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Our speaker David Friedman started out life wanting to be a concert pianist. Crippled by early life anxiety, he learned how to grapple with inner demons and to get them to join the orchestra so to speak…and help make music!
Returning from conservatory, he realized his real love was theater. As he’ll share, he decided to follow Joseph Campbell’s dictum of “following your bliss” (and the unspoken covenant, of paying the price for doing so). David became a coach, then music director, conducted 5 Broadway shows, went on to Hollywood and conducted Disney movies.
Then, another inflection point, and here as he will share, comes that rare courage to check yourself for congruence, to listen to the evolving guidance of your inner muse. David realized he wanted to write. He wrote songs, produced Nancy LaMott’s CD’s (started a record company for her), and then started writing for theater.
Yet against all this was an emotional/spiritual journey borne from childhood abuse, agoraphobia, anxiety and more. So as David will share, in the midst of the theatrical and musical burgeoning, there was a lifelong dance with psychotherapy and spirituality. David has since written numerous books on metaphysics and most recently his book on Kindness based on his acclaimed song (which we will also hear performed this evening).
Andre Gide once wrote “We are born many men but die only one.” David showcases the tapestry the “one” can be. Writing shows he feels, at least until the muse calls again, is the culmination of his talents: creativity, collaboration, coaching, music, psychology, healing…
And one of his recent projects has been enjoyed by a number of Business and Wine members, the musical Desperate Measures, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. After a record breaking run at York Theatre Company, it is being given fresh life at The New World Stages from June 2018. This marvelous musical and comic brew is a delight, and we will also hear one of its seminal songs performed by one of the inspired original cast members, Conor Ryan.
Like David, the talk will be a wide-ranging celebration of personhood, calling, life and how we have to crystallize and often, chisel possibility…perhaps while letting “kindness” show us how.
Our Speaker: David Friedman
From We Can Be Kind to Listen to My Heart, Help is on the Way, We Live on Borrowed Time, Trust the Wind and I'll Be Here With You, David has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times.
With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney Animated Films, Television scores, books and a teaching and lecturing career that spans the nation, David Friedman is truly someone who has made a major mark in all areas of show business and the Human Potential movement. David currently has a hit show, Desperate Measures, about to reopen Off Broadway after a three-times-extended run at the York Theatre, 3 other shows on their way to Broadway and Off Broadway, 5 books in print on Metaphysics, Kindness and relationship, and has been writing a song a month for the Today Show for the past 8 years.
After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, including Grease, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the Conductor and Vocal Arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David's writing music and lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and scoring three animated television series (Happy Ness, Sky Dancers & Dragon Flyz) and the film Trick, as well as a 13 year stint as Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger of Broadway's Beauty & The Beast.
David's songs have been sung and recorded by luminaries such as Diana Ross (Your Love - Quadruple Platinum), Barry Manilow (We Live on Borrowed Time, You're There, I’ll Be Here With You, We Can Be Kind) Allison Krauss, Petula Clark, Laura Branigan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jason Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Laurie Beechman, Lainie Kazan, Leslie Uggams and many others.
As a record producer, David started his own label, MIDDER Music Records, and wrote for and produced all of the late, great Nancy LaMott's CD's. The Nancy LaMott double CD entitled Ask Me Again, hit the Top 20 Billboard Jazz Chart, and a DVD of 25 of Nancy’s classic performances has also become a best-seller.
David's multi-platinum-selling song Open Your Eyes To Love (sung by LMNT) was featured on the soundtrack of The Lizzie McGuire Movie and he wrote There Is Life, the opening song for Disney's sequel to Bambi, (sung by Allison Krauss) which was released to record-breaking sales.
Most recently, David has been writing musicals for Broadway. His show, Desperate Measures, written with Peter Kellogg, showcases a combination of hilarity and extraordinary timeliness to current political and social events, causing the critics to unanimously rave and audiences to flock to the show. Chasing Nicolette, also written with Peter Kellogg, played to rave reviews at The Westport Country Playhouse, the Prince theater in Philadelphia (where David was awarded the Barrymore Award for best score) and the Village Theatre in Seattle, and plans are in the works to bring it to New York and London. A number of David’s other shows are touring, and/or have won spirited accolades as well.
David's songs have been used to raise money for charitable organizations ranging from Duke Children's Hospital to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre Company. His song Help Is On The Way has been the theme song of the Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition for the past 20 years, and his song We Can Be Kind has been used annually to close the Duke Children’s Hospital Benefit. A new video of We Can Be Kind, related to David’s recently released book of the same title and sung by Nancy LaMott with images related to why we need to be kind as well as images of people being kind, is sweeping the nation.
David is also an accomplished author, with numerous books illuminating how to work with negative thoughts rather than against them. His most recent, We Can Be Kind – Healing Our World One Kindness at a Time is in its 4th printing.
The Tasting: Icons from the Rhone
Long-time Business and Wine friend and collaborator John Gilman, eminent wine writer and publisher of View From the Cellar returns to lead us on this exciting foray through one of the great wine regions of the world.
The Rhône Valley is indisputably home to some of the world’s greatest wines. However, it is a region that has paid a price for its transition from its relative obscurity in the early 1980s to international superstardom in the first decades of the twenty-first century. Along the way, it has become home to some of the most egregiously modern, concocted and overly alcoholic wines to be found on the international wine stage today.
As the Rhône Valley’s fame has grown, the numbers of modern, over the top wines has also grown, and it takes careful picking to find the traditional gems still scattered amongst the flotsam and jetsam of the industrially-styled, high octane wines that are passed off for excellence to many unsuspecting wine lovers.
Happily, there is still a fine coterie of traditionalists who have managed to avoid the worst effects of global warming and uncomprehending journalists, and these artisans continue to craft classic examples of Rhône wines. We are here dedicating an evening to saluting these traditionalists and their glorious wines, some of whom continue to hand craft their wines in some of the region’s toniest appellations, such as Châteauneuf du Pape, Côte-Rôtie and Cornas, while others work their magic in less heralded appellations such as Saint Joseph and Brézème (the only Côtes-du-Rhône AOC that is made entirely from Syrah in the northern half of the Rhône Valley).
The common thread across the board of our exciting tasting and dinner lineup is a commitment to making classically-styled Rhône wines, with an emphasis on fine vineyard work (rather than invasive cellar interventions) and crafting wines that speak clearly and eloquently, often unforgettably, of their underlying terroir. Join us on a marvelous voyage of both palate pleasure and discovery!
The Dinner: M.Wells is back!
We love the venue, we love the Quebecois influenced imagination literally “ablaze” in the kitchen, and Chef Hugue Dufour and his brigade are gearing up to provide yet another palate stimulating evocation of their wonderful style, which has won them so many fans as well as culinary “groupies,” in concert with this lovely line up of suave yet graciously lusty Rhones!