Youth to Youth Concerts

Just back from a speaking gig in Kazan and St. Petersburg, Russia and trying to catch up.

In my absence, I am amazed at the work of Youth to Youth Concerts.  This organization gathers talented American musicians from across the country and holds concerts to raise awareness for needy youth around the globe. Award winning youth like Nicholas, Stephen and Daniel Tavani, Phillip Munck, Samantha Kline and Catlin and Emily Beare.

It is really a great idea.  Instead of retreating into an isolated, one-way tunnel, myopically and selfishly advancing their respective musical careers, these young people are able to gain new experiences from performance and at the same time help others.

The concerts also serve as fundraisers for needy causes and have the added benefit of inspiring youth in need to use their own talents, regardless of their circumstances.

Make no mistake; these are not your average musicians.  These students have won national awards and are enrolled in the best schools and have some of the most renowned teachers.  These concerts are almost unbelievable, like a room full of little Mozarts and Bachs running around.  It is quite a show.  And they have guest “stars” stop by, like concert pianist, Martin Berkofsky.

If you are ever near a Youth to Youth Concert, do yourself a favor and attend.  If you happen to have a talent in your family, get them plugged in, it doesn’t hurt for these young people to network and learn from each other.

See: http://www.orgsites.com/va/youth2youth/

40 Responses to Youth to Youth Concerts

  1. tex2 says:

    It is really a great idea. Instead of retreating into an isolated, one-way tunnel, myopically and selfishly advancing their respective musical careers, these young people are able to gain new experiences from performance and at the same time help others. —- As opposed to a speaker making big bucks traveling around the world, retreating into an isolated, one-way tunnel, myopically and selfishly advancing their respective speaking career, an older guy unable to gain new information from other bloggers and at the same time not helping others avoid the tool scam?

  2. David Black says:

    It is not one businessman’s responsibility to warn a competitor against possibly nefarious business practices.

    It should be “every man for himself” in business.

    Ayn Rand said it best in The Fountainhead, where the chief protagonist Howard Roark says “I ask for no help and offer none in return.”

  3. tex2 says:

    Yeah, every man for himself. That’s why we saved the Jews from certain extinction in WWII.

    Besides, Doug isn’t a a competitor, he’s a paid speaker for Amway crowds. Right Doug?

  4. David Black says:

    Your logic is specious.

    Saving a race of people is not in any way comparable to a bunch of morons who can’t figure out how to prosper in the MLM business.

  5. David Black says:

    The bottom line is that your inability to fathom the MLM business as it runs is NOT a matter of life and death.

  6. tex2 says:

    Your logic is non-existent.

    Saving a race of people is doing what’s right.
    Fixing a corrupt MLM business is doing what’s right.

    The bottom line is that your inability to think in any terms than “every man for himself” says a lot more about you than it does about me.

    I never said any kind of a business is a matter of life and death, but that shouldn’t be the criteria to act in an ethical and moral manner.

  7. David Black says:

    What makes MLM worth fixing? It’s a bogus enterprise to begin with. Anyone who agrees to join a network to earn money and agrees to pay some dumb ass a cut of your profits for doing NO WORK is a ridiculous idea.

    Why couldn’t any of you people just start your own business independently and exist entirely on your own?

    This is as bad as organized religion. It’s these dopes that think they have to join a church and give money to some other dope in a $1000 suit in order to achieve “salvation.”

    I read somewhere that the founders of Amway were jesus freaks and that explains it all.

    When will you people learn that in life you are ultimately alone and no one but your own loved ones can you actually trust.

  8. tex2 says:

    If you’re against the concept of MLM, there’s nothing to discuss.

    If you’re against organized religion and think joining a church and giving money is what provides salvation, there’s nothing to discuss.

    Whether the founders are “Jesus freaks” has nothing to do with the tool scam, so there’s nothing to discuss.

    If you believe you are alone and can only trust your loved ones, you need to talk to Bernie Madoff’s wife, because there’s nothing to discuss.

  9. David Black says:

    I am against herd mentalities, where MLM people and church going yahoos alike are led like cattle and told what to do in order to ensure their success in life.

  10. tex2 says:

    Good. It’s a free country. Go for it.

  11. teynnensweig says:

    Oh, gee, now we are citing Ayn Rand to buttress our own point?

    Could that go from “Fountainhead” to “Atlas”? Perhaps even Rothbard?

    But we’re still going to condemn the “loosertarians” even so, for they have nothign to do with the above, of course.

    Some intellect you are.

    Tex2: you have lots of time on your hands it seems — methinks you can stop flogging, the horse has been dead for weeks.

  12. tex2 says:

    teynnensweig,

    Methinks you don’t have a clue. IBOs are still being ripped off as we speak: “http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/9-steps-of-truth.html”

  13. David Black says:

    “loosertarians” (sic)

    Murray, in order to be an intellect, you have to be able to at least spell correctly on a consistent basis.

  14. David Black says:

    If MLM IBO’s are being “ripped off as we speak” then it’s their own fault and part of the price they pay for joining such a fraudulent business system.

    If they had only started businesses in the traditional manner then there wouldn’t be this issue. But because morons choose to do business in a collectivist and completely anti-individualist and anti-cut throat manner they deserve whatever cruel fate that befalls them.

  15. David Black says:

    EDIT: Murray, in order to be an intellectual…

  16. tex2 says:

    At least you caught your spelling error before I did….while criticizing someone else for misspelling!

    I don’t accept blame for being lied to. There are many businesses that use various means of partnerships, not just MLMs.

  17. David Black says:

    “I don’t accept blame for being lied to.”

    That’s why you fail. You can’t accept responsibility for voluntarily submitting to a fraudulent business system and getting burned.

    You were lied to, GET OVER IT, YOU FOOL!

    Do you think you are special that you now deserve some special consideration because you failed in business?

    YOU are the person playing the victim and making an entire internet career bitching about something you could have easily avoided by starting a business the established traditional way … going to a bank, borrowing equity, and manufacturing and selling a product or service without having to share profits with anyone.

  18. David Black says:

    “There are many businesses that use various means of partnerships, not just MLMs.”

    Partnerships aren’t pyramids, fool.

  19. tex2 says:

    There is every reason to believe a company that has been around for a half century is reasonably honest. Just like many others believed Bernie Madoff, with his background. However, when things aren’t as they seem, the proper authorities should move in and shut the scam down, as they did in the UK a couple of years ago.

    I am over it, now the job is to ensure OTHERS DON’T GET SCAMMED AS WELL!

    I never claimed to be “special”, why did you ask?

    I’m also not playing victim, I’m taking action, in a variety of ways.

    MLM isn’t a pyramid, either. Fool.

  20. David Black says:

    “I am over it, now the job is to ensure OTHERS DON’T GET SCAMMED AS WELL!”

    Why? What’s in it for you?

  21. David Black says:

    MLM is a pyramid with product sales attached. Profits are still kicked up from the lower levels of the pyramid to the higher levels of the pyramid. That’s fact.

  22. tex2 says:

    What’s in it for me is the satisfaction of doing the right thing, something I realize you don’t relate to very well. Plus I want to grow my own business without it being shut down by the government after I invest the time, money and effort to do so, as happened in the UK.

    MLM is a pyramid with product sales attached. Profits are still kicked up from the lower levels of the pyramid to the higher levels of the pyramid. That’s fact. —- Point?

  23. David Black says:

    “—- Point?”

    it’s a ridiculous way to do business. I could never imagine anyone in their right mind agreeing to share profits from their work with a network of strangers who did nothing to help you earn.

  24. David Black says:

    “What’s in it for me is the satisfaction of doing the right thing,”

    Sorry, a smart businessman NEVER does anything without there being something in it for them.

    But then, “smart” and MLM don’t go together, do they?

  25. tex2 says:

    The reason you could never imagine anyone in their right mind agreeing to share profit from their work with a network of strangers who did nothing to help you earn is because that isn’t how it works.

    I think if you read my answer in its entirety you will find there IS something in it for me.

    But then, “smart” and DB don’t go together, do they?

  26. David Black says:

    “because that isn’t how it works.”

    You’re lying. That’s EXACTLY how it works. Everyone but you MLM clowns knows that.

    “Satisfaction”? Can you put a price on that?

  27. tex2 says:

    I’m not lying, you’re ignorant.

  28. tex2 says:

    The “price” of satisfaction? As the commercials say, “priceless”: “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFNXwor69-U” Ironic, because I often use the idiom of the “elephant in the room” to describe the tool scam. Of course I don’t mean that literally DB, it’s just a figure of speech: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room

  29. David Black says:

    “The “price” of satisfaction? As the commercials say, “priceless”:”

    How typical that you would resort to a ridiculous and phony Madison Avenue derived middle class myth about principles.

    It’s as moronic as people who quote bible verses in the face of adversity.

  30. tex2 says:

    Unlike you, I find satisfaction in something else than making another dollar.

    How typical that you would resort to a ridiculous and phony measure of satisfaction.

    It’s as moronic as people who suckle off their daddy’s success and try to claim it as their own.

  31. David Black says:

    “It’s as moronic as people who suckle off their daddy’s success and try to claim it as their own.”

    Tsk, tsk, a little jealous that your daddy didn’t provide for his family like he should have?

  32. tex2 says:

    Not at all. In fact, I’m thankful I’m not a spoiled little 60+ year old child.

  33. David Black says:

    “Spoiled”? That’s a laugh. Unless you’ve lived in a war zone and faced enemy fire, then don’t talk to me about who’s been spoiled, pal.

    You kids don’t know about true sacrifice.

  34. tex2 says:

    Just because you spent a little time in a war zone while your hormones were raging for your wife doesn’t mean you’re not spoiled little 60+ year old child. Unless you lived through getting shot at on a U.S. Naval warship and faced enemy fire, then don’t talk to me about who’s been spoiled, pal.

    You, kid, don’t know about true sacrifice. True sacrifice isn’t getting attacked by some other country, that’s survival. True sacrifice is stepping in between two countries at war and defending the one being attacked unjustly, when you could have instead stepped back whistling Dixie.

  35. David Black says:

    “True sacrifice is stepping in between two countries at war and defending the one being attacked unjustly,”

    That’s exactly what I did– trying to save innocent Israeli women and children in the midst of savage attacks during the 1973 war with Egypt.

    That’s a bit different from lobbing shells from the safety of a big US navy warship out in the distant sea.

  36. tex2 says:

    Congratulations, it’s surprising you have such low regard for others. Did you used to care about others, but were chastened by war? By the way, you’re welcome (for the U.S. supplying the necessary weapons and training that allowed the Israelis to do that).

    Actually, we never had to “lob shells”, and a big US navy warship, although quite capable of defending itself, is an easily found and vulnerable target, from the sea surface, air, or from under the water. Often, you’re on your own, so if something happens, you don’t get much help in a timely manner. Plus, it’s impossible to “lob shells” from the “distant sea”, as you have to be relatively close to the coast, unless you’re using cruise missiles.

  37. tex2 says:

    On second thought, you were there protecting what YOU consider your own people, so my original thought remains valid.

  38. David Black says:

    Of course I would only consider the safety and security of my own people and those who also pledge to ensure our safety and security of the people of the State of Israel and any or all Jews worldwide.

    Anyone who is not on board with that can go f- themselves and die for all I care.

  39. tex2 says:

    Yes, right on script. Well done.

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