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SEASON 4 | EPISODE 86 | 27 May 2024

Music Memory Lane: My Special ‘Spice Girls’ Weekend in London

Join me for a nostalgic trip back to the 90s as I share a memorable weekend in London with my mom…and the Spice Girls!

It’s 1997, and my mum and I are back in London. Back in the city we love and have already created many wonderful memories in.

This time the Spice Girls’ song ‘Spice up your life’ is the song that has stuck with me and made this simple weekend one that left an even more lasting impression on me.

Music is such an incredible force, one that allows us to create lasting memories and emotional connections. IN this episode, I want to share one of those memories with you and show you how music can enhance our experiences and relationships.



At the age of 17 I went to The University of New York at Morrisville where I studied musical Instrument repair. With diploma in hand, I applied for work but found that no music store wanted to hire me. So, I opened my own shop “Cole’s Woodwind and Brass” Soon after I married my high school sweetheart Mary Alice. through many serendipitous twists and turns, we raised our family with our little music shop. Today, after 45 years of working on horns, I reflect back with great appreciation for a life that has given so much. In an effort to give back I travelled to the impoverished nation of Haiti in 2016 to teach instrument repair. After returning several times, I founded Horns for Haiti Inc. in 2020, an organization that teaches band instrument repair and how to start your own music business. To date, we’ve trained dozens of musicians and music teachers how to repair and started two businesses. Billy Shop D’Haiti, Musical Instrument Repair and the Haitian Music Supply Company.

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During this episode I chat about:

⏰ Timecodes ⏰

0:00:00 – Introduction, going down memory lane to 1997 London weekend with mom

0:02:30 – Setting the scene – love for London, music and Spice Girls .

0:05:00 – Details of the memorable 1997 weekend – walking, tourist attractions, lunch at shopping mall.

0:07:00 – The shopping mall, having lunch and listening to Spice Girls song on repeat .

0:09:50 – The power of music to create memories and simple ideas for memorable experiences.


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