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By @ 11/07/14 in Episodes, Series Three

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 18! (Episode 3 | Series 3)

Okay! So – this episode is one that has been in the making for a long time now. When I first started this show, I always had it in my mind that I would have this guest on. In fact, off the air, most of my guests would ask, “Are you going to have her on the show? You really need to get her!” And so it is.

It took me a little while due to timing and scheduling but we did it. Out of the respect that I feel for this person and what she has done and the impact that she makes, I am going to copy and paste her biography from her media kit—-

Very few people can say that they have been a singing mermaid, a singing casket, and was literally “elevator music” when she was hired to sing and play piano in a moving elevator. My guest for this episode is one of the most well-known and one of the most respected positive artists out there – KAREN DRUCKER.karen_3_300dpi

Karen has recorded 15 CDs of her original inspirational music, and is the author of an inspirational book, “Let Go of the Shore: Stories and Songs That Set the Spirit Free.” Among her many accomplishments, she has been a professional comedienne, led her own band for corporate events, and has been the music director of New Thought Churches, as well as music director and “ music weaver” for many spiritual conferences and retreats. Karen has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within the Religious Science Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement.

In following her passion, Karen sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-body & health conferences, and various churches around the country, as well as working with authors like Joan Borysenko, Alan Cohen, and many others.

Karen Drucker has been called “a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music.” She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with Karen via Skype. As usual, we get into everything about the guest. We talked about her start as a musician with a very special piano to her swimming career to so many different things that she does. As fate would have it – some of my questions are questions that she asks of the people that participate in her retreats. It’s always fun to get to ask questions that make a guest think.

My favorite take-away for this episode? You don’t have to be perfect.

This has come up a few times over the course of this show. Several guests have brought up this point but what I love about this time through is that, yes, you are an artist – you are a musician. You are also a person! As a person and in all the titles that you carry – whether it be an artist, a mom, a husband, a fill-in-the-blank here – you don’t have to be perfect. You are doing the best that you can. Don’t worry what others think. Do what is right for you. I know that I get caught up in the perfectionist game all the time. I want to be perfect. I am learning and learning and learning more that lesson every to just let it go. Do the very best that you can in the moment. Let yourself off the hook if you don’t meet some sort of expectation you have in your mind. Life is a black and white affair – there is a lot of grey area. It doesn’t have to be this or that in order to qualify as a good song or make you a success. Just do. Allow your flow. Allow yourself to be you without getting wrapped up in what others MIGHT think.

Now I just need to get that tattooed on my heart so I constantly remember it. Even with this show, I sometimes get wrapped up in the question – AM I DOING IT RIGHT? Is this a good show? Do people like it? Are people getting something out of this brain child that I thought would be a fun idea?

Who cares?! Just create. Keep on truckin’!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.


You can check out Karens’s website – http://www.karendrucker.com

Like her on Facebook HERE

Also, all of Karen’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “I Don’t Have To Be Perfect” that was featured on the episode HERE.


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By @ 09/15/14 in Episodes, Series Three

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 17! (Episode 2 | Series 3)

Lots of exciting stuff going on in my world – more guests coming on the show. More ideas on how to make the show better. So much good stuff!

I am very excited about the guest for this episode. Why? Well, this is a landmark episode! Not only has it been two years since I posted the FIRST EPISODE

BUT this guest is my first international guest.

The email inbox for NTNS is usually empty sans the occasional alert from Twitter and Facebook that there is a new follower or like but every now and then I get an artist reaching out to me to ask if they can be on the show – which is, of course, always an honor to have someone ask. Last week, I got an email from this episode’s guest and she was so delightful and had so many great things to say when I asked her how she found the show and why does she have interest in being on the show.The Glass Child5

My guest for Episode 17 is the oh-so awesome and truly talented, CHARLOTTE ERIKSSON. Charlotte Eriksson, The Glass Child, is a songwriter and writer from Sweden. When she was 17 years old she moved all on her own ​from Sweden to London to dedicate her life to her music and since then she has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 5 EPs + 1 full length, had her single ’I Will Lead You Home’ reaching #2 on the Swedish iTunes-chart and has been played on major radio stations, resulting in an exploding online fanbase with over 29,500 followers on her online sites like twitter and tumblr. L​ast year she independently published her first book called “Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps”, which is about her journey as an independent artist and the year she spent homeless on the road in England, with nothing but her guitar and a dream to reach out with her art.​

That is one of those stories that you think that you will only see in a movie but this girl did it in real life. And let me tell you, she is a beautiful soul. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to chat with her on this thing we call music. Thanks to modern technology, I got to chat with her over Skype and we talk about it all. From the start of her love for music to what inspires her to what’s next on her journey.

It was such a breath of fresh air to meet another singer/songwriter that started “later” than most. I am constantly meeting other artists that have been doing this thing since before they were able to even put together a sentence. I will out myself here and tell you that some times I go to that dark place thinking, “oh they are so much more talented than you are..” blah blah blah – such a silly thing really. As Charlotte points out in the episode, we are all unique and all on our own journey and so it is a fruitless venture to compare yourself and your craft to others.

My favorite take-away for this episode? Let yourself live!

There is this common perception about being a songwriter that you HAVE to be writing ALL the time and if you aren’t then you are not really a songwriter or you’re not that serious about it. Some times, you just don’t feel it and THAT IS OKAY! I loved what Charlotte says about having those moments when you just aren’t feeling it. Go out and live your life – take a breather – if you had this drive or talent or whatever you want to call it before, you still have it! Again, some times you just need to take a step back. See the bigger picture. Pull inspiration from the world – from your LIFE. Let yourself live! I guarantee that you will be struck with a killer song idea in no time. Once you stop forcing it, it all flows easier. Let it flow.

Let yourself live.

Let it flow.

Let yourself life.

Let it flow.

Let yourself live.

Let it flow.

Sorry…I got lost in that.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.


You can check out Charlotte’s website – http://theglasschildofficial.com

Like her on Facebook HERE

Follow her on Twitter HERE

Follow her on Tumblr HERE

Also, all of Charlotte’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “The Fall” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Watch her videos HERE on YouTube

 Also, be sure to check out her book HERE

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By @ 07/27/14 in Episodes, Series Three

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 16! (Episode 1 | Series 3)

Okay! ANNNNNNND we’re back! New logo. New news. The winds of change they are a blowin’….

It has been a long time since I have done an episode but I promise that I have a legitimate reason. I was finishing up the process of producing my very first album, RISE IN LOVE. If you are a listener and you gave to my Kickstarter campaign, thank you! The campaign was a major success at 110% funded. I am very proud of this album and look forward to the process of the next one. Woo!

 

 

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Back to the reason that we are all here!

I am very excited about this guest! I know I say that every guest but hey this one is pretty awesome!

I found him via not his music but a blog that he does called Ari’s Take. It is a truly informative blog on the music business and I have picked up some major bits of information on this thing called the music business. He really cuts to the chase and gives you the truth. Sometime it might be hard to swallow but this guys knows his stuff. This is a great source for all those DIY musicians out there. I use the blog as a constant reference for information. “I don’t know the answer to that question…I’ll go check Ari’s Take.”

Here is the deal – not only is he an incredibly knowledgable guy but he is also an incredible musician. He does something that is pretty unique and fun to see—LOOPING.

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BUT that’s not what we are here to talk about. Ari has some incredible songs and has been placed in all sorts of cool stuff!

My guest for Episode 16 is the oh-so awesome and truly talented, ARI HERSTAND.

I got to chat with him over Skype and we talk about it all. His process of writing a song, the beginning of his career, the journey of picking up the guitar to get chicks (um…I mean to make music and express himself), a little bit about the music business and so much more.

My own take-away? Stop trying to make music to make it big or for some higher-ups somewhere in a magical tower in the land of music business.

Sometimes I feel like there is a trap that comes with creating music…of course, it is a valid desire to want to “make it big” in the biz but that isn’t the point. Making music is a service to us all. It is this gift that some of us have—so, why squander it on trying to please others. It gets polluted with ego and so many other things that don’t matter. It can be real easy to lose sight of making music that matters when there are so many people out there doing it. Focus on the craft and make really good stuff. Keep taking the steps to follow your dream. If you mean it and you keep to it – I believe it is bound to happen for you. To sum it up in a big cheesy cliche: DON’T LET THE MAN BRING YOU DOWN! Make music that matters to you, which will, more often than not, matter to others.

As the great Billy Joel said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.


You can check out Ari’s website – http://ariherstand.com/

Check out his blog that I talked about, ARI’S TAKE here – http://aristake.com/

Like him on Facebook HERE AND HERE

Follow him on Twitter HERE AND HERE

Also, all of Ari’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Maybe” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Ari’s BRAND NEW album, BRAVE ENOUGH here on iTunes.

 Brave Enough

 


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By @ 01/19/14 in Episodes, Series Two

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 15! (Episode 5 | Series 2)

I’m not saying that I don’t have fun with every episode but the fun part about this episode is that this guest, I have actually had the pleasure of meeting in person and working with. I mixed live sound for her and her husband a little while back when they were performing as their band, 4 STORIES HIGH.

But since then my guest has gone solo and just recently released a BRAND NEW ALBUM, Everything in Between. It is awesome album! Beginning to end!

My guest for Episode 15 is the incredible and oh-so beautiful person (inside and out), Laura Berman.Laura Berman promotional photo

Laura is a session singer as well as a touring singer/songwriter, and was a featured vocalist in the children’s feature film release, “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” and accompanying Soundtrack. Pretty cool stuff, right?!

I got to chat with her over Skype and we talk about it all. Her process of songwriting. The things that she has learned. We even talked about her journey as a Positive Music Artist and what led her into the New Thought world.

My own take-away? PATIENCE, SONGWRITER!

I know the old saying is that “Patience is a Virtue” but I would like to add a little bit that I heard only recently – – – “Patience is a Virtue…but the waiting sucks!” – – – I’m like a little kid sometimes when I am working on my music. I want things to happen right this minute. I won’t sit here and lie to you and tell you that I haven’t had to be put on a time-out after having a little baby temper tantrum when things don’t happen right away.

Sometimes, we need to sit back and enjoy the ride. Allow the process. Another cliche that I like to quote a lot (but may not always heed the advice of) is that sometimes we can’t step back far enough to see the whole forest (I’m paraphrasing here). We can’t always see why something is happening or why something is taking it’s sweet time to happen. Like, for instance, a song! Perhaps there is a greater good in play when a song is taking a little longer to be written. Perhaps we need to step back and let it unfold. Perhaps we need to allow it to be the best song it can be and just get out of the way. Days later, months later, maybe even years later, we will look back and think, “Man, I am so glad that that took it’s time.”

I have a song right now that I have literally been working on for a couple of years. I write a little here and there. I have a strong feeling it is one of my most personal and probably one of the best songs I have ever written. Come on song! Hurry up!!!

Life unfolds perfectly. That’s it. Not so simple sometimes to accept but still. The truth is there.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Laura’s website – www.laurabermanmusic.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Also, all of Laura’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Lift Off” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Laura’s BRAND NEW album, EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN  here on iTunes.

 

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A PERSONAL REQUEST

I am currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for my VERY FIRST ALBUM, RISE IN LOVE.

Say YES with me and let’s, TOGETHER, complete my first album, RISE IN LOVE. Pledge NOW, pay LATER, LOVE ALWAYS! Your card will not be charged until February 12th.

 www.kickstartjosh.com

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By @ 12/17/13 in Episodes, Series Two

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 14! (Episode 4 | Series 2)

I want to first apologize for the delay with this episode. I have been working on my debut album, RISE IN LOVE, and it has taken up quite a bit of my time, which is, of course, very cool. ALMOST DONE.

ON WITH THE EPISODE!

This guest has been brought up to me many times before. I have had so many people say, “You should get her on your show!” — So, thanks to the wonderful world of technology and social media, I reached out to my guest and she said YES! Woo!

Erika Luckett

As I was preparing for the interview, a friend said to me, “Prepare for your mind to be blown”…and it was.

So, without further adieu, my guest for this episode is the incredible and mind-blowing, Erika Luckett.

I really had a wonderful time with this interview. She had so many great things to say about her journey in music. Growing up in music. Pretty much all facets of her life are pretty darn interesting. She even tells a great story about the healing power of music in her own life.

My own take-away? TRUST YOURSELF!

I think there is a misunderstanding that is going on in the world when it comes to artists. Our art is often so much an audience oriented thing and we can get caught up in what other’s think. It’s when we trust ourselves that magic truly happens. The best songs that I have ever written came about just not caring what others thought and just letting the song come out. There is something unique within each of us. In this particular situation, it is the inner-songwriter…The inner voice. We know what’s right – we just follow that wisdom within. RIGHT?!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Erika’s website – www.erikaluckett.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Also, all of Erika’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Dust” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Erika’s album, UNEXPECTED  here on iTunes.

 Also, be sure to check Erika’s other projects. As I mentioned in the episode she is known also for a duo project with Lisa Ferraro. HERE is their Facebook page.

These two ladies just ran and successfully funded a Kickstarter project for their upcoming album. They raised a whopping $36,864. GO THEM!  Check out the details HERE.

 


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Johana
By @ 10/21/13 in Episodes, Series Two

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 13! (Episode 3 | Series 2)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Okay, not really…maybe a little.  I met this guest a little over a year ago when we both participated in a artists retreat and concert with Faith Rivera (Episode 6). I remember hearing her songs and thinking, “Wow, this is cool!”

She is incredibly sweet and incredibly talented AND she has a featured vocalist spot on my upcoming debut album -pretty cool.

She is Johana.

She does something a little different and that is what is called “Top-lining”, which means she writes lyrics to already established tracks. It’s actually a little more difficult than most might think. You don’t have the flexibility when you are writing a song in the “regular” way because you can’t just use a different chord or structure or whatever – you have to work with what you are given and just go with it.

I got the opportunity to talk live with Johana in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. We talk about how she discovered Soulful House Music and what it’s like to write a song to a track and what are some of the challenges.

My own take-away? Don’t think too hard – just go with it.

As artist, we tend to think so much about everything, which is a little counter-productive as we want to let ourselves be free to express what we want to express in song. Get out of the way and just go with it!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Johana’s website – www.johanaismusic.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Follow her on twitter @JohanaIsMusic

Also, all of Johana’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “You” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Johana’s album, FREE TO BE  here on iTunes.

 


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Gary Lynn Floyd
By @ 09/09/13 in Episodes, Series Two

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 12! (Episode 2 | Series 2)

In the last episode’s post, I mentioned that it has almost been a year since the first episode was posted. Well…it’s been a year! Boom! How cool is that?!

On with the episode!

This guest has been in the grapevine of my life for the past year or so – heard about him here and there – almost met him when I was visiting the Center for Spiritual Living, Dallas but he was out of town that weekend. BUT recently, he moved to Los Angeles – so, now I get to see him all the time at The Global Truth Center as he is involved with the music team there.

He has been nominated for 3 Out Music Awards and won the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Adult Contemporary Song for his song “Unbound,” which we talk about in the episode.

Not only is he an award winning artist but he is also an award winning actor. He has been in plays and on TV all over the place, including CW’s television series, TroubadourTX. An all around talented guy!

He is the incredibly wonderful, inspiring, loving and authentic, Gary Lynn Floyd (AKA The Other  Gary Floyd)

I got the opportunity to talk with Gary in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. Growing up in gospel music – his process of songwriting – the other other Gary Floyd – his journey through music and the importance of being present for the songs.

My own take-away? State planted in the present moment. Life is a series of events moment by moment – sometimes the past weighs on us and sometimes the hopes or worries of the future weigh on us more. It’s time to be present in the NOW. That is where the power lies. We change anything.

Our songs are a something that connect us to the current moment. When we are writing them, it often based on where we are in that moment. When we listen  (or others listen to them) they will have a different impact in those moments. Being present for everything in the current moment allows us to be truly satiated by life. Let it flow through you as it unfolds.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Gary’s website – www.garylynnfloyd.com

Like him on FACEBOOK

Follow him on twitter @GaryLynnFloyd

Also, all of Gary’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Unbound” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase the song “Crystal” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Gary’s album, THEN + NOW here on iTunes. What?! It’s less than $9.99 – GET IT! 🙂


Also, so you can get a chance to see him perform a little – here is a video of him singing the song “Unbound” –


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KELLY-LG1
By @ 08/05/13 in Episodes, Series Two

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 11!  AKA Episode 1 of Series 2. Can you believe it? NTNS has been going for a year. Well, almost a year. August 29th will be the official year anniversary. Thank you so much for listening and being here on the journey. On with the episode!

A couple years ago, I got the opportunity to see this guest perform at The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought. After that, I started to hear about her all over the place. Eventually, through lots of emails, I got to know her. She has been a huge support of my career, including making taking a long drive to see my very first live performance. WHAT?! Yeah, she is that awesome!

So, not only is she an amazing person but an incredible artist and songwriter.

She is a winner of two LA Music Awards; Best New Artist and Best Vocalist, and  has three Posi Award Nominations.

Right from the first note, her voice crawls into the depths of your soul and tears it open. Wow, kind of dramatic BUT it’s true. She has one of the most stunning voices.

She is the uh-mazing Kelly Corsino.

I got talk with Kelly in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. Growing up in Music – Her process of songwriting – Her new album (“Let Love In”) and so much more.

My own take-away? Tell yourself “Good Job” – give yourself a pat on the back – see your value. YOU ARE AWESOME!

We all need a moment where we give ourselves a pat on the back and allow ourselves to love ourselves and support ourselves fully and deeply. Especially as artist, when sometimes you can easily fall into the “Your Own Worst Critic” slump.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Kelly’s website –  www.kellycorsino.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Follow her on twitter @KellyCorsino

Also, all of Kelly’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Within” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Also, Kelly’s Music Video for the Song “Within” was nominated for a Posi Award – please click HERE and follow the directions to vote for her.

Purchase Kelly’s album, WITHIN here on iTunes. What?! It’s less than $9 – GET IT! 🙂


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Levi Kreis
By @ 07/10/13 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 10! The final episode of Series One. Woo!

It seems that I have to say this for every episode and perhaps I should stop repeating myself but for now I will do it anyway – I am very excited about the guest for this episode.

He is incredibly authentic. I say it in the episode but if you ever get a chance to see him play, TAKE IT! He is incredible! I feel truly blessed to have in my life and as a mentor, so-to-speak. He is also a fellow newly minted licensed practitioner with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

His Awards include—

A Tony Award (2010 Best Featured Actor In A Musical for Million Dollar Quartet), Outer Critics Circle Award, OUTMusic Award…

His songs have been featured on The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Days of Our Lives, and many more…

He has appeared on The View, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.

He also is on the list of one of the most funded campaigns in history on Kickstarter

I have the amazing and oh so talented – Levi Kreis

He is constantly an inspiration to me for his authenticity. Not to mention, his music is incredible.

I got talk with Levi over Skype and we talk about it all. His start – the ups and downs of his career – addiction – love. EVERYTHING!

My favorite piece of advice? Love yourself and stop trying to impress people.

I am sure I am not alone in this but I have fallen victim to this a couple of times when my artistry suffers from an ego reaction to my thoughts that people need to be impressed by my songs or etc. etc. etc… Stop it! Just write! We are unique and we must express our gifts. Do it!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Levi’s website –  www.levikreis.com

Like him on FACEBOOK

Follow him on twitter @LeviKreis

Check out his YouTube channel.

Also, all of Levi’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

Of course be sure to check out his BRAND NEW album, IMAGINE PARADISE on iTunes.



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JAMI-LG1
By @ 06/03/13 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 9!

I have to admit that I have been putting off this episode a bit. I have wanted to get this particular songwriter on the show since I started the show almost a year ago. I respect him immensely not only as a singer/songwriter and musician but as a person. He is one of the most wonderful people that I have ever met and I truly feel blessed to call him a friend.

I can safely say that he is the one that truly inspired me to do this thing we call songwriting – specifically Positive Music. I saw him perform three years ago and I instantly was drawn to his music, his vocals, and his authenticity.

Really – you ask anyone that knows of him or knows him and you will hear the same thing – Amazing person. AMAZING MUSIC.

He is non-other than the amazing Jami Lula.

I have to add a bit of a disclaimer here and tell you that this is the longest episode to date. Clocking in at almost two hours. It really is worth it! I had Jami over to my home and we chatted about everything – maybe not everything but it really felt like it. From Songwriting to God to Praying and how they are all related. We got a chance to talk about a couple of his songs too! Be prepared to hear some really great stuff.

I even got to ask a listener question—

QUESTION FROM KELLY CORSINO:

Where were you at physically and emotionally when you wrote “Something’s Calling Me” ? Was it a, “hey I’m gonna sit down and write moment? Or was it a holy moly grab a pen quick here it comes moment?”

My favorite piece of advice? It’s more of a question that I would think he charges us to ask ourselves as songwriters—how open am I? Am I open to letting this song to come through. We are on call. Our job is a 24/7 – 365 kind of job. Our shift never ends.

Puts a lot of things into perspective. In fact, if you really think about it and get down to it – it takes a little bit of the weight off the entire creative process. Get out of the way and let it sing through you.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Jami’s website –  www.jamilula.com

Like him on FACEBOOK.

Also, all of Jami’s music is available HERE on iTUNES


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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DANIEL-LG1
By @ 04/06/13 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 8!

Another great episode with another great songwriter. This is a man that I truly respect and admire because he makes his living as a songwriter. He is extremely busy with family (including a 16 month old baby, Jude), producing albums for not only himself but for other artists (like Karen Mitchell from Episode 4) and continuing to go out and play all over the place.

His music has appeared all over the place (MTV, NBC, CNN, History Channel, Lifetime…just to name a few) and he is multi-award winning. There is so much to say about this man’s accomplishments as a songwriter and so much to say about his ability to write music that matters.

Really – He is all that but I have to say that he is an all around great dude and I truly enjoyed talking with him for this episode. Shootin’ the breeze about something we both enjoy doing so much.

He is non-other than the amazing Daniel Nahmod.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Daniel (via Skype) and talk about his process of songwriting. We talk about his career thus far. We talked about the importance of music itself to people and the world.We even talk about the importance for a songwriter to learn production and recording your stuff.

One of my favorite facts about him is that he took a sabbatical and all he did was write write and write some more. There are truly so many gold nuggets of songwriter truth in this one.

My favorite piece of advice? Don’t force it. Allow yourself to write crap. Walk away if you need to. Take a break! It’s okay.

Honestly, I haven’t met many songwriters who have not expressed this to me at least once. I know that is something that I get caught in sometimes. This silly loop of “it’s gotta be perfect” blah blah blah.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Daniel’s website –  www.danielnahmod.com

ALL of Daniel’s lyrics – www.danielnahmodlyrics.com

Like him on Facebook – www.facebook.com/daniel.nahmod.1

Also, all of Daniel’s music is available HERE on iTUNES


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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ERNIE-LG1
By @ 03/11/13 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 7! This has to be one of my favorite episodes!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the guest of this month’s episode. A few years back, I was wandering about the internet,  listening to music on Pandora and this man’s song, “Whisper” came on my speakers. I remember thinking, “Holy crap! This is a great song!” as I listened to more and more of his music, I found myself having the same reaction to every single song. If you know me at all, you may know that if I ever have to fill out an “Influences” section about my music, his name always goes on the list. He is not only incredibly successful – he is incredibly busy – AND he has a family, which does include 2 year old twins, who are awesomely referred to as “The Twinjas”.

He is non-other than the amazing Ernie Halter.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Ernie (via Skype) and talk about his process of songwriting. We got to talk about what he does about writers block and how he deals with it. He even tells probably one of the coolest stories about a song that I have ever heard.

My favorite piece of advice? Release perfectionism! Just finish the song. Be accountable and set deadlines.

I felt so inspired after recording this episode because I know that is something that I get caught in sometimes. This silly loop of “it’s gotta be perfect” blah blah blah. Just finish! Do what you can with where you are at in this current moment.

I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Ernie’s website –  www.erniehalter.com

Like him on Facebook www.facebook.com/ErnieHalterMusic

Follow him on Twitter @ErnieHalter

You can see some of his videos on YouTube –  www.youtube.com/user/ernell42

Also, all of Ernie’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

Make sure you check out Ernie’s “52 Song Club”


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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PS: Here is that quote that Ernie was quoting–

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

-Ira Glass

 



FAITH-LG1
By @ 02/11/13 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 6! The very first episode of 2013. What?!

Sorry for the delay of getting this episode out there. Like I said in my last episode – it has been a busy month. I got married and went on my glorious honeymoon in Ireland. I almost didn’t come back.

I am super excited for the guest of this episode. I am honored to call her a friend and a mentor. She is and Emmy-Winning Singer/Songwriter (along with a ton of other awards for her songwriting) and an all around AMAZING person, Faith Rivera.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Faith and talk about her process of songwriting. We even got to talk a little about the dreaded self-comparison and how it happens to all of us. AND – it’s okay to put something in the “Later File”

My favorite piece of advice? Be Open! Be open to the song. Be open to the process. Just Be Open to the bigger picture and allow the song to sing through you!

I forget that more often than not there is a bigger picture to a song and that the song really does want to be written – I just have to get out of the way and let it!

I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!


You can check out Faith’s website @ www.faithrivera.com

Like her on Facebook www.facebook.com/faithriveramusic

You can see some of her videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/faithrivera

Here is her blog faithgroove.blogspot.com/

Also, all of Faith’s music is available HERE on iTUNES


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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Josh

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PHIL-LG1
By @ 12/15/12 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 5! The last episode of 2012. What?!

It’s been a busy month! I am now officially married! Woo!

This is a very special episode as I am honored to have the guest join the show. I sat down with songwriter, Phil Cody. Just to name a few of Phil’s accomplishments:

He has several Gold and Platinum Records…

ASCAP Awards for both Pop and Country…

His songs have been recorded by people such as Neil Sedaka, Elvis, Elton John, The Carpenters, Perry Como, and so many more…

I got the opportunity to sit down with Phil and talk a little about his career and his view on songwriting.

I favorite piece of advice? RELAX!!! It’s only a song.

I know that sometimes when I am writing, I get all caught up in it and don’t relax.

I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!

You can check out Phil’s website @ www.philipcody.com

You can also stop by and listen on his SOUNDCLOUD.


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

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Josh

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PS: Here is the video that Phil was talking about – Lake Street Dive’s version of “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5



KAREN-LG1
By @ 11/13/12 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

YES!!!! EPISODE 4!!!

First of all, thank you so much for listening. Like I say at the end of the episode – no matter how you are listening (iTunes, Stitcher, or the Website) Thank you for listening. Sorry the delay on this episode–Guess waht! I’m getting married! What?! Yup, I am getting married. Needless to say it has taken over the forefront of my mind.

Just so you all know, I will have some big news coming soon but I can’t give it away until it is official but it is super excited. For me at least! 🙂

This episode is a fun episode. I got to sit down with my friend, Karen Mitchell. She is an amazing person  not to mention a great songwriter. Every time I hear one of Karen’s song’s, I melt. She is amazing.

What should you be looking forward to in this episode? Well, I am glad you asked—yodeling. If you listen for nothing else, listen for the yodeling because there is some. I have officially gotten someone to yodel on my show. Love that. But seriously, listen to the episode and gain some insight about Karen Mitchell, her music, her family, her process of music and hear what she is up to.  Bag pipes and yodeling, nothing wrong with that! Certainly a great experience. She is so to the point always and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Be sure to stop by Karen’s website HERE and her Facebook Page HERE

Be sure to check out my friend, Charley Miller’s podcast, THE RANDOM VARIETY SHOW. I bring that up because I was on one of his recent episodes. CHECK IT OUT!


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Josh

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AMY-LG1
By @ 10/08/12 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

Woo! Episode 3!

Due to the wonderful world of technology, I am so happy to bring to you this episode. This episode is a special coast to coast addition.

This is the first time that I even talk to Amy. I was told about her by several of people close to me and I just had to check out what all the buzz was about. She is amazing and when you get a chance – check out her website and listen a bit.

www.amysteinberg.net

Amy and I got to have a little chat via Skype and we talk about all sorts of things from the importance of lyrics, musical theatre, Aretha Franklin, soul, and so many more things.

I got to learn so many things from her and I look forward to talking with her more in the future.

Follow Amy:

Facebook

Twitter @steinberglove & @mindtweetments

Also, all of her music is available HERE ON iTUNES


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions – ANYTHING! – Please email them all to:

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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Josh

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DOUG-LG1
By @ 09/20/12 in Episodes, Series One

Hey Guys!

 

Here we are! We made it… EPISODE 2…

Can you believe it? It seems just like last month we were on Episode 1.

Wait a minute!!! Oh Josh, You and your silly antics…

Alright! So, this episode is a very cool episode. I have to say that I was truly excited when my next guest agreed to be on the show. Here is the thing – Doug Lebow is the real deal. Yes, he is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist but guess what…he makes his living as a songwriter.

That’s right! The man every single day writes songs in some form or another and gets paid the big bucks to do it. Just goes to show you that there IS gold in them there hills.

I sit down with him on this episode and talk about how he got to where he is, how he does what he does and how THE MUSE IS NEVER LATE.

Follow Rev. Doug Lebow Here:

Twitter @DougLebow

OR his website www.lebowmusic.com

Follow The Podcast on Twitter @ntnspodcast

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Thanks for Stopping By!

Love. Love. Love.

Josh

 



JAMES-LG1
By @ 08/29/12 in Episodes, Series One

 

Hey Guys!

So here we are! Episode 1 of “New Thought, New Song.” A Podcast!

I am very excited about this episode because I got to sit down with one of my spiritual teachers and mentors, Rev. James Mellon. Of all the things he does – Philosopher, Spiritual Teacher, Award-winning Broadway Actor, Self-Help /

Motivational Speaker, & GTN Co-Founder -he forgot to put one thing on this list – SONGWRITER.

Why does he feel music is so important? When is a song truly finished? What does he do about writers block?

All of these questions and more are answered this episode.

Check it out!

Be sure to follow James:

Facebook

Twitter @James_Mellon

The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought

The Global Truth Network

He does a lot and he is a man that I truly admire not only for his inspiration but for his talent as a songwriter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love. Love. Love.

Josh