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224: Fly High

Will You Dare to Fly Too High?

This episode explores the powerful social story that controls many of our lives today.

It is a story that demands our obedience, our conformity, our silence, and our willingness to destroy our dreams that challenge the status quo.

It is a story that made the industrial age and corporate culture dominant for many decades. It is a story that is disintegrating. But, it still hold son to us and stops us from creating, growing, and standing out.

In 2020, we are living in the Connection Age , the Connection Economy. To be fully alive in this new and exciting time, we must not conform. We must, instead, find the courage to create art. I’m not talking about paintings, or sculptures, or music.

You may create those. But, art, in the Connection Age, means your unique authentic voice, your STORY.

These liberating ideas are from a wonderful book, The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin.

You deserve to listen to this episode. It will help you unleash your pure, strong, authentic voice. It will help you give yourself full permission to create, stop worrying about others’ approval, and, ultimately, feel fully alive.

140: Becoming Burlesque


Becoming Burlesque is a new feature film written and directed by Jackie English.

It’s also a story about choosing to live the life you desire, the life of your dreams, instead of a life of obligation.

This podcast is an interview with Jackie English. It takes you on a journey of discovery. It will inspire you and awaken your courage and your dreams.

Jackie imagined herself in many different roles as she was growing up – a pilot, a jockey, an architect, a cop. For awhile, she went corporate. Then, she listened to her heart and began her life as performer. That led to her current role as a film director.

Here are a few of the gems you’ll find in this podcast:

  • The power of letting your path choose you
  • The joy of choosing what seems hard
  • The magic of doing something you want without overthinking it
  • The importance of expanding your comfort zone
  • The reassurance that everyone feels doubt and fear
  • The value of challenging what feels impossible




Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Wanting What Your Want by Dan Sullivan


“The wand chooses the wizard.” – Harry Potter

“When it’s too tough for everybody else, it’s just right for me.” – Wendell Scott


Becoming Burlesque – Facebook

Becoming Burlesque – Instagram

135: Laugh It Up!


Comedy is serious business. It takes courage, imagination, and true grit to make your living as a standup comic.

Kathy Klotz-Guest is a professional comedian. She knows how to laugh it up and how to make others laugh as she goes through life.

Have you ever wondered what kind of person becomes a comic? What makes her tick? What’s the secret to her ability to touch your funny-bone again and again? You’ll get those questions answered, you’ll be entertained, inspired, and, you may learn a few valuable things when you listen to my interview with Kathy.

Here are a few of the empowering highlights in this episode:

  • How to make failure your friend
  • The value and the power of reframing painful experiences
  • The importance of storytelling in life and business
  • Improvisation for business people
  • Comedy as weaponized social consciousness
  • What it means to own your life
  • Comedians who inspire Kathy
  • How to find and own your unique sense of humor
  • The healing power of laughter
  • The role of comedy in today’s world
  • Much much more…


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” – Will Rogers

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou



122: Jazz Giant


Jazz is not a mainstream art form. Jazz musicians practice for thousands of hours honing their craft. When they improvise, it is the dance between the heart and the mind that creates the magic. A strong foundation is essential, and that is built by mental skills sharpened by diligent practice.

Today’s guest is Pat LaBarbera, an internationally known jazz giant. According to Elvin Jones,  “Pat has tremendous musical ability beyond technical facility. He has great power of concentration to detail and is totally committed with body and soul.”  Pat LaBarbera’s life is music and what sweet music it is!

Pat LaBarbera is a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, and jazz educator. He is well-known for his solo work with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, and the Buddy Rich Band.

Pat has played on every major network television show including The Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show several times. He has worked with the biggest entertainers in the business including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea, Woody Shaw, and McCoy Tyner.

He has performed and recorded consistently with Elvin Jones since 1975 and rejoined Elvin Jones’ ‘Time Machine’ in 2001. His album, Deep in a Dream, won the 2000 Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album.

Listen to get a peek into the life of a jazz giant. You’ll be entertained and enriched by what you discover. Here are just a few stops on the journey:

  • How Pat’s father influenced him into pursuing music
  • Is Jazz considered as outsiders’ music?
  • Jazz – for listening or for dancing?
  • Music as a form of intense personal expression
  • Was there racial division in jazz?
  • Gaining respect in the jazz industry
  • Toronto-based jazz musicians
  • Teaching music and moving the music forward
  • Are today’s jazz students different than before?
  • Pat’s upcoming CD



“Some people really listen to music for what’s going on harmonically, if there’s a meaning or message behind it. Other people just listen with their feet.”

“You basically gain respect by performance.”

“Teaching music is like having tentacles that are out there searching and giving you all the latest input on what’s going on and what’s current in the music scene.”

“The most beneficial thing is trying to get together with guys and play.”

“The interaction with other musician is the one thing that you can’t practice in a practice room.”



Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography by Mark Twain

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz by Donald L Maggin



Every day, in every wayI’m getting better and better.” – Émile Coué



Pat LaBarBera on Facebook



Pat LaBarbera on Humber College
Pat LaBarbera Biography and Discography
Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album