Music has the power to cut through the layers of our lives and connect directly to the deepest parts of our heart and soul. It is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Music is one of my life’s passions, which is why working in the music business is a dream come true for me. I have the privilege of working with some of the most talented people in the world to help their music reach new listeners. One of the most inspiring and talented people I have met is my good friend, Diane Warren. Diane has written thousands of songs and her inspiring lyrics have helped heal people around the world.
You probably have her songs in your playlists without even realizing it. Her songwriting credits include hits like: Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart,” Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Celine Dion’s “Because You Love Me,” LeAnn Rimes’s “How Do I Live,” Beyonce’s “I Was Here,” and the song for which Cher won a recent Golden Globe, “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me.” Diane has been nominated for numerous Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards (one year she had written the songs for both the oldest and youngest artists nominated in the same category: Justin Bieber and Cher), and was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Currently, she is working with artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, JoJo, the Civil Wars, and Halestorm.
Diane is a legend in the music business. I have seen people moved to tears when they randomly meet her on the streets of Paris or in boutiques in NYC. We have had adventures all over the world and I know firsthand that a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important to her.
Because of her love for animals and involvement with animal-related nonprofits, she is a vegetarian. She has a giant heart and one time even bought a cow that she had seen in the newspaper, which had been on its way to slaughter! The cow now lives free and happy at an animal sanctuary. A significant component of her healthy lifestyle is a plant-based diet. We have eaten at almost every vegan restaurant in LA; one of our favorites is Crossroads. Diane works out regularly and is a big fan of yoga. Her office has a gym where she works out with a trainer several times a week, including with the elliptical and weights. She says it plain and simple, “A healthy lifestyle is important because it is fu*king important to stay healthy.” When Diane is operating at the top of her game, the entire world benefits through her music!
Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
(recipe from J. Scot Jones at Crossroads Restaurant)
1 red onion, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
3 celery ribs, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp nutmeg
4 pieces of field roast Italian-style vegan sausage, crumbled
6 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
1 tbsp Earth balance vegan margarine
1 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1. In large pot, add Earth balance and crumbled vegan sausage. Saute till browned.
2. Add diced onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and nutmeg. Saute for three minutes.
3. Add white wine and marinara and reduce for 25 minutes.
4. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Lori Rischer is a music business executive and is currently part of the powerhouse team at Island Def Jam Music Group. In addition, she is the health & fitness spokesperson for KIIS-FM, a yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist. Rockstar Health & Fitness shares the healthy secrets of celebrities. Check out her weekly blog at KIISFM.com keyword Rockstar or LoriRischer.com and listen to her workout playlist on iHeartRadio http://www.iheart.com/original/Rockstar-Health-Fitness/.