Optimism Playlist: Little Miss Gail

Stephanie 300x202Contributor:
Stephanie Nash
Mindfulness Coach & Integrative Counselor, Speaker, Actress, Professor (UCLA & Art Center College of Design), Writer.  That’s enough.



What do you do:

– For work?

Teach, Speak, Act, Direct, Write, Meditate

– For fun?

Same as above – PLUS camp, hike, ocean gaze, hang out with friends, and I have a Very Cute Dog (who has his own Instagram account: adorablechester .)

Your contribution to the optimism playlist?

Little Miss Gail by The Junior Mance Trio

Why did you pick this song? What does it do for you?

It could be the musical score to a good day.  It’s hard not to feel good when listening to it.  There is a sense of playfulness, lightness, wonderful jazzy rhythms, and it’s soothing you could easily play while walking down the street or in all transitions of the day to make the present moment – and the next one – better.

Any thing else you’d like to say?
I did a one-woman show 20 years ago where I experimented with having the audience in total darkness during my changes.  During that 1-3 minutes, the audience would hear this song, and my voice would tell a joke – all in darkness (which, as I far as I know, had never been done before or since) – so when the lights came up on the next scene, the audience was laughing at the punchline from the joke and felling good from the song.  A dream for any performer.  I sent a thank you note to Junior Mance.

Where can we find you?

Mindfulness Arts





We put our bodies on a diet. Why not our brains? This is the motivation for our optimism playlist.

Here’s proof that optimism rules. That it’s good for business. And music, of course, improves health and well being.

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