What Buddy Rich Taught Me About Advertising

What Buddy Rich Taught Me About Advertising

With the popularity of the movie “Whiplash”, there’s been a renewed interest in big band drumming. The greatest of them all, was Buddy Rich. Rather than try and describe the “Worlds Greatest Drummer”, just youtube Buddy Rich and watch his genius. But how does a jazz drummer teach the art of advertising? Well let’s start … Continued

The GRAMMY’S Can’t Camouflage the Music.

The GRAMMY’S Can’t Camouflage the Music.

Tony Bennett, ELO, Tom Jones,  a few choice notes by Herbie Hancock and John Mayer, all stuck out in a visual overload at the GRAMMY’S. The big production numbers and lip syncing really disappointed me. The salute to Stevie Wonder was great, if it wasn’t a shameless plug for his special on CBS next week. … Continued

Who Was the Super Bowl Ad MVP?

Who Was the Super Bowl Ad MVP?

Celebrity filled Super Bowl spots don’t guarantee success. With big names like Neeson, Bridges, Cranston, Damon, offer man, Buscemi, Handler and Silverman, you’d think the Super Bowl spots were all winners. You couldn’t be more misdirected than a 1985 Bruce Jenner Wheaties box. This year’s crop of Super Bowl spots had a more serious tone … Continued

America the Busyful.

America the Busyful.

Why has “busy” become most people’s answer to “How are you?” Having a lot going on doesn’t automatically mean you’re  succeeding. One of my favorite John Wooden quotes is “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” I feel that the creative process needs time to breathe and we need to tinker with ideas. Too often we’re going … Continued

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