"…Sensual and arousing, a
consistently engaging and relaxing record. Classy and elegant.
…Strong melodies are the
standouts. Well conceived melodic structure delivered with deep supportive
…Quite emotional and
evocative. Played with the proper amount of reserve.
original set of work with hints of Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Enya and Chopin
showing every once in awhile.
…You find yourself
listening to one song, then two… next thing you realize is that Virtues&Vices
has you pleasantly ushered on a captivating journey through an attractive
repertoire of well-crafted songs; dynamic upbeat tunes, sensual and arousing
ambient melodies, and hauntingly emotional musical scores.
…A beautiful unique
blending of diverse styles of music – like no other on the market, bound to be
hailed as a trend-setting first.
…The rich melodic
structure, as it ebbs and flows in both flair and intensity, at times employs a
single naked piano, and at others a culmination of dozens of diverse instruments
all transitioning naturally from one stage to another, always in just the right
…What distinguishes this
album from any others of comparable genre is the meticulously well-crafted
melodies and harmony structures, the shared in-depth knowledge of music theory
embodying both the contemporary and the classical.
"Chance and chance alone has a message
for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected,
repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us." From
Milan Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'.
"We must not cease from exploration and
the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to
know the place for the first time."T.S. Eliot
means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our
behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. Look at
the word responsibility - "response-ability" - the
ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize
that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or
conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their
won conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their
conditions, based on feeling. "
Stephen R. Covey.
"No one can
hurt you without your consent."
"Seek first to
understand, then to be understood : this is the endowment of courage
balanced with consideration."
Stephen R. Covey
"Our behavior is a
function of our decisions, not our conditions. Look at the word
responsibility –‘response-ability’– the ability to choose your
response..." Stephen R. Covey.
"Treat a person as they
are and they will remain as they are. Treat a person as they can and
should be and they will become as they can and should be."
"Today we come across an individual who
behaves like an automaton, who does not know or understand himself,
and the only person that he knows is the person that he is supposed to
be, whose meaningless chatter has replaced communicative speech, whose
synthetic smile has replaced genuine laughter, and whose sense of dull
despair has taken the place of genuine pain. Two statements may be
said concerning this individual. One is that he suffers from defects
of spontaneity and individuality which may seem to be incurable. At
the same time it may be said of him he does not differ essentially
from the millions of the rest of us who walk upon this
earth." by Erich Fromm.
"The significant problems we face cannot
be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created
them." Albert Einstein.
"Main Elements of
Principled Negotiation ~ People: Separate the people from the
problem; Interests: Focus on interests, not positions; Options:
Invent options for mutual gain; Criteria: Insist that the result be
based on some objective standard."
Roger Fisher and William Ury.
"Don't curse the
darkness, rather, light a candle."
"The future is not some
place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths are not to
be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the
maker and the destination." John Schaar.
is not in things: it is in us." Richard Wagner.
of ordinary life." Lestat de
Lioncourt, from Anne Rice's 'Blood Canticle'.