In November, Rachael Ray shared her culinary experiences at the 92nd Street Y. While promoting her new book, My Year in Meals, which features more than 500 recipes from Rachael, as well as cocktail recipes from her husband and manager, John Cusimano. She talked about her accomplishments and the lessons that she has learned throughout the years.
The Rachael Ray Show, a talk show that is in its 7th season, and 30 Minute Meals, which airs on Food Network, were created with the idea that, according to Rachael, “We believe you don’t have to be rich to live a rich life.” She believes that anyone can be Rachael Ray. She is also the originator of the Yum-O! organization, which seeks to educate kids on health and food.
Rachael Ray serves as a source of empowerment for many of us out there. She encourages us to take risks, saying that “fear is such a silly waste of time!”
"Victor Wooten, simply put, is a god. Of the bass guitar, I mean."
I’ve been to my share of rock concerts. I’ve pushed my way through crowds of hardcore fans, screamed song lyrics among thousands in huge arenas, and have probably damaged my eardrums beyond repair—but I’ve left those places relatively unscathed.
On November 3rd, I sat quietly in a concert hall for two hours and listened to two people talk. I’m still recovering.
Thanks to the 92nd Street Y and High 5, I got to witness the verbal and musical genius of bassist Victor Wooten and his “interviewer,” psychologist/musician/writer/producer Daniel J. Levitin, in the first event of a three-part lecture series called “Music and the Brain.” The topic of discussion was “Music, Inspiration and Creativity: Does Practice Make Perfect?” In an informal interview setting, punctuated by impromptu solos and duets, these two pioneers of the musical world spoke about what music really is, and how aging affects our relationship with music. Though Levitin had questions ready for Wooten, the conversation was completely candid—yet somehow, they said it all.
It took me long enough to get past the fact that I was in a room with Levitin, author of the groundbreaking bestseller This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs; and Wooten, who, simply put, is a god. Of the bass guitar, I mean. I felt enlightened just by breathing in their air.
The things they said, though, were what really blew my mind. [click to continue….]