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May 20, 2009

Jim Collins and Steve Martin arrive today


What an interesting day!  The new book from Jim Collins arrived today and in the same box was Steve Martin's new Banjo CD.  I got in a chapter or two at lunch and I expect I'll finish it tonight. "How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In" is available now and looks really interesting.  It seems to be trying to answer the question, "What happened to the companies mentioned in Built to Last and Good to Great that have fallen from greatness?  Where did they go wrong, and what lessons might we learn from them?"

I think I might cut out the quote from the back cover and stick it on my wall.



"Whether you prevail or fail, endure or die, depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you." -- Jim Collins

And what about the Steve Martin reference?  Everyone knows that Steve Martin is a funny guy, and some people know that he plays banjo, but not many people know that he's a REALLY GOOD banjo player.  He's also a friend and student of Boulder's own Dr. Banjo aka Pete Wernick, and he's just released his first serious music CD.  Pete played on some of the cuts as did Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien and Mary Black.  You might remember that Pete is the Banjo Player for Hot Rize and Tim O'Brien is the mandolin player, so there are a couple of Boulder connections.

The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo is available at DrBanjo.com and other fine music retailers.  It comes with a nice set of liner notes (is that what they are called now?) and I'm looking forward to getting home and listening to it while reading Steve's comments about how he wrote the tunes and who was playing on each one.

The Crow cover 

Here's a Youtube video of the title cut. 

May 20, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Music | Permalink


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