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Industry Arts
Occupation musician
Location Wappingers Falls, NY, United States
Introduction I was born, and managed to grow through the usual ups and downs. Music has been a constant spring in my life, and I've sung and played with all kinds of people, who either taught me how to treat people, or NOT. Highlights include singing with Lenny Bernstein the last time he conducted Mahler's Second Symphony, and singing with Robert McCormick and the choir of Smokey Mary's. Music is what keeps me fairly grounded in a world that isn't. I've made seven CDs and have written one book: The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice. I also help people to find their voices and use sound as a way to get and stay integrated. I teach retreats and workshops filled with tunes that stick, so when the world is an unholy mess, you'll know the right tune to accompany your grief, anger, or dishevelment. I also teach tunes for times of grace, abundance, joy, and gratitude. It's not important that you listen to my stuff, except insofar as it helps you to find your way to your own, and moves you toward being the compassionate, peaceful human you were created to be. Life is beautiful, but shorter than you think. Show love now.
Interests Life, beauty, reality, love, music - pretty much anything like that and you can count me in.
Favorite Music Bach, Brahms, Copland, Guerrero, Victoria, Consort music, chants of every faith, Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, Rodrigo, Celia Cruz, Miles, Ella, Jobim, Bobby McFerrin, Cole Porter. I could write this list till I died and it would still be incomplete. Cream, Traffic, Alice Cooper, Nine Inch Nails, Stones, John Lennon, Black Sabbath, U2, Sting, Strunz & Farah, Babatunde Olatunji, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite, it's endless: Amina Alouoi, Tower of Power, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Orlando Gibbons, it's unwieldy, and it will never end, because new loves pop up every week.
Favorite Books John O'Donohue - Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, Joshua Leeds - Power of Sound, Marcia Falk - Book of Blessings, Chogyam Trungpa - Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, Jamgon Kongtrul - The Great Path of Awakening, Tao Te Ching, Hazrat Inayat Kahn - The Mysticism of Sound and Music, Abraham Joshua Heschel, - I could write this list forever and never finish. It's as long as the endless music list.

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