LISTEN NOW: Amy Vachal Performs "Hymn 101"

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It's why we also devote significant resources to vocational and leadership development programs; Fool U, our internal university; a speaker series; and even companywide "great idea hunts."

It's also why we just launched an Artist-in-Residence program. In the words of Lee Burbage, who as People Fool oversees all aspects of our company's culture, "More than ever I am willing to be surprised by what we learn from talented people in all walks of life."

We are thrilled to welcome Amy Vachal, a singer/songwriter and painter based in New York, as our first Artist-in-Residence. As you'll see in the following clip, Amy is immensely talented:

We'll be welcoming all kinds of artists to the program, and we look forward to our team of Fools learning from and collaborating with all of them. It should make us a stronger, more creative organization.

Now, click the video above and listen to Amy cover "Hymn 101" once again. Fool on!

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  • Report this Comment On October 01, 2012, at 8:40 PM, chris293 wrote:

    Nero played while Rome burned. Very will I understand.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2012, at 2:31 PM, TMFTomGardner wrote:

    Actually, Rome burned while people were posting notes on bulletin boards about Rome burning. :)

  • Report this Comment On October 05, 2012, at 12:09 PM, AbueloLoco wrote:

    I think this is excellent. I think it also starts to address an underlying issue that productivity increases do not come only with increased profitablility, but also societal costs. Robotic manufacturing reduces production jobs. When driverless cars and trucks are perfected, there will be a reduction in service jobs. What becomes of taxi and truck drivers? At some point, we are able to produce more than we need with a work force that is way less than perhaps even half of the potential work force? What do we use the rest of us for? Resident artists is one way. Thank you.

  • Report this Comment On October 05, 2012, at 6:32 PM, Bokonon9 wrote:

    Wow, Amy! You are both beautiful and immensely talented. Love your finger-picking. I wish I could see what guitar you were playing - it sounds great.

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2012, at 10:18 PM, XMFSMurph wrote:

    Oh, what a treasure she is!

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2012, at 5:26 AM, gaminsky wrote:

    Amy, that was awesome! I really loved the lyrics.

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2012, at 1:52 PM, wodeqian wrote:

    Okay two areas of my life that I did not expect to come together - Joe Pug and Stock Research. One of my favorite songs of all time!

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2012, at 9:57 PM, jmbring wrote:

    i loved this.

    ps: props also to TMF for seeing beyond the numbers

    pps: @TomG, :^)))

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2012, at 12:13 PM, Alykens wrote:

    Great job Amy - you sound awesome as usual!

  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2012, at 5:37 PM, thidmark wrote:

    Looks like it was shot with an iPad.

    Will there be a slideshow from the company picnic?

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2015, at 10:53 AM, squidboyhq wrote:

    Like others have pointed out, Ms. Vachal has great taste in music as demonstrated by this cover of Joe Pug's Hymn 101.

    If you're unfamiliar with his music and you liked this song, you can get a couple of free EPs on his website, one of which includes Hymn 101:

    Good luck to Vachal on The Voice!

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