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by kate 28. January 2013 20:11

"Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain"

- Emerson

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Tenacity #4 // Angela Ruggerio - 4 x Olympic medalist, Harvard Alum, ice-breaker

by kate 8. August 2011 07:35


Inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone at anytime.  Meet Angela Ruggerio.  She's a four-time Olympic medalist in ice hockey for Team USA.  She competed for the fourth time at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she won a Silver medal. For the record, she's got the other colors too: Gold (1998), Bronze (2006), and an another Silver (2002). Currently, she holds the highly regarded position as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.  

Many moons ago, I met Angela on her recruiting trip to Harvard.  At the time, she had a Gold medal.  At the time, she thought she knew where she wanted to go to college (some school in Hanover, NH).  Being a good sport, she came and looked at Harvard anyway and the rest is, as they say, history.  Something to do with myself and the rest of the women's ice hockey team rolling out the Crimson carpet.  She and I have been friends ever since.  

It's hard keeping track of her; she's everywhere.  Last month, she was in South Africa and Monaco for the Royal Wedding.  A Royal Wedding you say?  Look where ice hockey can take you!  Seriously.

I asked Angela a simple question: What made a difference for her along the way? Here's what she had to say:

"The best thing(s) I did:
1- practice when everyone else is not (like the off-season, or when the competition typically takes long breaks)
2- pretend there is a scout in the stands every day. This will enable you to never cave under pressure (since you've always then "played" while people are watching) and also you get 10x more out of each skate. 
3- enjoy what you are doing (you get a hell of a lot more out of it when you do)

Hope this helps!"

 

Thanks, Visa for taking such an awesome pic of Angela!


What is Tenacity?

The quality or fact of being very determined; determination


Tenacity is also a series of short blog posts about my favorite players, musicians, athletes, artists, songwriters, entrepreneurs, writers, excellent people, etc.  The (short, sweet and practical) posts will explore how they got to be so damn good at what they do, what made a difference for them along the way.

 

 

Find Angela on Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube 

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Tenacity #3 // Duane Andrews -- guitarist, composer, arranger, Newfoundlander

by kate 1. August 2011 05:47

A native of the island of Newfoundland, Duane grew up exposed to the island’s mélange of English, French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese influences.  Duane's music does the impossible: it fuses traditional Newfoundland music with the gypsy jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt.  His music dips and soars, bends and blurs.

Soon after I moved from the US to Canada in 2005, at a tiny show in a hotel room in Montreal, I heard Duane trading solos with trumpet player Patrick Boyle of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. What a sound!  A swirl of rhythmic flayed guitar, fast picking, and muted trumpet musings.  Eureka!  I had a handful of new songs and THAT was the sound I had been looking for!  Humbled, I approached Duane after the show and asked for his card.  He obliged and (later confessed) that he thought nothing of would come of our exchange.  Lo and behold, a few months later, he and Patrick were sitting with me in a studio in Guelph recording two or three tunes.  Ha!  That'll learn ya, Mr. Duane!  He and I still marvel at our meeting!  We've made a lot of music together since then and I look forward to making so much more.

I asked Duane two simple questions:

1.  What made a difference for you along the way?

2.  Is there any person to whom you would like to ask this same question?

"Sounds obvious but I would simply say practice. I find there can be a bit of a mind game when I'm trying to learn something as I'm always looking for a faster way to get to where I want to go.

Feelings of doubt or frustration can seep in but when I finally get the joyous feeling of getting there I realize that basically it was just a lot of hard work, a lot of practice that was the key. 

Though I have -- of late -- tuned in to the idea of 'deliberate practice' which you can check out here.

Joseph Reinhardt

There's much written about Django's life but his brother Joseph was also an amazing player. Though he only played rhythm guitar on the recordings with Django there exists a clip of Joseph taking a solo during a tribute concert after Django's death which blew my mind when I first heard it. You can check that out here."

>> Tenacity: The quality or fact of being very determined; determination

Tenacity is also a series of short blog posts about my favorite players, musicians, athletes, artists, songwriters, entrepreneurs, writers, excellent people, etc.  The (short, sweet and practical) posts will explore how they got to be so damn good at what they do and what made a difference for them along the way.

Duane & I at Fred's Records // photo: koko bonaparte 

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Tenacity #2 // Jennifer Hamady - singer, coach, game-changer

by kate 25. July 2011 14:21

Tenacity is the quality or fact of being very determined; determination

Tenacity is also a series of short blog posts about my favorite players, musicians, athletes, artists, songwriters, entrepreneurs, writers, excellent people, etc.  The posts explore how they got to be so damn good at what they do. 

I asked a simple question: What made a difference for you along the way?  I encouraged short, sweet, and (most importantly) practical answers.

Jennifer Hamady


My friend Cliff Goldmacher directed me to Jennifer when I told him I was looking for a vocal coach in Manhattan.  Little did I know I would show up for my first lesson with her and meet a kindred spirit. 

One word comes to mind when I think of Jen Hams (as I like to call her): Wow!  Her approach to singing is unlike anything out there.  Literally.  Her list of accomplishments is long (she spent the early part of her career singing with and composing for artists and companies including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Smokey Robinson, Kid Rock, Usher, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, and American Idol), but it's never gone to her head. 

To put it VERY simply, her approach to singing is holistic and deals with mental and physical inhibitions so that the singer can establish personal, professional, and performance confidence, and communicate with authenticity, humility, and strength. 'Nuff said.   She coaches, conducts clinics and masterclasses, and publishes books.  To me, though, she is an amazing, hilarious, passionate person; I feel very, very lucky to call her a friend. 


When I asked Jenn what made a difference for her along the way, she sent this response:

"I listened constantly to songs that intrigued me - singers that intrigued me - and I would imitate them over and over and over again.  I would zone out and spend hours recreating exactly what they were doing and harmonize with them.  I was always listening, and always singing ... that's a big part of it. The other side of that coin is that I loved the process.  It never felt like 'training' -- it always felt like fun, like a really neat challenge to see how close I could get to recreating other singers' sounds."

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