Have you heard the story about the rock ‘n’ roller who pissed his money away, blew his mind out on drugs or booze, or simply became a nostalgia act playing state fairs because his creativity dried up? You bet you have…often. Well, this ain’t one of those. Daryl Hall (as in “Hall and Oates”) is one really intelligent guy who’s obviously been smart with his money and created a tremendous life for himself. He’s living the dream, having built a beautiful, huge house on a big piece of land out in the country that includes a performance space where he launched “Live From Daryl’s House” as a web-based show that has since evolved into a staple of the MTV Live cable channel. The premise? Invite some guest artists in to play music with Daryl and his crack band, as well as enjoy fine food and wine. Building on his home-based success, the show has now moved to the stage of Hall’s recently opened club/restaurant in Pawling NY.
Daryl Hall still looks totally cool! Talk about rock n roll: the long blond hair…the shades...the black leather jacket…this guy is iconic! He doesn’t seem to have lost any of his vocal range and continues to produce new music, but what’s most noticeable is that he looks like he’s just having a blast and grabbing all the fun life has to offer. This is a guy who could probably stay far from the public eye and just spend the rest of his life living quite comfortably off of his royalties while never plucking a guitar string or singing a vocal again. Instead, he’s totally tuned into the music scene, continually pushes his own boundaries by collaborating with new talent and as a result just keeps on growing as a creative human being. And that, to me, is what life should be all about.
Now, Daryl’s been in the music biz for a loooong time, so it’s not unexpected to see old friends like Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and Todd Rundgren show up at the house. But what I find terrific is that he’s just as happy to bring in musicians who are half his age or younger! Often these are people I’ve never heard before; for example, I never would have given Johnnyswim, Chris Daughtry or John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) the time of day until I heard/saw ‘em on the show. Once exposed to them, though, my next step is usually to run out and get some of their music for my iTunes library! For Daryl, it doesn’t seem to matter so much who someone is (though they have to have talent, of course!) so much as whether they’ll be fun to play with.
Daryl Hall is inspirational because he’s doing the very thing I try to encourage through my consulting and coaching: taking your creativity to the max and being able to make a good living from it. Check out “Live From Daryl’s House” on your cable system; I think you’ll find it as entertaining and motivating as I do!