Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let Me Entertain You...Constantly!

Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.
-Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

Happy Wednesday, June 28th, 2017!
Today is the 179th day of the year. There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year. As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Perez Prado perform Mambo Number 5 from 1949 on the 40s channel on Sirius XM.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't think  we would have half the strife in the world if people began every day with a show tune...at at least great music that uplifts all of us. I've written about this before but it is worth repeating, music is constantly playing throughout my working day, creating a great soundtrack.
Science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer wrote, "Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace." 
With the late great Dana Lorge at the Wheel of Divas for The Actors' Fund
The 'WORD' for the day is INTERESTING.
Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The 'word 'for TODAY is INTERESTING. Please pay it forward..
Maybe I have something useful to say today. 
I hope that I achieve this goal with my conversations and my interaction on social media. If you've been
following my blogs recently, you will find that the more recent ones have been more introspective, reflective, and in some cases, brutally honest with what I'm feeling these days.
I feel like I've hit a personal low. I feel like I have so much time on my hands I could go out and have lunch daily with my friends. I don't like it. I want MORE to do! 
I sometimes feel like I don't know who I am. 
I do know, however, based upon what I've been through in my life thus far that whatever my lowest points are, I have learned from them and I can teach others because of of those life experiences.
My husband, Danny, is a very successful landscape architect and he is ALWAYS there for me.
I don't always reciprocate in a way that I should. I tell him on a regular basis that there is a purple heart waiting at the pearly gates for him. Little did he know what he was getting in to when he met me. After 21 years, he said 'yes' when I asked him to marry me.
Yes, I asked him and next month we celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe. We just celebrated the 27th anniversary of our meeting. We have been together since the first day we met!
Cleaning up my own life is a full-time job, so I'm not bothering trying to fix anyone else's now. Although I'm asked quite often to dispense advice, recognizing other people's challenges  doesn't give me license to interfere in their lives.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.-Judy Garland
Focusing on external issues rather than internal ones is a not-so-clever way to avoid your own work.
Do not mock a pain that you haven't endured.   

What are your dreams?

It's never easy , but it's worth it . Self accomplishment is the best feeling.  

I have huge dreams but I am feeling very stuck right now. 
That is my confession for the day.

I have spent the past year with my on stage series, Richard Skipper Celebrates..., I am moving forward on my book celebrating Hello, Dolly!, CallonDolly.com, and my other writing and yet I don't feel like I'm making real progress.

I really desire to get this book published. Well, why don't I?
As I write these words, I am making a commitment to ME and to YOU that I will!
I have a 'collaborator', but he seems to have disappeared. 
He is an accomplished writer with many books under his belt and he is busy so I respect that.
After the recent revival opened on Broadway, he reached out to me once again to get the ball rolling once again. A few letters were sent out and we received a few rejections.  
I have a new intern starting with me tomorrow.
She specializes in social media and we are going to hopefully bump up our media presence as far as the Facebook page and website are concerned. I'm anxious to see what she brings to the table tomorrow. I write about what I know and I have been fortunate to interview over 500 people involved with the various productions and movie over the years.

My daily to-do list is where my day happens. 
Every time I complete a small chore or task, I move closer to my goals. Life is in the details! I am taking control of my life and continuing the healing process. 

For me, I am seeking more of a positive collective state of mind, a shared organizational outlook that brings out the best in everyone I encounter, reinforces your mission and rocks OUR common goals.
I'm thinking about my goals with this book and project, and if my readers send me in the right direction, it is a win win for all of us. 

Reaching goals is always easier when we have the help of those around us!
Is there a friend in my circle who might know something about it already and can share information with me?
Getting away or the beach doesn't fit into my Goals paradigm
By thinking of even one person who can lend a hand, it provides me with reassurance that I'm not alone.
When things fall into place, I deliver the goods.

I first became aware of Carol Channing in the sixties when she was at the apex of her popularity because of Hello, Dolly!  
Little did I know at the time that I would have a long and successful career appearing AS Carol Channing!
That led to a few film and television appearances. 
Maintaining a career at 56 years old is a lot more difficult than it was twenty five years ago when I was 31. 
On one hand, it feels like it was yesterday. I certainly don't feel any older. I geel that I have MORE to offer than where I was career wise 25 years ago. For one thing, the crux of my career was appearing as Carol Channing. But thirty plus years of facing-and overcoming-challenges have given me a useful perspective on this business along with specific insights into a range of issues. 
I just saw a funny quote on Twitter: I don't want everyone to agree with me.  I just only want to hear from people that agree with me.
Experience is a valuable asset, one gained through a life lived with passion, commitment, and energy.   
Success isn't a matter of throwing something against the wall in hopes that it will stick. 
It's sometimes hard in the chaos of the morning to stay focused on what truly works. 
 I hope through these blogs that I will find my own road map for success. 

Last night, I went out with my producer (and best friend) and his cousins visiting here from Sweden. He is one of the most dynamic people I've ever met. A successful businessman, he regularly waffles between his successful real estate world and producing my show, while at the same time somehow manages to be a doting single father to a young child. We went to see a wonderful show, Carole Demas and Sarah Rice (along with the awesome Joseph Goodrich) in Thank You For Your Love.
It was a celebration of their collaborations throughout their careers with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
Tom Jones even made a guest appearance last night. The SRO crowd at the Laurie Beechman were all as enthralled as I.
They return in October. Here is a REVIEW.
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Tonight, we are going to see Bobby Belfry at Maureen's Jazz Celler in Nyack, practically in my backyard. I try, to the best of my ability, support those that have appeared in my series , Richard Skipper Celebrates... I'm also a fan, so it makes it easier!

When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less. -Paul Brown

 The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

Today's blog is dedicated to Richard Rodgers who was born on this date in 1902. He made New Year's Eve an event to Look forward to!

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!
On June 18th, 2017,  I had the great good pleasure of singing in one of Richard Skipper’s Extravaganzas par Excellence at the Laurie Beechman Theater. This one celebrated Father's Day. It was a  terrific show and Richard was, as always, a wonderful host and singer.   The show ran smoothly and professionally and the performance level was exceedingly high.  Upbeat and fun it reminded me of those wonderful TV variety shows of my youth.  But it isn’t an imitation of one of them, it is Richard’s own, unique creation. 
If you have never been to one, I recommend it highly, if you are one of the regulars, you are already hooked.
 Mark Watson

 Anyone who has an opportunity to see Richard Skipper's cabaret shows should BY ALL MEANS do so! They're sensational! Great entertainers, wonderful music, lots of laughs, just the best way to spend an afternoon! I just cannot wait for the next show because I will DEFINITELY be in the audience (quietly singing along)!
Arlene Jacks, New York, NY


Richard Skipper is the consummate host.  I always enjoy the shows and all the performers--and even the little film intros by Michael Masci!  The theme song Michael picked for the Father's Day opening montage is one of my favorite TV themes--how did you know? Keep up the good work Richard--looking forward to your next season of shows!
Glenn Hochberg, Easton, PA




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Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs , 
 


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Monday, June 26, 2017

What's In It For Me?

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.
-Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

Happy Monday, June 26th, 2017!
June 26 is the 177th day of the year. It is a gorgeous day here in New York. I woke up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, got dressed.. and sat down to see what the day holds for me! I am ope to ALL possibilities.  Conquer the day! You got this!So often when people feel creatively stagnant, it is because they stopped dreaming and they stopped imagining. Never stop! It is in the news now that Obama knew about Russian interference and our current POTUS is blaming him from doing nothing. Real MEN acknowledge their OWN mistakes. Real Presidents FIX mistakes made by others.
As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Any Moment/Moments In The Woods from Into The Woods
This blog is a stream of consciousness blog. I post my thoughts as they unfold on the theme of this blog throughout the day. My hope is that it will trigger thoughts within the reader and that it opens up a healthy dialogue on these themes.  
Max Ehrmann wrote, "In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul." The 'WORD' for the day is INNOVATION
Think of this word as your mantra for the day.
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First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The 'word 'for TODAY is INNOVATION  Please pay it forward...


There are many lessons to be learned swirling around me today.  The title of the blog came out of my horoscope today. It read, "To ask 'What's in it for me?' isn't selfish today; it's practical. That question, for good or bad, kept popping up over the weekend in a situation that I would rather not write about here. 
Let's just suffice it to say, I'm not sure if I handled it correctly or even if I was right or wrong.
Sometimes, it is a matter of just aligning yourself with the universe and going with the flow.

Yesterday there was a post on Facebook that I responded to. 
I don't want to either 'out' or offend the person who posted, but it really got me to thinking! 
The person who posted, who is a writer, wrote about a phone call he received late the night before. I hope to get the facts right here. 

It turns out that it was from a 'stranger' that he even vaguely remembered meeting. The guy went on and on talking about himself. At end of call, the guy said suggested that the writer do a feature on him. 
The post ended with the writer stating that he had no intention of writing about this guy.  
I facetiously wrote that in the time that he wrote that post that he could have written about the guy!
He went on to say that he didn't write about people that cared little interest for him or that he wasn't familiar with and that if I was interested, I could do it. I said, "Sure! Why not?" He said he had no intention of reaching out to this guy but if he heard from him again, he would pass on my number. Again, that is fine with me.

Enjoying a weekend with friends.
The responses that followed were mostly snarky. Of course, we don't know all the facts. We only heard one side of the story.  
Perhaps this guy would have a completely different take on the conversation they had. Perhaps the writer was the only person he felt that he could reach out to. There may be a myriad of things going on that precipitated that call.
One person wrote asking me why I would be interested in writing about a narcissistic self centered person. I responded that most of the people I knew on Facebook fell into that category! Think about that statement for a moment.
Is Dolly self centered or beloved by all she encounters?
We ALL have somewhat of that in us. We feel that our posts, our photos, what we have for dinner, where we checked in to, etc. are newsworthy for all of our Facebook friends, followers, twitter followers, and all other aspects of social media that have acclimated themselves into our lives. 
I know people who post selfies every time the light changes! There is even an app and a twitter site called Guys with Phones in which guys are constantly posting selfies of themselves. Were we always like this or did social media create
this?

I think we all need to step outside of ourselves and start thinking about how and what we do serves others.
I have seen some posts in which the subject writes about the most incredible experiences only to end the post with, "And how was YOUR day?"
Are they posting because they genuinely want to share an experience or are they showing off? I LOVE the human experience. Most of my blogs lately have been about the desire and need for a totally interactive immersive experience. 
THAT is what I'm looking for. My posts are usually political and/or promotional. If I post something political, it is either what I consider newsworthy or my OPINION on an issue affecting us. 
My promotional posts are a necessity if I desire to build my audience, brand, following. My hope is that those of you who are following me or are "Facebook friends" as opposed to REAL FRIENDS are indeed getting an entertainment value from my posts. 
What are these!?!?! I asked for cha-cha heels
I don't want my experiences to be solely about ME, but rather about US.
The series Richard Skipper Celebrates...is created as a showcase for other artists. I could very easily expend the same amount of energy and time into doing a solo show. I, however, LOVE sharing the stage with other entertainers. It thrills me beyond belief when some have garnered new fans, audience members, and, even in some cases, bookings,  because of an appearance in this series.
There are a couple of performers who have actually reached out to me to appear in the show. 
You know, if you're lucky enough to have two smash hit shows, the traffic of the world goes through your dressing room.-Carol Channing
If I talk about something I either talk about it or I DO it... the minute I talk about it it's lost all it's drive and all it's fun.
Those come from one of three columns, those who have been in the audience, those who have appeared previously, and to a large extent, those who have never been to a previous show but who have something to plug. 
I try to share the 'wealth' as far as I can but my hope is that there is enough enthusiasm to let others know about the series. That becomes a win-win situation for all. I've had two artists appear recently who when trying to get them to post one posting about OUR show was akin to pulling teeth. They now have their own show and are posting daily. Do they feel that when they are guesting in someone else's show that there is anything in it for them? OR that it is less than a show for them? Whatever the case, how do we change that paradigm.
This is not an issue that is mine alone. I have had this discussion with other artists who have guest artists in their shows. I think it is less about the person putting the show together and more about the guest. The bottom line is some people are more pro-active than others.
One musical director that I've used consistently over the past year and a half posts nothing about playing our shows and yet, every time he plays for a 'celebrity' posts prior to and after the show.
I have decided, as a result, to shake it up a little. For next season, I'm using different musical directors for each show. This gives me a chance to showcase them as well further utilizing my goal with this series in the first place. 

I was reading an article today in which it  stated that "American life has coarsened over the past several decades is not much argued, but the nature of the beast is still in question." Read MORE   

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!

What a wonderful afternoon at Richard Skipper Celebrates... (June 18th) I'd had a very trying
morning on Sunday, and I wasn't in the best of moods when I arrived, but within seconds of the show starting, all tension slipped away and I could feel the smile creeping across my face, a smile I kept for days after. 
-Doug Devita, NYC

What a wonderful afternoon at "Richard Skipper Celebrates" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on June 18th.
Do you remember Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show or WNEW AM from years ago.This show brought me back to those days. Besides being a wonderful entertainer, Richard is an fascinating interviewer. His guests in this show
included Sarah Rice and Mark Watson, David Sabella, Warren Schein and special guest Sharon McNight.
It's been such a long time since I have seen such a wonderful show.
Richard has this event as a Sunday Brunch once a month. He is taking the summer off but will return with a blockbuster show on Sunday September 10th. If you are in the New York area please join me to witness talent that is rare seen any more. (September 10th, brunch at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street)
Elaine Marlowe Mitchell, NYC

On June 18th, 2017,  I had the great good pleasure of singing in one of Richard Skipper’s Extravaganzas par Excellence at the Laurie Beechman Theater. This one celebrated Father's Day. It was a  terrific show and Richard was, as always, a wonderful host and singer.   The show ran smoothly and professionally and the performance level was exceedingly high.  Upbeat and fun it reminded me of those wonderful TV variety shows of my youth.  But it isn’t an imitation of one of them, it is Richard’s own, unique creation.  If you have never been to one, I recommend it highly, if you are one of the regulars, you are already hooked.
 Mark Watson

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs , 



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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY

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