On the living the dream with curveball podcast I interview guests that teach, motivate, and inspire others. On every episode I interview ordinary people telling extordinary stories about how they contribute to the world to try and make life better for others. I interview a wide range of indivisuals such as authors, singers, actors, athletes, coaches, Etc. When you listen to living the dream with curveball prepare to be motivated and inspired to stop at nothing to achieve your dreams.
living the dream with singer songwriter cory m coons
Cory M Coons is a professional independent performer, musician and awardwinning & nominated songwriter. With 30 years of performing and working inmusic, he has beenpassionate about music since his early teens as a guitar player/bassist &vocalist in High School. He began recording his own unique melodies and musicalideas while travelling and performing in a variety of very popular cover bandsthroughout the mid-to-late 90's in both Ontario and the United States, withstints in well known local high-energy acts such as “Heads Or Tales” and “ShakeThe Tree”, as well as the band “U.S”, (in which he toured most of the SouthEastern United States in 1998’). Then later formed his own Classic-Melodic Rockinfluenced namesake “Tycoons”, releasing two independent recordings andperforming throughout Eastern Ontario, Northern NY State, and Quebec in theearly 2000’s. Hiswork with famed legendary record producer Ron Nevison, has earned him industryrecognition from the Los Angeles Music Awards, the Producer’s Choice Honors, TheJosie Music Awards, International Singer-Songwriter Association and the RadioMusic Awards, among others. With a catalog that boasts severalcritically-acclaimed full length albums and EPs, as well as a handful ofwell-received singles. Since 2004’, Cory has officially released 4 full length albums and 2 E.p’s,(with another recent E.p released in 2020), featuring the singles "Leavin" and"Good Times Gone". He recently released a previous album "The Long Road Home" in2018, produced by Multi-Platinum Veteran Music Producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, BadCompany, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with fellow bandmate & guitarist/engineer Marc D. Muir. The album was nominated in 2019 for"Male Album Of The Year" at one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in NorthAmerica, the "Josie Music Awards", as well as 4 nominations at the 2020 JMA's,and 3 more at the 2021 JMA's. Cory also earned a nomination at the 2021"International Singer Songwriter Association" (ISSA) Awards in 2021 for"International Male Vocalist of the Year". His latest E.p "33.3" and previousalbum "The Long Road Home" were released on MTS Records, along with the "Share ALittle Time" (E.p) and a re-issue of the "Retrospective" compilation (spanning1999' - 2010'). The single "Leavin" was released early in 2020, and the followup single "Good Times Gone" was released in June of 2020, from the recent Ep"33.3". Recently, in December 2020, Cory released “Burning Bright at ChristmasTime” on MTS Records. The enchanting blend of acoustic guitar and sleigh bellscaptured the spirit of the holiday, and Coons’ melodic sensibilities remainintact with another rootsy release that feels at home next to his finestreleases. “Burning Bright” also featured Coons’ (at the time, 6-year-olddaughter) Charleigh, on backing vocals, giving the track a real family touch.Another independent single "Far Away" was released in early 2021, which alsofeatured Charleigh Lynn Coons (now 7) on backing harmonies on the track.Currently his latest single "Freedom Road" drops on Oct 1st. Cory was also named Best Rock Songwriter for “Long Road (Dead Man’s Dream)”and Best Americana Artist for “Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough” at the 2018"Radio Music Awards" on The Indie Music Channel, as well as a "World SongwritingAwards Finalist" in 2019 for the single "Would You Stay". Check out Cory's music on his website at www.corymcoons.com
living the dream with baseball writer and member of the arizona diamondback press corps Evan Thompson
Evan Thompson is an author, baseball writer, and a diamondback press corps member. He is also the author of A Complete History of the Major League Baseball Playoffs. He is also the Treasurer of the Hemond Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Evan definately loves all things baseball because he is also the senior editor at Last Word on Baseball. Evan has been a Member of the Arizona Diamondbacks press corps since the year 2019. Evan says it's a dream to be working for the diamondbacks because they are his favorite team. In this episode I talk to Evan about his new book as well as the upcoming projects he is working on.You can follow Evan and learn more about all things baseball by going to www.thompsontalks.com or www.lastwordonbaseball.com
living the dream with group facilitator, arts advocate, and social justice educator Valerie Anderson
Valerie Anderson is a group facilitator, arts advocate, and social justice educator. She has over 25 years of experience as a Masters level Social Worker and is certified as a facilitator for the Power of Positive Parenting (Triple P Program). As an independent contractor for the past 7 years she works with several nonprofit organizations providing parenting support, educational and art-based workshops for a variety of populations in a variety of settings throughout the city of Philadelphia. Her independent work allows her to volunteer as a docent (tour guide) for the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Church of the Advocate with its 14 black history murals of the Bible and the black experience. She loves to use the arts as a tool for healing and as a way to generate discussion about identity, create community, and bring about social changes.
living the dream with horror author and artist James Flynn
James Flynn’s artwork has taken on many forms over the years. As a child he enjoyed drawing faces, and although this particular pleasure would return later in life, his teenage years led him into a very different corner of the art world. During the late 1990’s James got lured into the thriving London graffiti scene. This huge art movement, which had spread out from New York in the 1980’s, completely engulfed him and changed his life. His childhood portraits gave way to edgy, letter-based designs, and spray paint became his preferred medium. Getting his artwork up across the walls and train lines of London was the only thing that mattered to him for many years, spurring on a new stage of his artistic evolution, but his participation in this underground scene could not last forever. Graffiti was turning him into a criminal, and after a few brushes with the law (as well as brushes with death whilst walking along busy train tracks at night) he decided to turn his attention back to traditional and safer forms of art. After focusing on letter-based designs for so long he was craving the more intricate nature of portraiture once again, and in his early twenties he began creating a new body of work. Combining all of his learned methods into one, he developed his style and execution in a big way. From around 2008 to 2016 James produced countless portraits, and even began to branch out into figurative work. This was an immensely creative time for him, but another evolutionary step was about to take place. With so many ideas running through his head, James began to feel frustrated by the limitations of visual art. He had so many visions that he wanted to portray, so many things that he wanted to express, but the medium he was using simply wouldn’t allow it. It was during this creative crisis that he decided to start writing. As James recalls: ‘Visual art can portray a hell of a lot, anyone who’s ever “lost themselves” in a painting can definitely vouch for that, but it still has less dimensions than writing. My creative streak was on overdrive and I needed an outlet for it, I needed a way to express it, and a book seemed like the only way to do it.’ His debut novel was published in early 2017, and at the time it was his biggest ever artistic pursuit. Conservation, a work of SF horror, contains James Flynn’s own blood, sweat and tears, and the book also symbolises the broadening of his artistic passion. Conservation changed the direction of James’s art, and it led him to create and publish several more books. James Flynn grew up in Kent, England.His ultimate dream as an author is to cause a reader to be confined to a mental institution and sectioned under the mental health act after reading one of his stories, although he admits that this is a bit optimistic.James's work has appeared in Black Petals Magazine, Yellow Mama Magazine, The Scare Room Podcast, Weird Mask Magazine, and the short story anthology Local Haunts.www.jamesflynn.org
living the dream with singer/songwriter holly nicole combs
Holly Nicole Combs is a singer/songwriter that currently lives in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She has won an World Songwriting Award for her song "#Hashtag" which is a social commentary about modern society. In addition, Holly was also named the 2019 Female Artist of the Year by Music Mafia Radio. Holly began songwriting as a child but did not begin taking it seriously until after a traumatic divorce and the subsequent death of her father. With the help of her producer, Ben Travis, Holly created her album Confessions from a Bathroom: Happiness is One Flush Away which was her way of processing those events. Her follow-up album Narcissist with a Cause discusses multiple observations she made about society in trying to even get my album heard. On this album, Holly collaborated with Lance Turner on the song "Narcissist with a Cause" and Carl Ludders on the song "Text me if you Can".
living the dream with travel expert and co-founder of Yampu Tours Monica Irauzqui
Monica Irauzqui is a New York Times Speaker and Corporate Trainer on Travel. Monica spends her time Traveling worldwide visiting thousands of hotels, eco-resorts, tented camps, planning cruises, adventure tours, family experiences, and luxury trips. Yampu Tours Has a vetted network of staff and expert guides that continue to create and lead guided tours that shepherd travelers to the region’s well-known attractions and hidden treasures on exciting customized programs. Monica and her team will personalize any trip to meet the special interests of her clients. Yampu continually seeks out new experiences and crafts new tours based on the expertise of our ground agents, native guides and Monica's own adventures. From spiritual quests led by Andean shamans to tasting tours of Argentina’s Mendoza wine region to up-close encounters with the people, nature and wildlife of the Africa. Monica’s’ think outside the box‘ attitude allows her to design a wealth of carefully crafted, life-enriching experiences as well as special interests such as history and culture, adventure, spas yoga, volunteer travel and give back, family fun or a honeymoon. If you would like to plan the trip of a life time contact Monica and her staff at WWW.YAMPU.COM
Crazy: Reclaiming Life from the Shadow of Traumatic Memory
Curtis Jackson was a thoughtful, interested interviewer. I felt safe and respected as he asked me questions, then stepped aside to let me run with the ball. I recommend his podcast and encourage anyone who is considering speaking on his show to take the plunge.
Curtis creates an atmosphere that welcomes all walks of life, providing guests with questions that offer inspiration and encouragement for everyone.
Thought-provoking and Inspiring
Lots of nuggets of wisdom in each episode as Curtis interviews guests from all walks of life. A pleasure to listen to.