Episode 102 – Kathleen Ballantyne

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For my second episode, I got to talk for an hour with the incredibly talented composer, educator, and copyist, Kathleen Ballantyne! We talk about her compositional process, the realities of being a working composer, and she gave me a preview of her upcoming talk at TEDx Chemung River. We also take a listen to two of her choral compositions – Are Women People? and From Shale Rock We Rise. Continue reading

Episode 101 – Kevin Michael Lynch

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Joining me for the very first episode is the incomparable Kevin Lynch! I got to sit with Kevin in his apartment and talk about recording, composing, performing, life, and philosophy. I also got him to play some music live for me and even explain to me why he really dislikes Hamilton.

You can find more out about Kevin at http://www.kevinlynchnj.com.

If you enjoyed the first episode, or even if you didn’t, please let me know in the comments and on Facebook!

Who do you think I should interview next? Any suggestions as this podcast gets rolling?

0:00 – Introduction & personal background
0:48 – Kevin’s introduction
2:05 – Kevin coughs into the microphone
2:15 – “Why in the world did you become a musician?”
4:40 – “You’re the first one to jump into doing music as a ‘thing.'”
5:30 – “I saw Billy Joel on Inside the Actor’s Studio, and I was like, ‘I really, really want to do that.'”
7:25 – “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, only looking backwards.”
8:15 – “So what are you doing now? The piano bar…”
9:45 – “When you’re writing, does it happen in bursts? Do you get these creative monsoons?”
10:30 – “I wrote a song about ebola.
12:35 – Kevin plays Blue, a song about Facebook, LIVE
17:45 – We talk about food allergies. Really.
18:30 – “One day, I’ll be listening to musical theater, and the next day, I’ll be like, ‘I hate musical theater.’
19:10 – We get interrupted by Kevin’s dog
20:15 – “Do you feel like, when you write, that having a deadline sparks that?”

First Post!

Welcome to the home of a brand new podcast where I get to sit and chat with some of the most interesting musicians I can find. We’ll talk about composition, the performing life, and quirky and fascinating aspects of my guests.

This isn’t a quick podcast, which will allow me to really get into some great depth with my guests. Look for each episode to be an hour, give or take. I hope to get one out every month, or so.

Come and listen!