29 episodes

There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.

The Resistance Matt Conner

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 47 Ratings

There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.

    Singer-songwriter Rosi Golan on the fears that loom larger than ever

    Singer-songwriter Rosi Golan on the fears that loom larger than ever

    Despite Rosi Golan's 12 years in the music industry, the Israeli-born singer-songwriter says some fears loom larger than ever before. From the vulnerability of releasing personal material, to the fear of getting lost in the shuffle, to the worries of living up to expectations, Rosi swims in the Resistance in several forms. Fortunately, she's mentally wired to push back against such doubts, a songstress always keen to try new things.

    • 23 min
    John Mark McMillan details a 10-year descent into doubt and confusion

    John Mark McMillan details a 10-year descent into doubt and confusion

    How can you give away what you've lost? On this episode, singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan details the Resistance he faced during a 10-year descent into doubt and confusion while serving a fan base searching for answers and meaning.

    • 38 min
    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown discusses reward versus resistance

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown discusses reward versus resistance

    Our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown is one about reward and resistance. It asks tough questions about how far the burning heart inside can carry a person. Is a sense of calling enough? What if the rewards aren't there when we believe we need them? Brown has earned his Pulitzer (and then some) but it required a long lean into lonely spaces.

    • 33 min
    Zach Williams (The Lone Bellow) fights the pressure to please others

    Zach Williams (The Lone Bellow) fights the pressure to please others

    Zach Williams is worried about what you will think of him. Aren't most of us? The latest episode of The Resistance is all about this tension and how it affects the creative life of Zach Williams and his bandmates (Kanene Donehey Pipkin, Brian Elmquist) in The Lone Bellow. Even after several acclaimed albums, Zach says he's learning to set aside others' expectations in order to craft the art he's called to make.

    • 26 min
    Alex Ebert discusses the steep cost of following his own creative interests

    Alex Ebert discusses the steep cost of following his own creative interests

    For the last two-plus decades, Alex Ebert has stayed the creative course, a prime example of an artist who does what he feels. That might sound like an enjoyable path, but as Alex shares his story, it's fraught with industry questions, critical backlash, and a general sense of loneliness. In short, a commitment to making art on one's own terms comes with a heavy cost.

    • 32 min
    Pandemics and the challenge of being present

    Pandemics and the challenge of being present

    In the midst of a global pandemic and being quarantined with our own makeshift home studios, we thought it appropriate to process this greater reality of Resistance that we all face these days. It's hard to find the positive in such a negative situation, but if we're present, we can face the Resistance even in these darker days.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Mystery Fall ,

I Can’t Resist This Podcast!

Even when I have no clue who is being interviewed I end up not only learning about them but about myself as well. This has much to do with Matt Connor’s hosting ability. He knows how to as a great question (notice how many of those being interviewed agree) and even more importantly he can really follow up with and impromptu question that unearths insights that even the guests appreciate. Podcasters could learn loads from Matt’s master class each episode!

cliffritcheyart ,

Dangerously inspiring

A beautiful well crafted real conversation with great artist. So vulnerable and dangerously inspiring... Thank you for good studio quality sound!

Lindsay Sews ,

Real Conversations with Inspiring Artists

Each episode I’ve listened to helps me connect with the artist, but also my own inner thought life. It’s like a self-help podcast for artists. Really thoughtful questions and answers—definitely worth a listen!

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