In January of 2013, I turned 46 and had this shocking OMG moment: “I am REALLY approaching fifty!”
So I decided to live 2013 as if it was my last year ever! For me that meant to concentrate on a dream I had since childhood: to learn to write songs and sing them – onto a CD!
I enlisted the help of a friend of mine, Broadway singer, actress and voice coach formidable, Orgena Rose. And I got to work. (I will share the fruits of this work here when they´re ready to be published).
At some point that year, I picked up my first ever Sinatra CD: “Sinatra – Nothing but the Best”, and got hooked. I couldn´t get enough of his amazing way of singing, phrasing and telling the story of a song with such an authenticity, honesty and emotionality that you feel he is singing right to you.
The booklet that came with that CD introduced me also to a fascinating, influential man. I started reading what I could find, first online then in numerous books that I got, together with an ever increasing collection of his Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise recordings, and all of his movies.
In short, Frank “moved in” with me. I got obsessed with his music, his art, his personality and his way of life.
What I learned about his ways began to have a strong impact on me. I took my singing training and composing more seriously. I looked for ways to take more charge of my destiny.
And I started to share examples of his life and work with the artists that I worked with. Every time I had fascinated listeners who walked away inspired to believe more in their talents and to dare doing things in their own way!
Interestingly, none of my clients had known much about the details of Frank´s life, his challenges, innovations and contributions – even though every single one of them knew and loved at least 2 or 3 Frank Sinatra songs!
Having gotten into coaching originally by giving psychic readings, I also started to channel Frank in imaginary conversations, which gave me encouragement and ideas.
One of those ideas was the Sinatra book I am working on now – which I conceived around Christmas of 2013, a couple of days after Dec. 12, on what would have been his 98th birthday.
Over the following year and a half, I embarked on a research adventure. The more I was learning about Frank Sinatra through his music and the way he lead his life the more I was impressed by how many of his talents, dreams and potentials he realized.
He turned out to be a very unique example of a man who unwaveringly and extremely successful took charge of his life and aspirations, and refused at all cost to give away his power and vision.
Actually who became a master in taking leadership and in empowering himself and other talented people to be successful and to create a life according to one´s own values and visions!
And most amazingly he is as relevant today – 100 years after his birth – as ever!
So the book “Do it Your Way – Live Your Best Life with Frank Sinatra´s Secrets to Success” will help you to discover and unleash “your inner Frank” – your innate power to use his success principles in your very own way to create what you consider to be your most successful, love-filled and happy life – in short, your best life!
On this blog I am going to share my journey of writing the book with you, as well as gems of insights and knowledge that I gained in the process of getting to know his work and life – most of which I cannot share all in a single book – just jump over to the category “Sinatra” and read on!