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Episode 99 Sammy Merendino, drummer, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 01/13/2020

Episode 109 Spiritual Wisdom For These Difficult Times show art Episode 109 Spiritual Wisdom For These Difficult Times

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Instead of a guest today, I would like to share some spiritual wisdom for these difficult times. Addressing and responding to COVID-19 marks an unprecedented moment in our history. Not just for some of us, but for all of us. Because this virus does not discriminate based on geography, culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic level, we are all impacted! Again not just in our neighborhood, our town, our city, our community, our county, our country, but all across the globe.

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Episode 108 Maria Lugo, life coach, educator show art Episode 108 Maria Lugo, life coach, educator

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I know that we are living in an uncertain and scary time with COVID-19. Businesses and schools have closed, many are struggling to make ends meet and I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. We will eventually return to a sense of normalcy. In the meantime, I hope these conversations serve to connect us and uplift us. My guest today is Maria Lugo. Maria is an executive life coach, home school educator, justice consultant and host of a local public access television show.

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Episode 107 Lisa Green, writer, innovative realtor show art Episode 107 Lisa Green, writer, innovative realtor

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My guest today is Lisa Green. Lisa shifted from being a professional singer, actor, and producer, to being a writer, and innovative realtor with a flare for interior design. Lisa is from Australia and moved to the states over 30 years ago. She also happens to be one of the most courageous spiritual warriors I know.

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Episode 106 Rick Velleu, scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator show art Episode 106 Rick Velleu, scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator

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My guest today is Rick Velleu. Rick is a scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator, and consummate storyteller!  Rick’s innovative career reflects his many creative talents including: making stage props, a scenic artist for theatrical backdrops, a draftsman for an Egyptologist, using his many gifts on Jim Henson’s creative team, the character designer of “Dora the Explorer”, and co-creating his own documentary film production company.

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Episode 105 Gail Blache-Gill, singer, conductor, pianist show art Episode 105 Gail Blache-Gill, singer, conductor, pianist

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My guest today is Gail Blache-Gill. Gail is a professional choral singer, conductor, pianist, educator, and minister of music. Born and raised in Trinidad, Gail moved to NYC when she was 17 years old. She first attended Lehman College in the Bronx majoring in math, then joined the choir at Brooklyn College, before moving to Princeton, NJ to complete her studies at Westminster Choir College.

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Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor show art Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor

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My guest today is Everett Bradley. Everett is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and actor, who honors his mother’s courage and tenacity to have advocated for her son’s musical passion. He describes the turning point in his career from performing in the production STOMP!, to the Broadway show “Swing”, to singing and playing percussion with Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer show art Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer

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My guest today is Vaneese Thomas. Born in Memphis, TN and immersed into the music royalty family of Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Marvell Thomas, Vaneese is an incredible soul/blues/R&B singer/songwriter and producer. She has produced recordings and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore and Diana Ross.

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Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month show art Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, I am excited to announce our 3 fabulous guests starting next week: Vaneese Thomas, Everett Bradley and Gail Blache-Gill. But for today, I want to start off Black History Month by reading a children’s story. This story resonates with my longing to do what I can to dismantle white supremacy. The book is called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness”, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham.

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Episode 101 Wayne Warnecke, recording engineer/producer show art Episode 101 Wayne Warnecke, recording engineer/producer

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My guest today is Wayne Warnecke. Wayne is an accomplished audio engineer, producer and co-owner of Peaceful Waters Recording. As a young child, Wayne loved the drums and owned his first snare drum and hi-hat at age 9. He played guitar with his high school band, “Friction”, but primarily played drums and percussion for the rest of his performing gigs. Wayne was about 14 years old when we stepped inside his first recording studio and knew immediately that he had to do this with his life.

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

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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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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. Driven to be a drummer since he was a child, Sammy tells stories of confidently asserting himself to walk through new doors, make connections, learn from the jobs he didn’t get, while staying motivated and disciplined to keep practicing and growing. My husband loved working with Sammy on the Broadway Show “Kinky Boots”.

Sammy and I share a special bond, both being asked to speak at our dear friend Wayne Pedzwater’s memorial service, nearly 15 years ago. I believe Wayne continues to orchestrate ways for his friends to connect; he lives on in our hearts.

Check out the show notes for a link to Sammy’s comprehensive website. In addition to his credits, you’ll find information about his studio Harlem Parlour Recording. Enjoy the podcast!

Links:

www.sammymerendino.com