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SEASON 4 | EPISODE 81 | 18 MARCH 2024

Riding the Waves of Life: Embracing the Ebb and Flow

‘Über sieben Brücken mußt du geh’n’ by Peter Maffay is the perfect theme song for this episode, because it captures the overall message of life’s cycles, its ups and downs perfectly.

Like the ocean, there is a constant ebb and flow, beginnings and endings, joys and sorrows in life. During this episode I share with you why this song is so perfect for anyone in any stages of life, but especially during those times when it all feels a little extra tough.

Plus, I wanted to highlight a beautiful German song that has a lot of meaning for many of us German speakers since its release in 1978 (Karat’s version) and again 1980 (Peter Maffay’s version).

If you are in need of a song that understands the challenges of life and want to spend a little time with me exploring it, please hit ‘play’ and join me during this episode where I share my thoughts and feelings about this song.

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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 – Welcome & Overview of episode

0:24 – Introduction of episode theme song

2:14 – Main message of this song

3:31 – Why I have picked this song

5:15 – What I hope you can get out of this song

8:45 – Takeaways from this episode


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