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#TBT: Elton John and Being a Rock Star

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Elton John and Being a Rock Star. "Rock star” is one of those terms that has experienced a lot of inflation over the last few years. A rock star used to be someone who sold millions of records and had legions of fans and was, in a way, a living god. Someone with fame, wealth and popularity almost beyond imagining for us mere mortals. And then it became a term...

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#TBT: The Story War

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim. It's about stories -- specifically, about the need to build great “stories” into our live entertainment. The Story War I’m a storyteller. It’s true. Ask anyone who knows me, or particularly those who either work for me or live in my house. Just about every principle ends up accompanied by a story. Some of those stories are anecdotes I’ve either experienced or heard, and some are made up to illustrate...

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The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You

I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton's songs so much that she couldn't even hear Elton sing. I sympathize, kinda. But not really. Because the last thing in the world that we need to drive into other forms of performed live music is a policy that requires that we sit absolutely silent at all times. See how nicely...

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