What inspires me today?

One Bike One Causeclick on link  – This is J.W., who I met just a few months ago. He’s one of those people that you meet that make you feel like stepping up your game. He lost both his parents and has first hand knowledge of what Hospice is all about. He’s a wonderful man with an energy and honesty that only comes through experience. I will be supporting him in this cause and ask you to consider doing the same.

Let Me Go; One Bike One Cause 7,500 miles is a solo self-supported bike tour across North America to raise money and awareness for non-profit hospice care.  This blog site is just another tool to chronicle and promote the unbelievable good that comes from ordinary people living extraordinary lives of service.

This bike ride to benefit hospice is a reminder to all who are lucky enough to stumble across it to live every day to the fullest measure.  You have the ability to make a remarkable change in the world just by living inspired.  If you ever find yourself asking ‘is this all there is?’ take a minute and come back to this amazing story and let it restore your sense of wonder.

– J.W. Frye, cyclist and founder of Let Me Go –

Rosemary Birthing Center most of my friends have had their children with Harmony A. Miller L.M. They have wonderful home births under the guidance and care of Sarasota’s most caring and qualified Midwifes.  I am inspired by the hard work and dedication to their practice that Harmony and the staff at the Rosemary Birthing Center display.  They are available 24/7 for their patients, and attend every minute of the birthing process.

They have one purpose, to bring healthy children into our world and help families to be enriched by the miracle of birth.  

Rosemarybirthing.comclick on link

This is Carlos Barbosa -Lima. Born in 1944 in São Paulo, Brazil he began studying the guitar at the age of seven and made his concert debut five years later in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. He began his recording career while still in his teens, continuing to appear regularly in concert and on Brazilian television. Carlos studied with Isaias Savio, father figure of the modern Brazilian guitar movement, and later with the legendary Andrés Segovia.  Seeing him play was the moment that I became an artist.  It was one of the instances that made me.

v=bHKilesqw4k]NPR Music Tiny Desk Concertclick on link- Hear and watch intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in the NPR Music office. People making music, what could be better?

I’ve read very few books in my life.  I’ve read some philosophy and some fiction, but most of my reading has been for study, to know something.  Well, this man knows something and if you want to be in the know read 100 Years of Solitude.  It’s on par with Ulysses, but much easier to read.  Get a copy and head to your favorite pub and don’t get up until you’ve finished.   Ready, go!  Cien años de soledad, 1967

Seeing the Alvin Ailey dance troop was one of the most inspiring happenings that I’ve ever witnessed.  I was working at a theatre while I was going to music school.  I signed up to work the event without knowing anything about the dance troop.  I didn’t give much that evening.  I couldn’t look away.  I hadn’t seen people being that beautiful   I hope you enjoy this, find the Alvin Ailey dance troop performing and buy a ticket.

Biking can change your life

Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn preferred simple materials – brick and concrete – but worked with them with astonishingly facility, creating spaces that are both highly functional and spiritually uplifting.

For Kahn, architecture became the search for truth and buildings were living things. The Bangladesh project is a wonderful story in and of itself – a Jewish architect is brought to a Muslim country, building a 20,000-square-foot mosque for the National Assembly.

This is a wonderful film about Louis Kahn called My Architect click on link

The Greatest Dance Band in the history of the universe.  This classic 1971 Fania All-Starsclick on link- concert album (for many, the original cast of this legendary band) is the result of the fusion of six of Fania Records’ most popular bands and soloists. And their anthological performance at the Cheetah Club on August 21, 1971, is not only considered the birth of the legend that still defines the stellar band to this day, but also the birth of the 1970’s salsa boom. This performance also yielded four equally anthological products: the classic movie Our Latin Thing and its soundtrack and the two volumes of the Live at Cheetah albums.

Playing Bach on the Guitar – click on link

Roy Ayers Everybody loves the Sunshine click on link

My life, my life, my life, my life
In the sunshine…

Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine
Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine
Folk’s get down in the sunshine, sunshine
Folk’s get brown in the sunshine

Just bee’s and thangs and flowers
Just bee’s and thangs and flowers
Just bee’s and thangs and flowers
Just bee’s and thangs and flowers

My life, my life, my life, my life
In the sunshine…

Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine
Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine
Folks get down in the sunshine, sunshine
Folks get brown in the sunshine

Feel what I feel, what I feel, what I feel what I’m feelin
In the sunshine
Feel what I feel, what I feel, what I feel, what I’m feelin
In the sunshine
Do what I do what I do what I do what I’m doing
In the sunshine
Do what I do what I do what I do what I’m doing
In the sunshine

Everybody loves the sunshine

I share a birthday with one of my favorite composers, Astor Piazzolla:  In 1953 he presents the work “Buenos Aires” (three symphonic pieces) – composed in 1951 – for the Fabien Sevitzky competition. Piazzolla wins the first prize and the work is performed at the Law School in Buenos Aires by the symphonic orchestra of “Radio del Estado” with the addition of two bandoneons and under the direction of Sevitzky himself. It is a full-blown scandal, at the end of the concert there is a generalized fist-fight due to the strong reaction of some members of the audience that consider it an indignity to include bandoneon in the “cult” setting of a symphonic orchestra.

A video made by one of my clients, Giroldini Francesco,

a graduate of Ringling.p://whatgives365.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/two-wheels-of-fortune-for-africa/”>


2 Responses to What inspires me today?

  1. Kiley says:

    I also dig the link to you playing Bach. Reminds me of back in college when you moved into the house w/ us on Cherry St. and you were like, “I hope my practicing classical guitar doesn’t bother you.” …..Live melodic tunes…..no way 🙂

  2. Morgan says:

    I just wanted to let you know that your blog has become my breath of fresh air on rather drab New York City days. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope all continues to go well for you! Looking forward to catching up with you again in a few months.



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