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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Many people don’t believe me when I say I workout to classical music. But believe me, the immersive sound of a full orchestra can really put you in the beast mode flow.

“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen

When I listen to classical music, my thoughts are no longer thoughts, but instead notes and chords that guide me in my creations. Truly, music is the fourth dimension to an event. It’s the undercurrent that molds the mood of your guests.  It becomes the sound track of our lives. It’s so important.  One of my favorite events to put together was Up Close and Personal with Michael Tilson Thomas, the 13 time Grammy Award Winning Maestro of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Director of New World Symphony.

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Here are just a few of my favorite classical songs perfect for dinner entertaining:

Elgar – Salut D’Amour

The Greeting of Love. A French inspired piece by an English composer is the perfect dreamy opening for a relaxed tone playlist.

Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu

Sparkling intimate and originally dedicated to the composers close female friend.

Bach – Cello Suite 1

Ebbing and swaying, a widely recognized, warm and engaging mid-way selection that easily wraps you in its six movements.

Franz Liszt’s – Liebestraum

Translating from German to “Love Dream” the tone is quietly bittersweet and a great conversation starter.

Rachmaninoff – Vocalise for Violin

The last of the fourteen of the Russian’s compositions is romantically lyrical and softly sentimental.

Schubert – Serenade        

As multilayered choice with darker tones it is smoothly matched for later in the day after dinner drinks.

Debussy – Clair De Lune

A familiar and comforting piece to round out your soundtrack and the accompanying wonderfully matched evening.

[Yes, I know I am a true romantic]

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About Miami in LastMinute.com

Miami is undergoing a cultural transformation and it is so exciting to be a part of it. How lovely to hear from our friends at the London-based mega travel website, LastMinute.com who wanted to know what’s happening in the burgeoning neighborhood of the Upper Eastside.  Here are some of my favorite places in town. Get to it! Click on the link below for my local haunts. 

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7 Inspiring Quotes about Loving Yourself

Though I am all for love, I am not all for Valentine’s day. One should show love and receive love every. single. day. You can’t do either, however, if you don’t love yourself first. Here are my favorite “love yourself quotes.” I hope they inspire you too.

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Little triumphs are the pennies of self-esteem.” – Florence King

Why this inspires me: Most people think you’re either born with self-esteem or you’re not. It’s not that way at all. Self-esteem starts with self-love and is built in the small moments where you feel pride for a day well-lived.

You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.” – Amanda Palmer 

Why this inspires me: An artist must know love to make somebody else feel something deeply. They must feel deeply themselves to translate that passion into an art that communicates the soul. This “love language” is the inspiration and the purpose of every artist’s creation.

You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.” – Zadie Smith

Why this inspires me: Many have experienced that wide-open feeling you get in Manhattan. But the feeling is within you – and can be accessed no matter where you are. To me, it’s a feeling of “all-possibilities”. It’s a feeling of greatness budding forth and dying to be expressed. You are that greatness.

There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told.” – Lena Dunham 

Why this inspires me: It is no great thing to withhold one’s light from the world. It is admirable to throw your shoulders back, chin high – and bring your gifts to the day – to all those who may benefit from them. Tell your story with pride! Because you are worth listening to, worth hearing!

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
” – Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” 

Why this inspires me: No matter who you are, or what you’re creating, life is available to each the same. You are a unique puzzle piece in the tapestry of life. It is in this uniqueness – not in comparison – that one finds a deep and profound appreciation for himself.

I don’t put off to tomorrow doing what I must do, right now, to find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.” – Ray Bradbury 

Why this inspires me: The richness of life is born from the pursuit of passions that make the heart race and the eyes blaze with fiery desire. The choice to pursue those passions – right away and with urgency – is what gives life zest and momentum. Take it from a lawyer who denied her passion too long. Don’t delay. Life is now. 

Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.” – Leo Tolstoy 

Why this inspires me: Leo Tolstoy maintained a friendship through written correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi until his death. He wrote this quote to Gandhi, and it strikes me as so true. Love is truly the source, course, and the goal of all of humanity.  

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, don’t forget to love yourself!

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