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6 points by ivankirigin 3387 days ago | hide | past | web | 8 comments | favorite

Lindsay Mac has a song on her upcoming CD about business and change and rethinking our definitions of progress:

It's 1902 and the sky is not blue / it's the familiar color of steel / and the smoke from the stacks / that will lay down the tracks / of a country's birth at the wheel.

Suspended on high with suspenders on tight is a man connecting the beams / of a building so big it will rip up the seams of a thousand competitor's dreams.

Intense fields of grain / yes it's perfectly tamed / for as far as the eye can see / now a view from above / where the prairie once was / is perfectly right angled beams.

When he gets done from spraying he finds the kids playing in the pond with nets and fish line / and they hoist up their prize of a frog with three eyes as they dance with delight at their find.

I'm finding it tough to have just enough when there's so much out there to try / my affair with machines is all for the dream I might have just a little more time. When I tell you goodnight through the beam of a satellite it seems like an awfully big bet / to cut all the anchors to say its just human nature it's all in the name of progress.


She also has a song called Lucy, which is about quitting your day job and following your dreams. You can actually stream it from http://www.lindsaymac.com

When things are going well, Sinatra:

"... But through it all, when there was doubt, / I ate it up, and spit it out. / I faced it all / And I stood tall / And did it my way. / ... For what is a man, what has he got / If not himself, then he has naught / To say the things he truly feels / And not the words of one who kneels. / The record shows / I took the blows / And did it myyyyyyy way"

When things are going not so well, Leonard Cohen:

"I said to myself, 'Where are you golden boy, where's your famous golden touch?' / I thought you knew where all of the elephants lie down. / I thought you were the crown prince of all the wheels in ivory town."

(that's Dress Rehearsal Rag)


"And there are no letters in the mailbox, / And there are no grapes upon the vine, / And there are no chocolates in your boxes anymore, / And there are no diamonds in your mine"

(that's Diamonds in the Mine)

You really gotta hear 'em for the full effect.

Remember the Name by Fort Minor. The chorus:

"This is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name"

How about "Get a Life" by Freestylers?


If that's not a startup anthem, I don't know what is.

The Cause by NOFX:

Isn't for the money Nor is it for the fun It's a plan, a scam, a diagram It's for the benefit of everyone You gotta have a little respect Subterranean ideals Traditional neglect Reflect on how it would make you feel

The cause- we're just doing it for the cause

No it isn't for the fortune, It isn't for the fame It's a scheme, a dream, a barterine We want everyone to think the same Because you know what you know is right And you feel what you can't ignore And you try so hard to point the blame A shame- what are we doing this for?

The cause- we're just doing it for the cause

"And the men who hold high places / Must be the ones to start

To mould a new reality / Closer to the heart"

Palo Alto by Radiohead seems appropriate...


I love "Little Room." I could link to my blog post about it a while back, or blather some more, but I think I'll just play the song.

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