon The Magic” e-book. I also discovered Eric Booth, also a teacher at Juilliard.

I could learn something from world-class experts brought in to teach someone trying to be their best at their chosen field of expression. Wynton is one of those; he loves what he does, and he loves his art form.

Here is an appearance, an hour on tape, he made at an event in Louisville.

Internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, Wynton Marsalis talks about music, his mentors and the irreplaceable role of art and creativity in American culture. Part question and answer, part meditation on life, it was part of the IdeaFestival® 2014.


Listen closely from 11:50 on, as Wynton talks about the exponential power of coming together, in which one’s own potential grows when paired with someone else’s knowledge and abilities. He goes on to explain how this works in a jazz group and in real life.

And listen to the question and answer on technology at about the 47-minute market, about how we can carry our complete CD collection in our pocket. We all have something to learn from this great human being. (And maybe someone can send this link to our political leadership.)

And if you’ve been one who has enjoyed to some depth the e-book I’ve put up on how to use your mind to become a better whatever-it-is-that-you-are-striving-for, then you’ll resonate with me on the last comment by the host. 


Marsalis’ ranking as #39 on Fortune’s list of 50 Greatest Leaders is based on his leadership in thought, composition, snd education. 



When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.

There are forces all around you who wish to exploit division, rob you of your freedom, and tell you what to think. But young folks can rekindle the weary spirit of a slumbering nation.

You need a team. You need people to push you. You need opponents.

The best way to be, is to do.

There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out, are willing to put themselves on the line, and risk everything for their beliefs.

The young very seldom lead anything in our country today. It’s been quite some time since a younger generation pushed an older one to a higher standard.



And, finally, here’s 47 minutes of Marsalis on trumpet: 

thought control

Source of featured image: 


The free online full text of  

“Rape Of The Mind: The Psychology Of Thought Control” 

240 pages long, 18 chapters, with bibliography, published in 1956 and written by Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D., Instructor in Psychiatry, Columbia University Lecturer in Social Psychology, New School for Social Research, Former Chief, Psychological Department, Netherlands Forces

Covering the topics of psychiatry, psychology, thought control, submission, confession, torture, conditioning, medication, brainwashing, menticide, totalitarianism, words, semantics, interrogation, courage, morale, treachery, treason


The first part of this book is devoted to various techniques used to make man a meek conformist. 

 The last chapter deals with the subtle psychological mechanisms of 
mental submission.