15 episodes

Welcome to the Why Music Matters podcast. I’m your host, music journalist and musician Jeff Miers. Throughout my life in and around music, I’ve often asked myself the question - Why does music matter? This podcast attempts to answer that question, with the help of musicians, members of the music industry, and music-lovers like you. Join us!

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Welcome to the Why Music Matters podcast. I’m your host, music journalist and musician Jeff Miers. Throughout my life in and around music, I’ve often asked myself the question - Why does music matter? This podcast attempts to answer that question, with the help of musicians, members of the music industry, and music-lovers like you. Join us!

    Musician and DJ, Chelsea O’Donnell

    Musician and DJ, Chelsea O’Donnell

    Today on Why Music Matters, my guest is musician and DJ Chelsea O’Donnell. Chelsea began her career in radio as host of the local show on 107.7 FM Alternative Buffalo, where she helped that station celebrate the rich variety of local and regional indie rock from Western New York. These days, you can hear Chelsea on WBFO The Bridge, where she hosts The Scene, a show focusing on original independent music from Western New York and Southern Ontario, every Sunday. Concurrent with all of this, Chelsea writes, records, performs and tours with her indie rock band, Stress Dolls. This immersion in independent music has granted Chelsea a unique perspective on Why Music Matters - to cities, to scenes, and to each of us individually. 
    Join us! 

    • 46 min
    Super-Fan Ray Wawrzyniak, on Why RUSH Music Matters Most

    Super-Fan Ray Wawrzyniak, on Why RUSH Music Matters Most

    Today on Why Music Matters, I have a conversation with Ray Wawrzyniak. Ray is a devout music lover. Musicologist, author and collector whose main passion in life aside from his family, of course, is the Canadian progressive rock trio RUSH. Ray joined me to chat about our shared love for that band, about RUSH co-founder Geddy Lee's new memoir, and about why All music matters but in Ray's world, RUSH music matters most.
     

    • 59 min
    A Conversation With Barron Ryan

    A Conversation With Barron Ryan

    Today on why music matters, my guest is composer, author, storyteller, and Recording Academy 2023 class member, Barron Ryan. Whether he's working on commissioned compositions to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, collaborating on music meant to help us deal with personal loss, or ruminating on music's ability to help us discover and present the beauty we're uniquely positioned for, Barron has significant insight into why music matters.

    • 36 min
    A Conversation With Fernanda Lastra of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    A Conversation With Fernanda Lastra of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Today on Why Music Matters, I spend some time with Fernanda Lastra of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 
    Hired as Conductor Diversity Fellow by the Orchestra in September of 2022, Fernanda quickly made her mark, combining her fiery presence at the podium with a passion for community engagement, overseeing the BPO Kids and Music for Youth programs, working as cover conductor for Maestro JoAnn Falletta, and serving as a member of the BPO Diversity Council. 
    In recognition of her abundant talent, the BPO extended Fernanda’s contract as Diversity Fellow and promoted her to Assistant Conductor of the Orchestra in October of this year. 
    Born and raised in Argentina, and a graduate of the Penn State School of Music, Fernanda has led orchestras around the US, in Argentina and in Brazil. Along the way, she’s gained keen insight into the power music holds to connect us and speak to our better selves. 
    Welcome to Why Music Matters, Fernanda Lastra!

    • 47 min
    Willie Nile, Rock ’n’ Roll Poet

    Willie Nile, Rock ’n’ Roll Poet

    Today on Why Music Matters, I’m hanging out with my old friend, singer, songwriter, and true believer in the power of rock ’n’ roll to lift our spirits and enrich our lives, Willie Nile. Praised by The New York Times as “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to have emerged rom the New York scene,” Nile was born in Buffalo, but moved to New York City decades back, where he launched a  career that would eventually make fans of the likes of Bono from U2, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Lou Reed, many of whom Nile has shared the stage with over the years. Join us as Willie shares stories from a life that, in many ways, reads like a rock ’n roll fairytale.

    • 59 min
    Peter Conners on Getting Shown the Light in the Strangest of Places

    Peter Conners on Getting Shown the Light in the Strangest of Places

    Today on Why Music Matters, my guest is Peter Conners, musicologist, novelist, Grateful Dead scholar and a hero of mine for the way he has devoted his life to exploring the connection between the majesty of music and the power of the written word.Whether it’s his nonfiction works, like Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deahead, Cornell 77: The Music, the Myth and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall, and White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg, or his recent novel, Merch Table Blues, Peter’s writing reads like my favorite music sounds.Join us as Peter shares some insight on getting shown the light in the strangest of places!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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A Gift to Music Lovers

Jeff Miers is one of the best to ever do the job. His love for music is always front and center in his work, and he is dedicated to celebrating and delving ever-deeper into the art form to which he has dedicated his life and career. After reading Jeff for decades and having my perceptions shattered and my perspective broadened with every column and review, I am so excited more people will be able to share in his joy, curiosity and passion for music and all its meanings.

Gerry Catalano ,

Best of the best.

Mires has been on top of the music world with his reviews of concerts for years. Always, honest and to the point whether I agreed with him or not. I’m so glad he is back with a podcast. Good luck Jeff!

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