Today’s Musical Monday is inspired by the new attitude that accompanies the change of seasons. It took the song New Attitude to make Patti LaBelle a solo star at age 40…Read More
Today's Musical Monday is a salute to U2’s Joshua Tree Album 30th Anniversary tour hitting the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this week. NYC is a buzz with anticipation for the celebration of an album released in 1987. That’s staying power!
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
-- U2, May 1987
The Joshua Tree Album was a major departure for the Irish band after exposure to American roots rock. U2 showcased a gospel influence in I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, which ignited the world.
One of the beauties of this song is the way the fans have interpreted it. Born of lead singer Bono’s spiritual quest, it speaks to fans on many levels – those searching for love, religion or life’s purpose.
What are you looking for in life? How long have you been searching? How will you know when you find it?
Today I stepped on the edge of genius…
The setting was a rainy day in New York’s beach paradise, The Hampton’s. My dear friend Jim Allman, former DEVRIES GLOBAL and Sotheby’s bigwig, took me out to Jackson Pollack’s home and studio near East Hampton.
The famous artist and his wife Lee Krasner moved out to this picturesque hamlet as newlyweds in 1945. They didn’t have a car or even heat, but what they did have was a shared passion for art.
Pollack created a studio in a barn out back and his wife took the upstairs of their home for her work. The result was a new perspective on art.
70 years later, I felt the raw passion of Pollack’s fluid movements flinging paint onto canvass, as I stood on his studio floor, even in the mandatory unattractive slippers. The planks of wood, covered with edges of countless masterpieces, made up their own Pollack original.
I still can’t believe they let me stand on this magical spot! I’ve stood inches from some of the world's greatest art, but this was a truly intimate artistic perspective.
When have you stood on the edge of greatness? How did it feel? How can you recreate that emotion to serve as an inspiration when needed?
Music is one of life’s inspirations. The artists who motivate us to think, while we tap our toes, deserve to be recognized. I’m kicking off a Musical Monday blog theme with The Beatles’ Help!
“When I was younger so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors”
-- The Beatles, Help!
In a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, John Lennon said that Help! was one of the few true songs he had ever written about himself. Lennon was only 25 in 1965 when he opened the door to ask for a little help. However, he had already undergone one of the biggest life transformations imaginable.
Life transition on any scale is often stressful. It’s easy to become “not so self assured.” The good news is that like John Lennon, we can always ask for Help!