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Light and lively discussions on film, music, and creative culture.
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    • Performing Arts
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Light and lively discussions on film, music, and creative culture.
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    020 Hilary Webb: We Breathe Together

    020 Hilary Webb: We Breathe Together

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    Today, I’m in conversation with my very dear friend, singer Hilary Webb.

    Originally from Schererville, Indiana, Hilary began studying voice at the age of 13. She earned her bachelor’s from Ball State University, where she studied with Mary Hagopian, and she earned her master’s in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked with John Rutter, Dan Forrest, Beverly Sills, Barbara Hahn, and The King’s Singers and has been soprano section leader at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, since 2011 and has been part of the Bel Canto Company since 2003. Hilary has also performed with the Greensboro Opera, Capital Opera Company, and The Choral and Oratorio Societies of Greensboro, and has made guest appearances with The Triad Pride Men’s Chorus. A two-time National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Auditions finalist and Mu Phi Epsilon scholarship winner, she competes throughout the country and performs in the U.S. and Europe.

    In our chat today, we talk about how we first met thanks to the robust community arts scene of Northwest Indiana in the 1980s and 90s (and how the secret origins of the very name of this podcast go back to my days as piano accompanist for many of Hilary’s solo performances), seeing Placido Domingo live on stage the first time she ever went to the opera in Chicago, hanging out with Beverly Sills, how women and men’s voices come to maturity in different ways, the spiritual dimensions of choral music and the challenges of choral singing during these days of Covid and social distancing, and why she’s specifically chosen not to live in New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago in order to pursue music professionally.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter

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    • 10 min
    019 “It’s Not About Where You Are That Makes You Safe, It’s About How You’re Connected to the Earth”–A Chat with Myan Binder

    019 “It’s Not About Where You Are That Makes You Safe, It’s About How You’re Connected to the Earth”–A Chat with Myan Binder

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    Myan Binder is a healer, clairvoyant, animal communicator, and spiritual  teacher. She has studied painting at the University of Wisconsin and art  direction at the Miami Ad School and has taught everything from  preschool to ESL to adult refugees. Currently, she teaches classes on all things psychic, including energy awareness, how to turn on your own abilities, how to heal yourself through working with your own energy, how to use your psychic abilities in your everyday life, and how to  communicate with other animals.

    She is also the creator of the campaign Clean Your Energy, which engages people in becoming more aware of their own energy and the energy around them.

    In our delightful chat today, we discuss why it’s harder to feel safe  when you get pulled out of what you know, how personal it is to create a grounding connection to the earth, the difference between knowing what safety is intellectually versus actually feeling and experiencing it, the magic of using your imagination, how not cleaning your energy can lead to stagnation and miscommunication, why cleaning your energy is more involved than just sitting quietly in meditation, and how the current increase in animal adoptions is giving us a chance to relearn that we’re all animals too.

    And speaking of animals, throughout the conversation, we’re very actively joined by Myan’s cat Galaxy, who you will probably hear purring  into the microphone at several points.

    • 1 hr
    018 "My Path Was Just Sort of Chosen for Me"--A Chat with Brian Westfall of Rare Birds Musical Oddities

    018 "My Path Was Just Sort of Chosen for Me"--A Chat with Brian Westfall of Rare Birds Musical Oddities

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    Today I’m delighted to be in conversation with Brian Westfall. Brian is the proprietor of the shop Rare Birds Musical Oddities.

    Rare Birds is a shop dedicated to those elusive, beautiful, and  lovingly weird pieces that will bring character and vibe to your recording dates, home studio, and performances.

    Vintage guitars, basses, and synths; cowbells once owned by real  cows; Casio keyboards once owned by real 1980s kids; maracas brought back from a great aunt’s college trip to Mexico; drum machines that used to sit on grandma’s organ; toy pianos from Christmas 1958; wheezing chord organs; middle school band orchestra glockenspiels, and much more  await you when you visit Rare Birds Musical Oddities.

    As Brian and I nerd out about all things gear related, we also  discuss why this is a great time to be a musician streaming performances online, how nostalgia plays a part in the Rare Birds shopping experience, the frustration of how elusive the really cool stuff can be, why he actually encourages his customers to resell the gear they’ve bought from him, and why he’s more interested in what you’re doing with  your gear rather than what gear you have.

    • 57 min
    017 “Traveling with the Ghost of Someone He Admires”--A Conversation About Music Books with Brian Cremins

    017 “Traveling with the Ghost of Someone He Admires”--A Conversation About Music Books with Brian Cremins

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    Today I’m welcoming back to the show my first repeat guest--who also  happens to be the human I’m sheltering in place with--the writer,  musician, and scholar Brian Cremins.

    Brian’s joining me today for a recorded version of an ongoing conversation we’ve been having basically since we first met a little over a decade ago, all about our favorite books about music.

    Because we’re both writers and both musicians, it turns out we have a lot of thoughts about the intersection of those two disciplines!

    We both chose a small stack of books that are important to us individually, though of course there’s a lot of overlap between our lists, and of course there were dozens of other books that came to mind during the course of this conversation.

    In talking about those books, we also discuss the way music critics listen to music versus the way musicians listen to music; how descriptive language can mystify what a musician is actually doing in a way that might not be helpful; how the best books can feel more like traveling companions rather than destination points; and spending time imagining what certain albums sounded like in the days before everything was instantly available to us online. Plus, Brian finally goes on the record with his comparison between the Hall and Oates song “I Can’t Go for That” and Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place.”

    • 1 hr 9 min
    016 “I Have Something I’d Like to Say, But How Do I Best Say It?”–A Chat with Yuval Taylor

    016 “I Have Something I’d Like to Say, But How Do I Best Say It?”–A Chat with Yuval Taylor

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    I’m delighted today to be in conversation with my very good friend and former colleague Yuval Taylor.

    Yuval is the coauthor of the books Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop and Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Antioch Review, and the Oxford American, among other publications. His most recent book, as a solo author, is Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal, which was a finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography. It’s a deeply researched look at the  six-year-long friendship, and eventual bitter falling out, between Zora  Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. The book, which will be released in  paperback in July 2020, has been praised by NPR as having “a vivid anecdotal style,” by the Wall Street Journal as “compelling, concise and scrupulously researched,” and by the New York Times Book Review as “a highly readable account of one of the most compelling and consequential relationships in black literary history.”

    • 1 hr 4 min

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