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April 25, 2017

Keep It Moving

Disappointments should be treated like a pit-stop. Pull over, re-fuel, change your tires, clean the windshield, re-focus, get back on the track and do your best to succeed.

April 9, 2017

Stop Settling

You'll stop following, envying, begrudging and even hating those who have more, once you stop settling for less. You'll be infinitely happier and feel considerably more empowered. This truth is not limited to money and material things, but includes all areas of life.

April 9, 2017

A Balanced and Simple Life Is The Best Life

Volume, debt, complexity, obligation, stress and anxiety are as common as blades of grass, and unfortunately, the life that most unwittingly create and exist or languish in. There is another way, however, have balance and keep things simple.

Faith, family, friends, fitness, finances and fun. The six F's applied as a balanced daily priority first lifestyle practice will remove you from a mundane, common and insecure feeling existence, to that of the satisfying, fulfilling and extraordinary.

April 9, 2017

Never stop working on being the best version of yourself

Don't disrespect and limit yourself by settling for only being a follower of things and others, hero and celebrity worshipper, spectator and fan. You too can shine. Be your own star by being all that you can be.

Good things, relationships, successes, etc., aren't reserved for select others. No one is better or more deserving than you. Good things are available for the making and taking. If you believe, you can achieve and receive.

Investing in yourself daily--spiritually, mentally, physically and socially, will give you the best quality of existence.

March 29, 2017

Friends

A good friend who I first acquainted as a college track and field teammate sent me the following post with a side note expressing gratitude for our lifetime friendship. It touched me, as it's sage, and I felt compelled to share it for others to consider its wisdom.

Now, the post:

"Many years ago, a newlywed young man was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping juice during a visit to his father. As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son. Never forget your friends he advised. They will become more important as you get older. Regardless of how much you love your family, spouse and children, you will always need friends. Remember to spend time with, do activities with them, call them.

What strange advice thought the young man. I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life. Yet he obeyed his father, kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number.

Over the years he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about. In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.

After 50 years of life, here is what he learned:

Time passes. Life goes on. The distance separates. Children grow up. Children cease to be children and become independent. And to the parents it breaks the heart, but the children are separated from the parents. Jobs come and go. Illusions, desires, attraction and sex weaken. People do not do what they should do. The heart breaks. The parents die. Colleagues forget the favors. The races are over. But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles they are.

A true and real friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, barring you, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other.

Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends."

March 17, 2017

Time

Time is precious and important, so don't waste it. It can never be regained nor is it promised to anyone. Don't worry counting your time. Instead, be vigilant in making your time count.

March 2, 2017

Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so open your eyes, mind, heart and behold. Beauty is everywhere! It's in people, nature, moments, experiences, memories, gestures, places, sights, sounds, taste, smells and so much more. The great thing is that there's an never ending abundance of beauty.

March 2, 2017

Your Words

Words are powerful. They are best utilized uplifting others.

March 2, 2017

Paradise

Paradise is not a destination. It is a state of mind.

March 2, 2017

Take it easy

Everyday, throughout the day, look for, participate in and enjoy the lighter and brighter side of whatever you do and encounter.p>

February 25, 2017

Inspiration is all around us

Just like sunshine, inspiration is all around us, so step outside of your self-imposed limitations and confinements, raise your arms and let it soak in.

February 25, 2017

Embrace the light

Though there's much in this world that is fallen, is falling and feels dark, you still can choose to seek and embrace the light.

February 25, 2017

Don't create excuses - Create opportunities

It's your life. Don't allow anyone or anything, including yourself, to limit or stop you from being everything you truly want to be.

February 23, 2017

That Which Is Best In Life

Loving - Consistently, without conditions, treating others as you'd like to be treated

Giving - Being of help and support to others

Living - Seeking, finding, embracing and appreciating life, daily

Expressing Oneself Honesty - Not lying to oneself or others in that which one says and does

January 26, 2017

Life Montra

I Am!

I Can!

I'm Deserving!

I Will!

January 25, 2017

You are blessed

If you're alive, you love and you are loved, you are in fact very blessed! The rest, however, is up to you!

If you want a great life, create one! The responsibility is yours alone. It's not Gods, your parents or the governments. Your successes and failures ride on your choices, ambitions, desires, self image, work-ethic, courage and character. You will ultimately, like it or not, reap what you sow, and in every area of your life.

If you have excuses, blame, rationalization, prejudice or feelings of entitlement, yours is stinking thinking, a losing mentality and lesser way of existence.

Instead of perpetually lamenting politics, injustices, sexism, racism, classism and every other type of ism, which yes, are real, alive, toxic, wrong, cowardly, immoral, evil and shameful, don't allow them to define, embody, limit or consume you, nor allow them to be obstacles in your life. There are millions, including myself, who choose to love, pursue their dreams, don't accept setbacks as permanent, be happy, be positive, be hopeful and optimistic and live fully and thrive regardless and sometimes in spite of. Control that which you can and trust God with the rest.

If you are honest with yourself and others, you plan your work and work your plans and you take full responsibility and accountability for yourself, your actions and your successes and failures, you'll learn, grow, develop wisdom, accomplish much, be respected and will likely enjoy a full, interesting, contributing and worthwhile life.

December 13, 2016

Life

Life isn't about waiting for it's storms to pass. It's about learning to and insisting on dancing while in their midst.

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving

I don't believe in, or need a man-made designated day to profess or symbolically express gratitude. I'm grateful all day and everyday!

Upon waking, throughout the day and as I lay in bed before falling to sleep, I detail to God what and who I am thankful for. I will, however, as on every thanksgiving day, hit the gym, watch football, feast heartily upon some of this day's traditional foods and enjoy the company of good people.

However you spend your day, I hope it's pleasant in every way.

November 6, 2016

This, and no particular party or politician, will make and keep this world great

Keep God first, love your fellow human as yourself, never hate, give generously, live simply, forgive quickly and always be kind.

September 12, 2016

The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.

A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.

July 17, 2016

Luke 6:31

Do to others as you'd have them do to you.

May 14, 2016

One Thing That Every Human Has In Common

None of us will leave this life without going through some sort of hardship.

Whether the result of poor choices, misfortune, health, loss, relationships, financial, victimization, professional, self-image, etc., it's not if, but when one will be so challenged.

Connection can sustain and help you during hardship. This is truly relevant and important. Let trusted others know what you're going through. You'll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much some people care.

I am eternally grateful to those who have loved and/or cared enough to gesture when I have bared the weight of hardship. It further inspires me to do the same.

March 22, 2016

Eternity

"I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God"

March 6, 2016

Caring Relationships

Most have pursued and/or experienced nonreciprocal relationships of one nature or another, and most have also been unaware of, lesser aware of, indifferent to, or have more lowly prioritized others who have shown interest in, caring about, or gestured friendship to them.

What I've learned, is that there often is a big difference between those that one may want in their life vs. those that are good for and truly needed in our life. I've also learned the wisdom and importance of investing in those who, whether or not I initially recognized it, care about and have invested in me. These well-intending, demonstrative, caring souls generally turn out to be absolute God-sends, who positively add to my feelings of love, optimism, content, happiness and relationship. I make certain, sometimes perhaps ad nauseam, that they clearly know that they are appreciated by and important to me.

February 1, 2016

Real Power

You are infinitely more powerful than you realize.

Your acknowledgement, smile, thank you, compliment, encouragement and TIME given to others, not only can make their moment, hour or day, but in many instances, it can deeply positively affect, and even change their life.

You are powerful. Know this and choose to use your power to uplift others. In turn, you too will genuinely feel good inside.

May 13, 2015

My Mood

Regardless of what I'm going through, I try to remain conscious of the importance of being grateful. God loves me and I am blessed in mamny ways, and life no matter how challenging or aweful, real or perceived, could always be worse.

May 5, 2015

Be A Blessing To Others

My deepest feelings of satisfaction have always come from helping others. Always ask yourself, how can I be a blessing to others today, and then act upon it, today, and everyday.

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January 27, 2017

The World's Most Popular and Utilized Gymnastics Music - Undeniable

Whether beginner, levels 1-10, division one collegiate, elite level, coaches, instructors, schools, coaching seminars, clinics, acadameys, etc. Whether in warm-ups, conditioning, choreography and performance, globally, girl's gymnastics has adopted and is utilizing the instrumental Undeniable, written by Jeff Durand and Tommy Barbarella.

October 25, 2016

My song UNDENIABLE continues to grow in popularity

Undeniable's positive and uplifting sound has inspired many, and at every level of accomplishment, to use it in their performances, workouts, videos, commercials, advertisements, events and various other productions.

Enjoy the videos below and be sure to buy your copy of Undeniable today at Buy Undeniable.

Fashion designers are regularly using my song Undeniable in their runway shows

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June 3, 2016

Muhammad Ali... Sociologically Significant... Great Man, Hero and Legend! RIP

For decades he was considered the most recognized and most famous person on the planet. He was a celebrities celebrity, an Olympic gold medal winner, a world champion, an outspoken leader in the civil rights movement, a role model to tens of millions, a poet, a rapper before rap was an art form, devoutly spiritual and so much more that is decent, selfless, loving and good, but most importantly, Muhammad Ali was a humanitarian--a true lover of people, in particular, those less fortunate, oppressed, voiceless and suffering.

I was blessed to meet, talk to and joke with Muhammad Ali. Over the years we've chatted at various functions. For me personally, he was and will always be a relevant source of inspiration, motivation and ethnic pride.

Never in my life have I seen people respond towards another human being the way masses did with Ali. It's surreal, the profound love, deep expressed affection, reverence, respect, admiration, etc., and almost everyone is reduced to tears when near him, and I'm talking about well before he was stricken with parkinsons.

In many ways he will always be The Greatest.

Thank you Muhammad Ali for your many sacrifices and for your lifetime of contributions towards the betterment of humanity..

RIP

June 03, 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Tribute - Play To Win - Music Written by Jeff Durand.

April 21, 2016

Prince - The Soundtrack To Some Of The Favorite Times In My Life

My friend and client Miko Weaver is pictured here with Prince. Miko was in Prince's New Power Generation

I found the news of the passing of Prince certainly unexpected, sad and disappointing. It instantly took me on a long and heartfelt trip down memory lane.

Having grown up in Minneapolis, I'm intimately versed in Prince's musical genius, his rise to the highest entertainment industry heights, the resulting vibrant and fun-filled music and club scene that the Twin Cities enjoyed for many years, and so much more. I feel blessed to have been privileged to see up-close and participate in a lot of it.

Via my three pictured Prince band member friend/clients Mark Brown, Boni Boyer and Miko Weaver, others not pictured, one of his recording engineers who was my client and others, I was privy to rehearsals, private band member social events, parties and other events at the rehearsal facility prior to Paisley Park and then later at Paisley Park, front row seats at concerts around the USA and a few abroad, lots of Prince stories and more.

The people I saw and met at Prince concerts and other Prince events were a veritable whose-who list. He absolutely was a celebrities celebrity. In particular, I recall a post Madison Square Garden concert performance at Radio City Music Hall, where I met then MTV's biggest star Downtown Julie Brown, who became my friend and client. Also in attendance was Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Jodi Foster, Brooke Shields, Nile Rogers, etc., etc. The room was packed with A-List celebrities and record label, television and radio executives.

Personally, I was and remain an admirer of Prince's gift of music, his devotion to it, his songs, his amazing live performances and the fact that he un-apologetically and uncompromisingly did things his way.

People often ask me if I knew Prince. Well, we certainly were aware of each other. I've got stories... One crazy, funny, yet very irritating to Prince and Co happening occurred while on tour in Chicago, when one of my clients threatened to not perform and wanted a pay increase, etc. I was the reluctant go between. The underlying true discord had to do with an attractive tour stylist that my client and Prince both liked... I can't say that I really knew Prince. He'd sometimes acknowledge me, other times look past me, yet often times give me a playfully great photo opp--noticing me front and center at a concert with my camera focused on him, and on some occasions he'd say a few words. He did call one time, thanking me for informing his office of the passing of my client--his former band member. He was sincerely moved by the event. He later called her mother, who then called me telling me of Prince's very warm conversation and kind sentiments.

RIP Prince. Thank you for your enormous contributions to music, popular culture and cool.

Prince Insights From Revolution Band Member Mark Brown

In this video my friend and client Mark Brown is interviewed on BET.

As an early Prince band member, my friend and client Mark Brown made his debut with Prince on the Controversy tour. He soon became known for his funky bass playing. Prince stated in a Rolling Stone article that without Mark on bass he would take bass out of the music.

Brown, a talented and ambitious writer, producer, business mind and creative spirit himself, worked with many name artist including Mazarati--one of his creations, Chico DeBarge, Troop, Georgio, Stacy Lattisaw, Teen Dream, Sheila E., and LakeSide, to name a few.

Added to his list of accomplishments, Mark received two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards for his contributions to the Purple Rain movie soundtrack. He also performed with Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Salt n Pepa and Jodie Watley in an MTV special. He again had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder at his Character Party. Mark has also shared the stage with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, and Doug E. Fresh.

After leaving Prince, Mark was signed to Motown as a solo act where he released two albums and was entrusted with the production of some Motown acts.

On a personal note, Mark and I hung out a lot. He regularly invited and included me in much of what he was doing musically and socially, whether with Prince, the local bands he was involved with, Motown and other artist he was producing, concerts in MN and on the road, recording sessions in his home studio, (my ears are still ringing), and much more. I was always impressed with his creative gifts, ambition, drive and work-ethic, but more so with his generosity and simply being a truly nice person and thoughtful and good friend to me.

Prince featuring Boni Boyer - Chain Of Fools

In this video footage my friend and client Boni Boyer (RIP) is featured singing Chain Of Fools with Prince. In his band she played keyboards, did backing vocals and vocal arrangement. Durand was later able to sign this amazing vocalist to a solo deal via WEA Warner Electra Atlantic. They visited and had offers from most every major label at the time. Another Durand friend and client is briefly seen in this footage as well--the shirtless and amazing guitar player Miko Weaver.

Boni was a brilliantly gifted singer, a multi instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger, visionary, non-stop have you on the floor laughing joke teller who was loved and respected by the music industry.

Prince Features Band Member Miko Weaver's Beautiful Guitar Solo

In this video footage my friend and client Miko Weaver impresses with his amazing guitar solo.

My friend and client, former Prince guitar player Miko Weaver and I go way back. Whether hooping, eating pizza, clubbing, talking about life, double dates, etc., he was always fun to be around. Miko was very generous with me as well, regularly inviting me to Prince events, rehearsals, concerts on the road, incredible after parties, etc.

Miko is featured in this concert footage playing a last minute Prince requested solo, which Miko improvised, Prince liked, and was included in subsequent shows.

Watching Miko create in his home studio was one of my early music inspirations.

May 27, 2015

NFL All-Pro Henry Thomas Enters Sports Broadcast Arena

My friend and client, former Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots standout Henry Thomas, along with his broadcast partner Fred Davis, debut their sports radio talk show, The HD Show, June 1 at 7 PM on Houston's ESPN 97.5.

March 25, 2015

Over 40,000,000 YouTube Views and Growing

I'm proud of the fact that the first song I ever wrote, produced and published, Could This Be Love, has over 40,000,000 YouTube views and is utilized as the accompanying music in over 15,000 YouTube videos.

Could This Be Love has connected with and continues to connect world-wide.

Victoria Acosta is the girl, now young lady, who performed my song. I recorded her and Could This Be Love when she was 12.

November 23, 2014

Former MTV Star Downtown Julie Brown Featured on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now

My friend and client Downtown Julie Brown, best known as MTV's globally popular VJ, is interviewed on November 23rds episode of Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now.

May 2010

Necessary Details: Fundamentals That Every Female Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With Her Male by Jeff Durand - Available at Amazon.com

Jeff Durand's Necessary Details - (Fundamentals That Every Female Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With Her Male) is a concise, informative, easy read which addresses many of the very important, yet grossly under taught, basics that every female teenage and above, in or desirous of being in a relationship, should know about males.

April 2010

Necessary Details: Fundamentals That Every Male Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With His Female by Jeff Durand - Available at Amazon.com

Jeff Durand's Necessary Details - (Fundamentals That Every Male Needs In Order To Have A Better Relationship With His Female) is a concise, informative, easy read which addresses many of the very important, yet grossly under taught, basics that every male teenage and above, in or desirous of being in a relationship, should know about females.

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