Tribute to Amy

I’ve been meaning to post about the documentary “Amy” about Amy Winehouse’s life and death. I liked her music and I thought her voice was pretty exceptional. It was recommended by a friend and  Reiki Teacher (I’m sure she channeled the message for me to see it). I was completely enamored by her story. Here’s this typical London Jewish girl who had an amazing gift of music: hearing it, composing it and expressing it through her voice. I was never really a huge fan of Amy Winehouse and I actually joined in the ridicule of her drug induced fog. But after seeing the documentary I really felt bad about making fun of her drug abuse. I think it’s actually very sad and I admit that I felt like an insensitive asshole making light of it like the media did.

The media made it into a circus, selling magazines and internet advertisements. I believe that people who possess such great gifts like Amy can often be led astray if they do not have the spiritual foundation and environment that some artists and creative visionaries have. And sometimes the Light they have to share with the world is so strong that they can’t handle it, and it drives them crazy. I think that’s what happened to her. And no matter how much the media pitches her drug induced story that everyone ate up, the bottom line here is that we really don’t know what people are dealing with even if its glossed up, airbrushed and spoon fed to you online, on TV or the magazines. I had a whole new appreciation and compassion for Amy Winehouse after seeing this documentary and I highly recommend it. It even made me start listening to her music differently, not taking it for granted

The Presence of a Legend

David BowieYears ago I had the privilege of seeing David Bowie live in concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. It was standing room only by the stage where I was and I couldn’t get over the fact that I was standing so close to a legend. I remember thinking “I want to be just like him” (I was playing in a band at that time, so I was soaking in all the inspiration).

He was certainly not of this world – he was certainly the man who fell to earth. And now he’s on to the next plane. RIP David Bowie, it was nice to be in the same room with you experiencing your presence and music, and I’m so sad to see you go.

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Paris is OUR City

ParisMy heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones in the Paris attacks. I have seen the French flag color profiles and solidarity on the news and on Facebook. I have also seen the backlash of people speaking out against other unspeakable acts of terror in other parts of the world and why such a sudden focus on France when this happens regularly in the Middle East and Africa? Well I’d have to say that in this case I truly believe we are a global community and we either think of ourselves as one unified human race or separated by our beliefs, religion, etc. There is no middle ground and it is too crucial a time to be wishy washy. You cannot fight darkness with darkness.  If we continue to be a beacon of Light for the world and stand up for the injustice I truly believe (I have to believe) that is worth fighting for and we can turn this world around. You can only eliminate darkness by turning on the Light.

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No Complaints Day Challenge

Today is the 2nd annual No Complaints Day Challenge event. I have worked on the design of the website with Joe Kirin, the creator of this event. He created the No Complaints Day Challenge in honor of his mother, Marion Kirin, who’s birthday is August 12.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema

I am happy to announce the launch of a website I designed with Sophia Wong Boccio for her new project, Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a new film festival scheduled for the fall of 2015. Here are some snapshots of the website.
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