New Interview and a Short Meditation

In Music

This is the third conductor interview I’ve done for my column Off The Record on The Metropolitan Opera Musician website! This one is all about Maestro James Conlon, whom I made my German debut under, so he holds a soft spot in my musical heart.

I started this series (you can read more about why in the post here) because I was fascinated by THE MAESTRO, the ARTIST, but as I got to know each musician, I realized what was truly interesting, inspiring, and unique about them, were their humanity.

My mother taught me countless lessons – “mother morals”, if you will. She told me there is not one person in the world that I couldn’t learn from. Their age, education, career didn’t matter.   It didn’t matter if you love them or hate them. Every person we meet is a blessing.  Every interview I conducted (pun intended!?) inspired my writing style, shaped the interview process, and taught me something new.

We are so small. We are a tiny part of this huge galaxy that we know very little about. We will never get to meet everyone, see every place, hear every sound, or feel every emotion. And most importantly, we will never know everything.  I don’t know about you, but I want to experience as much as I can in this short time I am granted here.

My yoga teacher once shared with me a visualization technique to put life into perspective. Try it with me…

Close your eyes…

Feel what feels like to be in your body.

Feel the tangible you in the space. Ground yourself on the floor.

Allow your inner eyes to widen as you breathe in.

Visualize yourself in this room.

Fill the space around you with others.IMG_0149

Feel their energy and aura dancing with yours.

Allow your mind to open further. Breathe in.

Visualize the building this room is a part of…

Then the street…

Breathe in.

Zoom out.

See the streets in this city, the people on each street.

Zoom out faster.

Breathe in.


Fly above the countries, mountains, oceans, EARTH, the universe…

This “meditation”, especially during a stressful or emotional time, allows me to take myself and my life less seriously.  It gives me the freedom to let go.  It widens my horizons.  It reminds me to appreciate and value the interactions I have with others, whether it is with family, life-long friends, or simply a momentary interaction.



Read the interview here:  James Conlon

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