While playing in Union Square I met Courtney who stopped to listen. What inspires Courtney? "People, nature, strong women." Ely from Israel was also listening and joined in. He took the camera to film us singing Imagine. Ely wasn't sure what Inspiration meant. I pointed to his heart and said "what's in here." His response? "Peace, love and good music." Enough said.
I met Carter at 54 Below when we both performed as part of Susie Mosher's Backstage show. I invited Carter to come and jam with me at my subway gig and she showed up with her friend Harper. It was fun sharing what it's like to perform in a very busy station.
What inspires Carter? "People, no matter where they come from, they're beautiful." and Harper? "women, nature, paintings, cinema."
I met Çiğdem Y. Mirol and Elliot Samuel Paul as they were taking a picture of Çiğdem and her book translated from Turkish "Myface Book." We hit it off and chatted about inspiration. I was already inspired having sax player Jimmy "Rhythm" (real name James Taylor-no fooling) show up to jam with me. We were performing Love Is In Need and I asked Elliot to join in (he told me he was a singer), and to my happy surprise he did. Elliot is the co-founder of an amazing non-profit website called creativitypost.com, a place for creatives to connect. Of course I am intrigued.