Scott Harris

As a nod to our friend Patti Smith, I’d urge you to read her book mentioned above- and then dive into her music. There’s a magical, organic, unfiltered quality to her music that landed differently once I read Just Kids. If this album were a bottle of wine, it would be of the Natural Wines variety, with all the sediment sitting at the bottom, having aged and wizened without any winemaker adulteration. If you don’t know her music, you should start at the beginning with “Horses.”

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This album just dropped from your favorite funk-rock quartet. John Frusciante rejoins the band, as does Rick Rubin for this tour de force. With 17 songs and weighing in at nearly 75 minutes, this took me a few sittings/walks/runs to digests. It feels like it covers everything they have ever done. Not my favorite album of theirs, but it feels so good to get to hang out with their new ideas and energy. I expect to hear even more COVID-era music coming out in the next few months, a creative outpouring of epic proportions.

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What if Woodstock wasn’t really the cultural epicenter in the summer of 1969? What if it was just a fun summer concert? As we approach the end of April, my mind drifts to Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The summer of soul uncovers a concert series in Harlem that I had never heard of! The energy of the footage explodes in a way that Woodstock never approached for me- urgent, powerful, relevant, and booty shaking. Enjoy.

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At a Luxury Real Estate conference in Las Vegas last night, an agent I met from Washington DC recommended this book to me. She sold me on the benefits the book and the system had on her leadership. I was blown away by its clear explanation of the differences in default communication styles. The assessment they offer and the videos that accompany the book were a revelation. No one had ever been able to outline the way I move in the world with more accuracy or clarity- and how and where these defaults work- and don’t work. Worth every penny to take the assessment (FREE), and the book is great. If you want to gain awareness and insight into your own personality and its strengths, weaknesses and weapons, read this NOW!

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Jon Batiste- “We Are” — this grammy-nominated album from Jon Batiste is an excellent and unique amalgam of funk, rock, r&b, gospel. The kind of thing that only sounds like him. It’s like John Legend, Alabama Shakes, Lenny Kravitz, Pharell Williams were merged into this emotionally advanced being who is poking fun at all these serious artists. It’s the kind of intense, special album that you can enjoy whether you’re in a good or bad mood.

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Repair — This month, the ‘R’ in Wiser has to be about helping repair our world. Through a number of friends who were born and raised in Ukraine, we have been told about RAZOM, an on-the-ground organization that is making a difference in people’s lives there as they seek refuge and support. Please give what you can. We are.

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It has been exactly two years since we began our shutdown in New York. It’s time to celebrate as we re-enter the world! What will your second anniversary gift be to yourself? The traditional 2nd year gift is cotton. For that, I might suggest a fun post-Mardi Gras T-shirt from Fleurty Girl. However, since China (ceramics, not the country) is so hot right now, I might suggest giving yourself (or anyone else!) something gorgeous. We’ll entertain again- and soon! If you’re in New York City, one of my favorite spots to shop for host gifts is Happy Kangaroo. Let’s get this party started.

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Scott Harris

Scott Harris

writing and thinking about New York, visionary brokerage, inspired leadership, what’s lurking over the horizon.