Motivation is the more assertive cousin of willingness, and the emotional component of assertiveness. While the willing person will act if necessary, the motivated person seeks to act.
- Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (Simon & Schuster, 2018): a “rousing look at the political uses of this supposedly unfeminine emotion”.
- Jenny Boully, Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life (Coffee House Press, 2018): “Boully addresses the impulse to write”.
Film and Stage
- Chariots of Fire, about two Olympic athletes with disparate motivations to succeed
- Fitzcarraldo, about an “obsessed impresario . . . whose foremost desire in life is to bring both Enrico Caruso and an opera house to the deepest jungles of South America”
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
John Coltrane's hard-driving bop and post-bop jazz:
- “Blue Train” album
- “Giant Steps” album
- “John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio” album (1958)
- “A Love Supreme” album (1965)
- “Crescent” album (1964)
- “Black Pearls” album (1964)
- “Meditations” album (1966)
- “Live in Japan” box set (1966)
- “Expression” album (1967)
- “Afro Blue Impressions” album (1977)
- “Africa/Brass” abum
- “Ascension” album
- “The Believer” album
- “Stardust” album
- “Olé Coltrane” album
- “Ballads” album
- “Transitions” album
- “Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings” box set
- “The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings”
- “Live Trane: The European Tours” box set
- “The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings”
- “Blue World” album
- Live at The Jazz Gallery, New York City, 1960
- Live in Copenhagen, 1963
- Last performance at Newport, July 2, 1966
- “A Love Supreme” documentary
George Adams was a champion of hard-driving, straight-ahead jazz.
- The George Adams – Don Pullen Quartet live at the Subway, 1986
- “Live at the Village Vanguard” album, Volume 2
Out of a cell into this darkened space—
The end at twenty-five!
My tongue could not speak what stirred within me,
And the village thought me a fool.
Yet at the start there was a clear vision,
A high and urgent purpose in my soul
Which drove me on trying to memorize
The Encyclopedia Britannica!
[Edgar Lee Masters, “Frank Drummer”]