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Dear Friends,


Today I want to share Band Central’s approach to making the world a better place (ie, social activism). Our goal is to help audiences experience powerful music connected to important community causes. In joining music and social activism, we help audiences experience authentic energy and joy. These experiences help tip the collective consciousness towards peace, love and hope for the future. Shifts in collective energy have the potential to solve major social problems.


The Band Central strategy for coping with conflict and unease is to discipline ourselves to look at what we can do, in our families and our communities, to make the world a better place. When the big picture perspective seems broken and without hope, we focus on the neighborhood perspective. What does that mean? We focus on 3 things:


  • First we focus on having FUN by making and enjoying music - Band Central is built around sharing joy in the present moment, where we visualize social activism as a joy, and we care for our own needs while helping others.


  • Second we focus on PURPOSE by using everyone's respective talents and influence to inspire people through powerful music, to raise awareness, and to raise critical funds for important causes.


  • Third we focus on ATTRACTION to build a network of support. By exchanging positive energy we can improve our health, wealth and relationships. Through being generous and heart centered, we attract nonprofits, musicians, volunteers, donors, sponsors, media and audience members that resonate with this feeling. We are using the word “attraction” intentionally based on three great books worth exploring, 'Think And Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill, 'The Power Of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale, and 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay.


During our May Band Central Radio program I asked our guests how they approach making the world a better place. Here are compelling points they shared:


“When social activism is joyful we serve ourselves while serving others. Helping one person at a time has more of a impact and ripple effect than we normally perceive, so please go find someone to help.” - Amiee Turner, Executive Director at Team Woofgang & Company.


"We got to make this land a better land than the world in which we live. And we got to help each man be a better man with the kindness that we give”. Ben added, “there’s no better way to achieve this than through music. Simply put, music makes the world a better place.” -Ben Jaffe, Artistic Director at Preservation Hall Jazz Band quoting great New Orleans pianist and composer Allen Toussaint.


“Take action and get engaged in steps toward improving the community based on whatever skills and resources you have. Band together with other like minded people.” -John Torres, Singer/Songwriter and General Manager at Park City Music Hall.


Last month the 2023 Fairfield County Community Well Being Index was released, providing us with key data on the well-being and quality-of-life in our county. This neighborhood view shows us we have more to do to create a stronger community.


  • Fairfield County has the second highest income inequality in the US with the 6 wealthiest towns earning a median income that is 4 times the median income in Bridgeport. In these same 6 towns, 82% of graduating high school students earn a college degree within 6 years while in Danbury that number is 40% and in Bridgeport it is 20%. Housing costs in excess of 30% of monthly income is generally considered a cost burden; across Fairfield Country rental rates were above 50% of monthly income, posing significant strain for families to supply basic necessities. 


Band Central is proud to be working with nonprofits and their clients to improve the wellbeing of our neighbors who need a helping hand. We hope you'll join us.


Peace and love,

Rob & The Band Central TeamDuring our May Band Central Radio program I asked our guests how they approach making the world a better place. Here are compelling points they shared:


“When social activism is joyful we serve ourselves while serving others. Helping one person at a time has more of a impact and ripple effect than we normally perceive, so please go find someone to help.” - Amiee Turner, Executive Director at Team Woofgang & Company.


"We got to make this land a better land than the world in which we live. And we got to help each man be a better man with the kindness that we give”. Ben added, “there’s no better way to achieve this than through music. Simply put, music makes the world a better place.” -Ben Jaffe, Artistic Director at Preservation Hall Jazz Band quoting great New Orleans pianist and composer Allen Toussaint.


“Take action and get engaged in steps toward improving the community based on whatever skills and resources you have. Band together with other like minded people.” -John Torres, Singer/Songwriter and General Manager at Park City Music Hall.


Last month the 2023 Fairfield County Community Well Being Index was released, providing us with key data on the well-being and quality-of-life in our county. This neighborhood view shows us we have more to do to create a stronger community.


  • Fairfield County has the second highest income inequality in the US with the 6 wealthiest towns earning a median income that is 4 times the median income in Bridgeport. In these same 6 towns, 82% of graduating high school students earn a college degree within 6 years while in Danbury that number is 40% and in Bridgeport it is 20%. Housing costs in excess of 30% of monthly income is generally considered a cost burden; across Fairfield Country rental rates were above 50% of monthly income, posing significant strain for families to supply basic necessities. 


Band Central is proud to be working with nonprofits and their clients to improve the wellbeing of our neighbors who need a helping hand. We hope you'll join us.


Peace and love,

Rob & The Band Central Team


 

TAKE A BREATH


For this month’s Take A Breath we repeat a book recommendation we offered last year specifically about breathing, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Below check out a 12 minute YouTube link where author James Nestor explains 5 ways to transform your breathing!



 

NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT




This month we're featuring Team Woofgang - a nonprofit helping young adults with developmental disabilities to be happy and thrive, and Park City Presents - a new nonprofit that supports the vitality of music, arts and culture. Watch the latest live stream of Band Central Radio program featuring Amiee Turner from Team Woofgang, John Torres from Park City Presents, and Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Hear about their initiatives in their own words. 


0.00 - Rob Interviews John Torres, Park City Music Hall, Park City Presents

6:15 - John and Rob perform “For What Its Worth”

9:30 - Rob interviews Amiee Turner from Team Woofgang & Company

21:45 - Rob interviews Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall Jazz Band

29:30 - Closing segment - Life Colors by Rob Fried


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Dear Friends,


I was raised to pursue excellence which led me to develop compulsive tendencies to try to be perfect. Mistakes were fine if other people made them, but I attempted to avoid them at all costs as I strove for excellence.

 

As I grew, I began to notice the prevalence, and power of, mistakes. The best hitters in baseball make an out 2 out of 3 times at the bat. As a door to door bible salesman I received only 3 “yeses” to 27 “nos” on demonstrations. As a partner at the largest, most successful hedge fund in the world, I noted that we would be wrong on about 40% of our trades, while still making money consistently for our clients.


Recognizing the prevalence of mistakes in life led me to develop attitudes that support living with mistakes. I will highlight three:


Humility: I know there is a lot I don’t know. Physicists say 96% of the universe is dark matter (which means they don’t know what it is) and biologists say that 98% of our DNA is junk DNA (which means they don’t know what it is).  


Curiosity: Mistakes and failures can lead to questions like “what is true?” and “what works?” Once curiosity is sparked, we care less about how we look to others, and more about learning about how we can achieve our goals.


Growth: Learning from mistakes provides opportunities for personal growth.  My friend, Ray Dalio calls this “looping” and has a magnificent 5-step process in his book and videos for converting failure into growth. Growth is about shifting the focus from mistakes to the responses to mistakes.



However, attitude is not enough, since even if we develop a receptive attitude we still need tools and skills. Two tools I have found helpful are:


Hero's Journey Framework: Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist and author, articulated an archetypal cycle we all go through, which I have re-interpreted to highlight mistakes as a way to provide guidance to the hero. 


Mindfulness: Cultivating calmness, awareness and centeredness facilitates an ability to look down on ourselves from above so we are less reactive when mistakes happen. We want to be actively calm and calmly active.


The “magic of mistakes” is about learning to appreciate mistakes for the serendipity and magic they bring to life. The journey of personality growth involves pain, which is a requisite to moving through the hero’s journey.  


Through all of this it’s important to keep the flame of passion alive. Beethoven said “to play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable” and Miles Davis famously added “there are no wrong notes”. Notice how these masters were not obsessed with mistakes. So play with passion!


With Humility + Curiosity,

Rob & The Band Central Team


 

TAKE A BREATH

Deb Greenwood, President and CEO at Center For Family Justice is a compelling leader in our state, and an advocate for families dealing with domestic and sexual violence. Below is a WICC radio clip of Deb and Rob Fried on WICC radio talking about Rob’s new music video release Moving On and how it is being used as an instrument of hope at Family Justice Centers.Deb Greenwood, President and CEO at Center For Family Justice is a compelling leader in our state, and an advocate for families dealing with domestic and sexual violence. Below is a WICC radio clip of Deb and Rob Fried on WICC radio talking about Rob’s new music video release Moving On and how it is being used as an instrument of hope at Family Justice Centers.


 

NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT


This month we feature a non-profit that supports the vitality of music, arts and culture - Fairfield Theatre Company. Check out the video above for the live stream of our April Band Central Radio program featuring John Reid, Artist Director of FTC along with saxman Rob Somerville and WPKN GM Steve di Costanzo. To learn more about FTC, check out their calendar of events and consider becoming a member today!





We’ve provided time stamps to help you locate segments that interest you.

0.00: Pre broadcast - John Reid orientation to studio 

2:30: Live broadcast begin - Intro segment

15:40: Play one song - Speed Bump Of Your Love by Kung Fu

18:15: Rob Interviews Rob Somerville from Deep Banana Blackout, Kung Fu

35:00: Rob interviews John Reid from Fairfield Theatre Company

56:00: Closing segment - Life Colors by Rob Fried

58:11: Broadcast ends

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Dear Friends,


Harnessing creativity and positive energy that surrounds us can be powerful. Find time in your day and week to get inspired and create, even if it seems mundane. It need not be grandiose. Even when we do something like come up with a new recipe, we experience creativity which stimulates a deeper awareness. Check out Rick Rubin’s recent book called The Creative Act. He’s a legendary music producer who says creativity is not something you do, rather it is a way of being. It transports us to a place of innocence, to our childhood mind, and it is something everyone can benefit from.  


Each time I share original music with the world I remind myself of the importance of this creative flow by stating, “sharing these songs is like sharing a good meal with friends… music and songwriting is not just something that I do, it's deeply part of who I am.” This helps me get my ego out of the way, and realize I belong to the stream of life. 


I was recently in awe of the creative juices emanating from Band Central musicians and our nonprofit partners during last month’s fundraising concerts for Kennedy Collective, Center For Family Justice and Sterling House Community Center as shown in the photos below.




I hope you find our communications entertaining, informative and useful. Spark a little personal creativity and join us by attending our live music events, listening to Band Central Radio on WPKN (and WPKN Podcasts and YouTube) and following us on social.


Peace and love,

Rob & The Band Central Team


 

NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT


This month we highlight CT Institute For Refugee and Immigrants (CIRI) and WPKN 89.5 Public Radio! On April 20 Band Central will perform at Park City Music Hall to bring awareness and funds to CIRI. This show features an ALL STAR lineup of incredible local musicians you do not want to miss! Learn more about the event and the musicians HERE.



We also admire the creativity at WPKN 89.5 Public Radio in Bridgeport where Band Central Radio broadcasts from 12-1:00pm the forth Monday each month. WPKN has approximately 75 DJ programmers that offer an amazing window into music and culture.  The New Yorker recently recognized WPKN as “the greatest radio station in the world” as a nod to the creative force they bring to our community.  They recently added their own YouTube channel for live streaming, in addition to their live broadcasting and podcasting.


Here is the YouTube live stream of our March Band Central Radio program featuring Carole Sylvan, Susan Schnitzer, Caroline Pech and Steve di Costanzo.  We’ve provided time stamps to help you locate segments that interest you.


18:15- Live broadcast begin - Rob Fried, Steve di Costanzo intro

27:25- Play one song - Savin' Up For Your Love by Carole Sylvan

30:15- Rob Interviews Carole Sylvan

45:55- Rob and Carole Sylvan perform live in Studio

49:15- “News Of The Benevolent” Segment

52:30- Rob interviews Susan Schnitzer and Caroline Pech from CIRI

111:40- Closing segment - Life Colors by Rob Fried

113:31- Broadcast ends


TAKE A BREATH


Here’s are some words from our friend, drummer Bill Carbone, on his experience playing drums in our March show for Kennedy Collective …


“I played “Don’t Fear The Reaper” with Joe Bouchard from Blue Oyster Cult last night. After years of people screaming more cowbell at me it was an arrival of sorts. Joe told me that the song streams 4 million times a week. Cowbells rule. Shoutout to Rob Fried from @experiencebandcentral for consistently putting together killer ensembles that play shows for good causes. Such a great v



ibe. Shoutout to Joe for being a rocker, a gentleman, and cool as a cucumber despite his history in one of the biggest rock bands ever!”




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