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Performed by See Spot Run
Words by Jeff Levine
Music by Bill Heese & Jeff Levine
Copyright 1994

A Necessary ending should not usually come as a surprise, but be the last step of a lot of effort to help the person come around.

– Dr. Henry Cloud

I found this really cool video of the Sun and all the planets as shot from various space craft…

Published by: Los Angeles Times 2015

William Heese has a reputation like no other in the music-publishing world, a reputation well deserved. Bill has not only been a mainstay in the industry for over 30 years, he has been a tireless promoter of the music publishing history.

Bill played a vital role in several publishing associations including RPMDA, MPA, and even this oral history program for NAMM. He has become a mentor and an inspiration for many who witness his example and hope to follow in his footsteps.

Bill’s love of the print world may only be equaled by his love of baseball, making it fitting at the NAMM Resource Center created a legacy collection named after Bill that seeks to collect photographs and other materials depicting baseball stars playing a musical instruments.

Interview Date: September 12, 2003
Job Title: Past Vice President
Company: Carl Fischer Publishing Company

August 7, 1938 – May 25, 2015

A Reading from the Book of Wisdom.

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torture shall touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish, they seemed to have died;
and their departure from this life was thought to be an affliction
and their going forth from us to be their utter destruction.

But they are in peace.

For even if they are punished in the eyes of men,
their hope is still full of immortality.

Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.

Like gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and like a sacrificial offering, he took them to himself.

Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his mercy is with his elect.

The Word of the Lord.

Lets face it technology is not going away. It’s growing exponentially! Our kids are running around with more computing power in their pockets than NASA when they put a man on the moon. So… how important is technology in education? It’s extremely important! It is critical that we understand how we use it and more importantly how our kids are using it.

Part of our job as parents and educators is to prepare our children to function in society. Thinking back at the generation before me, the electric typewriter was the technology tool of the business world. Today, it’s the computer or more importantly the Internet. Card catalogues are quickly being replaced by Google searches. Information is instantly accessible.

The fact is that our society is moving more information online. Project TestDrive was a national research study conducted in 2008 that found 49% of students retained information when using the National Science Digital Library. Further more, the Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up Survey determined the following…

Sixty percent of students are using mobile devices for anytime research, 43 percent for educational games and 40 percent for collaboration with their peers. Thirty-three percent of students surveyed use mobile devices for reminders and alerts related to their academic lives, 24 percent for taking photos of their assignments, and 18 percent for in-class polling (Riedel, 2014).

These are incredible numbers! We can’t turn our backs on this. We must embrace a new way of learning. In fact, many higher education institutions are using online learning as an alternative to traditional classrooms. Adobe Connect, Blackboard and even WebEx are excellent tools for interactive learning. They allow people to communicate real time from anywhere in the world. Image being part of a class trip to the Amazon while sitting in your own home.

Visual learning is taking on new meaning in the Internet age., iTunes U, YouTube channels and let’s not forget about the Khan Academy (the one that started it all) are all excellent choices for delivery on learning materials.

Doing PowerPoint presentations and producing videos are a great way to learn. It empowers kids to dig a little deeper. They learn the subject matter they are reporting on. They learn about what it takes to grab someone’s attention. They learn how to use the tools to produce this type of media. All of which are extremely useful in adult life.

Riedel, C., (2014, February 3rd), 10 Major Technology Trends in Education, Retrieved on April 24, 2015 from

No matter what job you’re in, there will always be office politics. You have to know who your allies are and who will need more persuading. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact if used correctly one can foster a better relationship by playing to the distractors, understanding why they aren’t with you and compromising where possible. Additionally, knowing whom your allies are and their relationship with others can make all the difference. It’s a small world. You might not be able to reach someone but perhaps your friends can. If you are all working towards the same goal greater things can be accomplished.

This is not necessarily about keeping people in the loop. This is about knowledge transfer. You’re in the position of management. Presumably you had your fair share of bumps in the road. Share what you know. Holding all the cards yourself will often leave you in a position where you are the only one that can do the work. There are not enough hours in the day to do your job and everyone else’s. Delegate where you can. Sharing your knowledge will help share the load. It also has the added benefit of empowering those that work for you. Show your team that you trust them and they will put their trust in you.

Someone once told me… “You’ll never learn anything if you’re the one that’s always talking.” Part of being a good leader means listening to what the subject matter experts (your team) have to say. You’re paying them for what they know so just listen. You may not always have to agree with them and there will be times that you don’t. A balance needs to be made. Individuals that feel their contributions are being taken seriously will stand behind you. Try at the very least to incorporate something of what they offer into the solution. By the way, this also includes engaging in small talk. Get to know the people that are working with you. People will want to be helpful when you spend the time getting to know them.