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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

josh@newthoughtnewsong.com

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