Here they are, the notable books I’ve read in 2014.
Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman: A must-read from the father of positive psychology (not to be confused with the “positive thinking” fairy tales), defining happiness and offering a very sensible recipe for it, based on scientific research.
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard: The “code” of mastery is a lifelong interest of the author, a former World War pilot, sports journalist, and jiu-jitsu master (a sport he undertook at age forty-six). In this book, he offers a great perspective on what mastery is.
The Schecter C-1 Classic is, for better or worse, my main axe at this stage, having owned it for two years and a half. I used it in most common scenarios, from home practice to recording, rehearsal, and gigging.
Let’s say you somehow got someone foolish enough to do your every bidding, whatever it may be.
You take him to your studio, grinning, and you force him to do one job, and one job only: you have him hold on to a volume knob for dear life, and every time the sound volume goes above a certain predefined threshold, he should turn the volume down by twisting that knob you chained him to. You instruct him to do so only after a certain time has passed after the threshold was reached – you call this time interval the attack, because you tell that poor man to “attack” the knob to bring down the volume.