The Last Visit With My Mentor

There are some people who are always with us. Lowell and I immediately connected. We met at a publishing house, where he was the executive editor, and I had just been hired, several years out of college, to edit a magazine that featured stories about the business, politics, sports, and night life of a city. …

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Would You See The Bucket?

This is a story from a man who kept saying, “I do not know how others will get anything from my story. My experiences were not from this world.” And his early experiences should never have occurred in this world. Still, they did. I carry the story he shared, with such anguish and an unrelenting …

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Our Guts Limit Our Options

A lot of us pride ourselves on our ability to make decisions by trusting our guts. But, have you ever thought about what that phrase really means? I’m not trying to ruin your appetite. But “going with your gut” basically suggests that you are relying on your intestines. All in all, it’s not a very …

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Are You Looking For A New Direction?

Are you are looking to innovate, change your direction, or just try something new? Musicians have much to share with us about improvising. Music can often just float in the background of our lives. At their very best, though, musicians can become harbingers of what will come. If you are looking for a new direction, …

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Finding Your Own Song

Your own song. That’s an intriguing concept. When a couple gets married, they chose a song that they will carry with them. For Donna and me, it was “That’s all.” I can only give you love that lasts forever…That’s all. That’s all. Years later, whenever we’re at a party where there is a band, we’ll …

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The 3 Essential Ingredients Needed To Collaborate

How can you create something that is bigger than yourself? Let me share with you a quick story about how Smokey Robinson did exactly that. The way he tells it, Smokey had a melody swirling in his head, and the words, “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the …

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How We Can View Transitions As Opportunities

I am very grateful to have been featured as a guest on HR Studio Podcast – focusing on how we can view transitions as opportunities to reinvent ourselves, seeing ourselves and the world in a new light. In the interview, we explore: How do optimists see the world differently than pessimists? What are the benefits …

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So, What Are You Practicing?

Musicians have a saying that if you don’t practice for one day, you’ll notice. If you don’t practice for a second day, other musicians will notice. And if you don’t practice for a week, the audience will notice. So, what are you practicing? My friend Russ Ferrara, who I met in college, and with whom …

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Are You Playing From The Neck Down?

Wynton Marsalis says that jazz teaches empathy. That it sharpens your hearing because “you are trying to hear the human depth of someone else’s sound.” Whew! That’s a big concept. Trying to hear the human depth of someone else’s sound. To get to that sound, I’ve heard musicians talk about playing from the neck down. …

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What Are You Breaking Away From?

You’ve got to break through. You’ve got to break with what was, To get to what is. To break out, You’ve got to break away from what you know. Break a leg, But don’t let your spirit get broken. I mean, give me a break, for crying out loud. Sure, you have to break a …

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