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With thanks to the GRAMMYs, Recording Academy and Paramount Pictures for the invite, this wonderful group of recording engineers and I just experienced the premiere of the film “RocketMan” – the amazing story on the life of songwriter, pianist, rock star and living legend, Elton John which will be released this Friday.

Sir Elton John sold over 300 million albums and yes, the music and the film is simply superb and yes, we were issued those Elton Star Sunglasses as we entered the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount Pictures ! 😎
On a personal note, I had the privilege to meet Elton in Dubai when we shared the stage while I was performing with the New Carlos Santana Band there in 2010.
Even though I had been around lots of famous people throughout my career, Elton left me in awe – after all, as a fellow pianist, I, like so many Elton fans, was and still caught in the magical chords and soaring melodies of his massive hits. Talk about Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and scOre ! Elton is in a class of his own. Yet, as bigger-than-life as he appears, he is at once vulnerable, authentic and to this day, exemplary of what it is to embrace diversity from a world perspective.

Of course, you may well know his signature hits which include : “Your Song”, “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Goodbye Yellow brick Road” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”….to name just a few! Edgy, soulful, melodic, heartfelt… like his music, Elton was impeccable, gracious and the consummate gentleman and is to this day.
In this photo, I’m surrounded by great sound engineers: L to R: Brian Risner, yours truly, Lenise Bent, my long time friend and engineer, Myron Chandler, Cathy Worth and Aileen Holmes.

If you are a music lover (hey, who isn’t?) you gotta see this film. How music can overcome struggles with one’s identity, provide escape, comfort and soothe a lonely heart are all deeply explored and poignantly stated. It is a great achievement and a solid movie with an enduring story.

Music is practically the only thing that heals such emotional scars and Elton had a lot of demons to wrestle and in the end is currently raising two boys and donating millions to curing HIV through his own charity… Bravo Maestro! So, get to the launch pad, aim thrusters to your local theater and enjoy the take offmand, the ride !

I grew up in a family of healthcare professionals. With my father as an always-on-call doctor wearing a pager to answer emergency calls, my sister as an RN and my cousin as a Respiratory Therapist, I’ve got a tremendous respect and empathy for the work our medical professionals do to not only sustain our lives but actually SAVE our lives!

My team and I are always working to empower corporations, associations and entrepreneurs to be truly In Tune with their customers, products and services. While we do this for many sectors like Financial Services, Retail, Tech and Diversity the one sector where “InTune” communications can literally affect the outcome of life or death is Health Care.
There are many types of nurses but there is one specific type that functions much like a conductor of an orchestra and that is the Perioperative Nurse and their role as the “Conductor” is in full display in the Operating Room.

Like a Conductor who cues where and when the Melody comes in, what Harmony supports it and the Rhythm of the procedure, the Perioperative Nurse performs the same function in Surgery. Since the patient, who is being operated on, is in the most vulnerable position, that is they are either asleep, under anesthesia and/or cannot speak, the Perioperative Nurse must serve as the Patient’s voice ensuring that their needs and Melody are always front and center.
Next comes the team that typically consists of the Surgeon (s), Anesthesiologist and Surgical Tech that must work together in Harmony. This is followed by the Rhythm being paced and guided through a series of “safety points” throughout the procedure.

I have had the great pleasure to work with these amazing, bold and brave professionals who literally save lives every day by conducting the best outcomes and I invite you all to explore this amazing field that orchestrates the music of “Harmonized Care” in one of life’s most challenging theaters – the Operating Room.

Captain Marvel - Freddie Ravel

Diversity and Inclusion has landed another great step towards bringing equality and balance into the opportunity market and times of our culture with the announcement and realization that Turkish composer Pinar Toprak has truly created her scOre!

As the first ever female composer to score a superhero action film, Pinar has truly scored historic success creating the sound track for this past weekend’s blockbuster, “Captain Marvel”. Perhaps the best part of her achievement is her perspective. Asked if there was a “pressure” on her to compose the music as the first female composer for Marvel, she answered that it is “more a challenge…I don’t want to let anybody down and I want to write the best music I can”. Most importantly Pinar states: “I want to tell the best story I can through MUSIC.”

Everyday, always ask yourself, “What’s my goal…What’s my dream…What is my scOre?”

It’s February, aka “Time Management” month so, with that in mind, what better time could there be to talk about…well, “TIME”?

When it comes to TIME management and being efficient, there is a basic life rhythm concept that is essential. Not surprisingly, it has everything to do with how you use the first hour of your day. Study after study shows that to consistently generate clarity, leadership, innovation, collaboration and be successful, your best chance to truly scOre and hit your goals dramatically increase when you get up early.

Benjamin Franklin got it right when he wrote his legendary quote: 

”Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealth and wise.” There was also the brilliant Archbishop of Dublin, Richard Whately who wrote: “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” That’s right!! Getting your rhythm going early in the morning puts you in sync with the world’s most successful leaders. Now I am not suggesting that you have to Continue reading

From day one of this new year, the term that continues to dominate our headlines is “shutdown”. But what if we put on our contrarian thinking caps and take the conflict that’s smoldering in the current Dissonance of our news cycle and flip “shut” to “open” and “down” to “up”? This way, every time we hear the term “shutdown” we could instead think, “open up” ? Try it …stay with me now…flipping a point of view is much like the classic “is the glass half empty or half full?

Perspective, Point of View and finding ways to create harmony are not just between you and those around you, it’s also finding new ways to create harmony in your mindset. So “Open Up” suddenly becomes a great opportunity and reminder that the Rhythm you choose to live by is ultimately in your hands.

For example, in these early weeks of 2019 when resolutions Continue reading

The holidays are the time when we look to not only celebrate with friends and loved ones but also to reminisce at the scOre that we have just lived through the past year.

So I invite you to take this precious period of rest and reflection and allow your mind to slow down and get tranquil.

Can you recall any specific moments these past twelve months when an idea, memory or thought “rang a bell”?

Any “aha moments” when you caught an insight, a lesson Continue reading

Last week we lost the SUPER visionary who literally delivered us SUPER scOres of inspiration, wonderment and AWE, the great American Comic Book writer Stan Lee, who died at age 95. He gave his characters extraordinary powers and everyday headaches – a formula which transformed comics by dealing with subject matter that was at once both sublime and truly SUPER. His vivid, striking and compelling characters like the Hulk, Iron Man, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four all sprang from his fertile imagination and spilled onto the page.
Back in 2011, my good friend and colleague, the great Jim Kwik, invited me to speak at his “SuperHero You” event Continue reading
When the Rhythm of music is feeling good, we commonly refer to it as the “groove”. It is that synergy inside the music where the pulse, tempo and syncopation it generates settles into your body, gets your toes tapping and puts a big smile on your face.
At midnight last night, our whole country reset the national clock and fell back an hour in the interest of having an “extra” hour of light in the mornings.  Of course, we pay the price at the end of the day with sunset arriving an “extra” hour earlier and making our days feel one hour shorter.  Personally I am not a fan – I would prefer that we, as human beings, Continue reading

When Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came out in Nov 1982, there had never been a Halloween song like it. The catalog of creepy party songs up to that point consisted of much lighter tunes like “Monster Mash” , “The Addams Family” and “Ghostbusters”. These are all fun to be sure but let’s face it, no spooky songs released prior to 1982 ever possessed the funky, kinetic and relentless sparse bass and drum tracks that drive the epic groove of “THRILLER”! With the Melody being delivered by the King of Pop, haunting harmonies laid down by my friend and keyboard colleague, Greg Phillinganes and a crew of LA’s top studio players, “THRILLER’ emerged as the title track of the second-best-selling album in the USA exceeding an astounding 33 million in sales!

If you are a reader of my blogs, I’m always talking about Melody, Harmony and Rhythm Continue reading

WBENC Ladies

As we leap into Fall at a time when the scOre of our nation’s women are uniting in voice, spirit and purpose, I am reminded of the joy and inspiration I was so privileged to deliver and receive from our nation’s largest certifier of women-owned businesses, the “Women’s Business Enterprise National Council” also known as “WBENC”. In presenting the Keynote Speech and Concert to WBENC’s annual convention in Orlando, FL, I had the honor to get to know a few of those 4,000 remarkable ladies who came from all parts of our great nation. We clapped, we listened, we learned Continue reading