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Musings of the Artist features meaningful conversations with all kinds of artists. Musicians, poets, photographers, and other creatives share their honest stories, touching on the duality of being creative - the pure joy of making art - but also the particular struggles that come with it. In speaking about vulnerability, many of these artists remind us that even though people can look like they have it all together on the surface, we all struggle.

In each episode, Montse's guests share the contents of their personal toolkit - what helps them get through the hard times. They also share their "favorites" list - what they are reading, listening to, places that light them up, and the creativity of other artists that moves them.

(Theme Music by Ilan Isakov)

Musings of the Artist: (Honest) Conversations with Montse Andrée Montserrat Andrée Carty

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Musings of the Artist features meaningful conversations with all kinds of artists. Musicians, poets, photographers, and other creatives share their honest stories, touching on the duality of being creative - the pure joy of making art - but also the particular struggles that come with it. In speaking about vulnerability, many of these artists remind us that even though people can look like they have it all together on the surface, we all struggle.

In each episode, Montse's guests share the contents of their personal toolkit - what helps them get through the hard times. They also share their "favorites" list - what they are reading, listening to, places that light them up, and the creativity of other artists that moves them.

(Theme Music by Ilan Isakov)

    Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett is the creator and host of On Being and a New York Times bestselling author. She radiates wisdom and generosity and is one of the wisest voices of our time. In 2014, President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.”

    In this conversation, we dive into the deeper meaning of the words “beauty” and “love.” We discuss cultivating qualities of character, going from, as Krista says, “wound to gift,” illuminating the quiet voices, and much more.

    • 56 min
    Zac Clark

    Zac Clark

    Zac Clark is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville. After seven years traveling the world as a member of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Zac is leaving the band and heading out on his own with new music on the way. While co-writing on each Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness record, Zac released two solo records, 2015's "I Am a Guest" and 2012's "Young Volcanoes." His self-titled album was released last year.

    We recently sat down in LA and talked books, music, rock bottoms, and a whole lot more.

    • 47 min
    Ben Moon

    Ben Moon

    Ben Moon is a filmmaker, photographer and author based on the Oregon coast. His beautifully vulnerable memoir "Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime" will be released on Penguin Books in January 2020.

    Ben has inspired countless people with his photography for Patagonia, impactful portrait series, and the short film "Denali". His new memoir is a moving account of Ben’s journey with colorectal cancer and his special relationship with his dog.

    In this episode, we discuss living as an “off-the-charts” empath, the healing powers of dogs and nature, his creative process, and much more! When I read Ben’s memoir, which at its core is a story of growth, resilience, and genuine love and connection, my cheeks were stained with tears. Getting to sit down with him over tea and just talk about life for an hour was so lovely. I can’t wait for you to hear his story.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Pádraig Ó Tuama

    Pádraig Ó Tuama

    Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Ireland. He is the author of a number of books including a gorgeous memoir called "In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World."

    Themes of loneliness, belonging, language, and the power of storytelling are laced throughout his work, and we unpack these topics, and much more in this conversation.

    If you enjoy this episode, I’d highly recommend reading his heart-opening memoir and listening to his On Being interviews with Krista Tippett - where you can find more of Pádraig’s replenishing wisdom.

    • 46 min
    E.J. Koh

    E.J. Koh

    E. J. Koh is a poet, author and translator based in Seattle, WA. Her book of poetry is called A Lesser Love, and her memoir The Magical Language of Others is forthcoming this January.

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with E.J. in her home recently, where we discussed everything from memoir writing, to inter-generational trauma, to her “Love Letter” project which is all about her mission to write a thousand letters to strangers by hand. She tells us what drove her to start the project and the common thread she’s noticed about the stories we tell ourselves.

    E.J. also shared the old way she used to deal with rejection to her new approach of taking the rejection as a gentle nudge, a whisper saying “not right now.”

    If you are a storyteller or want to be, I think this episode will be especially relevant but truly you can glean so much wisdom from E.J.’s words no matter who you are or what you’re up to!

    • 50 min
    Run River North

    Run River North

    Alex Hwang is a singer and songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Run River North.

    In this conversation, we touch on growing up bi-culturally and Alex speaks on learning how to find ways to talk about his Korean culture. He also talks about his faith, how finding a routine in yoga helps him battle anxiety, about his love of reading and getting lost in menial tasks. He also shares the most touching story about a Run River North fan, and what he’s most excited about right now.

    • 43 min

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