Category Archives: Series One

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:

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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


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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”


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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:

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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

www.joshuasterlingmusic.com


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

www.joshuasterlingmusic.com



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:

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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

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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