Last Call

It includes an F-bomb or two, but the screen legend's speech to college graduates highlights the inevitability of rejection and how you've got to keep working.

"Time goes on. So whatever you're going to do, do it. Do it now. Don't wait." —Robert De Niro

Here's a true music industry story that's stuck with me for 15 years. I'm keeping this anonymous because the story involves some transgressions by formerly powerful people, and although I like the idea of karma in action, I'm no snitch. As a rule, I avoid saying negative things about anybody, whether it's deserved or not.

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Prince playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, and Jeff Lynne at George Harrison's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.



To shred or not to shred? Sometimes a little restraint to serve a melody can shine brighter than scorching a solo.

A cop pulls a drunk over and demands that he get out of his car.

The cop says, "Obviously, you've been drinking. I need you to perform a sobriety test."

The drunk, swaying back and forth, answers with a smug slur: "Oh, really? You think I'm drunk, huh? Would a drunk be able to do this?"

The drunk then violently swings his arms above his head as he does a fast, deep knee bend. He then lets out a howl, craps his pants, and falls over in a stinking, moaning heap.

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Albert Einstein, shown here circa 1947, called quantum entanglement, "spooky action at a distance."

An exploration of the creative process, quantum entanglement, and how songs can appear out of thin air.

When you are writing a song, improvising a solo, or coming up with an arrangement, where do these ideas come from?

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