Squeeze the Day captures the stories of older adults to inspire and encourage all of us to seek a meaningful and purpose-driven second chapter of life.
With a Passion for Music, History and Preserving a Legacy, Dr. Paul T. Kwami Is at the Right Place at the Right Time as He Mentors Students and Honors the 150-Year Musical Legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Originally from Ghana, Dr. T. Kwami credits his parents for instilling in him the love of music. In this podcast, he shares priceless stories about moving to the U.S., finding Fisk University, and becoming a Fisk Jubilee Singer. Now a faculty member and director of the legendary singing group, Dr. Kwami is dedicated to preserving the heritage of this 150-year-old group as they take jubilee music and its message to audiences across the globe.
Army Veteran & Native Nashvillian Larry Talley Shares Journey of Overcoming His Real-Life Challenges Including a Wild Animal Encounter in Vietnam, Alcohol Dependence, and More.
Larry Talley grew up with music in his heart. Now he uses his love for playing music, especially the clarinet, as therapy for himself and others. He discovered that sharing music – especially with seniors in the community – could be a transformative gift to others. Talley has been called an icon, an inspiration, and a living miracle. Learn more about the courageous battles he has fought and the lessons he has learned in life, while serving in Vietnam.
Nashville Native John Hamlin Navigates Through Devastating Depression To Find True Purpose Through Video Production
Nashville songwriter turns to film and video after the tragic loss of his daughter. Meet John Hamlin who demonstrates how a real-world tragedy can be the catalyst for positive change and new direction at any age. In this podcast he speaks to the searing loss and how, today, his late daughter leaves “breadcrumbs” to help him navigate a new life of advocacy through visual storytelling.
Phil Ponder Is Redefining Retirement by Advocating for Others and Capturing Our Community One Brush Stroke at a Time
Artist Phil Ponder has been capturing our Nashville for 50+ years leaving a lasting legacy. As a community servant, he cites the late Vic Varallo and Judge Randy Kennedy as mentors during his early Metro Council service. Learn from Ponder about the challenges of bringing our community its first major sports team; fun tidbits about the “Batman” building and Nashville’s iconic L&C Tower; and how this family man and former Navy minesweeper (now fighting cancer) redefines retirement to keep calm and ca
Barry Coggins – Nashville’s Singer/Songwriter Nourishes Community by Delivering Meals (13,000 and counting), Kindness, and Sometimes A Song
For more than 36 years, Barry Coggins has served up food, and sometimes a song or two, to lift-up and nourish older adults in his home communities of Dallas and Nashville. That’s approximately 13,000 meals! Coggins doesn’t know a stranger. As a longtime ally and advocate for others, a friend of the singer/songwriter said, “giving is Barry’s middle name.” Learn more about this man with a heart of gold.
Vera Coleman: All of Us Research Ambassador Shares How Seventh-Grade Science Fueled Her Career in Research and Quest for a Healthy Community
Vera Coleman is an inspiring octogenarian who worked in pathology at Meharry and later as a biologist at Vanderbilt. At the time (late 1950s and early 60s) few women and fewer women of color worked in the sciences. Using her lifetime of experience, she is now an ambassador for the All of Us Research Program. A lifelong learner Vera is an advocate for health and wellness, a passionate community volunteer, as well as a teacher and mentor who loves working with younger adults to lead future generations.