Podcast by Dana Rossi
Episode #247: Mo Daviau
Mo is the author of the revered novel Every Anxious Wave--which is the best of everything having to do with music and time travel. Not to worry, we cover all of this--what shows we'd go back and see, what moments in life we'd undo (or redo), and of course, 120 Minutes.
Episode #246: Isaac Oliver
Isaac Oliver is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir (in other words--one of NPR's Best Books of 2015) Intimacy Idiot. So who better to talk to about music in our dating lives--when it's our best friend, when it's our armor, when it's the sorceress that summons the object of our desire. (And when it's the thing that makes us say ridiculous stuff like that.)
Episode #245: Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna is the co-creator of the musical smash Crazy Ex Girlfriend. So we talk about musicals--creating them, being in them, and the times you can't help but live your life by them.
Episode #244: Sandi Marx
Storyteller (and former talent agent) Sandi Marx talks about the time she was--then wasn't--Pat Benetar's ass double, and how sometimes giving up your dreams is the greatest thing ever.
Episode #243: Brooke Arnold
Comedian Brooke Arnold tells us about her upbringing in a fundamentalist organization where music was forbidden, how she found music anyway, and what it's like to be years behind everyone else when it comes to knowing anything about The Beatles.
Music in this Episode:
Do-Re-Mi - Original Cast of The Sound of Music
Beat It - Michael Jackson
This Joy - Vernessa Mitchell
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap
Girl - Tori Amos
Aneurysm - Nirvana
Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Lazarus - David Bowie
Oh My God - A Tribe Called Quest
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Episode #242: Amy Hobby
Amy Hobby is an Academy Award nominated producer for her work on the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone. So yeah, I ask for a little "insider peek" at all the Oscars pregaming rituals, but then we really get into it--and talk what went into making this incredible film, what she learned (that we could all learn) from Nina Simone, and how important it was to let Nina tell the story of Nina.
Always a good listen
I'm always glad I played an episode
The Best Storytelling Show Out There
There a few things more entertaining or enthralling than listening to people talk about music, or the stories of their lives that they associate with certain songs. Dana Rossi taps into that impulse beautifully with The Soundtrack Series, which gets my vote as the best storytelling show out there. The storytellers are top-of-the-line, and the stories they tell...well, trust me, you ain't heard nothing like 'em. Dana & Co. are the best, they run a tight ship, and this podcast proves that. Give 'em a listen.
Delicious Musical Story Bites
I don't remember how I happened upon this podcast so long ago now, but I love it. The original pieces from Le Poisson Rouge in NY always made me wish I lived there and could experience the shows live, and the produced segments are wonderful, too. If you love music, you will probably enjoy these amazing little snippets about the place of song in our lives. You may even get a little choked up.
P.S. for Dana - I held a salon-style party at my house last year and performed a Soundtrack Series-inspired piece about flipping my car in Malibu Canyon while listening to The Smiths' "Cemetry Gates."