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Jun
07

A Night at the Opera

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Harmetz Arthur has invited me several times to make a contribution to our Vocal Awareness blog, and a series of synchronistic events last night has finally led me to, as they say, “seize the day.” It started with my drive downtown to see Tosca by Giacomo Puccini at LA Opera. I […]

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May
04

Nancy Ellison’s “Altered Egos” Photographic Exhibit

I received an invitation to the opening of Nancy Ellison’s “Altered Egos” Photographic Exhibit, at the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood, hosted by Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely. The exhibit was a retrospective of over one hundred celebrity portraits, capturing a nuance of the Self behind the famous face. I was deeply moved […]

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May
02

Into the Mouth of the Wolf

Last month I traveled to Geneva for a Vocal Awareness Conference. During this trip I fulfilled a lifelong dream to attend an Opera at La Scala. While there I was reminded of a term Opera singers say to each other before the curtain rises “In Bocca al Lupo” which translate as “Into the Mouth of […]

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Apr
19

The Most Courageous Coach

There was an article in the Los Angeles Times sports section last week by Chris Erskine about my old student, Pat Haden, who is the athletic director at USC—Haden’s alma mater—playing postman no. 2, in the University’s spring musical “The Most Happy Fellow.” Haden dove out of his comfort zone in an effort to encourage […]

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Mar
31

Leaders in Business

Traditionally we allow words and language to define us. A business leader is a business leader simply by conveying the data points. In Vocal Awareness we define us. It’s not just what we say but how we say it. This is an overriding concept of the Work, that impact is generated not just by the […]

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Nov
24

The intersection between Source and Self

“I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible, and that its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set in night; but, it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.” Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe. As I enter the autumn holidays I look […]

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Oct
25

Another perspective on character and performance

In theater we understand an actor plays a character. In another interpretation of the word character has to do with moral integrity. Aristotle defined character as, “That which reveals moral purpose showing what kinds of things a man chooses or avoids.” In this election cycle, during the debates, the assumption is that politicians convey or […]

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Oct
20

Authentic debates

During this seasons presidential debates there have been myriad articles written on the preparation, the outcomes and the projected outcomes. A lot of what I have been reading has to do with how the candidates are memorizing content, rehearsing and role-playing with attention to as many details, from room size to camera technique to solidifying […]

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