Have you seen this? This is absolute genius . . .
Notes from the Golden Orange
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Also featuring the USC Marching Band horn section . . .
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan -- PE]
“It put a smile on my face that finally [Donald Sterling] would be unable to deny the racist allegations against him,” said Carl Douglas, a lawyer who represented former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor in a lawsuit against Sterling.
Carl Douglas is best known as a member of the O.J. Simpson defense team. O.J. Simpson has done some regrettable things, like murdering a couple of white people, but at least he’s never made negative remarks about Magic Johnson photos on Instagram.
See you in Hell . . .
P.S. Carl Douglas the lawyer should not be confused with Carl Douglas the “Kung Fu Fighting” singer. Him, I like.
My piano teacher asks me if there are any pieces I want to learn . . .
“How about . . . ?” and here I name a piece by Chopin.
“This one?” she asks and starts to play it.
“Well, it sounds quite impressive but I think if you break it down it’s just arpeggios and thirds.”
“No, it’s not just thirds,” she says and starts to play it again to show me. “And that’s with the left hand. Do you think you can play that with your left hand?”
“My left hand’s not very good.”
“So that one is too hard.”
“OK, how about . . . ?” and here I name another piece by Chopin.
“That’s the only piece that’s harder than the first one.”
“How about this?” I ask, and play a YouTube video on my phone.
“What is that?”
“It’s from a film called The Piano.”
“Is that New Age music? It’s not classical music.”
“Is that bad?”
“IT’S TOO EASY! YOU COULD SIGHT-READ IT!”
I was watching a Paul Barton YouTube video about piano practice . . . he said that when someone asked Horowitz how he’s able to play so many difficult pieces, Horowitz replied, “You just got to really want to.”
That seems like excellent advice. It’s short, just a few words . . . you can remember it without even trying to. And I think it could be applied to almost any endeavor.
Imagine someone listening to Horowitz and thinking, “Wow, that’s great! I’d give anything to be able to play like that!”
But he wouldn’t really give anything. He wants to play like Horowitz but he doesn’t really want to play like Horowitz. He doesn’t want to practice 20 hours a day and give up everything else in his life.
In any endeavor, reaching a goal often requires more than someone is willing to give . . . not more than they are able to give but more than they are willing to give.
When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.
It’s going to be another hot day! Not even 8 a.m. and I’m panting already!
It was hot here this week — in the 90s — so when my owner got home and gave me fresh water I was really thirsty!
I love to go to Starbucks! When we go to Starbucks, I get to have some whipped cream in a cup, which is called a pup cup. During the holidays, I get pup cups in the red holiday cups!
My last video got 32 views, which my owner says is the most ever on YouTube except for Gangnam Style, which I don’t understand because I’ve seen that video and it’s stupid.