Sep 19, 2011
Music to Move You
(hit the grey bar that says "Feelin Good" and the music will play)
On the trail - and in life - you have good days, bad days, and then those days you wish had never gotten up.
I was having one of those days - when we had to hike 11 miles, climb over our highest pass to date, my ankle was throbbing, and what hurt most for me - starting straight out of camp with a climb. I don't know what it is about those first few miles of the day, but if they are heading up, then my body is complaining.
None of my usual tricks were working to motivate me through this climb... that is, until I found this song.
The rhythm, the power of her voice, the rejoicing in life and THIS particular moment in time was just what I needed.
(She even has a line "ascender on the climb, you know what I mean." And boy, did I.)
I listened to the song six times in a row and after that.. I could breathe, I could l climb, I was FEELIN' GOOD.
I love the song so much that when I saw the final Whitney summit just steps away, I cranked up that song and sung it at the top of my lungs all the way up the mountain. (sorry, fellow travelers.)
May you find your voice today, and may you feel good.
Feb 28, 2011
(hit grey bar to play music)
So I had an entire blog ready to talk about change, and then I found out that PS 22 would perform at the Oscars. And since the whole reason we started a blog was to talk about inspiration, I couldn't help myself...
In 2004, I had the honor of producing the YMCA of Greater New York's black tie affair. The event favor that night was not the average tchotchke. We produced a CD of the inner city kids of NYC: belting it out, rapping and sharing their poetry and love of music. Even before the CD was presented, it was a hit. For these kids to come to a real studio, and then receive their own copy of their produced work... magic was made. These kids later performed before 1,000 people at the event, and their joy was palpable.