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Episode 74 Napoleon Murphy Brock, musician, singer, Frank Zappa alumni

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Episode 100 Dr. Deborah Adamy Gets Interviewed! show art Episode 100 Dr. Deborah Adamy Gets Interviewed!

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Today marks the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15th, 1929 - if still alive, he would now be 91 years old. Also today, our podcast Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire is celebrating an anniversary: our 100th episode! My guest today is me! Seriously, my dear friend, Karen Siff-Exkorn had the idea of interviewing me for this milestone.

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Episode 99 Sammy Merendino, drummer, producer show art Episode 99 Sammy Merendino, drummer, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Sammy Merendino. Sammy is a drummer, percussionist, and producer. In fact, Sammy is one of NYC’s top drummers, having recorded and/or performed with Cameo, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Foreigner, Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Ziggy Marley, Hall & Oats, The Beach Boys, and Pat Metheny, to name a few. Raised in Ohio, one of 11 children, Sammy appreciated the loving support of his parents, particularly his father’s ability to find the good in every situation.

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Episode 98 Happy New Year 2020 show art Episode 98 Happy New Year 2020

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Happy 2020! I’d like to welcome you to the new year and share a personal story. Despite the ongoing appalling behavior of our president, that intensified in this first week of this new year, I am inspired by the wisdom, dedication, and impactful activism of Shaun King & Michael Moore. I also share a personal story about how things don’t always turn out the way I plan, regardless of how great my goal appears to be!

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Episode 97 Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., LMSW, LMT, 2019 Reflections show art Episode 97 Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., LMSW, LMT, 2019 Reflections

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Instead of having a guest today, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2019. My beloved husband, Paul and I launched this podcast nearly 2 years ago, on January 8th, 2018. Since then, we released every Monday, a new conversation with a guest, totaling 93 guests, plus a couple of reflections from me and a guided chakra meditation! It has been a joy to shine light on everyday people, who inspire me.

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Episode 96 Tim Young, singer, actor show art Episode 96 Tim Young, singer, actor

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Tim Young. Tim is a singer/songwriter, actor, musical director and dancer. I met Tim last month at Tahira Clayton and Addison Frei’s wedding (both former guests on my podcast - episode #58 and #43) and was immediately drawn to his enthusiasm, humor and authenticity. Tim grew up in Long Island, NY, immersed in a 2,500-member evangelical, fundamentalist Christian church, whose beliefs were reinforced at home and in his Christian school.

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Episode 95 Nicki Denner, musician, composer show art Episode 95 Nicki Denner, musician, composer

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My guest today is Nicki Denner. Nicki is a passionate pianist, composer, educator and musical director, oh and lest I forget, a tap dancer! Raised in Wisconsin, without examples of what a professional musician looked like, Nicki attended college at University of Minnesota, negating her passion for music and initially majoring in French and Political Science; majors she thought would lead to practical careers.

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Episode 94 Dwayne Cooper, actor, singer show art Episode 94 Dwayne Cooper, actor, singer

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My guest today is Dwayne Cooper. Dwayne is an outstanding singer, songwriter, actor, dancer - and in my opinion, one of the most generous performers I’ve ever witnessed! From his childhood dream of being a TV game show host, Dwayne has found creative avenues to thoroughly entertain his audiences, from choreography and performances in drag clubs, to being a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, to creating his own edgy band, to national tours of Broadway shows, as well as performing numerous roles on Broadwa

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Episode 93 Georgia Pangle show art Episode 93 Georgia Pangle

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Georgia Pangle. Georgia had been a dancer, before redirecting herself into  the financial world. I met Georgia through her husband, the awesome, well-respected drummer/musician Sammy Merendino. (Look for Sammy as my guest in a future episode). For 30 years, Georgia has worked with smart, impressive colleagues who started their own firm, advising their clients with integrity and technical excellence.

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Episode 92 Ryan Fielding Garrett, music director, composer show art Episode 92 Ryan Fielding Garrett, music director, composer

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My guest today is Ryan Fielding Garrett. Ryan is a respected musical director, conductor, arranger and musician. Ryan grew up in San Antonio, Texas, went to Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, Ohio, and the the day after graduation, moved to NYC, where he quickly broke into the Broadway scene. With the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, Ryan was the associate musical director for the last 14 months of the show.

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Episode 91 Miranda Joan, singer, songwriter show art Episode 91 Miranda Joan, singer, songwriter

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My guest today is Miranda Joan Di Perno. Canadian born and raised, Miranda is a soulful singer/songwriter and a connector of humanity, with a heartfelt reverence for the earth. Miranda has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past 11 years and both her gifted voice and radiant light have lit up countless venues. From a young age, Miranda naturally kept journals, at home with writing out her experiences, her feelings, and appreciating this precious form of self expression.

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My guest today is Napoleon Murphy Brock.  Napoleon, also known as Napi, is a singer, saxophonist and flute player who was Frank Zappa’s front man in the 1970s. Please note that this episode is well over the typical one hour length of my recorded conversations, but Napi is quite the story teller and I didn’t want anyone to miss out on his fascinating experiences. Even when it takes him nearly 30 minutes to tell how he and Frank Zappa met, on August 8th, 1973, and all the tangents he shares help lead up to this fateful meeting.

From his ancestral lineage that captures his full name, to being hit by 2 cars at age 7, the start of hearing music while daydreaming, to being a natural ham in musicals and opera, to working as a janitor and behavior modification counselor, to creating a sought-after R&B influenced cover band in the late 60s, to pioneering multi-tasking as the band’s lead singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist, Napoleon Murphy Brock is a force to be reckoned with!!

Napi is also passionate about health and fitness and shares some of his secrets to live with vitality. Come hear Napoleon with The Ed Palermo Big Band (EPBB) at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY this Saturday June 15th. And for those who happen to be in Germany this July 2019, Napoleon and the EPBB will be featured at the 30th anniversary of the Zappanale Music Festival. Check the links below for details. Enjoy the podcast!!


Links:
Ed Palermo Big Band
Zappanale
Live at The Falcon
YouTube Video #1
YouTube Video #2