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I believe Jim liked this story first and foremost for its message of redemption. Jim believed that anyone could change if they have the intention and courage to do so. More importantly, Jim believed that one must pay attention to the signs the universe is giving them and take action before All too often, we tend to think that we have an unlimited amount of time to correct ourselves. He believed that there was more at work in this world than a series of random acts.
Yet, he was about taking responsibility for your own actions. Indeed, we become the architects of our successes and our failures in the choices we make.
A sign can simply, and as powerfully, be the voice we call conscience —something we all possess, urging us to take action before we fall to drink, drugs, hate, spite, jealousy, miserliness and a host of vulgar actions and qualities that pollute not only our being, but the environment around us.
We often look above or below for a physical manifestation of good and evil, instead of looking into our own hearts. Who knows? Perhaps if we have the courage to investigate further that answer, too, will reveal itself. I do share with my father the belief that anyone can change. May we come to see how beautiful this world could be if we were to focus on getting our own lives in order; if we were to make efforts to become better human beings, kinder and gentler people.
Scrooge came to understand this before his time ran out. May we, too, come to understand. After all, time runs out for everyone.
JIM BLACKLEY SYNCOPATED ROLLS PDF
He was also a prolific teacher whose teachings have, in my opinion, had a significant influence on the state of Canadian Jazz drumming over the past 50 years. Unfortunately I never met nor studied with Blackley myself however I did study and find myself spending a great deal of time with several major Canadian Jazz drummers that did including the likes of Chris McCann, Terry Clarke and Barry Elmes. Special thanks to Mark Micklethwaite and Morgan Doctor who shared many of these words of wisdom from Jim via Facebook: "One of the most important qualities we must develop is patience. Developing the ability to stay with the obvious requires both patience and determination. If the band is popping through a simplistic groove, do not be tempted to add anything. Do not imagine you have come to change the course of music, and that your time is beyond question.