Hidden Talents?

In response to yesterday’s blog post that was a tribute to Elvis, Bud Drago, one of my teaching colleagues, commented that on the date of Elvis’ death, he and his bandmates were practicing for an upcoming gig. When they heard the news, the band played a couple Elvis songs in his memory.

40 years later, and Bud is still in a band. His current one is known as Freeze Time, and consists of Bud and his two sons. The band has put out five albums to date, and I believe the sixth one is close to being released. I’ve written about one of Bud’s songs before, “Is This the Best We Can Do?“, a timely song that was released during the recent Presidential election.

As I was thinking about Bud and this not so hidden talent of his, it made me think about all of the other teachers I work with who are also musicians.

Here’s a quick listing:

  • an Economics professor who is part of a duo which performs dozens of times per year
  • another Economics professor who is quite the singer
  • an Operations Management professor who is also quite the singer, and I think is in a Barbershop Quartet
  • a Management professor who sings and plays the guitar
  • another Management professor who has been a long time member of a jug band that plays regularly at the Philadelphia Folk Festival
  • an Accounting professor who plays the clarinet and has his own Big Band that plays jazz and swing
  • another Accounting professor who plays the guitar and has released a CD of his music
  • a Finance professor who produces electronic music, and at one point had a top 100 dance song
  • another Economics professor who was a member of a punk band

Out of only approximately 120 faculty members, that seems like a lot of musical talent.

But it’s not just musical ability that is “hidden” among our faculty. Here’s some others:

  • a Data Analytics professor who was a magician
  • another Data Analytics professor who played professional soccer
  • a Management professor who was a nationally ranked tennis player
  • an Economics professor who was an All America track athlete
  • an Accounting professor who was an All America swimmer
  • a Marketing professor who played D1 basketball

I’m sure there are many more hidden talents among our faculty that I am unaware of (I guess that’s why they are called hidden talents).

It makes me realize how little we often know about our work colleagues and our neighbors. I’m always a little saddened when I go to a funeral and I learn about listen to a eulogy that paints a fascinating picture of someone I wish I had gotten to know a little better.

I think a person’s “hidden talents” are his or her true passion, and in order to really get to know someone, you need to discover those hidden talents.

And I’m sure that once you start looking, you’ll discover that a person’s “hidden talents” really weren’t that hidden, you just had to take the time, and interest, to find them.

P.S. I’m thinking that it would be fun to profile all of the people noted above, not only as a way to share their talents, but as a way for me to get to know them even better.

*image from Hidden Talents

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

6 thoughts on “Hidden Talents?”

  1. Yvonne was a track superstar if I remember correctly! Run this idea by Joyce. I bet she would be supportive of featuring VSB “hidden talents” somehow.



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