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David Bowie and the Six Degrees of Separation

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In pondering David Bowie’s passing this week and celebrating his life and work with the rest of the world, I’ve been reminded of my own David Bowie story — my David and Iman story – with its six degrees of separation.

Do you know the theory of “Six Degrees of Separation”? Wikipedia defines it this way: “Everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”

My David and Iman story definitely proved this theory and it’s a sweet memory with a great lesson: (more…)

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January 15, 2016 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Music, Art and Love

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Florence, Italy —

I’ve been to Florence, Italy three times in my life.  In fact, I am here in Florence at this very moment as I write.  Each time I come to Firenze, three essentials always require my attention:  Music, Art and Love.

Firenze: La Prima Volta  (The First Time)

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Having declared my major in music, I was just out of my freshman year of college and touring eight countries in two months with my university chamber choir, The Choraliers.  We spent four unforgettable, and absolutely life-changing days in this Renaissance city singing Latin motets in Florentine churches including Il Duomo and Santa Croce.

Art:
I was constantly running after the bus, having stayed too long at the museums and in the cathedral and churches. I had just completed a semester of Art History and every time I turned a corner, there was some painting or statue that I had studied.  It was mind-blowing.

Love:
I fell in love with a boy in Firenze.  He was American and was traveling on his own.  One of his friends was in our choral group, so when they arranged to meet up, I was swept off of my feet. (more…)

May 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm 2 comments

Fall 2013 Update

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To My Readers on this Thanksgiving Weekend:

I could not be more grateful for each of you!  And for all of the good, all of the music, all of the shared thoughts and communication — and all of the inspiration!  Thank you for sharing in this universal language of music and ideas!  If you did not see it before, here’s my Fall Update newsletter:
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Fall 2013

Dear Friends!
As we approach this season of thanks, I am reminded that “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”(Melody Beattie)  With this in mind, I send you news of what I’ve been doing, the joy and fulfullment it has brought, and the excitement of seeing many of you in my concert tour around the country and beyond in the coming weeks and months!

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This past summer flew by at the speed of light, and I can sum it up in 2 words:  Deep Waters – my new CD.
A suite for orchestra and voice, composed by Peter Link, it contains 3 songs and 4 instrumentals — and it’s a gapless (continuous play) CD.  Click HERE to listen, download, and get the free digibook (digital liner notes).

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November 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Silk Road – Part 2: What Peace Looks Like

This is Part 2 of a series of blog posts on my new forthcoming CD, SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.  If you missed the previous post, please click here to read Part 1.

A quick summary my new CD:  SILK ROAD is a project that weaves together music and ideas that are shared by individuals in our own experiences the world over.   The Silk Road CD has evolved into a collection of journey songs.  Some are solitary journeys of the spirit within.  Some are love songs — journeys of the heart.  And others issue songs — outward journeys, looking at the world as it is and as it could be.

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I was going to start this second post by talking about the title song “Silk Road.”  That’s where the CD’s concept really began for Peter Link, my producer and main songwriter on the CD.  This song really defined the album for him.

But for me, the genesis of another song on the CD, “What Peace Looks Like,” was what gave me initial direction to the SILK ROAD experience.

“What Peace Looks Like” is one of the issue songs, or outward journeys on the CD. It’s a joyful, uptempo piece, with Afro-Caribbean music.  It has a serious message set to infectious rhythms that give the song both a depth and a certain childlike quality.

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November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm 4 comments

Me and Bobby McFerrin

I walked out of church yesterday feeling really good.  Feeling grateful.  Just loving this September day in New York City, and feeling glad to be embarking on my Sunday walk home.

It’s been more than 7 years since I’ve gone on these Sunday walks.  I was busy up in Boston.  But this summer, I resumed them.  It’s been natural and easy, and the tradition has quickly kicked back in. It’s about a 2-mile walk, starting on the Upper East Side with a meandering trek through Central Park, over to the West Side and another couple dozen blocks or so south to my own Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

I love this walk.  Anything or nothing can happen on it.  Often I crave the nothingness that happens – just walking in the city and seeing the people outside in all seasons and all weather.

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September 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm 8 comments

Random Thoughts on the Artistic Process

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I did an interview with visual artist Marty Coleman in September. After the interview was posted, Marty wrote me a quick thank you. In response to his short comment, I wrote a not-so-short, stream of consciousness “you’re welcome” back and ended up thinking deeply about how the artistic process manifests itself across different disciplines, and specifically in my own life.

I wanted to share these thoughts with you, so I grabbed what I wrote and have posted it here — with a few clarifications along the way.
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November 3, 2009 at 2:55 am 2 comments

On Success: Thinking Out Of The Box

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John Carter, a baseball writer, wrote an insightful, honest comment in response to my Inspiratus interview with visual artist Marty Coleman. He is a friend of Marty’s from their high school days and he writes of being proud of Marty’s success in the world of art.  John also speaks of his own quest to understand success in his own life.

John’s thoughts really got me thinking.  I believe that his are questions that we all face:  What is success?  Who or what defines success?  According to any number of prevailing definitions, am I successful? If I feel that I am not, how do I find or achieve success?

ANE_Book_Cover_OBC_LGOutliers2As I pondered these questions recently, I found myself being led to re-read two books that have had a huge impact on me.

The first book is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

The second is A New Earth:  Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle.

These books are very different from one another, but both are radical and thought-provoking.  Their authors are each thinking out of the box.

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September 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

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