My mission is to write inspirational stories that make you feel good about yourself, put a smile on your face, and think of things in a different way.
One Good Deed...
As many of us are already aware, small businesses took a big hit during the height of the pandemic in 2020. For Key of Awesome Music, the second half of March, and all of April, May, and June were less than optimal as far as revenue goes for Key of Awesome Music. However, we pushed through, kept ourselves relevant with Facebook Lives, doing pro-bono/volunteer sessions, and, in the meantime, created new relationships with various non-profit organizations, support coordinators, and virtual event companies like Busking Down the House and the Inclusion Festival.
Musical Conversation Between 2 Souls
Have you ever met someone for the first time, and just knew they were special? I've been lucky enough in my life to have experienced this feeling several times, but nothing is quite like the day I met Doug. We were at a recreation event for and with those who have developmental disabilities in the county he and I both lived in (at the time). A couple months prior, I started as the Music Coordinator, the Music Man, tasked with creating and implementing a comprehensive music program spanning several different developmental disabilities and a wide range of ages for the individuals supported at this particular non-profit agency. He was wearing a cowboy hat dancing up a storm, letting loose, and cutting up a rug. It was as if nothing else mattered. He was in the zone! I absolutely loved his energy, so I felt compelled to go over and introduce myself. We hit it off cracking jokes and I knew I was in the presence of someone self-less and caring.
The Daily Bridge: 365 More Meditations on Music
Inspired by Ryan Holiday's book, 'The Daily Stoic', The Daily Verse: 365 Meditations on Music is a humble, insightful, and educational exercise in dissecting quotes by famous people regarding music and their feelings about it, applying it to real-life experience. Designed to read and reflect on one page at a time for an entire year, feel free to sit back and relax while improving your quality of life. This is the first 10 days of Chapter 1 titled, "January-Brand New".
The Daily Chorus: 365 More Meditations on Music
Inspired by Ryan Holiday's book, 'The Daily Stoic', 'The Daily Chorus: 365 More Meditations on Music' is the second book in a third part series of dissecting quotes by famous people regarding music and their feelings about it, and then applying it to real-life experiences. Designed to read and reflect on one page at a time for an entire year, feel free to sit back and relax while improving your quality of life. Below are the first 10 days of the book as a teaser for you to get a sense of what the rest of the book will entail. Hope you enjoy!
The Daily Verse: 365 Meditations on Music
Inspired by Ryan Holiday's book, 'The Daily Stoic', The Daily Verse: 365 Meditations on Music is a humble, insightful, and educational exercise in dissecting quotes by famous people regarding music and their feelings about it, applying it to real-life experience. Designed to read and reflect on one page at a time, feel free to sit back and relax while improving your quality of life. This is the first 10 days of Chapter 1: 'January: New Beginnings'. Hope you enjoy!
6 Resolutions for 2021...and Beyond
2021, here we are. Since hindsight is 2020, we can look back at last year through a deep and wide lens to best learn from our mistakes, get rid of the things and people who suck our energy away from us, and do more of what fills us with energy. In doing so, we can set ourselves up for success by moving forward with a clearer vision for our lives...this year and beyond.
Love Me Tender, Someone to Remember
Love me tender, Love me sweet, Never let me go. Beautiful words that cut to the core right out of the gate. This sentiment is exactly how I feel about a great friend, mentor, musician, and all-around beautiful soul, Ange Chianese. This deeply rooted platonic kind of love for a fellow human being is so rare that when it happens, one feels the need to go above and beyond to not only maintain but grow the relationship over time. Let me take you back a few years...
Rockfest For Recovery
'To get clean. To stay sober.' These are common phrases used to describe someone who is battling a drug or alcohol addiction. It sounds simple, right? Well, it's far from it. For some people, all it takes is an intervention, if you will, by caring family members to seek help. A few months of group/individual sessions and drug/alcohol free living will do the trick. For others, it is a life-long battle to not use drugs/alcohol on a regular basis, or, at all. Some get clean, but aren't able to stay sober for that long. Some get clean, are sober for a while, and fall back into the same patterns of behavior of using never to return to sobriety. A relapse, we call it. Fortunately, some are able to make it out alive and return to a somewhat 'normal' state of being. What is 'normal' anyway these days? Is there even such a thing? And, some just aren't able to kick the habit, and leave us way too soon. These cases are the hardest to swallow. Family, friends, and other loved ones are left behind with the memory of their sister/brother, parent, friend, or spouse.
City of Angels Recovery Radio Conversation
A little over a year ago, I met with Art Ackerman of City of Angels Recovery Radio (COARR) at their studio in Hightstown, NJ to talk about the latest happenings with my music service company, Key of Awesome Music. Not only did we talk about the company, but we talked about difficult decisions we all make in life, the education system, following your passions, and original songs.
Juggling Life-a non-profit organization who puts on free events for kids with Crohn's, Colitis, and Cancer. Also, a fun and meaningful play on words for what we have to do throughout life--juggle many responsibilities at once. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes we feel we have it covered. Most of the time we teeter between chaos and order. Do we let it get the best of us or do we accept it for what it is?