by Alexis Ann
Phil Ramone, 14-time GRAMMY Winning music producer,
and now author shares the good news about his new book,
Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music with
Alexis Ann, editor and publisher of the Resident.
“You’d be so lean, that blast of January Would blow you through and through. – William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV Scene 4.
Everybody talks about the weather, and Shakespeare was undoubtedly the master wordsmith – even finding words to describe the wind. As we “wrap up” January we have our choice of weather descriptions.
On some days we get a bit of the “blast” that Shakespeare describes. It’s often strong – enough so that it found Chairman “Two Dogs” Bozsum, to turn to the wind and beseech it to stop during the Topping Off of Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Wind earlier this month, page 5.
For some days, the wind calmed down. We were even blessed with some “unseasonably warmer” days. The stop-the-wind request certainly proved that if we believe, our words WILL make a difference. Words do work. They challenge, stimulate and motivate us beyond the nay Sayers and lead us to successes.
Bill Stanley proved it when he declared that it was “unacceptable” – anything less than the $8.4M goal set for the United Way 2007 campaign. Look at how his words motivated, page 13.
At least two years ago Shirley Bower suggested to fellow board members of Friends of Otis Library in Norwich that a tea party for young girls and their dolls would be fun. Look at the happy faces, page 23.
The words of writer Philippe Montblanc on page 12, however, will inspire you to want to enjoy some of the delicious Thai foods he enjoyed at Bangkok Paradise, a new restaurant in Old Saybrook.
Those of us attending the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Inauguration Ceremony, page 10, heard words of tradition that inspired reverence and respect for Native Americans who keep their culture firmly centered with beautiful words that celebrate their legacy – words that should never be forgotten.
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