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Guests choose a song from each decade of their lives and tell me how they went about making their choices and why these songs mean so much to them . Episodes are published every second Thursday.

Music Talks Terry Smith

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Guests choose a song from each decade of their lives and tell me how they went about making their choices and why these songs mean so much to them . Episodes are published every second Thursday.

    Episode 61 - Roy Sharples - Creativity Without Frontiers

    Episode 61 - Roy Sharples - Creativity Without Frontiers

    My guest today is Roy Sharples, the Founder and CEO of Unknown Origins whose mission is to build a better future by “saving the world from unoriginality by unleashing the power of creativity”. 
    When you start a company with as bold and inspiring a mission as that you must have strong views and a real belief in them. Roy shares a lot of those views and thoughts during our conversation and whilst I don’t necessarily agree with everything, he says to his immense credit he’s never anything less than thought provoking.

    I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and got real insight and inspiration from it. I hope the same will be true for you.  
    If you want to dig deeper into Roy’s thinking, then last year he published a book which is the title of the episode ‘Creativity Without Frontiers’. It’s available here: 
    Creativity Without Frontiers: How to make the invisible visible by lighting the way into the future: Sharples, Roy S: 9781736568606: Amazon.com: Books
    but as we discuss in the episode, visiting your local independent bookshop might be preferable 😊
    Also try and take a look at Unknown Origins | Creative Design Studio | Unleash The Power Of Creativity
    It was no surprise that Roy’s selections were wide and varied and included music from two film soundtracks. His selections were: 
    ·        70’s      Walk On the Wild Side                                            Lou Reed 
    ·        80’s      What Difference Does It Make?                        The Smiths 
    ·        90’s      Fade Into You                                                                 Mazzy Star
    ·        00’s      Comptine d’un autre été, l’apres-midi             Yann Tiersen 
    ·        10’s      King And Lionheart                                                     Of Monsters and Men 
    ·        20’s      No Time To Die                                                               Billie Eilish 
    Enjoy! 

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    Episode 60 - Elisa Doucette - Why I Am Not a Painter

    Episode 60 - Elisa Doucette - Why I Am Not a Painter

    My guest in this episode is Elisa Doucette a writer, editor, and entrepreneur who currently travels the world looking for great stories to live and interesting tales to share.
    Elisa was born and grew up in rural Maine, with a strong Scottish and Irish cultural heritage. That was undoubtedly a key influence in words, language and music becoming a lifelong passion and in latter years (after a successful 10-year sojourn into Insurance sales) a writing and editing career. 
    She has travelled and worked extensively across Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe which has included writing assignments in exotic locations such as Bali, Lesvos and Aberdeen. (Yes, this a lady who has fallen in love with Aberdeen!)

     Her work has been published in numerous prestigious publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post. 
    In 2015 Elisa founded the editing and writing coaching agency craftyourcontent.com, where she oversees the acquisition and cultivation of a talented team of word and content geniuses while also encouraging the development of clients’ writing and thought prowess. 
    The title of the episode comes from a Frank O’Hara poem, which in a Music Talks first, Elisa reads and talks us through its connection to her song choice from Norah Jones and the wider subject of creativity. 
    These are Elisa’s song choices: 
    80’s       Def Leppard                                   -          Pour Some Sugar On Me 
    90’s       Pearl Jam                                         -          Betterman 
    00’s       Norah Jones                                   -          Painter Song
    10’s       Labrinth                                            -           Beneath Your Beautiful (feat.Emile Sande) 
    20’s       Santana, India-Arie, Yo-Yo Ma    -    While My Guitar Gently Weeps 

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    Favourite Albums of 2021 - Part 2

    Favourite Albums of 2021 - Part 2

    This time of year isn’t just the season of goodwill it’s also the season of “Best Of” lists and it’s part of the musical year that I love. 
    It’s always good to know that things you like are also enjoyed by others but the real joy for me is gaining new insight into albums I’ve enjoyed or discovering albums that I have missed. 
    My hope is that this episode will do some of that for you. 
    As in previous years I am joined by my Podcast pal Steven Routledge and we both talk through our Top 10 albums. A new addition this year is that we also play a short clip from each of them. 
    In this second part we count down from 5 to our respective Favourite Album of the Year. 
    I'd love to hear what you think of these choices and particularly if there is new music you like. You can do that by emailing me at musictalkspod@outlook.com , I really look forward to hearing from you. 
    I hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for 2022. I look forward to it being another great year for music. 

    If you just wabt to listen to the music Steven and I chose this playlist has all the tracks in the order we discussed them - enjoy 

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1kjR6dQHCsmnmPMdyZ9rkj?si=76dbc82a1a6b43c7

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    Favourite Albums of 2021 - Part 1

    Favourite Albums of 2021 - Part 1

    This time of year isn’t just the season of goodwill it’s also the season of “Best Of” lists and it’s part of the musical year that I love. 
    It’s always good to know that things you like are also enjoyed by others but the real joy for me is gaining new insight into albums I’ve enjoyed or discovering albums that I have missed. 
    My hope is that this episode will do some of that for you. 
    As in previous years I am joined by my Podcast pal Steven Routledge and we both talk through our Top 10 albums. A new addition this year is that we also play a short clip from each of them. 
    In this part we count down from 10 to 5 and in Part 2 (released in two weeks on 30/12/21) we go from 5 to 1. 
    Please let me know what you think of these choices and particularly if there is new music you like. You can do that by emailing me at musictalkspod@outlook.com , I really look forward to hearing from you. 
    Have a great Christmas and here’s to 2022 being another great year for music. 

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    Episode 59 - Stephen Boyle - It's A Wonderful Life!

    Episode 59 - Stephen Boyle - It's A Wonderful Life!

    My guest in this episode is friend and colleague Stephen Boyle. 
    Stephen was born and grew up in a small fishing town in the Northeast of England called North Shields with the city metropolis of Newcastle only eight miles away. 
    After University in Sheffield and then a time living and working in London, he took the big step in 1995 to move to the US which is where he has lived for almost all of the last 26 years. 
    Most of that time has been spent in Southern California although there were spells in Atlanta and Seattle which is where we met. Today he has the good fortune to live in Carmel in a house he and his wife Kim have spent the last three years building. 
    Stephen clearly still feels a very strong connection to the Northeast of England and that is a theme that runs through his song choices but also his shows in his love of football and Newcastle United in particular. That said he does tell a fascinating story of being a 13-year-old and going over to the dark side for a year when a next-door neighbor moved from Newcastle United to play for fierce local rival Sunderland (and they won the FA Cup!) . 
    In amongst the music, we talk about being born in his Grandparents house and the close relationship Stephen had with them, favourite concert venues in the US and his view of America in 1995 and how that has changed somewhat today. 
    Like a lot of guests David Bowie is a major figure in Stephen’s musical journey and two of his song choices are Bowie songs but in an interesting twist neither are performed by the great man himself. 
    Stephen’s song choices are :
    ·        60’s       - The Animals                    House of the Rising Sun 
    ·        70’s       - Mott The Hoople          All the Young Dudes 
    ·        80’s       - Bruce Springsteen       The River 
    ·        90’s       - Sting                                     Englishman In New York 
    ·        00’s       - U2                                         Beautiful Day 
    ·        10’s       - Nine Inch Nails              I Can’t Give Everything Away 
    ·        00’s       - Devon Gilfillian             The Good Life

    Enjoy :-)

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    Epsiode 58 - Yi Shun Lai - Pin Ups

    Epsiode 58 - Yi Shun Lai - Pin Ups

    My guest in this episode is writer, editor, and educator Yi Shun Lai. 
    Born in Taiwan, she moved with her parents to the U.S. at the age of four. She grew up in California before moving to New York in her twenties, where she spent a total of 12 years. In her own words she has now “fulfilled her filial duty” by moving back to California where she now lives, and her parents are a mile up the road. 
    Yi Shun has published two books and has a young adult novel “in the works”: 
    ·        Pin Ups, a memoir (Little Bound Books, 2020) 
    ·        Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu (Shade Mountain Press, 2016). 
    You can find out more about Yi Shun’s life and work at Home - The Good Dirt
    In this episode, in addition to Yi Shun’s musical journey, we talk about: 
    ·        Early memories of Taiwan 
    ·        The bifurcation of being Taiwanese and growing up in the U.S 
    ·        Being an Anglophile and her love of Cornish Pasties 
    ·        Her first, and very unpleasant experience, of  “Born in the USA”
    ·        Our joint love of New York 
    ·        Spending four months studying in Paris 
    ·        Binge watching “Box Sets” 
    ·        The beauty of the American National Parks 
    ·        Some of the positive impacts of Covid 
    ·        Why “Thunder Road” is such a special song 
    Yi Shun’s wide ranging and eclectic song choices were: 
    70’s       Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes      If You Don’t Know Me by Now           
    80’s       Neneh Cherry                                              Buffalo Stance 
    90’s       Ashley MacIssac                                         Sleepy Maggie
    00’s       Mosquitos                                             Boombox 
    10’s       Carly Rae Jepson                                        Call Me Maybe 
    20’s       Alvin & The Chipmunks                           Lunchbox 

    Enjoy :-)

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