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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…)

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

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 7: It’s Here!

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Yes, it’s here!  I’m excited!  Today marks the first full day out in the world for
SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.

Having officially released this new CD just last night, I’m feeling grateful and, I admit, anxious over my newborn.  I’m celebrating, and fluttering nervously over my babe!  It’s been quite a journey getting this child out into broad daylight.  I want her to feel GOOD in the sun!

Well, like any parent, made new again by this new arrival, the new adventure begins!  This new CD gets to live and breathe in the world.  My hope and intention is that it will open some hearts and provoke some thoughtful responses at the very least.  (To read the first 6 parts of this blog series, click here.)

The creation process of this CD has certainly changed me.  It brought me further along in my own personal and artistic evolution.  I think that’s the most important part for me: Evolution.  I don’t EVER want to stop learning, exploring and discovering …

This project, SILK ROAD, symbolizes my quest to keep doing just those things.

Before I go any further, though, it seems like I ought to talk a little about the title song, Silk Road.  It’s the third track on the CD.  That’s an important spot on any album.
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December 6, 2012 at 1:32 am 1 comment

Silk Road – Part 4: On My Way To You

This is Part 4 of a series of blog articles on my new forthcoming CD, “SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.”  SILK ROAD will be released early in December 2012.  Just a few more weeks!  Click to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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“On My Way To You” is one of those classic songs in life.  It’s universal and yet it’s so particular.  I imagine that anyone who chances to hear the song will immediately connect to it with a story of their own.  Certainly that’s true for me.

It’s the second song on my soon-to-be-released CD, SILK ROAD.  Not only is it a classic song, but it’s a classic love song.  An internal journey, “On My Way To You” explores the emotional terrain of the heart.

The song was written by masters of the art of popular song.  Composed by the wonderful French musician, Michel Legrand (“Summer of 42”, “The Windmills of Your Mind“, “I Will Wait For You”), the lyrics were written by one of the most recorded lyric writing teams in pop music, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. (“I Believe In Love”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, “The Way We Were”)  The most definitive recording of “On My Way To You” is by Barbara Streisand.  The pedigree just doesn’t get much better than that.

My producer, Peter Link, suggested the song for the SILK ROAD CD, because, again, it’s just one of those songs in life.  Wait till you hear Peter’s remarkable orchestration.  It’s rich, lush, and… new.  Peter created a sound experience with an intro that’s over a minute long:  It’s as if you are being awakened from a deep sleep into conscious awareness.  You’ll understand what I mean when you hear it!
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November 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm 3 comments

Silk Road – Part 3: What Peace Looks Like (cont.)

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This is a continuation of the inspiration for the song “What Peace Looks Like” on my new forthcoming CD, SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, please go back and get caught up!

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I wrote about the awakening of my social conscience in Silk Road – Part 2: What Peace Looks Like.  I was teaching in three schools in the inner city zone of South Central Los Angeles when the Rodney King Riots broke out in 1992.  Fast-forward now to the last eight years:

Hundreds of hours of travel and as many hours of pre-performance quiet added up to my reading some truly inspiring books, many non-fiction, and watching incredible call-to-action documentaries and films based on true stories. (Take The Lead starring Antonio Banderas, based on the life of well-known ballroom dancer and instructor, Pierre Dulaine, for example.)  My inner experience of these stories, along with my earlier teaching sent me on the road to “What Peace Looks Like,” one of the issue songs on my new about-to-be-released CD, SILK ROAD.

In 2007, I was on tour with my inspirational concert “A Canvas Of Colors.”  Very early one morning in the airport bookstore, I was browsing through the new non-fiction books, and  Three Cups of Tea laser-beamed out at me.  I had never heard of it until that moment.  While on that tour, my life changed again:  I couldn’t stop reading about how one man, Greg Mortenson, changed thousands of lives by committing to a singular goal: providing education for thousands of girls in countries where their schooling has traditionally been ignored.

Later, I dove deep into Greg Mortenson’s follow up book, Stones into Schools. It’s the continuing story of Greg’s incredible life work that goes forward today.

In 2009, I discovered another truly life-changing book, again, at the airport: What Is The What by Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng.  This is a book that I believe should be required high school reading the world over.

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November 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm 4 comments

Silk Road — Part 1

The Silk Road. Ever heard of it? Do you know what it is? Did you know that it really existed in history? Did you know that it began in ancient times?

You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Silk Road from me for a while. That’s because, in addition to being a historical fact in time, it’s also the title of my new CD to be released in early December: SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.

SILK ROAD has been two years in the making, with, at the time of this writing, seven songs recorded, and two to go!

So, I ask again: do you know what the Silk Road is? Did you ever read about it in your history classes? I was made to be aware of it, however dimly, back in my World History class in high school. But, it did not come to Technicolor life until several years ago, when I read a wonderful book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. I know, it sounds like a dry old history book focused on a ferociously inhumane dude from the 12th century …

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November 5, 2012 at 1:04 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

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