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Design in General

When I was a teenager, I decided to learn how to play the guitar. I’d like to be able to attribute this to a noble need for self-expression, but it probably had more to do with impressing girls. I bought myself a guitar and took classes at the local music shop. There I learned old folk songs—combinations of chords and stories that traveled through history long enough for people to forget who originally wrote them. I was enraptured.

Before long I began to write my own songs and play in bands. It was the combination of people and instruments in the bands that was the most challenging and enjoyable aspect to write for. Each song needed to have its own beat, a single rhythm to hold the song together. But it also needed solos and improvisation to highlight each player’s individual contribution. In the end, if it worked, the whole became more than the sum of its parts.


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