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January 10, 2009


Mark Walsh

As well as working in business, I dance tango and study aikido (the later for some years failry intensely) these are my jazz. Both involve learning forms and them letting go of them. "Takemusu Aiki" is the basis of advanced aikido and means (roughly) "divine martial creative" as responses appear effortlessly as expression of nature through the practitioner in an unplanned spontaneous way that handles the situation appropriately. I imagine this will either make no sense or be obvious as its really experiential...so I'll shut up. Here's what it looks like:


Jan Schultink

Well said.


I totally agree with Mark, Aikido and Tango have a lot to share: a research to harmony, a sincere kindness to the partner, a lot of technique that disappears into the elegance of the movements... just like jazz - and Zen! Thank you for all the inspiration I always get in your blog, Raynold!


beautiful words of wisdom, and aptly-timed for the new year=) cheers, garr!

Rik Konings

Hi Garr,

What a great list of human wisdom.
For me I can use the list for lot's of combination of creative art. It inspire me to be more creative.
I am a juggler and in the past few years I made cross-overs with painting art and juggling, running and juggling, poetry and juggling, dance and juggling and last year I visited Dave Finnigan(FL), writer of the book "The Zen of Juggling". Dave inspired me to use his book 'The zen of juggling' as a metaphor for a leadershiptraining for businesspeople in western Europe. I am looking forward to combine my knowledge with jazz and find new creative opportunities.


Any thoughts on the presentations going on at CES?

Garr Reynolds

> Any thoughts on the presentations going on at CES?

Yes, I thought Palm was great at CES. As for Macworld, I thought Phil could do better (I have seen him do much better).

John Rutter

Like that list, even without considering how they could from from an appreciation of either Jazz or Zen.

Nicely put together, as usual.

Charles Gupton


Great list.

As I get older, more of these suggestions just make sense. I've been thinking a lot lately about the power of silence and listening. People are often saying far more and frequently, far different things than the words they are speaking.

Another observation. A few words spoken in genuine encouragement of another person's heart has a great power to heal and nourish that goes far beyond the moment.

Charles Gupton


Miyamoto Musashi comes to mind: "A man who has mastered an art reflects it in every action."

Nile Cruises

Thanks Garr, I came to your post from a Twitter from Ed Dale and reading your "21 things learned from Jazz", made me think of something I read years ago when I was only in to rock music and couldnt' understand why anyone would listen to Jazz. I cant' remember how it went exactly but it was from someone trying to explain that to listen only to rock or pop usually meant that you were listening to exactly the same patterns over and over again, (4/4 time or similar) and that to listen to Jazz ( or World Music or Classical) meant you were giving your "hearing brain" a workout or a challenge. It took me a longtime to understand what they were saying but when I finally did understand then a whole new exciting and rewarding world opended up to me and it was like "finding" music all over again. (Not sure if I explained that too well!!).

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