Relationships

Who Are the Good People?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

Some say that the answer to our gun problem is for more good people to have more guns to counter the bad people with guns. The question this leads me to ask is, who are the good people?

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Therapy

The United States of Shame

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016

Donald Trump’s supporters see his skill at verbally attacking others as a good thing, as a sign of strength, in fact, as what qualifies him to be the leader of the free world. But if they knew happens to the receiver, and the giver, of those attacks, it might change their minds.

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Success

How to Be Great in 10 Easy Lessons

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015

Do you want to know what it takes to be great? What follows is the surprising, and perhaps somewhat disturbing, list of the 10 things you’ll need to do to become world-class.

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Music Memoir

Stranded in the Jungle with The New York Dolls

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016

It’s 1974, NYC. The coolest glam band in the world, The New York Dolls, are cutting their second album, Too Much, Too Soon, and I’m assistant engineer on the session. Read about their outfits, volume, chaos, and debauchery as they work on “Stranded in the Jungle” with producer Shadow Morton and engineer DIxon Van Winkle. Guest appearance by the Harlots of 42nd Street.

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Never Say No to a Rock Star

Never Say No to a Rock Star

Pre-order my memoir of my 1970s days in the New York recording world, working with the greatest artists of our age including Dylan, Jagger, Sinatra, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Judy Collins, Bette Midler, Bob Fosse and many others, under the tutelage of world-class producer/engineer Phil Ramone.

Why Show Biz Icons Self-Destruct

Why Show Biz Icons Self-Destruct

Each time a showbiz icon self-destructs we are left feeling dismay and confusion. We are sad to lose someone we loved for having made the world a brighter place with their music, laughter, or drama, and we are bewildered that someone who seemed to have everything we want – success, fame, and fortune – would destroy it all by their own hand. The question of why has plagued me for decades. It began in the years I spent as a recording engineer working with some of the greatest artists of our age including Sinatra, Dylan, and Jagger, and continued when I spent as a recording engineer working with some of the greatest artists of our age including Sinatra, Dylan, and Jagger, and continued when I became a psychotherapist who works with many artist clients. Find out the answer here.

The United States of Shame

The United States of Shame

Donald Trump’s supporters see his skill at verbally attacking others as a good thing, as a sign of strength, in fact, as what qualifies him to be the leader of the free world. But if they knew happens to the receiver, and the giver, of those attacks, it might change their minds.

Am I Crazy?

Am I Crazy?

We were coming to the end of our first psychotherapy session when I asked my new client, Paul, if he had any questions for me. Paul hesitated before speaking. “Well, I mean,” then he laughs. “Am I crazy?”

This is one of the two basic concerns that people have when they come into therapy. The other worry is, “will you be able to help me?”

“Whether I can help you depends on the answer to the crazy question, but in a way that may surprise you,” I answer.

Stranded in the Jungle with The New York Dolls

Stranded in the Jungle with The New York Dolls

It’s 1974, NYC. The coolest glam band in the world, The New York Dolls, are cutting their second album, Too Much, Too Soon, and I’m assistant engineer on the session. Read about their outfits, volume, chaos, and debauchery as they work on “Stranded in the Jungle” with producer Shadow Morton and engineer DIxon Van Winkle. Guest appearance by the Harlots of 42nd Street.

Tubby’s Revenge – How I Got to Carnegie Hall

Tubby’s Revenge – How I Got to Carnegie Hall

The weirdest album I ever worked on was of a tuba quartet. Here’s the amazing story of how this strange gig got me on stage at Carnegie Hall.

Who Are the Good People?

Who Are the Good People?

Some say that the answer to our gun problem is for more good people to have more guns to counter the bad people with guns. The question this leads me to ask is, who are the good people?

Giving Stuff Up

Giving Stuff Up

The secret to solving our problems is the last thing we want to do.

How to Be Great in 10 Easy Lessons

How to Be Great in 10 Easy Lessons

Do you want to know what it takes to be great? What follows is the surprising, and perhaps somewhat disturbing, list of the 10 things you’ll need to do to become world-class.

Jessie and Doctor Berger

Jessie and Doctor Berger

Read this tale of what happens when a therapy client waits too long to contact the man who loves her.

Creativity and Madness

Creativity and Madness

Come to Santa Fe, July 27 -31, 2015 to participate in this terrific conference, where I will be presenting Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz: A Portrait of the Artist as Madman.

Unhappy Valentine’s Day

Unhappy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a moment of joy, but for many it is painful. Let’s send some of our love to those who aren’t getting any.