When Jason Mraz sang the now-iconic hit song The Remedy at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre a few weeks ago, I wondered about Jason’s good friend, Charlie. I knew this extraordinary song was inspired by the very same situation that many of us have faced in our own lives—the possibility of losing a dear friend to a dirty old disease called Cancer.
That night, I wondered: so, what happened to Jason’s friend?
To my relief, I soon discovered that Charlie Mingroni is both alive and doing well. Now, ten years in remission from cancer, Charlie embodies the same enthusiasm for navigating life that Jason Mraz shares musically with millions of fans around the globe.
Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Charlie:
Robin Blakely: For me, a favorite line in The Remedy suggests the importance of attitude. “You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine.” How do you shine?
Charlie Mingroni: Absolutely an impressive lyric! I believe I shine by making it a daily goal to dig deep within me to do and be the most positive, real, honest and truthful person I can be. It may sound cliché, but I do not aspire to be a super star, a millionaire, famous, or a top corporate executive. I only aspire to be the best ME I possibly can, making the changes and adjustments to ring loud with truth, pure love, positivity and keeping a balance between the two beautiful inevitables, life and death. With my focus on being exactly who I am and “shining” out to all the living and passing each day, there is no other result than pure happiness. And that is the daily result I crave through my work.
Enjoy the song: