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December 15, 2016

“Make You Feel My Love”

“Make You Feel My Love” is a song written by Bob Dylan that appeared on his 1997 album “Time Out of Mind”. It was first released commercially by Billy Joel before Dylan’s version appeared later that same year. Since then numerous performers such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson have covered it. […]

May 12, 2016

New models, old wants

An excerpt from economist.com dated Oct 24th 2015 (From the print edition): “New companies also exploit new technology, which enables them to go global without being big themselves. Startups used to face difficult choices about when to invest in large and lumpy assets such as property and computer systems. “ “Today they can expand very […]

December 10, 2015

My son, I, Orson Welles & HBR Turkey

Orson Welles in his song says: “I know what it is to be young… But you, you don’t know what it is to be old.” I am sure it was a great statement at his time. Does it still hold in today’s fast changing world? Maybe he would have rewritten the lyrics if he wrote […]

September 3, 2015

Music bombed in Dresden

In that period between 13th and 15th February in 1945 the British and the US air forces dropped tons of high-explosive bombs on the city of Dresden. The bombing and the resulting fires destroyed also the Dresden Library, which was preserved with most of its collection by the American and British troops after the war. […]

July 9, 2015

“Beauty has no expiration date”

One reads these words as the video starts. It is the clip of the song Come Get It Bae by Pharrell Williams. Mr. Williams has chosen ladies around the age of 40 to dance in the clip, instead of the usual roll-call of dancers in their teens and twenties. In a behind-the-scenes video of the […]

April 2, 2015

Love vs Money

I (Who Have Nothing) is a song originally released in English by Ben E. King in 1963. It is based on the Italian song Uno Dei Tanti, with music by Carlo Donida. The English lyrics were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. I listened to it for the first time on a Tom Jones […]

November 27, 2014

White of the bride

I love it when I hear children ask naive questions like “Why do men have beards?”, “Why do birds fly?” or “Why is the sky blue?” As we grow up, I think we begin to lose that free questioning ability and start “knowing” everything. Now and then, I try to look at the world around […]

October 30, 2014

Every business needs a Tchaikovsky!

I never got along that well with ballet. Though I can see how technically brilliant it is: the harmony between the dancers and the smooth flow of the movements can be overwhelming. This can happen thanks to the music played in the background. That music keeps everyone together. Unfortunately, in the business world we don’t […]

July 24, 2014

The value of the unexpected

Let’s say that you like arias, and watched the performances of five different sopranos over the course of a year. You hadn’t listened to any one of them before. Taken separately, each soprano was very good. However, one of them, Sirkka Lampimäki, did something so unexpected, it made her impossible to forget. Even though what […]

July 10, 2014

A killing overdose

Imagine that a producer is told: “The most prominent musicians in the world would like to use your new product!” And when he asks about the names of those musicians, he receives the following list: The Animals, American Blues, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and many others… […]

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