The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, September 29, 2012

In sync

This is pretty weird and very cool.  All of these metronomes start at different times but eventually get in and in stay in perfect sync.  Why?

One of the things I used to have to do when I conducted orchestras and bands was to hit the metronome markings in my head.  It is a learned skill and I was good at it.  I can tell almost to the second when my microwave is going to ding.  The trick I learned was to imagine Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and that always gave a remarkably accurate 120 or 2 beats a second.  Then it was easy to adjust that up or down in my head.

Incidentally, they sync up because of the vibrations and energy transferred to the table which, in turn, is transferred back to the others.

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