October 2010 – Poet – Stephen John Kalinich

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Stephen John Kalinich was born in Endicott, New York, America. He is a poet who has also collaborated with many musicians, includingP F Sloan, Art Munson, Kenny Hirsch,Randy Crawford, Mary Wilson of the The Supreme’s, Odyssey, Clifton Davis and Diana Ross. He wrote several songs for The Beach Boys including “Be Still”, “Little Bird” and A Time to live in dreams on the Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace Of A Musical Legacy with Dennis Wilson, and most recently two songs on Brian’s Getting’ In Over My Head album, one of which – ‘A Friend Like You” – featured vocals from Paul McCartney. Brian also re-recorded their 1974 collaboration ‘California Feeling’ a 2002 classics compilation. Stephen also worked on with Brian Wilson in 1969 on a project that finally saw the light of day some 40 years later: A World of Peace Must Come Must Come is a classic late 60’s album of poems with musical backing by Brian.

A few years ago, Stephen made Brighton his home for several months, during which time he worked with some great British musicians, resulting in two fine CDs, Galactic Symphonies and South Downs Way , both receiving great critical success ! Recently Stephen read If You Knew’ in Washington DC as part of a weekend for Children Uniting Nations, whose founder is Daphna Ziman. She asked Stephen to come to Washington and recite his poem to many members of the House and Senate, and all who came received a copy of his book ‘If You Knew’: around 500 copies were given. He did the program with Goldie Hawn, Chaka Khan and Lili Haydn. He met Nancy Pelosi and many other senators and congressmen. Daphna is a close friend of Hilary Clinton, who also received the book.

Stevie has a brand new album out featuring some of the best musicans in California and also some he met during his timie living in the UK, the cd is called California Feeling check out our review here  and buy it here

The LnL Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?
I would say the pursuit of truth and honesty
The expression of love.

Your favourite qualities in a man?
Kindness, generosity of spirit

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Stillness and sweetness
Being a good listener.

Your main characteristic?
I do not know I guess trying to be as caring kind being as best I can.

What draws you most to your friends?
Lately I am seeking solitude more but what I most like in a friend is unselfishness and the ability to wait and not rush to conclusions.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
I would like to soften the hearts of men and woman and the inclinations towards violence and hurtful actions.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Maybe Dine Lane or Paul McCartney or any good friend.

Your idea of happiness?
Being still and knowing that joy and happiness are within and not something you can attain by achievement but an inner realization.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
Going the Beach Walking contemplating visiting sick friends and encouraging people

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
I would not trade with anyone I am is all I know All I want and whatever life I live I want it to be mine because through me all is available as through you.

Where would you most like to live?
California and Maybe Italy so far but I still want to see new places. I am more geared towards Europe for travel….

Who is your favourite author?
T.S Eliot. Walt Whitman, Rilke

Who is your favourite poet?

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Jean Christophe by Romaine Rolland

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Some of the characters in Little Women….

Your favourite painters?
Matisse, Renoir, Seurat, Cezanne, Renee Ciral, Marti Jones,

Who is your favourite composer?

Your favourite food?
Fruit and vegetables, Olives and Olive Oil

Your favourite drink?
Water with Lime.

Who do you most admire?
Anyone who can face reality and still be happy and express Joy.

What is your present state of mind?
Restless, Peaceful constantly changing on a sea a multitude of emotions and feelings.
Happy sad.

For what fault have you most toleration?

Your favourite motto?
Seek your own in another’s good
Rejoice in the blessing of others


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