From there, the group moved into a cover of the classic “Feels Like Making Love” by Roberta Flack. Contrasted with The Band’s song that came before it, the funk number was a discrete shift both in tone and with the chemistry among the musicians on stage. As Divinsky noted, “With ‘Feels Like Making Love,’ at that point in the show, we had all become really comfortable with each other and the vibe, so this was the first time we really opened up and explored the reaches of what we were capable of.”The Road To Rooster Walk: Lyle Divinsky Of The Motet Talks SongwritingBefore the end of their performance, The Soul Survivor’s performed the title track of Divinsky’s solo album, Uneven Floors. (You can check out the album for yourself in full here.) As the show rolled to its close ahead of the final song “Hitman,” “Uneven Floors” was a powerful way to begin to wind down their set. With Divinsky’s soulful vocals, Farnsworth’s lyric keys, and Shmeeans’ gorgeous guitar stylings, the song was an example of the emotional range the group can portray with ease. Divinsky spoke on the meaning of “Uneven Floors” as well: “By the time the bridge comes, there’s a supreme arrival musically and emotionally. Shmeeans entered in with a straight up transcendent solo that brought the moment to a fully spiritual place for me. This song means so much to me, and to experience it in a new place with these incredible musicians for the first time nearly brought me to tears. I may have been luckiest guy in the entire world in that exact moment in time.”Setlist: Lyle Divinsky & The Soul Survivors | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 6/15/2017Set: Strengthen My Soul (Acapella Original), Disaster -> (Original), Can’t Hide Love (Earth Wind & Fire), Two Trains (Little Feat), Fallin (Original), Woman’s Gotta Have it (Bobby Womack), It Makes No Difference (The Band), Feel Like Makin Love (Roberta Flack), Ring My Bell (Rance Allen), Uneven Floors (Original), Hit Man (Original)Encore: Footsteps in the Dark (Isley Brothers) On Thursday evening, Lyle Divinsky brought his latest solo project, Lyle Divinsky’s Soul Survivors, to Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, marking the first time The Motet vocalist has performed a show dedicated to his own originals in Colorado. Divinsky tapped Lettuce’s Adam Deitch (Drums) and Adam Smirnoff (Guitar) along with Mingo Fishtrap’s Dane Farnsworth (Keys) and Kyle Hollingworth Band’s Paul McDaniel (Bass) to round out the lineup for his Soul Survivors, making for a stellar crew to help bring his soulful numbers (as well as a healthy number of covers) to life.The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky Shares Soulful Cover Of “Fell On Black Days” As Tribute To Chris CornellAs the singer noted, “This show was really special to me. It was the first time I’ve brought my original music to Colorado. I had released my solo album, Uneven Floors, exactly a month before The Motet and I started talking, so the album had to be put on the back burner and for the most part ignored. Most people now associate me with heavy funk, but soul has always been what I’m drawn to. I haven’t seen a lot of soul music around Denver, so I was at the same time anxious and exhilarated. The band and the crowd far exceeded all hopes and expectations. Everyone on and off stage was ready to go any and every step of the journey together, whether it was an original they had never heard, a familiar funky groove, or a patient ballad. It only furthered my love and appreciation for the Colorado community and their relentless love and support for live music.”Two TrainsThe show opened with an a capella rendition of Divinsky’s original “Strengthen My Soul,” with the audience reverent as the singer showed off his vocal chops to start the show. The first string of opening numbers was a highlight of the night, with the rest of the band dropping in and making for an explosive transition into another original, “Disaster.” From there, the group moved directly through to the first cover of the evening, Earth Wind & Fire’s “Can’t Hide Love.” This spirited three-song sprint to start the show was augmented by the energy brought forth during Dane Farnsworth’s solo in “Can’t Hide Love.”After Little Feat’s “Two Trains,” another Divinsky original “Fallin’,” and Bobby Womack’s “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” the Soul Survivors put on a stellar rendition of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference,” marking another highlight of the evening. As Divinsky told Live For Live Music, “‘It Makes No Difference’ was an incredibly powerful part of the set for me. It’s one of my favorite songs, but it’s a different song than most people hear from me. I don’t know if anyone saw an acoustic guitar-driven slow soul/Americana ballad coming from a band like this, but everyone in the audience was fully there to go wherever we could take them. There was so much space, I felt like I could be in the song fully, exploring subtleties and nuances throughout the whole of it. Dane’s harmonies really drove the choruses, and then Adam Smirnoff’s solo to take it out was on another level. I was in heaven.”It Makes No Difference
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details This article almost didn’t make it to publication. I strongly considered asking the wonderful people at CUInsight if the piece they expected in mid-November could be pushed to a more convenient time.It’s not like you would miss me … right? There are so many excellent content contributors on this site that one late or missed post would certainly go unnoticed. My “reasons” were all solid. My clients are keeping me as busy as ever. Living and working in the COVID environment continues to take more time than expected. To top it off, my wife and I are in the final stages of a massive renovation of what will eventually be our new over budget and 3 weeks late home.Truthfully, I sometimes feel like the plate spinner on old variety television shows. I’m running from plate to plate to plate just to prevent any one of them from falling to the floor. All of this has left me feeling a little tired and ready to pull back from my day-to-day commitments and responsibilities. My guess is that the CUInsight team would have said yes to my request.That brings us to you.Are you like me? Have the seemingly unending challenges left you feeling tired on at least an occasional basis? Do you sometimes rationalize that pushing or missing the occasional commitment or leadership responsibility is to be expected considering the challenging times in which we live? Have you wondered if anyone would even notice if an obligation is missed?If the answer was “yes” to any of these questions, here’s a reminder: Leaders communicate importance with their attention. Absence is an act of leadership. What you don’t say and do sends a message that is equal in importance to the actions you take and words you say.What keeps us going?This article made it in on time. It would have been nice to spend Sunday afternoon watching sports, spending time with my family, or even taking a nap. I am at the computer instead.You would do the same. But why? What drives us to give our full attention to things when that little voice inside us is saying, “I need a break”?Motivational gurus point to passion. Passion for your work intensifies focus, provides the drive to persist when challenges arise, and enables creativity.Passion is sexy and hot. Lovers in the passion stage of a relationship are completely consumed by the object of their desire.People who are passionate about their jobs exhibit the same zeal. They are, as Peter Drucker described, “monomaniacs with a mission.”Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”It’s difficult to argue with that much conventional wisdom. If you are fortunate to work every day at a career or job about which you are passionate, consider yourself lucky. The not-so-obvious truth is that passion might not be enough to keep you motivated and engaged through the COVID-19 disruption. Passion can fade. Relationships with an unrealistic focus on passion are more likely to result in disillusionment. You see this at work when a formerly “passionate” employee becomes jaded and cynical because things just aren’t as they used to be in the past. The alternative is another “P” word – PRIDE.A positive sense of pride is grounded in humility. It establishes and maintains a reputation for excellence. Pride doesn’t take shortcuts, and most important, it maintains high standards when passion has diminished.Pride speaks to character, and character is an essential element of effective leaders. It is also an excellent indicator of commitment to doing the job the way it is supposed to be done.Now is the time for leaders to show their pride.My father was an auto and truck mechanic who spent much of his life as a shop manager. He always required potential new hires to bring their personal tools into the interview. His reasoning was simple: he was more interested in the pride a mechanic took in the use and care of his tools than the person’s passion for working on vehicles. Someone who uses a crescent wrench as a hammer will take short cuts that can affect quality or cause an injury. A leader who pursues what is easy rather than what is best will do the same.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Most assume that Dr. King was talking about the importance of passion regardless of the status of your position. Perhaps, however, we missed the real message about having personal pride in your performance.Leadership—the act of influencing the actions and outcomes of others— is more important than ever. There are challenges, problems, and opportunities everywhere. All of them require leaders to be fully present and active because all of them are impossible without bringing people together to achieve something great.Passion pushes you toward success. Pride refuses to let you deliver less than your best. Your team and members need you to dig deep to show your pride in the times when your passion fades and falters.