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September 16, 2008 / alunatunes

September 16- Book Learning


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr Suess

Do you want to go places metaphysically, spiritually, artistically, emotionally, musically? Do you recognize the value of travel, even virtual travel, as enlightenment and learning? In the absence of actual physical experience, there is no better way to go, see, do and know than through books. And I don’t mean Rolling Stone and Spin, though those magazines do perform a vital function. “Properly we should read for power.” the poet Ezra Pound urges us,”Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

We live in a physical plane in a physical body. But our minds are expansive reservoirs of untapped energy, exploding well beyond the confines of our small, tangible realm.  Seek inspiration in literature and movies. Instead of choosing to watch the latest sit com on tv, watch the Discovery Channel or Public Television. Seek out the cerebral instead of the mind numbing. Next time you’re in the book store, forgo the magazines and delve into philosophy, religion or history. Before you pick up another newspaper or turn on CNN for the bad news of the day, purchase a volume of poetry and make that the way you wake.

Your reading and learning need not be confined to tomes on or about music. Rhyme and melody and prowess of your instrument are only small puzzle pieces to your big picture of sustainability and success within this industry. Books about marketing, time management, and organization should be essential reading.  Remember too that your personal library need not cost you a fortune. Great finds are at flea markets, yard sales, thrift markets and second hand shops.

The celebrated author Dr Suess (Ted Gessell) was challenged by two rival publishing houses to create an interesting children’s book with 220 new reader vocabulary words and The Cat in the Hat was born. Suess’ last book,The Places You’ll Go, is the story of seeking a bountiful future by reading and learning. The final line in The Places You’ll Go is a permanent reminder to us all to seek and learn and grow:
“You’re off to great places, Today is your day. Your Mountain is waiting. So …. get on your way!”

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