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The Measure Of A Life

While it's been long obvious that almost no one from its glory days uses LiveJournal anymore, it remains for me an occasional outlet for things that just don't seem to belong anywhere else.

Such is very much the case for this, a very rare public post, in which i will openly struggle to capture some thoughts and feelings on a current event that falls near and dear to my heart.

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I'd Smile And Say You Were A Friend Of Mine

In the unrelenting mania of life, i missed an incredibly sad piece of news earlier this month...

Eric Woolfson
1945 – 2009

The New York Times Obit can't capture the breadth of this man's work, nor can any words i write fully express the musical influence that it had on me. As the "other half" of The Alan Parsons Project, Woolfson's heartfelt songwriting and business savvy perfectly complemented Parsons' arranging and production genius. Though he never considered himself a vocalist, his voice leads some of the group's most acclaimed tunes.

The Project was one of the first bands i was seriously into, hallmarking what i'd consider the beginning of my self-realizations about the depth of my love of music. Their work was rock-centric, but freely explored adjacent styles, focused on creative production, and brought diverse elements into their orchestrations such as large classical arrangements, vocal ensembles, and the ever-emerging synthesized sounds of the era. The project had no fixed lineup, but was formed around the two-man nucleus, with a family of performers moving in and out for various productions, some short-term guests, some veterans.

Sound familiar?

After ten groundbreaking albums with the Project and a prolific solo career -- seemingly always happy to peek out from halfway behind the stage curtain -- Eric left us in the early hours of 02 December (coincidentally on the anniversary of another major loss in my life, perhaps even to the hour).

He also left us a hell of a legacy. As is reportedly said of The Velvet Underground, relatively few people listened to The Alan Parsons Project, but i'll bet most of them started bands.

Please include me in that count.

Thanks, Eric.



Here's a sketch of an idea for a relatively simple, executable path to a much happier life:

1) Carry some device all day long that you can set to alert you at regular customized time intervals.

2) Set your time interval so that the alert goes off every 4 hours.

3) Every time it goes off, think upon something for which you are sincerely and especially grateful just then, and acknowledge your gratitude for a moment. (Try to think of a new one each time, if you can, but don't stress it if you have repeats.)

4) Do this every day until you feel like it's pretty easy to do... and then cut your time interval in half.

5) Repeat forward from Step 3 until your time interval is short enough that you no longer need the alert.

Refine and pass along as you will.