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The value of repeating what’s already been said (in your own voice)

I recently listened to some contemporary renditions of a few classic jazz standards.

Among the standouts, were a performance of Nature Boy by Kurt Elling and a version of Mona Lisa by Greg Porter.

As a jazz music lover, I didn’t need to hear those two singers in order to know about the aforementioned songs.

I’ve heard Nature Boy and Mona Lisa dozens of times.

Yet, there was something about the mood and energy those two singers brought to the songs that made me feel the truth and beauty of music in an entirely different way.

I invite you to listen to Nat King Cole’s famous versions of Nature Boy and Mona Lisa. Then check out Kurt Elling and Greg Porter.

The same lyrics are sang in all performances, but it’s a very unique experience each time.

Here’s today’s two cents:

Dare to say what has already been said.

The old and obvious truths are often the likeliest candidates to be forgotten.

Moreover, personal transformation and societal revolution is not the by-product of our having heard it before, but rather the outworking of hearing it in a way that resonates.

Never underestimate the power of your voice.

There are many that have heard, but some of them will never understand and remember until they hear it from you.

At least that’s the way I see it.


T.K. Coleman

P.S. You don’t need to be better than the original guys. You just need to be authentically you. Besides, you probably wont be very good at creating anything if your primary drive is to be better than someone else. 

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  1. This will most definitely be one of my favorite posts. We spend so much time trying to create new “Pop Strategies” of success that we miss what’s right in front of us. The great thing about principles is they don’t change, but they can be communicated in many different ways. Coffee has been around forever but Starbucks changed the game with their expression of it. We all need to find our expression of coffee. D. L.

    P.S. I almost started blogging on you blog. Lol.

  2. “Never underestimate the power of your voice”…I love this entire post, T.K. I never quite understood the power of saying/singing/expressing the “same thing” in a new or different way til now. Thank you!! 🙂

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