Thomas Alva Edison

Here are some quotes from Edison that you may find apply to the music business.


Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories - a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power plant was on Manhattan Island, New York.

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Many years ago I was a Special Forces soldier in 1 Commando Company.  The training staff would get us wet, cold, hungry and tired then have us do weapons drills, ambush drills, contract drills, platoon quick attacks etc. over and over, and over, and over, and over so it became instinctive.  When Commandos engage the enemy they know the weapons perfectly and can clear a jammed weapon in their sleep.  Their reactions and infantry minor tactics are instinctive.  No matter how much $h!t happened (and an awful lot of $h!t happens on a battle field when people are trying to kill you) they work together as a team because they have done so much training in the fundamentals. 



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