On The Wings of Ispiration: Exploring Our Inner Life through Interpretive Symbols
Cheryl Metrick and Jeree Wade, M.A.
Xlibris, 117 pages, (paperback) $47.49, 9781483671925
On the Wings of Inspiration calls to mind Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way in the way it prompts inner growth and self-reflection through creativity with inspiring images, poetry, prose, and exercises. It is an innovative, spiritually oriented, self-help book that offers combined techniques, from Jungian and cognitive therapies to meditation and creative play.
Singer and actress Cheryl Metrick was meditating regularly when the spontaneous symbolic images and poetry included in the book “just fell out of my head.” Friend, therapist, and fellow singer, Jeree Wade, found Metrick’s images powerful in her own work, and the two collaborated on this book.
Metrick opens each chapter with an image and poem. She follows these with an autobiographical meditation that reflects on both and concludes with an affirmation. Wade then finishes each chapter with her own inspirational narrative on Metrick’s images and words and offers creative exercises, from asking readers to contemplate key questions on that chapter’s theme to offering drawing and visualization exercises. The authors’ voices dynamically cover broad universal themes, including the power of love, passion, and the act of letting go. Each chapter can stand alone, allowing readers to pace the journey as they like.
On the Wings of Inspiration is a stimulating read. Its images and poetry are unique, evocative, and beautiful, and its narratives and exercises are cathartic, often fun, and effective.
Also available in hardcover.
ForeWord Reviews - Clarion Review
On the Wings of Inspiration: Exploring Our Inner Life through Interpretive Symbols
Cheryl Metrick, Jeree Wade
Xlibris 978-1-4836-7192-5The balance between two authors brings accessibility to this guide to creativity and spiritual growth. This inspirational workbook provides a model for using creative expression as a tool for personal and spiritual growth. The authors of On the Wings of Inspiration succeed in offering a readable and congenial template for self-exploration through creativity. The authors balance each other well. Cheryl Metrick’s intuitive drawings, poems, personal essays, and affirmations show how a sensitive person can tap into her own world of symbols and use them to enhance self-understanding. Jeree Wade’s contribution to the book extends the process from the personal to the universal through her understanding of Jungian psychology and its teachings on the power and universality of symbols, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. Her thoughtful commentaries, contemplative questions, and workbook exercises help the reader see how dreams and fantasies partake in a universal human symbology that spans time and cultures to link the conscious and unconscious realms. Metrick’s drawings are expressive and colorful; that they are not those of a trained artist may serve to encourage others without formal art education to take up the pencil or brush and explore intuitive drawing. The written entries that follow are highly personal, engaging, and conversational and give non-drawing readers the option of a verbal template for self-exploration... Wade’s commentaries, contemplative questions, and workbook-type exercises are sensitive and well thought out; they are intended to lead readers to a deeper awareness of their own dreams and fantasies and understand how they connect to those of other minds throughout history... Overall, the deep respect and admiration between the two authors brings an element of sweetness and light to their collaboration; their book will provide a comforting and encouraging space for readers who may be in crisis or are embarking on their first explorations into their inner world and seeking wise companionship for the journey.
The New York Times
AUGUST 5, 2010, 7:50 AM Richard Metrick, Veteran Bear Banker, Dies at 69 From Eric Dash, a DealBook colleague: Richard Metrick, a longtime Bear Stearns executive who helped orchestrate its government-assisted sale in the early days of the financial crisis, died Tuesday at his home in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. He was 69. The cause was esophageal cancer, according to his son Andrew. Mr. Metrick, known as Richie, spent more than two decades as a top adviser to Alan D. Schwartz, another Bear veteran who was named chief executive a few months before Bear nearly collapsed and was sold to JPMorgan Chase in March 2008. Mr. Metrick, who kept an office adjacent to Mr. Schwartz’s for years, helped him put together some of the media industry’s biggest deals and shape the firm’s strategy in its fight for survival. “I looked to Richie to look over my shoulder on every single thing I did,” Mr. Schwartz, now the executive chairman of the investment firm Guggenheim Partners, told DealBook. “He was another pair of eyes, another pair of hands. He was the other part of my brain.” The two men grew to become best friends and close business partners, so much so that Mr. Schwartz was at Mr. Metrick’s bedside during his final hours. But they had very different styles and roles: Mr. Schwartz was the smooth-talking star investment banker, Mr. Metrick the gruff and diligent manager. “Metrick was Schwartz’s foil in nearly every respect,” Kate Kelly wrote in “Street Fighters,” which chronicled Bear’s demise. “Colleagues considered him something of a ball buster, a man more than willing to take them to task over disagreements.” Mr. Metrick joined Bear in 1989, after spending the first part of his career as an engineer, lawyer and finance executive. Mr. Schwartz made him the chief operating officer of Bear’s investment banking unit. “He was a really, really deep analyzer of business models and strategies,” Mr. Schwartz said. “He brought along a generation of bankers who were steeped in that and looked up to him.” Moguls — from Robert Iger of the Walt Disney Corporation to Jeffrey Bewkes of Time Warner — also sought his counsel. Mr. Metrick was a lead adviser to Disney on its purchase of Pixar and Warner-Lambert in its sale to Pfizer. Richard Metrick was born in New York City in 1941 and moved to New Rochelle while in high school. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1962, and while working for the Hazeltine Corporation attended the evening program of Brooklyn Law School, graduating in 1968. In 1981 he became the chief financial officer of American Bakeries, where he led several acquisitions and later engineered a management buyout. Mr. Metrick was known as a wine connoisseur and a workaholic, who went into semi-retirement, only to be called back into action several times, including during the Bear crisis. Each year, without fail, he visited Italy in late spring and the Caribbean in the winter. He is survived by Cheryl Metrick, his wife of 29 years, as well as three children and six grandchildren. A public memorial service is expected to be held in September. NYTimes.com
New Music Spotlight June 2010 Edition Cheryl Metrick Music Now Artist/Band Spotlight Weekly Series
Singer/songwriter Cheryl Metrick has such a lovely voice that comes out sounding simply heavenly. Our Webzine recently spoke to Metrick about her music. She revealed many wonderful things in this special spotlight. Here is what transpired.
ISAAC: Let’s get started with this interview. When and how did you first become interested in music? How long have you been playing music? --- CHERYL: My interest in singing started in elementary school. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to become a singer because I enjoyed singing and I always received positive feedback from my teachers and my audiences, small as they were back then. I sang in school chorus, school plays and church choir and then started private voice lessons as soon as I was able to afford them, at 16 years of age. I continue to work with a voice coach today, at least a zillion years later. I wish I could say I play a musical instrument, other than voice, but I don't. I've taken a little piano, a little guitar and when I was a child I took violin. But I am not accomplished at either, strictly for lack of time, not interest. I want so much to go back to piano and guitar and would also love to learn to play the harp someday, not to mention the Native American flute. I just wish I had 40 hour days. I am a SAG/AFTRA actress who has worked professionally for the past 25 years in theatre, television, and film. I also entertained at many of the New York Catskill Mountain Resort Hotels and performed in clubs, charitable events, and industrials in NYC and the tri-state area.
ISAAC: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences and why? --- CHERYL: Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, K.D. Lang, Willy Nelson, Johnny Cash: because of their phrasing. They are/were all impeccable at turning a phrase. Not only could you hear each and every word, but you really understand their messages when you listen to their work.
ISAAC: What has been the greatest highpoint in your career so far? --- CHERYL: My song "There Are Angels" recently won a song contest given by Twinfinity Creations & The Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters. As a result, it was included on their compilation CD "Songs Your Mother Should Hear" which will be sent to missions around the world. My song is track 15. The song has also been getting played on a few Internet radio stations. Would love to get it onto regular radio, but perseverance...
ISAAC: What has been the greatest disappointment in your career so far? What did you learn from that experience? --- CHERYL: I had a leading role in an off-off Broadway show and had put a lot of work (3 years worth) into the production of it, only to have the entire production collapse just as the it was about to be mounted. Everyone on the team was disappointed, but that's Showbiz. My lesson? Although a lot of time and effort went into the project, and it unfortunately didn't work out, I still meet some terrific people and got some good experience and made contacts. So I am also a bit of a fatalist, and feel it just wasn't meant to be at that time. Maybe sometime in the future.
ISAAC: What draws you to want to play the type of music that you do? --- CHERYL: I like to write and/or sing music with a positive message, and touch the hearts and minds of my audience to uplift them, as best I can. Of course, sometimes I also may want to draw attention to something when I feel there is necessity. That’s a different kind of message song.
ISAAC: What do you feel it takes to play this type of music that you play? ---CHERYL: Honesty and openness to something bigger than oneself.
ISAAC: What do you think you will create that will make your performances and who you are stand out in the music industry? --- CHERYL: Yikes...you got me on this one...humility? (meek smile)
ISAAC: If you had the opportunity to do one cover, what cover would you do and why? How would you put your own spin on this cover? --- CHERYL: I think Rogers & Hammerstein's "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" from South Pacific. I have always loved the message of this song which talks of how people are NOT born with prejudice but are taught it - some teachings are NOT good. My own spin would be how I would use my own phrasing, as I do with every song I sing. I sing every word from my heart. If I don't mean it, I don't sing it.
ISAAC: What does it take to be a good songwriter? --- CHERYL: Silence within ...to listen to your inner voice, then get ready and let it flow. At least that's how it works with me. I think it's different for each person.
ISAAC: How difficult is it to juggle music, family and work obligation, and life in general? Explain. --- CHERYL: The word DIFFICULT...can't even begin to explain it. It is so tough, but when you love music, you have no choice. It is part of you, a part you can't say “no” to. You find a way to squeeze it in. But it ain't easy.
ISAAC: What is your definition of being an Indie artist/band? --- CHERYL: Dedication to your music in spite of possible lack of financial remuneration, or at least enough of it. You do it because you love it and you feel compelled that this is what you are meant to do. Not to mention the endless self-promotion. Most importantly though, you are your own boss. You create your art the way you see it and hear it. You own it and that's a great feeling.
ISAAC: Where can fans access your music online? --- CHERYL: FOR CD ORDERS: www.cdbaby.com (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/CherylMetrick), Amazon.com (or) (800) 289-6923 FOR DOWNLOADS: cdbaby.com, ITunes, Amazon.com (Amazon MP3) , Napster.com
ISAAC: In five years……. --- CHERYL: I am currently in the middle of collaborating on a book called “On the Wings of Inspiration” that is based on 13 of my drawings and poems and it will be published by this fall. Plus, I have written a short animated film which is for my song “There Are Angels” which I am going to produce probably by the end of this year or early next year. I also have a children’s story that I intend to write soon, and I’ve been writing more songs lately, and will probably record a full album of my own material sometime next year. But my word... five years from now? I just hope to be writing, and producing, and with luck... people will like my product. All I know is that I put my heart and soul into my work, so I do know at least that I like it.
LLOYD HARBOR, NY, May 7, 2010 /Cambridge Who's Who/ --Cheryl Metrick, Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Poet and Author, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in performing arts.
A veteran performer, Cheryl Metrick has enjoyed a 25-year career as a professional singer, recording artist, and actress. Known for her ability to sing in various genres from pop, jazz and classic rock to musical theater and cabaret, she has entertained audiences in resort hotels across the Catskill Mountains and in numerous cabaret/jazz clubs and at charity events. She previously released a CD, "Cheryl Metrick Fantasy & Romance," and recently composed and recorded "There Are Angels," a song in which she performs with a string orchestra to an arrangement by her music director and arranger Frank Owens. A singer from the age of 16, Ms. Metrick considers being able to make a living out of her life's passion to be the most gratifying aspect of her career. She attributes her success to her husband, who always encouraged her to follow her heart.
Equally adept at television, radio, film and theater work, Ms. Metrick has lent her talents to various community theater productions, independent films, and commercials. She co-stars in "Hit or Miss Variety Show," a Long Island public access TV show that airs on Cablevision channel 20 every Sunday and Tuesday, and in a serio-comedy TV pilot called "High Hopes," whose trailer can be seen on YouTube. Ms. Metrick is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, the Society of Singers, Inc., the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, and Filmmakers Connection. As she moves forward in her career, she hopes to record more songs and increase her involvement in song writing.
She is presently collaborating on a book with Jeree Wade, M.A., a life coach and fellow singer. The book, titled "On the Wings of Inspiration," is based on a collection of Cheryl's drawings and poems. The premise of the book is exploring your inner life through interpretive symbols and it will be published by Xlibris.
Cheryl also has a Facebook page called CHERYL METRICK: THERE ARE ANGELS, which she designed to promote her CD, "There Are Angels" as well as encourage conversation about angels in general. It now has a worldwide fan base.
Cheryl Metrick's recordings are available for hard copy sale and/or downloading at her website, http://www.cherylmetrick.com, as well as on iTunes, Cdbaby.com and Amazon.com.
A Captivating Singer and Performer
Reviewer: CAROL PRIANTI - I have heard Cheryl Metrick sing in person and she is just as incredible on this CD. These classic favorites get brought to a new level with Cheryl's dreamy voice. This is the CD I listen to after a long day of work to relax. Can't wait for another!!
Reviewer: LISA SUCHY - Wow. What can I say about but Wow again! Cheryl's voice is beautiful. Magnifico!
Reviewer: FRANCES G - A wonderful nostalgic journey from a beautiful singer.
Reviewer: MARTINE SAUVEUR - The songs are beautyfull and we can feel the soul of the artist who is such a delightfull lady. I loved it and I shared it with my french friends. Cheryl Metrick's voice is magnetic and her interpretation luminous
Reviewer: JILL RABIN - Cheryl Metrick's interpretation is barometrically accurate and luminous. Her heart and soul is in this album and I have recommended it to many many friends. Her voice and personality shine through each song. What a gift! Passion and pizzazz, soulful and sweet, much appreciated
Reviewer: SEVI REGIS - A delightful compilation of meaningful songs performed with fluidity, frolic, gusto, and tender sentiment. I recommend it for driving, easy listening, romantic moments, beach sitting, background party music, and hey, why not doctor's offices? This way you can feel good while you don't feel good. Brilliant, A rainbow of talent. A beautiful singer with soul.
Reviewer: TERRY HAPP - Brilliant, Cheryl Metrick is a rainbow of talent. She is a vision to behold. Her talents are extentive and she remains true to herself. A pure soul with a voice of gold. Wonderful selection of songs. Artist first rate!
Reviewer: SUSAN KAPLAN - Cheryl chose songs for the album that I would have chosen, myself. Her voice is wonderful. I'd never heard her sing before. I look forward to more CDs.
A Special Talent with a Pure Soul, April 4, 2007 Reviewer: TERRY HAPP (New York , USA) Cheryl Metrick captivates her audience..She grabs hold of them with her sweet and powerful performance.She is a beautiful woman who sings like an angel.She will take you to a different time and place with her array of songs. She is a gem that shines in this day and age. Pure talent that is fun to listen to. We love Cheryl Metick and can`t wait for her new CD. Try to catch her live performances if you can. A treasure of the music industry.
Refreshing musical dream, April 3, 2007 Reviewer: A. STAMPFEL "movie lady" (New York) - Every once in awhile along comes original talent. Cheryl Metricks new and dreamy music takes you away on a true fantasy. Keep them coming lady!
Classic romance for a modern world, April 2, 2007 Reviewer: SOLON TSANGARAS "The Bass Dude" (New Yawk) I picked up this disc a while ago, and when I tell you it puts me in a mellow zone would be an understatement. The voice and music blend beautifully, creating a smokey atmosphere that only a true live performance can give. Cheryl's aura transcends the boundaries of a c.d., it feels as if she's actually right there performing for you personally. A must-have for any fan of this genre!
Amazing Voice; Classic & fun songs, April 1, 2007 Reviewer: JACQUELINE M. FOSKETT "Healing Hypnotherapy" (Seattle, WA) Love the classics? Love a great voice? Then this is the cd for you! Cheryl is a true professional as she takes us on a journey of nostalgia with the songs she has choosen and her dynamic voice. What a joy it is to listen to her sing!
A BEAUTY SINGS THE STANDARDS, April 1, 2007 Reviewer: JEREE WADE "LADY LIFE COACH" (NEW JERSERY) Cheryl Metrick knows her music. For those of us seasoned listeners...we are overjoyed to hear a singer sing the correct melody and lyrics while at the same time adding her individual style. With the class of a Shirley Bassey, Cheryl sings with joy and sincerity in her lovely voice... and you know this is a singer who understands the musical nuances and the message of a song. Along with the extraordinary Frank Owens, her arranger and musical director, this CD is a keeper. I look forward to Cheryl taking the stage again soon because I know she will take her performance and music to a new plateau, one in which we do not hear enough of in this day and time. She has many fans and I am one of her biggest and we are all waiting for the next live performance and new CD.
Hope this is only the beginning for this talented beauty!!!, April 1, 2007 Reviewer: SHEILA JORDAN MIXON (Long Island, NY) Cheryl Metrick! Wow!! I've seen her perform many times, and she is not only a beauty, but she is an extremely talented, and gifted performer. She gives her all to her performance, and with her varied repertoire there's something for everyone in this CD. I've listened to it over, and over, and it never ceases to entertain; I can't wait for her next CD!!
CAB MAGAZINE April 1994 Vol 3, No 5 Page 14
CHERYL METRICK made her New York cabaret debut at Eighty Eight's for a one-night engagement, and from the way she took command of that stage you would swear she'd been here before. Whether it be Rodgers and Hart's "Where or When" in a slow waltz, or the pairing of "Somewhere" with "Somewhere Out There", everything was right in place and her body language, connecting with the audience, was first-rate. Her material was a mixture; Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” and “Nature Boy” waxed Metrick nostalgic, while “Smile” written by Charlie Chaplin was inspirational. Not to mention the beautiful “Rainbow Medley” with “Over the Rainbow”, “Rainbow Connection”, “Look to the Rainbow”, and “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”. She was just as at home with the hilarious “Beethoven Chased by Rossini”, with lyrics by Garrison Keillor, sung as if she were a cat. She was in great company on the stage with FRANK OWENS on piano, CONRAD ADDERLY on bass, and PETER GRANT on drums. No doubt that she’ll be back - watch for CHERYL METRICK!
THE NORTHPORT JOURNAL, July 9, 1993 Vol. 119 No. 2, Page 3
...IAJ has kept up with changing times. And reflect on those times they did, at a celebration at Five Towns College in Dix Hills that was punctuated by Jazz offerings by no less than pianist FRANK OWENS, horn player DAVID RANDALL, saxophonist TALIB KIBWE and vocalist CHERYL METRICK...Ms. Metrick, a Walt Whitman High School product and nationally touring talent, swung easily into a jazz groove as an appreciative audience of IAJ well-wishers listened.