32 episodes

What does it mean to be creative in a world that seems obsessed with conformity? Through interviews with creatives from every field, the Language of Creativity Podcast aims to discover the connection between art and living as seen through the eyes of the artist.

Come take a journey with us as we explore the inner lives of musicians, photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, educators, stunt performers, chefs, engineers, cinematographers, architects, choreographers, and the people who stand beside them in their quest toward greatness. Hear in their own words, what it is that propels them forward in their creative lives. It is through the very language of these artists that we will learn from the pitfalls and discover the fulfillment that comes from living out creativity in daily life. From their stories we hope to uncover the secrets that can help us navigate our own lives as we seek to engage the world through creativity and divergent thinking. If we look deep inside, we are all creatives at heart.

The Language of Creativity Podcast Steven Leavitt

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

What does it mean to be creative in a world that seems obsessed with conformity? Through interviews with creatives from every field, the Language of Creativity Podcast aims to discover the connection between art and living as seen through the eyes of the artist.

Come take a journey with us as we explore the inner lives of musicians, photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, educators, stunt performers, chefs, engineers, cinematographers, architects, choreographers, and the people who stand beside them in their quest toward greatness. Hear in their own words, what it is that propels them forward in their creative lives. It is through the very language of these artists that we will learn from the pitfalls and discover the fulfillment that comes from living out creativity in daily life. From their stories we hope to uncover the secrets that can help us navigate our own lives as we seek to engage the world through creativity and divergent thinking. If we look deep inside, we are all creatives at heart.

    Someone Else’s Dream – Talyn Edelson (Stuntwoman) Ep. 25

    Someone Else’s Dream – Talyn Edelson (Stuntwoman) Ep. 25

    Before we sat down to do this interview with this commissioned artist she made a very bold statement: “I hate making art.” 

    Talyn Edelson is a warrior through and through. Having conquered both intense physical and mental obstacles in her life, Talyn has trained to be lit on fire, perform with weapons, fall off buildings and be pulled back through walls or doorways by ratchets. Although she studied graphic design and motion graphics in college in Oklahoma she actually wanted to move to Los Angeles as quickly as possible to pursue a career in stunts and action acting.

    Fresh off a breakup and still in quarantine (recorded in July 2020) Steve and Talyn Edelson discuss her lifelong passion for getting into the motion picture stunt industry and how she was forced to choose between losing support from her family or finishing university. Talyn says that she wouldn’t be happy doing anything other than performing, “It's so important to me that I would rather die homeless on the street here than give up and go home.”

    Steve and Talyn know each other through Stunt Lab, a stunt training and experimental action techniques workshop hosted by Steve’s dad. When she’s not performing stunts or mastering her movement techniques, Talyn creates commissioned artworks for numerous clients as well as distinguished artistic prints. Even though she makes a living from drawing and digital design, she would much rather be channeling her creativity toward movement and performance.

    We talk about Talyn’s perspective on creating from a place of pain and obligation rather than joy and desire, and “what happens when you excel at someone else’s dream?” We discuss the joy behind various forms of creativity and expression, the irony of caring too much, grappling with COVID-19 life, and establishing rewards and coping mechanisms as she lives and learns each day. 

    Her latest project is her custom apparel business Villainy Street, LTD. Check out her killer Spotify curated playlist on her webpage.





    Guest: Talyn Edelson

    Villainy Street LTD “Good People Playing Bad”

    Facebook: VillainyStreet

    Instagram @VillainyStreet

     

    Talyn’s art (Dribbble)

    IG: @talyndesigns

     

    Talyn’s social medias

    Instagram: @talynedelson

    Vimeo: Vimeo.com/Talyn

     

    Episode References:

    RVCA shirts

    Reiki

    Imposter Syndrome

    SAG-AFTRA

    Debbie Evans (website | imdb)


    The Language of Creativity Episode 1

    Sugar Glass

    Squib hit (wikipedia)

    Apple box (wikipedia)

    Hero’s Journey

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

    Civilianaire Clothes

     

    Episode Music: “Acid Loop Fever” (2002) Steven Leavitt

    Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning.

    Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

    Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us.

    Tags: graphic design, stunts, Los Angeles, Stunt performer, pain, determination, martial arts, past lives, reincarnation, synchronicity, interpretive dance, Reiki, healing, consciousness, vibration, frequency, emotional connection of pain, mind body connection, traumatic brain injury motorcycles, physical movement, life lists, calf roping, COVID pods, traumatic brain injury, imposter syndrome, vices, coping mechanisms, SAG-AFTRA, heroes, spirituality, mermaids, Santa Barbara, synchronicity, authenticity, motion graphics, Cheesecake Factory, school, Art, failure, charcoal, graphite, Prismacolor, watercolor, joy, education, talent, caring, dating, confidence, trying too hard, dirt bike, manifestation, chasing y

    • 59 min
    Honor and Glory, a poem – Jack T Leyton (Poet)

    Honor and Glory, a poem – Jack T Leyton (Poet)

    In honor of Memorial Day

    Honor and Glory, a poem by Jack T. Leyton.

    www.jaxsongs.com

    Spotify
    YouTube

     

    • 6 min
    A Beginner’s Mind – Marlene Hutchinson (Guitar Teacher) Ep. 24

    A Beginner’s Mind – Marlene Hutchinson (Guitar Teacher) Ep. 24

    Starting out can be hard. Steve was sitting at a podcasting panel when the lady sitting next to him looked over and asked “do you understand any of this?”

    It turns out the lady sitting next to Steve has been on PBS and NPR with her course, Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Marlene Hutchinson is a teacher at heart, and was at one time an elementary school teacher. She didn’t actually learn to play guitar until she was an adult. As a child she played piano and clarinet, but she says that when she found the guitar “it was like I found my cocoon, my home.”

    In this episode Marlene and Steve talk about learning how to podcast, practicing (Marlene loved it, Steve hated it), “the beginner’s mind” and how picking up a new instrument gives you a whole new way to look at music. We also touch on what makes a good teacher, sound-healing, how music affects your brain, writing songs just for fun, children's music and explore the entrepreneurial journey that Marlene took to get her workshop on PBS.

    Steve helped Marlene launch the Tips For Guitar Playing Success podcast, which now has over 35,000 downloads since its release on April 9, 2020.

     

    Guest: Marlene Hutchinson

    https://marlenesmusic.com/

    Featured Music: “It’s Never Too Late” by Marlene Hutchinson

     

    Tips for Guitar Playing Success podcast

    https://tipsforguitarplayingsuccess.podbean.com/

     

    Lesson of the Month Club

    https://marlene-s-guitar-academy.teachable.com/p/lesson-of-the-month-club

     

    Learn to Play Guitar in a Day

    https://marlene-s-guitar-academy.teachable.com/p/learn-to-play-guitar-in-a-day

     

    Guitar Coaching Sessions

    https://marlene-s-guitar-academy.teachable.com/p/coaching-with-marlene





    Episode References:

     

    NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants): https://www.namm.org/

    Meinl Sonic Energy: https://meinlsonicenergy.com/

    Music Instrument Museum: http://mim.org/

     

    Tom Cicoria “A Bolt from the Blue” (New Yorker Magazine) 

    Gabby Giffords “10 years later, Gabby Giffords finds her words and lives her life” (AZ Central)

     

    Brian Eno "AMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS (REMASTERED 2004)"

    Brian Eno’s ambient music for times of thinking and healing

     

    Gerald White's Sight Singing and Vocal Masterclasses  Music1on1.com

    SCORE find a business coach

    Steve's audio coaching business: I Create Sound 

     

    Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

     

    Host: Steven Leavitt

    Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

     

    Intro Music by Darmok (Magnuson, Anton, Leavitt)
    End Music: "Drone Into Tomorrow" by Raul Hernandez

     

    Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!

     

    Website: https://thelanguageofcreativity.com/

    Facebook Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook

     

    Tags: guitar, NAMM, podcast, teaching, producing, Johnny Cash, singing, music theory, piano, ukulele, Eric Clapton, music lessons, practice, singing, The Beatles, classical music, passion, jamming, performance, vibration, mood, The Office, CPR, Stayin’ Alive, communication, feeling, meditation, gong meditation, music composition, Meinl Sonic energy, tuning fork, Music Instrument Museum, frequency, clarinet, soul, Gabby Giffords, Alzheimer's, brain, songwriting, Tony Cicoria, children's music, elementary teacher, memory, kids, PBS, chord fingering, tuning, music workshop, CD, consistency, coaching, mentor, patience, Tom Petty, inspiration, creativity, struggles, iceberg, film production, speech class, editing, perfectionist, interview, news programs, studio, makeup, hair, hd lighting, um, editor, like um youknow, self criticism, Denver Colorado, Televi

    • 1 hr 42 min
    BONUS! Banter – Undercover Rubicon (Raul and Becca)

    BONUS! Banter – Undercover Rubicon (Raul and Becca)

    Steve hates banter! So here's a full episode of it.

    Links

    Undercover Rubicon (Spotify)

    Hers (Spotify)

    Class Of 1999 (IMDB)

    tags: banter episode, Selena, Danny Elfman, Netflix, Hers, LTO tape, demos, Cubase, Dongles, Win 98, pawn shop regret, synths, Paula Abdul, Corona, quarantine, podcasting, studio attire, ENFP, Tommy Bahama, school conformity, high school, control constructs, GED's, independent study, recurring nightmares, auditing classes, masterclass, St. Vincent, Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Tom Morello, Dave Grohl, Chris Hadfield, Brad Pitt, Bradgelina, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, interviewing, Pierce Brosnan, movie skills, Universal Studios Tour, Jannet Jackson, fish bowl, Universal backlot, stunt doubles, music videos, social distancing, personal space, LA traffic, gas station bathrooms, peeing in public, muckbang, cat-pee smell, The Record Plant, indoor smoking, Vegas, The Sahara Casino, north The Strip, the Killers, Vegas locals, Waze, big city, small world, Thomas Guides, beepers, payphones, quarters, parking meters, parking meter apps, Pasadena, tow yard, social media, Facebook, Myspace, small town, AIM, Private school versus public school, Class Of 1999, Jacuzzi podcast, being a dad, the book was better, Lonely Girl 15, Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, pierogi, Denny’s, Coco’s, IHOP, vaping, True Crime, Forensic Files, X-Files, Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, George Noori, Twilight Zone, Hillary Duff, Cher, AutoTune, T-Pain, Everybody was kung-fu fighting

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Undercover Writing Partners! – Undercover Rubicon (Music Duo) Ep. 23

    Undercover Writing Partners! – Undercover Rubicon (Music Duo) Ep. 23

    What do you do when you’re locked in your house for 6 months? Record an EP of course!


    Inspired by the sound of 80s Post-Punk and Darkwave, this musical duo loves to take a look back at the past “to see how genres intertwine.” 


    This episode was recorded in late 2020: we were looking back on quarantine and how it allowed more time to make music. Before that, the duo says “the only time we had to make music was on vacation.” We talk about the evolution of a song in the writing process, the recording process, having opposite schedules, Depeche Mode, celebrity overdoses and the demands of celebrity… maybe why the Rubicon would like to be undercover in the first place. We also hear about Steve’s original band and their child-prodigy nine year-old drummer and get a glimpse into the evolution of a song.


    Rebec… I mean Rubicon shares her perspective about why the pandemic was good (in some ways) and how she was hesitant to release a song that could be considered political. “I’m not built to live through a Revolution” she says quoting the meme.



    Guest: Undercover Rubicon (Rebecca Leavitt / Raul Hernandez)


    Spotify


    Apple Music
    Instagram - @undercoverrubicon
    Facebook


     


    Featured Music: 


    Living A Lie by Undercover Rubicon


    Time by Undercover Rubicon


    “I Don’t Know How To Write” (In Too Deep sketch) written by Rebecca Leavitt and Steven Leavitt


    In Too Deep by Undercover Rubicon


    The 12th Hour by Transfiguration


    Forever Somewhere by Eric Kennedy, Jo Blinman and Steven Leavitt


    “Smooth Beat V2” by Undercover Rubicon


     


    Mentioned in the episode:


    Mason Gold


    Oliver Tree
    Oliver Tree - I’m Gone (music video)


    The Oceanographers "After Quarantine" - Spotify


    Molachat Doma


    Depeche Mode - Wikipedia


    Tom Petty - Wikipedia


     


    Tags: music, recording, Zoom Recorder, AirbNb, mixing consoles, Trident, Oram, multitracking, tape, mp3.co, ebaumsworld, Homestar Runner, music video, Cool Edit Pro, Adobe, fire, Oliver Tree, DTLA, album release, release party, VEGAS!, release date, promotion, social media, publicity stunts, Snapchat, Instagram, filters, plastic hair, scandalous, hair and makeup, poorly-kept secrets, DIY, cheapskates, quarantine, time to create, shooting locations, studios, roadie, vacation, too much work, Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, Spotify, listen numbers, cowriting, Time, Living A Lie, In Too Deep, monikers, siblings, live music production, no time, freetime, creative time, The Office, Netflix, DVD box-sets, VHS tapes, bootlegs, Goodwill, Salvation Army, scotch-tape, copy-protection, experimentation, 4-track, cassette, Hipsters, AKAI, reel-to-reel, Tascam, Wavesfactory, drum tones, 80s, kick, snare, tapes, Mom, The Oceanographers, “After Quarantine”, Pearl drums, drum tuning, guitars, singing, Hawaii, Studio City, grounding, breakfast burritos, Rich Mouser, producing, vibe, Venus Illuminato, hard-disk recorder, punch-ins, micromanaging, mindset, 2020, post-punk, darkwave, lyrics, ideas, vision, documentaries, genre studies, music history, Dropbox, riff, chord, melody, sketch, demo, Bon Iver, 17 years old, Jonie Blinman, childhood bands, Depeche Mode, Mitch’s Java and Jazz, Christian bands, creative arguments, St. Vincent







    Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.


     


    Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/


    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/


     


    Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Questioning Beliefs - Leo Lutz (Seventh Day Adventist?) Ep. 22 part 2

    Questioning Beliefs - Leo Lutz (Seventh Day Adventist?) Ep. 22 part 2

    What happens when you start to question the moral foundation you grew up on? In this episode, Steve and Leo sit down to have another conversation about programming but begin to notice similar principles behind law, society, its mores, and even religion.


    Leo grew up a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant-Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of the Sabbath (on Saturday) as a sanctified day of rest. While studying the Bible, he started noticing circular logic and other problematic reasoning which led him to question assumptions from his upbringing and begin to let go of his faith. As an INTP, reworking his beliefs wasn’t personally as challenging as the fear of disappointing his family because leaving the faith could be interpreted as jeopardizing his soul and a cause for separation from the ones he loves. 


    What’s clear is that both Steve and Leo have had to do a lot of thinking surrounding issues of faith and community. Steve and Leo also talk about free-will, cults, workaholism, burnout and depression. 



    Guest: Leo Lutz


    Deytah - Creative Digital Consultancy


    Instagram: @only1skeemer


    Episode References:


    OzzoBot




    Seventh-day Adventist Church - Wikipedia


    Business Wars: Cereal Wars - Apple Podcasts




    Ninety-five Theses - Wikipedia


    Inferno (Dante) - Wikipedia


    Original Sin - Wikipedia


    Calvinism - Wikipedia


    Arminianism - Wikipedia


    Ten Commandments - Wikipedia


    The Great Disappointment - Wikipedia


    The History of the Millerites – ThoughtCo


    Heaven’s Gate - Wikipedia


     


    Teetotalism - Wikipedia


    Prohibition - HISTORY


    Saving Mr. Banks - IMDb




    Science Mike - The Cozy Robots Show (formerly Ask Science Mike)


    The Burnout Generation, Anne Helen Petersen (Buzzfeed essay)




    The Liturgists Podcast *


    Faith Undone Podcast *


    * If you’re looking for information on deconstruction, many listeners may find listening to these podcasts from Season 1 more helpful than the more recent episodes.


    Self-Helpless Podcast – “Burnout” (episode) July 12, 2019



    How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation (Article, Buzzfeed)



    Connections (TV Mini Series, 1978)


     


    Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.


     


    Host: Steven Leavitt


    Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/


    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/


     


    Episode Music composed by Steven Leavitt
    Editorial and production support by Josh Geenen


     


    Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!


     


    Website: https://thelanguageofcreativity.com/


    Instagram: @LanguageOfCreativity


    Facebook Page


    Facebook Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group


     


    Tags: Sabbath, Shabbat, Judaism, Seventh-day Adventist Church, The Great Disappointment, 1844, Hale-Bopp Comet, Heaven's Gate cult, Adventism, Kellogg, Post, Battle Creek Michigan, Business Wars, Cereal Wars, Ten Commandments, 10 Commandments, Deuteronomy, ninety-five Theses, 95 Theses, Bible, Star Wars, Protestant, sola scriptura, Calvinism, Arminianism, Teetotalism, Saving Mr. Banks, prohibition, healthcare, bartering, Science Mike, deconstruction, Liturgist podcast, hell, atheism, Dante's Inferno, New Testament, original sin, Wikipedia, free will, determinism,  seminary, Faith Undone podcast, black sheep, healthcare, beer, Newtonian physics, Jewish, rabbi, Old Testament, Jesus, Christianity, pedagogy, teaching, original sin, Book of Tobit, Book of Enoch, biblical apocrypha, Eckhart Tolle, Kingdom of Heaven, Heaven, psychology, God, workaholism, procrastination, burnout, Ethos Church, programming, coding, Hell, Atheism

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Arend Anton ,

Always insightful and inspiring

Steven Leavitt’s podcast is very aptly titled. If ever there was something universally understandable, it would be creativity. And yet, creativity remains something that is so frustratingly difficult to pin down.

I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but this series has, for me, become something to look forward to. It understands that there’s no single path to artistic truth, but through its conversations it is always searching for a foothold nonetheless.

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