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Dr. Miklos Rozsa, renowned Hungarian composer of music for films and the concert hall expressed his musical beliefs in his memoir, “Double Life.” He said, “I have no time for any music which does not reflect pleasure in life, and more importantly, pride in life.”  His music, like his life, reflected great personal integrity. His musical career was extraordinary, because as one of the world’s most celebrated film composers, he was able to thrive professionally in the commercial motion picture industries in Paris, London, and Hollywood, without sacrificing that integrity.  His... (Read More ...)

Bernard Herrmann was an eminent composer of symphonic, operatic, and film music. He rejected all fads and fashions to pursue a musical ideal. At a time when many of his colleagues were tripping over their own feet in an effort to keep up with the latest trends in commercial music, Herrmann responded with an uncompromising “no.”  He detested musical charlatans, even those making millions of dollars a year. He paid the price for his outspoken integrity, enduring ridicule and sarcasm from those in Hollywood whose only interest was profit. Herrmann expressed his view when he said, “Music... (Read More ...)

        “Rhyme and Punishment” is newly discovered autobiography of Richard Armour, a world-renowned humorist and academician who wrote over sixty-five books and thousands of light verses. For the first time, readers can discover his adventures leading what he called his “double life,” in “cap and gown” and “cap and bells.” I’ve called the newly published memoir “hidden treasure.” Find out why as you learn and laugh while reading the words of one of America’s most unique literary figures. Just watch the... (Read More ...)

If you have been reading the articles and considering the ideas found through this web site, this is a question you are likely to ask. When you recognize that we are in a cultural crisis, your first instinct is undoubtedly to search for a solution. But the usual places you might expect to be part of the solution, schools, government, and the entertainment industry, are part of the problem.Each of these contributes to the causes of our crisis. Schools are too often busy trying keep up with fads and fashions. Your children and grandchildren should be acquiring the tools to learn about the best of... (Read More ...)

Is it ever too late to learn anything new? Are you ever too old to begin studying new subjects and exploring new ideas? Yes, suggests Ezekial Emanuel, a middle-aged physician who has written “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” an article which appeared in The Atlantic. Dr. Emanuel’s views matter because he isn’t just any misguided medic. He was one of the principal designers of Obamacare ; no doctor had greater access to the ear of the President of the United States. Dr. Emanuel’s views matter for another reason. His outlook, negative, pessimistic, and defeatist, masquerades as well-intended advice... (Read More ...)