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Hi, I’m Carla Gover, an Appalachian musician, flatfoot dancer, mama, and DREAMER from Kentucky. I'm on a mission to share fierce love, good humor, and inspiration to help you live a life of creative freedom. I decided to start the What Dreamers Do Podcast to help answer the question: How can we use our gifts and talents to build a better world, and have fun along the way? You’ll also find musings about Appalachia as well as interesting conversations with songwriters, poets, dancers, educators, world-changers, social justice warriors, and other people like you who are working to make a difference using their art, their voice, or just the way they live their lives. Each Thursday, you’ll hear ideas, conversations, and actionable items to help you unlock your creativity and live your purpose. Grab a mason jar full of sweet tea (or something a little stronger) and pull up a chair, cause it’s time to get YOUR dream on!

What Dreamers Do Carla Gover

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Hi, I’m Carla Gover, an Appalachian musician, flatfoot dancer, mama, and DREAMER from Kentucky. I'm on a mission to share fierce love, good humor, and inspiration to help you live a life of creative freedom. I decided to start the What Dreamers Do Podcast to help answer the question: How can we use our gifts and talents to build a better world, and have fun along the way? You’ll also find musings about Appalachia as well as interesting conversations with songwriters, poets, dancers, educators, world-changers, social justice warriors, and other people like you who are working to make a difference using their art, their voice, or just the way they live their lives. Each Thursday, you’ll hear ideas, conversations, and actionable items to help you unlock your creativity and live your purpose. Grab a mason jar full of sweet tea (or something a little stronger) and pull up a chair, cause it’s time to get YOUR dream on!

    Be Radical, Make Music: An Interview with Feminist Scottish Musician Rosie Bans

    Be Radical, Make Music: An Interview with Feminist Scottish Musician Rosie Bans

    In this juicy interview, we chat with Singer/Songwriter/Producer Rosie Bans, who writes, performs, ad collaborates with other artists and activists to create change for women and other marginalized groups, AND has an innovative support group and course for songwriters who want to give their creativity and motivation a boost.
    We also discuss her free songwriting challenge, and how she helps songwriters spur themselves to get out of their own way to write more and more freely.

    Links
    Be Radical Make Music Facebook Group
    Rosie on Instagram
    Songwriting Website
    Rosie's Podcast
    Songwriting Challenge
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    • 44 min
    What My Granny Taught Me: An Excerpt from the Cornbread & Tortillas Folk Opera

    What My Granny Taught Me: An Excerpt from the Cornbread & Tortillas Folk Opera

    This is part of my meandering summer episode series, which don't necessarily come out each Thursday, but rather when inspiration strikes. I might be in a cool café in London or an East Kentucky Holler when I record, or maybe just in my cozy living room drinking a cup of tea as I was for this episode.

    I begin with a reflection on tours past and future, and share one of my zaniest tour stories from the road.

    I then share my monologue from a project we've been sprucing up lately, the Cornbread & Tortillas Folk Opera. It's about all the things my Granny taught me, including how to make cornbread.

    I finish with a sneak peak from the new CornMaiz Stringband album, and a toast to all my friends!

    Links
    CornMaiz String Band
    Cornbread & Tortillas Folk Opera
    Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging Academy


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    • 18 min
    Sacred Catharsis: An Interview with Writer/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood

    Sacred Catharsis: An Interview with Writer/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood

    Appalachian Author/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood's life and practice is firmly rooted in the soil of her native East Kentucky. In this interview, she speaks about home, art, motherhood, healing, and her artistic processes. 

    Some of the things we talk about include:
    The way her knowledge of her kin and extended family has informed her identity provided a lifelong sense of groundedness. Her feelings of not quite fitting in outside East Kentucky, but ironically not fitting in fully there, either.How having children changed her artistic process, and allowed her to realize that inspiration is always there for her.The sensation when your kids model your examples and start becoming artists themselves.The seemingly-paradoxical fact that there is a lot of rhetoric in Appalachia about men being the leaders of home and church, but that strong women uphold the communities and families. Her style of feminism and her conflicted feelings about changing her name after marriage.What she wants folks from outside Appalachia to know about the region.Why Appalachian ways of knowing the world are sometimes discriminated against.How a mountain accent does NOT signal a low IQHow she got a book deal from consistently posting on Instagram, and how she used her own healing and transformation to create the content that became the book.The way knowledge has become wisdom over the course of her life.Personal Alchemy and Jungian shadow workThe special gifts that artists have to share with the world, and which should NEVER be taken for granted.
    Links Mentioned:
    www.kellihansel.com
    Kelli's book Sacred Catharsis
    IG: @darkmoon_kelli
    Download the How to Live Your Most Creative Life Guide


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Her Native Language: A Musical Interview with Cari Norris

    Her Native Language: A Musical Interview with Cari Norris

    I'm releasing this interview with Kentucky musician/artist/icon Cari Anna Norris, recorded in the summer of 2021.

    As Kentucky mourns her passing this week, I wanted to honor her memory with this sweet interview I conducted as part of my dance project, the Kentucky Tour de Dance.

    She tells us about her grandmother, banjo legend Lily May Ledford of the Coon Creek Girls, whose death when Cari was 15 was a pivotal moment in her musical life.

    She also discusses her other early musical influences, including the legendary Jean Ritchie, Sue Massek, Rich Kirby, and others, and how the ancient music of Appalachia helped her feel connected to her ancestors.

    And she rounds out the interview with some metaphysical musings on the synergistic relationship between music and dance in Appalachia.

    Read more about the Kentucky Tour de Dance here. 
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    • 15 min
    Your Creative Permission Slip

    Your Creative Permission Slip

    Why is it that we don't always make time for doing the things we love? And then when we finally do them (and feel great) we wonder why in the world we waited so long?

    In this podcast, I muse about why that might be the case, and argue for why we should all be prioritizing those "love-to-do" things in our lives.  I also touch on:
    Why "I Am" are some of the most powerful words in our language and why they should be used with care.Why so many of us are multi-talented or multi-passionate, and yet we struggle to own our full awesomenessWhy being a "Jack-of-All-Trades" is actually a great thingWhy using tools like affirmations, journaling, and visual aids can be helpful in reprogramming our subconscious minds to help us live our best lives. And I've also created a free resource for you, a Permission Certificate that you can fill out and display somewhere prominent, so that you have permission to do more of what you love the most.

    And in case you didn't get it yet, be sure to sign up for the FREE e-book How to Live Your Most Creative Life.

    Books for Creative Inspiration
    (I am not an affiliate for any of these. I just dig them!)
    You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
    You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Anything by SARK
    The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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    • 13 min
    Your Creativity Playbook: Tips & Inspiration for Your Creative Life

    Your Creativity Playbook: Tips & Inspiration for Your Creative Life

    This quick episode is allll about giving you a sneak preview of the amazing creators and tips inside my free e-book, How To Live Your Most Creative Life. I put this together to inspire you, help you break through blocks and stuck places, and get a little motivation to add small creative moments to your everyday life.

    I quickly tell you a bit about each of our contributors (who are all past or future podcast guests here!) and the creative strategy they offer in the guide.

    Listen to the episode, then grab your free copy right away!

    Episode Links
    Click here for your free copy of How To Live Your Most Creative Life
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Sasha Nicholas ,

Binge listened!

Carla speaks directly and honestly leaving nothing out. She is a breath of fresh air and full of tangible ways to live better in this life. I’ve listened to many podcasts and here is a favorite. I also have learned that so like a podcast episode that has time to get into details but not so much that every episode is an hour. The time frame fits for me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

LC VA ,

Inspirational, thought-provoking, truth telling

This has swiftly become my favorite podcast! With a familiar conversational style Carla explores topics that will resonate with many creatives out there, leaving you feeling motivated to reconnect with your creative self. There’s a lot of bang for your listen in each episode! (I wish I was a better wordsmith to really do justice with this review!)

She-Ra1982 ,

Thank the UNIVERSE for Carla Gover!

I have been a fan of Carla for a while but now I just can’t get enough! This podcast is incredible. I carry her words, wisdom, and advice with me as I await the next episode each week. She always says exactly what I need to hear…I guess I’m a dreamer, too.

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