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Joe Brodnicki "Self-actualization coaching and training; e-learning design architect and developer" RSS Feed (Hendersonville, TN USA)

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Personal Keys to Self-Help Success: Hard won insights to personal transformation
Personal Keys to Self-Help Success: Hard won insights to personal transformation
by Douglas Cartwright
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book. . .do the work. . .live life more fully!, April 25, 2011
First, let me admit three things: Doug is my good friend, my coach, and I really have read the book in some detail. Doug gets beyond the obvious stuff like telling you what you need to do: he gives you tools so you know *how* to create a better life for yourself. It's easy to say, "You need to have better attitude," yet something else to show you how to do it. "Personal Keys to Self-Help" gives you the fundamentals to create the internal frameworks for lasting change (attitude, thought/meaning-making processes). Next, you get the means to deal with each day as it happens and to focus your efforts to get what you want. "Personal Keys to Self-Help" presents a realistic (not pie-in-the-sky) approach to personal development. One warning: You will need to do the work. The good news: You'll be in a much better position to the right thing at the right time the right way to make the most of your life AND enjoy it all along the way!

Essential Taj Mahal
Essential Taj Mahal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defies classification-Taj is one-of-a-kind innovator, December 30, 2010
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This collection sums up over four decades of the ever-evolving music of an American treasure. When will people stop classifying Taj Mahal as a 'bluesman'???? Blues makes up only part of his vast repertoire. Taj was one of the first people to introduce the concept of 'world music', and you'll hear that in these CDs. The collection highlights many co-creators (Jesse Ed Davis, the Pointer Sisters, et al)and many of Taj's bands.
I give this five stars because it refvlecvts Taj's uniqueness as a performer and person as well as reflecting many of the quality songs and styles he has recorded. For Taj fans, it may not have your favorite---there are just too many memorable songs for that to happen. I confess that Taj has been one of my favorites for over 40 years and this collection was satisfying to me.

Atlanta Twelve String
Atlanta Twelve String
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every review has is 5 stars??? Believe it!, September 26, 2010
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Willie McTell stands alone as 12-string blues master. His off-handed delivery and irregular tempos are smooth and cool as can be. Very few 12-string players bring out the unique capabilities of the instrument (it wouldn't be the same on a 6-string). McTell pulls it off with a wide range of vocals.

Compare McTell's and Rev. Gary Davis' 12-string work with other blues players and you'll find these two as the most satisfying to listen to and emulate.

So, there's no Statesboro Blues. Get over it! Every cut is strong.

Why this over other McTell collections? The quality of the material, singing, and playing is better.

Why 5 stars??? It's one-of-a-kind collection of masterful 12-string blues.

The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 2
The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of songs. Great musicians, September 10, 2010
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Great stuff. Gabby, Atta Isaacs, two of Gabby's sons, Sonny Chillingsworth and other musicians combine for fine group sounds and beautiful music centered around slack key guitar. Joyful songs. Some traditional and somber. Lived up to expectations.

Travelin' Man
Travelin' Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bookbinder's personality and guitar shine - Old songs come back to life!, August 20, 2010
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Roy Bookbinder is a rare breed who was able to take the old acoustic blues styles and make them come to life. The stylings are mostly East Coast (Piedmont, Gary Davis, Blind Blake) and his playing captures the nuances that make the guitar work beguiling (Delia is a treasure to listen to---clean and complex). Bookbinder brings his storytelling approach (see him in concert or on YouTube) to his vocals. As a result, old tunes and out-dated lyrics come back to life.

This is a satisfying collection to enjoy. Every song is strong. See him live if you get the chance.
It's not a five because it doesn't break new ground or do anything better than anyone did it before.

American Favorite Ballads Vol. 1 - 5
American Favorite Ballads Vol. 1 - 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical value and quality performances, August 12, 2010
This recording rates a '5' for its historical value and the quality of the performance.

There are around 100 old folks songs (as in public domain old) and this legacy is well worth preserving. This set of recordings make them available as the folks idiom changes and many of these songs get lost in time.

Seeger brings appropriate instrumentation and, as one reviewer observed, the joy that bring these songs alive. Most recordings of old folks songs can get a bit sterile. Not so with these performances by Pete Seeger.

Livin With the Blues
Livin With the Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable---A real delight!!!, July 20, 2010
This review is from: Livin With the Blues (Audio CD)
I vowed to stop giving out five stars unless the recording was really somehting special. This is it! I borrowed this recording from the library to check it out. I was blown away by the second cut. And it got better better that. Vassar's playing is as good as any of his best material and the sparse arrangement gives everyone room to play.

You'll hear familiar musicians such as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Dave Matthews and Charlie Musselwhite (and more) performing some classic blues by Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, Bessie Smith and Tampa Red along with some by the folks recording on the CD.

If old-time folk blues or great fiddle playing is your thing, get this CD! Even if it's not, it's worth a listen to hear a style of music as it's meant to be played. The guy who wrote the liner notes said that Vassar's playing could sound like the universe was moving backward. Not sure what that means, but this is one remarkable recording!

Wanted Dead Or Alive
Wanted Dead Or Alive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print and timeless!, March 12, 2010
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This is a near-classic collection of music that shows off Bromberg's musicianship in several ways. The interpretations of the tunes are still fresh, creative, and compelling. While no one would say Bromberg has a great voice, he used it deftly in over-the-top tunes like Sharon and Send me to the Electric Chair and more subtle pieces like Statesboro Blues. The musisicanship is cutting-edge for the time it was recorded, bringing together folk, blues, rock, and a little jazz into a well-performed set of tunes. Still love it! Thoroughly enjoyable many years after it's release.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks a lot like "Best of Mississippi John Hurt" + 3 unreleased tracks, February 9, 2010
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
With all CD re-released and compilations, it's a little hard to keep up with what is what.
This collection has a good representaitonsof MJH's songs with the rapport of the live audience.
While a lot of old folk-blues sounds dated (not a knock---I still love it), MJH stays fresh.
Get this with the 1928 recordings and you have a good idea of MJH's style and a bit of who he is. There's very little written material about him. The music makes me think I would have liked to have met him.
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DVD-The Fingerpicking Blues Of Mississippi John Hurt
DVD-The Fingerpicking Blues Of Mississippi John Hurt
DVD ~ John Sebastian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners----A good tool to get the hang of MJH, February 9, 2010
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As simple as Hurt's style may seem (it's not flashy, but not as hard as say, Rev. Davis), it's really not all that easy. This DVD, along with Hurt's recordings (if you get one, get the 1928 sessions. "Complete Recordings" is good along with any Vanguard recordings) will help you recreate the signature sound of Mississippi John Hurt.
Also, I found watching him play Lonesome Valley and Spike Drivers Blues on YouTube recordings w/Pete Seeger are quite helpful in getting his flavor (watch the right hand and how he uses each finger to strike certain notes---it's the essence of his three-finger style---the thumb is pretty self-evidient). If you're really into this stuff, get more info and support the Mississippi John Hurt museum ([...]).
It still takes a lot work, but it's also fun if you get go with it, take your time, and get in the swing of it. Note-for-note isn't so improtant as creating that wonderful bounce.

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