(Issue #551) Music To The Rescue

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”
~George Eliot~

How about a break from the written word? For today’s post you will find a few videos I shot over the years. Each one brings me back to the time, place, and people. They bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

A few months ago, my long-time friend, singer-songwriter Mike “Shack” Shackelford, shared his thoughts on how music can transform. A snippet of his experience:

…If you break, music can mend…if you hurt, it can heal…
my love of music and it’s connection to my soul will never let me down. Ever.

Amen. Enjoy the clips below.

*You never know when music will just “break out.” Like at the beginning of a keynote presentation.

*Almost five years ago from the date of this post, Steve Shanholtzer performed this tune at the Atlantic Beach (FL) Songwriter’s Night. Mike Shackelford adds his harmonica chops.

*Title song from my second CD. The afore mentioned Shack along with  Billy Bowers and Robin Soergel made the song come alive in the studio.

*After speaking at Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, North Dakota) I was invited to attend a Pow Wow. A short clip of one of the drum groups.

*Frances Bartlett Kinne played piano for me after we recorded a podcast at her home. She was 99 years young on this day.

How does music keep you going?

Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My new book has been released.
eBook ($2.99) Paperback ($9.99). Click here.

Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.
Click here for more information about the book.

In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
  • Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2020. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®


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2 Responses to (Issue #551) Music To The Rescue

  1. marianbeaman says:

    I couldn’t live without music. Thanks for the videos, especially Dr. Kinne’s excerpt. I want to be able to “trill” when I’m 99!


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