I hope this finds you all doing an extremely well. After an incredible trip out West, I jumped into a new week with both feet on the ground. Yesterday was a very productive day for me.Steps are being made towards the next phase of my life. I love the above quote. There are people all around who want to create the facts for you. Those naysayers will be negated. Either you're on my team or you are not. One team that I desire to be a part of is the David Friedman team. David is truly one of the most positive people I have ever encountered. He is a prolific songwriter, a coach and teacher, and author, and he has a film that will be premiering at the Tribeca film Festival later this year. I was thrilled when he consented to take the time for this interview. Ladies and gentlemen, today I am celebrating David Friedman.
As with all my blogs, and to quote a very wise good witch, it is always best to start at the beginning. I asked David to tell me about the first show that he remembers seeing as a kid. David's response was surprising. He said it was so long ago that he doesn't remember. It's so strange that someone so see to musical theater would not remember what his first show was. But he thinks that because musicals have just always been a part of his life, and he started seeing them before he could remember them.The first one he is aware of his Peter Pan on TV with Mary Martin.That, of course, was in the day when you couldn't take being so you had to watch it when it was on, and you could only see it once a year.
He remembers that extraordinary sense of anticipation and excitement and being in front of the TV at exactly the moment it started so as not to miss a moment.
David believes his first time on stage was playing the Mad Hatter in the sixth grade production of Alice in Wonderland. David says that although the casting is probably quite predictive of who he was to become.He did play the guitar, studying started at the age of five, so he also saying and recitals and other related activities. He also made recording at five of him singing.He clearly had talent and great pitch and interpretive flare, although he had a tendency to breathe in the middle of words.
David cannot remember his first professional job, but he does know that the first time he ever conducted an orchestra was on Broadway! He had played an audition for a singer for Mitch Leigh for Sarava. Mitch notice David and asked him to play more auditions. Mitch then asked David to assist him. He then asked David to be rehearsal pianist and he tried his hand at of vocal arrangements any appointed him vocal arranger, and then Mitch gave David the position of assistant conductor in the second week of rehearsal even though David never conducted an orchestra or had done a Broadway show in his life. He had however conducted choruses.And then the conductor was fired and after interviewing a bunch of well-known Broadway conductors, Mitch turned to David and offered him and said," You're the most qualified for the job" and hired him as conductor. This happened in the men's room of Broadway dance rehearsal studios. It's not what you think, David has never slept with anyone to get a job… David says he would have in a minute, but nobody ever asked him to.
David's thoughts on arts in education
What makes you cry out of the blue when you see or hear it?
What makes David cry are expressions of true friendship over circumstances.Like the scene in Sex and the City were Maranda is getting married and Samantha finds out she has cancer. Maranda is at her own wedding, but when she finds out her friend has cancer, she sits down with her and really listens to her and pays attention to her rather than saying," You've ruined my wedding". David found himself weeping at this, and he always tries to be that kind of friend.
David's thoughts on Carol Channing ( all my blogs focus on Carol Channing's Foundation for the Arts). I'm also campaigning for Carol Channing to receive the 2012 Kennedy Ctr. honors. I would like your thoughts on all of the above
David thinks that Carol is a unique, once in a generation (or once in several generations) talent who has devoted her life to entertainment and should be recognized for creating an extraordinary persona who is given the world so much laughter and so much to look at.
David's most recent appearance
David's next appearance
David is doing the Sunday talk at the Center for spiritual living in Sarasota, Florida, followed by a book signing of his book, The Thought Exchange-Overcoming Resistance to Living a Sensational Life and a thought exchange workshop afterward.
|David and his partner, Shawn Moninger|
I asked David what one change he would like to see in today's industry. He said he would like to see it more artistically based and less money based. That seems to be the ongoing thread through most of my blog interviews. He is finding that Broadway has become about such enormous amounts of money that getting a show on is about so much more than having a great show. It has to be a show that will reach the lowest common denominator, and it has to be a show that people will think they can make money from. This is all well and good, but what happens is, it relegates so much art to the regions and makes getting to Broadway mostly a financial transaction.
Barry has always been David's kind of songwriter and he thinks he is one of the most underrated musicians in the world, although certainly not under popular-he sells out where ever he goes. And if you desire to see screaming adoring fans go to one of his concerts.
David grew up with the Supremes.He went to their concerts every time they were in New York, and had the extraordinary honor of having Diana have a quadruple platinum hit with his song, " Your Love".
I asked David what he thinks ultimately made him become an entertainer. He says that's an interesting question. Just as happens in metaphysics, David thinks his original reasons for becoming an entertainer, not the reasons he has now. He thinks he did it for attention and fame and fortune, but has morphed into so much more. It's now about exploring the infinite beauty and possibilities in the universe, and sharing that with others. It's so much more fulfilling, and so much less pressured. It doesn't matter if he's a star. It matters that he has this world of emotion and thought an infant possibility available to him at all times.
David says that he is happy at this point he has right now in his career, but not content. There is so much more that he desires to do, so many dreams he's more than fulfilled, but so many he hasn't. He would like to have a show on Broadway, and at the moment has five shows poised to do that. 8 million bucks anyone? He's currently working on three CDs of him singing his own songs, which has taken him over two years to do because of so many other projects. He would love the Thought Exchange to go global in a big way, as he would like to share how it's changed his life with the entire world.. He looks forward to performing Listen To My Heart around the country, and he looks forward to the things he didn't even dream about or know about or know weregoing to happen that he hasn't even expected.
I asked David if he had all the money in the world that he needed, would he continue working. his response was absolutely. He says he would probably do a lot more shopping, put a gorgeous lap pool on their property, and Shawn and he would go to the theater more, but other than that, he doubts that he would change anything. David works with wonderful people. He loves creating, he loves music, and he has an ideal partner because he has the awareness that Shawn is a mirror of him is a mirror of him (David) who he needs to work on. They have three gorgeous homes and a wonderful cat. . He would show more and Shawn would have more shoes.
I asked David what he does to maintain his skills. His response is WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, PERFORM, PERFORM, PERFORM.
If David could travel anywhere in the world and spend some time there, it would be Italy. David speaks Italian, but he would love to perfect it. He would probably take a villa on the water in Italy for a year, and write there.
When I asked David what he would ask God if he could right now, his responses that he feels God is the invisible observer so that he is, so he feels that he can ask anything at any time and simply listen for the answer. He supposes what he would ask is what happens after this.
The last stage show that David saw was Lucie Arnaz at Feinstein's and she was more spectacular than ever-and that's pretty spectacular! Read my blog about that night. I was there too and I more than agree!
The book that is on David's nightstand right now is a book of Double crostics. His passion!
Please visit David' website and Midder Music.
Thank you, David, for the gifts you give to the world!
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