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Morning Meetings

  1. Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
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    • Using humor is a really effective way of delivering a message - laughter releases neurotransmitters that makes us feel calmer and more at ease, and we thus become more receptive to new or differing ideas
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    • He hits the beats at different intervals per year
      1. He calls this the impulses
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    • "The music pushed ME over"
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    • How do we get more people to be passionate about classical music, or at least appreciate it today?
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    • Nobody is tone deaf!
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    • Confidence!
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    • E!
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    • "Deceptive Cadence"
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    • Naturally want to *sigh* at that moment because it 'completes' it, brings it home
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    • "This is about vision" - this lecture isn't just about classical music, but about following through a vision and the long road from point A to point B
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    • Having that background information makes the piece feel much more emotional and personal - brings in an audience that otherwise wouldn't have given the song any thought at all, as in the beginning of the performance
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    • His passion for the music is so evident, it makes it hard NOT to get emotional while watching him perform
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    • Kids say the darndest things.
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    • Can be applied to just about anything - we should always try to bring out the best in not only ourselves, but in those around us!
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    • So never do anything that couldn't stand as the last thing you ever do
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