There's a quote from Henry Van Dyke that says: "Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." So I think it's important to remember that you're just a part of the big picture, and doing the best with what you have. And that really motivates me and keeps me on track when it comes to performing, knowing that I'm doing something that's real, that means something to me. But I also don't do soft drinks or coffee because my body reacts badly to them, and a spoonful of raw honey taken neat helps my voice! :)
We invite different artists to perform each time and acts like Pure Vibracion, Ras Muhamad etc, have their own tunes, so it's not like a Bob Marley covers type of event. The best part about Roots Night is that everyone feels welcome and it's really a laidback but festive atmosphere, the 3rd edition even had families joining us and we've even had spontaneous Capoeira players perform outside where the fire twirlers do their thing in between sets on stage. Our most recent edition had popular acts like King Lhota and Indonesian Ras Muhammad.
On a personal note, I'm trying to get healthier by swimming twice a week!
I'm also quite inspired by Jamie Oliver, I've been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution online and it's like his School Dinners reality show in UK where he tries to get schools in Virginia, Huntington to eat healthier, and I think he's a great example of someone who's using the talents he has to make a change.