Moving The Music From Off The Road To Online With World-Renowned Saxophonist, Michael Lington

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We all know that a global pandemic has pretty much brought the world to a complete standstill this year. More importantly, it has affected countless businesses. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations alike have been impacted beyond imagination. Many have been forced to either close our doors or re imagine a different possibility.  Here’s my question to you…

Is it possible to actually feel inspired and more in charge of your business during these turbulent times?

Without a doubt, the answer is YES. 

Let me introduce you to the love of my life, my fiancé, incredible father to our two beautiful children…AND saxophone recording artist extraordinaire, Michael Lington. While our infant son Landon sleeps in the next room, we dive into why I am so inspired by how he turned this world-wide business challenge into his new and amazing reality. 

With live events most likely not returning until 2022, what are entertainers supposed to do?

Artists like Michael have turned to technology and social media to stay connected with their dedicated fans, continue to increase their audience reach, attract and engage new fans, as well as the BIG ONE…make a living!

Michael joins me today in an intimate conversation to discuss:

> How COVID-19 has turned his work and passion into even more of a tight-knit community. 

> How the heck are we supposed to authentically connect with people through a cold, empty camera lens?

> Why Michael feels more at peace NOW than he’s ever felt.

> Moving from resisting the virtual space (feeling sterile and disconnected) to fully embracing the intimacy and vibe of the one-to-one relationship the camera provides.

> Having the courage to go against the grain.

> Why you want to give up waiting for the green light from others to create a great impact on people’s lives.

…and I fully admit I get a little teary as we dive into our personal life and talk about Michael having his first baby at the age of 50, and how important it has been for both of us to have the right partner.

Michael shares that “You ONLY discover this by doing…Now, as crazy as it may seem, one of the things people say they love about my Sunday show is that it’s authentic, and they feel like it’s just me talking to them.”

Growing up in Copenhagen, Michael started out on the clarinet but soon found his true calling…the unequivocal and soulful saxophone.  Immersing himself in his favorite music—David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, King Curtis, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley, and Grover Washington—he made the move to the U.S. It was a smart decision as he began to grab a foothold in the music industry here. Eventually, after much hard work, his place within the American and international music scene came to him naturally.

I love his story…his passion. I’ve been by his side over the years as he’s continued to tour, performing as many as 80 concerts per year. It still fascinates me that he’s played in more than 40 countries and worked at many of the world’s most prestigious venues. He’s even performed for a U.S. President!

Michael shares that “Performing on stage and playing in front of a computer are two totally different things.” The switch from one to the other isn’t the easiest challenge for anyone to overcome. Learning as he went, he discovered more tools he can use from home. He also found his confidence in front of the camera and has created this incredible following who look forward to their front-row experience again and again.

Michael’s “Just Do It” mindset allows for a much more authentic relationship with his fans. It almost feels like a family member pulling out an instrument and gifting you with a live concert in your very own living room. “Sometimes, not knowing what you’re going to get yourself into can be a good thing, because then you can’t talk yourself out of it.” This is especially great advice from my love, Michael.

Hear more about Michael’s incredible story of coming to America and how he has transformed his lifelong career and love of music into an amazing online community…all during these challenging times.

Thank you for joining me today. We would love to hear from you. Please post your comments. If you’re inspired, please take a moment and share this with someone…because when you’re inspired you inspire others, and we need so much more of that right now!

You can now listen to your favorite ILTV episodes on the go with our new podcast: Inspired Living by Keri Murphy 

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Dana Garnett

    Keri and Michael what a fantastic interview! Michael thank you for being so bold as to share what you have created, not only as a musician but during these intense times. I have many dear friends who are musicians and I’m sharing this with them. And thank you both for being so open about the personal side of your lives. You provide encouragement for so many families who are still dealing with being unexpectedly together 24/7 for who knows how long. Michael, congratulations on your show, and well done on the ingenuity around its evolution!

  2. Hi, Michael!! I’m fron México city, and it is not easy for me to go to your live performances snd shows, snd I love your music. And now, with this new and great way that you are using to reach your audience, I can enjoy your sax music, and know this wondergul person that you are. Thank you for this, and for all the the wondetful music you play!!!

  3. Derek Bond

    As a professional musician, educator, musical director (and saxophonist to boot), presenter & producer I can relate to this so well. I love Michael’s playing and admire his energy and perseverance to reinvent himself during the pandemic. Very best wishes to all of you in moving forward!

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