“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” – Oscar Wilde
To the valued readers of A Life Designed – I have been carrying this topic around in my back pocket for months now waiting for the proper time to discuss as it is very special, near and dear to my heart. As this entry marks the 100th post since I began this blog last July, I can’t think of a more fitting topic to mark this milestone than to discuss the incredible healing powers of ‘music’ and share with you a very personal story that illustrates just how powerful this medium and form of communication can be.
What is it about music that seems to hit the human soul so deeply and profoundly? Music provides the soundtrack to our lives. I would imagine that just about everyone has certain songs that upon hearing unexpectedly on the radio, can instantly bring memories flooding back of a time gone bye… A first kiss, a special summer, a broken heart. In some very special cases, music can even act as means of communication with a departed loved one. I know this to be true because it happened to me.
Some men just seem to be born with an innate sense of style. More often than not, they also seem to reside in Italy!
As these wonderful images taken on the streets of Italy by Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist clearly illustrate, like fine wine and cheese, Italian men and style just seem to go together… No matter what their age. Bravo signori!
Staring down 60, former Police frontman and successful solo artist Sting looks back while plotting a course for the future.
Navigating the choppy waves of middle age can be tricky. Realizing that even supremely talented and financially blessed individuals such as singer-songwriter, actor and activist Sting face the same unknowns is somewhat reassuring. In this short interview, Sting reminisces on an amazing career while sharing sage advice on writing the next exciting act in this play called ‘life’.
Take Your Fashion Cues from Clooney and Turning 50 Won’t Suck… As Much.
Role models… Mentors… Coaches. We men utilize their services, seeking guidance and inspiration from them all the time. Golf swing gone haywire?… Hire a swing coach. Working on that first million?… Follow in the footsteps of successful people who’ve gone before you. Presentation skills need polishing?… Take a public speaking class. Why then is it, that when it comes to matters of personal style and dressing well, so many of us struggle or even worse, ignore the subject all together? Read the rest of this entry »