Tonight’s Sunday Variety Hour!

Tune in tonight to see a beautiful show featuring a lineup of my former Beautiful on Broadway colleagues! You can watch HERE, at 8pm est.

My guests tonight are:

Alan Wiggins – The star of 4 Broadway shows including The Lion King and Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.

Jay McKenzie – Broadway actor and musical artist!

Nick Grinder – Hailed by Slide Hampton as “an important future voice in jazz trombone.”

And Gabrielle Elisabeth – Broadway actress, musical artist and spiritual explorer.

3 Cybersecurity Must-Dos!

Another “Your Lunch Break” episode has graced the inter-web and today’s theme was quite scary: cybersecurity. Talk about itch-inducing! My guest today was my sister, Lisa Trujillo, who works in the field of cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection. We heard horror stories, as well pro-tips on how to make sure our personal shit is protected. Here are three important takeaways that I got from the interview:

  1. Never use the same password for multiple accounts!

It’s in your best interest to pick a different, difficult, and unique password for each account that you have. It may be annoying to try to remember them all, but it makes hacking each account’s security measure that much harder. This is particularly true for your most used and important accounts, i.e. Email/Bank/Socials

2. Think before you click!

Does that email look funky? It probably is!! Don’t react emotionally to posts/emails/texts with links. A lot of hackers design these posts to get you to react fast and without putting much thought into what you’re doing. If you receive a suspicious message from someone, check the sources and think before you click.

3. Make sure websites are real!

Your credit card information is everywhere. And that’s just how it is for all of us. Have no fear though, many of the highly reputable websites we use (Amazon, Spotify, Ebay) are secure, it is just up to us to use our common sense before placing that order. One way to check a site’s authenticity is by making sure there is a ‘lock’ next to the URL. Here is an example:

Another tip is to use payment sights such as PayPal instead of using your own credit card details.

If you’re interested in diving deeper into this topic, here are a few websites that you can check out to learn more:

StaySafeOnline.Org

BitWarden – Open Source Password Manager

The internet is a beautiful place filled with amazing resources, we just need to know how to use it to the best of our ability and not succumb to the malicious attempts of the lurking hackers out there. Be safe and happy surfing 🙂

The “Your Lunch Break” playlist has been updated and filled with the (mostly 80s) songs from today’s show. Listen, like and follow here:

This time last year…

I was playing with my main crew at our local watering hole, Rockwood Music Hall. Rockwood seems to be riding the COVID wave as best they can, but a good number of venues in the city have closed down. Including Arlene’s Grocery, the first venue ever I played in the city.

These sure are hard times for us all, especially in the wide world of live entertainment.

Here is a clip from the last show I played in February of 2020. I remember the lively room, the loving air and the laughter. And I know we’ll get back to that spot again in due time.

This song is called “Forgiven” and it will be on my new album due later this year.

Some music/music related things I’ve been listening to lately.

I don’t know if you’re in the search for some new things to listen to, but in case you are, I figured I’d share 3 songs and a podcast that have been trending in my ear.

And this podcast, Broken Record, is hosted by Justin Richmond with interviews by the producer Rick Rubin, the writer Malcolm Gladwell, and the former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam. It is a must listen for any music lover seeking to dive deeper into the creative process of artists that they love and admire: