Monthly Archives: March 2011

Heavy Days – Michael Papamichael

This month’s music feature comes from our newest SoulMate, Anthony Papamichael. Enjoy!

Anthony Papamichael

I hope you all had the chance to read Anthony’s story. If grief or disappointment is holding you back in anyway, please read Anthony’s story for inspiration.

Instead of focusing on Anthony’s lesson for this blog, I want to tell you what happened to me during this interview and what I learned in the process. I want to share this with you, because this was a hard story for me to write.

I first became aware of Anthony and his jazz band Papamichael World Group, when his wife posted a video on Facebook. Anthony was being interviewed on an Atlanta based morning TV show. He was promoting the band’s DVD called “Time to Shine,” which being the founder of an inspirational website, the title alone pulled me in.

Then I heard the music. Anthony played with passion and I knew I needed to ask him to be a part of SOUL. Through the power of Facebook, I was able to reach out to his wife and Anthony said yes.

I did my research before the interview so I knew a little about Anthony and where I wanted the interview to go. Then, about half way through, Anthony said, “Did Kristen tell you my whole story?” Anthony began to tell me about the fire.

I had no idea. I didn’t know what to do. What to say. I find myself often stressed in emotional situations because I have insta-tears. Happy, sad, whatever. Just too much of any emotion sets off the water works. So here I am trying to finish my interview, but now I am flustered. My remaining questions seemed too cold and sterile. But I plugged on.

As I was putting my thoughts together I knew I needed to tap into the emotional side of Anthony’s story. I had go there, but what if Anthony didn’t want to go there? What would happen? Then that wise voice in me said, “He’ll say no, but you’ll still have a story.” Then any fear that had me in procrastination mode went away. And as you, my faithful readers know, Anthony said yes.

So to sum this up here are my lessons from interviewing Anthony:

  • Always trust my vibes when it comes to my SoulMates. I knew I needed to interview Anthony.
  • Embrace those emotions. That’s where the good stuff lies.
  • In any situation where you need to ask someone something, what’s the worst someone can say? No. And that really isn’t that bad.
  • I now have interviewed ten fantastic SoulMates. And though I’m no expert yet, I’m getting better and learning something every time.


InvictusInvictus, starring Morgan Freeman as the South African leader, Nelson Mandela, tells the story of how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped to unite a nation. When researching this movie for this blog post, I found the word’s of Arlene Getz,

“On a more fundamental level, forget the games—this is no sports movie. Rather, it’s a deft look at what a difference inspirational leadership can make, even in a nation with such a seemingly intractable past as South Africa.”

I couldn’t agree with you more, Arlene.

The title of the film is taken from the poem, Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley. Mr. Mandela said this poem was a source of inspiration for him during his imprisonment.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.