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Happy New Year 2009

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." Henry Ford

In 2008, I only wrote 10 posts; not even 1 post per month. Hopefully I'll do better in 2009! No doubt, the highlight of the year is the end of my MBA. That was a BIG load of my shoulders. Of course, in April there was also the start of my new job, for which I feel extremely fortunate to get with my kind of background. This brings me to the Ford quote above (although it may not be the best time in history to be talking about Ford...the company). When I first started thinking about doing an MBA, everyone I talked to and all the websites out there said pretty much the same thing: Anyone who does not have industry experience should NOT do an MBA, because this would not only be a waste of time and money BUT will also significantly reduce your chances of being hired. In other words, an MBA with age but no experience is a deadly combination.

But I did it anyways. Key people believed in me: my parents, my post-doc supervisor, and most of all, myself. That was enough.

And what a great decision it was to do it at that time. I truly do not think I could've landed this job, not to mention carry out my daily tasks, without the MBA. And if I didn't do it then and had delayed it for a year or more, then in today's economic conditions, I don't think I could find a job. So the timing was absolutely perfect. Of course, luck was also an essential element, but without having had enough confidence at that time to go against conventional wisdom, I would not be where I am today.

At any rate, 2008 turned out to be a great year. My first objective for 2009 is to complete some unfinished work from my post-doc, after which I will be able to focus more on my new job. But critics who know me are already asking what the hell I will start next. Frankly, I don't think I will start anything dramatic, such as take up another degree. But rest assured that I will definitely continue to add new knowledge into this little brain of mine, regardless of the source. Perhaps the reason can be summed up in another of Ford's famous quotes:

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty..."

「あなたに出来ると思っても、出来ないと思っても、正しい答えである。」 ヘンリー・フォード

2008年は10記事しか書かなかった。月一にもならなかった。2009年はもっといいペースで書けるといいけどね。。。とりあえず、2008年の一番の ニュースはMBAのプログラムを終わらせたことかな?あれは本当に重いものを降ろした感じだった。勿論、4月から新しい仕事を始めたというのもあったね。この仕事に恵まれて、本当に良かったよ。そこで、上記のフォードの名言なんですが。(あまり時期的にフォードの話しは相応しくないかもね。本人でなく、会社の方ね。)当初、MBA を始めるに当たって、色んな方からやネット上で情報を集めてみたけど、殆どの結論としては、企業経験のない人はMBAやるべきではないと言うことだった。 なぜなら、時間と金の無駄になる上、採用される可能性が激減すると思われるからだ。即ち、MBAをとっても、年だけくって、経験はないと言うのは致命的なコンビ ネーションになる。


そして、「あの時」に飛び込んだと言うことは最高な決断であった。今の仕事はMBAがなかったら出来ないし、そもそも就くことが出来なかったでしょう。ま た、あの時でなく、今年まで卒業遅らせてたら、いまの経済状況ではとても就職は考えられないでしょう。まさに、パーフェクトタイミング。勿論、運と言う大きな味方もいたけど、やっぱり常識 に反しても成功する「自信」(過剰かもしれんが)がなかったら今日がなかったと思う。ただの頑固であって、やりたい気持ちを抑えられなかっただけと言う見方もあるかな。。。

2009年の第一目標はポスドクの時にやり残した仕事をまず終わらせること。そうすれば、新しい仕事にだけ専念できると思う。ただ、「どうせアイツはまた 何か新しいことを始めるだろう」と思っている方もいるでしょう。正直言って、もう一つ学位をとるみたいな、極端に大きいプロジェクトはないと思う。当分 ね。でも、変わらないことは一つ、引き続き新しい知識を頭の中に詰め込むことでしょう、情報源問わず。その理由もフォードさんのもう一つの名言に含まれ ている:



Connie Talbot、コニー・タルボット

Saw this some time ago and have been wanting to write about it since. Little girl, Connie Talbot, 6 years old. Absolutely amazing voice. It really gave me the goosebumps. And the missing front teeth! How cute is that!! And she dedicated the song to her dad for father's day! He must have been SOOOOOO proud.

I thought it was pretty funny when Amanda (the lady judge who had tears rolling down her cheeks the whole time) said: "She told me earlier that she was gonna make me cry..." and Connie nods "Yes".





Feeling like Zidane、ジダンの真似

So yesterday morning I was riding in the packed subway on my way to work. I was reading a book while standing closely behind a guy. Then suddenly... I sneezed. And I did a Zidane to the back of his head. Of course, he wasn't happy.










Harvey Mason and Steve Gadd

My friend P contacts me the other day and goes: "wanna go see Harvey Mason tomorrow?" My answer, before he had time to finish his question, was: "Harvey Mason!! Of course!!" So the next day, I met up with P and we went to the concert hall together. At the entrance, we see the poster for the show and it said: "Harvey Mason Trio, Steve Gadd and the Crusaders, Dave Koz and friends." The first thing that came to my mind was, "geez, Gadd is also playing here...I wonder when his show is?!?!" Then it hit me. I was holding a ticket to see Mason AND Gadd! P himself didn't even know. We were pleasantly surprised. VERY pleasantly.

Thanks to years of attendance at the Montreal Drumfest, I've had the opportunity to see MANY of the top drummers in the world, including Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Joe Morello, Dom Famularo, Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernandez, Chad Smith, you name it... but not Gadd, yet. And he's been number one on my drummers-to-see-before-I-die list. Then the opportunity comes to me out of nowhere, without any expectations whatsoever.

The show was absolutely amazing. It started with a short set with Mason and his trio. Some wicked swinging took place.
Harvey Mason

Then Gadd brought out his Crusaders and he showed us how to groove, with some insanely simple, yet delicate and nuanced drumming. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Then of course, in the middle of his set, he lets a solo rip. Thunderous.
Steve Gadd

The third set was a bonus. Some saxophonist called Dave Koz. He and his band gave a great show. He also brought out a cute little 19 year-old called Kelly Sweet. She made me think of Michelle Branch with her voice. Nice pair of... lungs.

Thanks P, it was truly an amazing show. Now, you wanna help me see number two on my drummers-to-see-before-I-die list? That would be funkmeister David Garibaldi!

Finally, here I leave you with another little clip of Thomas Lang, who I talked about in a surprisingly popular post some time ago. It was recorded at the 2007 Montreal Drumfest (too bad I wasn't there!). What a machine this guy is.