JSDC
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From Sean Stubblefield
Website: http://exastra23.deviantart.com/gallery/
very good edit, for a beginner or not. Cool metaphor with white space. watching. waiting. wondering what's going to happen, what it means, the positive potentials of negative space. sort of a representative teaser for JSDC and AAE. it says nothing and everything about you.

"creatives"... I like the sound of that. but I don't think we ought to be messing about with something. To say that we "ought to" implies that we aren't, or that we have a choice, or that one can become a tinkerer. but by our very nature, we are compelled to mess. even if only hypothetically, in our heads.
for example, although I can't sing, I often "sing" along with songs and change the tempo or pacing spontaneously. this improvising and playing between the notes is one of the things about singers like Jewel/ Eisley/ Meg & Dia that impresses me. I appreciate when songs are given new interpretations, either by the original singer or as a cover. why do a cover if you're just going to try to make it sound the same, instead of making it your own?
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From Curtis Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
No matter the discipline or end goal: You ought to be messing about withsomething

Agreed.

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

---Water Rat to the Mole, The Wind in the Willows

I've got mine, you've got yours.

P.S. Nice music. Very appropriate feel to the piece.
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Official Comment From Jessica
"Nice music. Very appropriate feel to the piece."

Ha!--Really? That is me improvising on the piano.

From Nathanael
Website: http://ignorantcritics.com
As improvs go, that's quite nice. I'm with Curt -- never would have guessed otherwise. My piano improvs consist of a lot of tinkling masquerading as minimalism.

We don't have enough Renaissance men (and women) in this world today. We're encouraged to focus on specific skills or jobs or interests from an early age. Creativity is encouraged only if it doesn't disturb the status quo, and risk-taking is something best left to extreme sports professionals.

It's all very frustrating. I wish more people held the idea that learning for learning's sake is a worthy notion. Experiment with something new, write a poem, learn a foreign language, become well-versed in an esoteric subject -- just because you can. Don't buy into the notion that you can only be good at one or two things in your life.

I think I got off-track...
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From Sean Stubblefield
Website: http://www.geocities.com/exastra/home.htm
YOU made that music? duh! of course you did. otherwise you would have given credit. I thought it was from a movie. it was that good, and totally as Curt said. I'd love to hear more. maybe you should do something for your soundtrack. or have someone else expand on this theme.

and I think Nathanael was right on track.
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From Curtis Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
"Nice music. Very appropriate feel to the piece."

Ha!--Really? That is me improvising on the piano.


Maybe if you work in an industry long enough, knowing the appropriate type of music to accompany a creative work becomes second nature.
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From Dave Grant
Website: http://www.divergingroad.blogspot.com/
Stovaldi strikes! I have to echo the sentiments above in that the music was excellent. I thought it may have been something from The Fountain when I first heard it, then just wasn't sure.
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From Nathanael
Website: http://ignorantcritics.com
In keeping with the above discussion, here's a pretty good quote from Heinlein:

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
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From Curtis Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
"A human being should be able to:

change a diaper - yes (every day)
plan an invasion - yes (if "Risk" counts)
butcher a hog - no
conn a ship - yes (sailing ship and starship)
design a building - no
write a sonnet - yes
balance accounts - yes (home and work)
build a wall - yes (out of railroad ties)
set a bone - yes (first aid class)
comfort the dying - haven't had to yet
take orders - yes (every day)
give orders - yes (every day)
cooperate - yes (every day)
act alone - yes (every day)
solve equations - yes (but not since college)
analyze a new problem - yes (almost every day)
pitch manure - yes (grew up on a farm)
program a computer - yes (Perl, C, Pascal, LISP, Prolog, Sed, Awk, and Unix shell)
cook a tasty meal - yes
fight efficiently - yes (haven't been in an actual fight since High School)
die gallantly - haven't had to do this yet, thank God!
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