DE208 English Bob, Peter Griffin, London Bridge, Uber, and Life as a Cartoon!

 

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You are in for a real treat during this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast. James Kevin is joined by his good friend English Bob and special guest Peter Griffin from Family Guy. You may recall that Jacked Up Jimmy is on a bowling team with Peter Griffin, who is a fan of James Kevin’s music and podcast, so he stopped by the show.

During the course of the conversation, English Bob revealed that he has never been to London because of the terrifying thought that London Bridge has fallen down or will fall down while he is there. When James Kevin asks if he might consider talking with a therapist about this fear, English says that he doesn’t think they exist in Lower Ipswich, and he doubts even that would work. James Kevin emphasizes that he expects English to be in London for his tour kickoff, and asks if it would help if Dr. Woofenboot came along. Still, English Bob remains adamantly against going to London.

Suddenly, Peter Griffin shows up at the studio door, and while James Kevin is intrigued that he has come as a cartoon, English Bob is (of course) terrified. Peter greets James Kevin and English and says that he is a fan of James Kevin’s music even if Jacked Up Jimmy isn’t. He goes on to say that even though a lot of people are frightened when he shows up places as a cartoon, it has tremendous advantages such as being able to imagine and then become things and being indestructible, and also going out on Halloween as the Waldorf Astoria!

Peter gets overly excited when James Kevin begins to describe his song “Three Miles Wide” and isn’t really able to concentrate on anything else for the rest of the show.

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DE207 Jacked up Jimmy, the IBEW, Dancers, Sex, and Peter Griffin from Family Guy!

 

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You are in for a treat during this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast as James Kevin is joined by his good buddy Jacked Up Jimmy. It is never a dull moment with Jacked Up, who is a business agent for the IBEW electrical union with quite a colorful life, though it seems completely normal to him. The first indication that James Kevin was in for an interesting interview with Jacked Up was his mode of transportation. Clancy Wagonblast loaned Jacked Up his “car” while Jacked Up was getting his snow tires put on, but the “car” turned out to be a backhoe instead.

The new song that James Kevin is featuring during this episode is “Fifty-One Shades of Grey”, which is ironic because Jacked Up and his wife, Matilda, only have sex when it is absolutely necessary. Since this was not a safe topic of conversation, they moved on to talking about Jacked Up’s bowling league and his team, the “Hurry Kanes”, recently winning the championship, the coveted Plastic Cup. One of Jacked Up’s teammates is the infamous Peter Griffin of Family Guy fame, but it is still unclear whether he is a cartoon in real life. James Kevin will find out if Jacked Up follows through on his promise to have Peter come in for an interview on the show.
Jacked Up was recently named the Honorary Elk of the Year, and in his attempt to get all dressed up for the event, he realized that he was out of razors. Given his limited time, he had to improvise by shaving with a hatchet he had lying around, and he posted the video to James Kevin’s channel (link below) for your viewing entertainment.

Finally, Jacked Up gave James Kevin an update on the European tour that he and English Bob are planning, which sustained a few hiccups when Jacked Up and English got into a tussle and had to patch things up and then when Jacked Up encountered some problems with the dancers’ union in London. Apparently, he thought that James Kevin’s show needed dancers, but they got it all straightened out.

The interview abruptly ended when Jacked Up’s beeper went off and he informed listeners that he had to go break some guy’s leg in Kearny, New Jersey.

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DE206 Jesus Teaches, and the Geography of your Soul

 

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Welcome to Episode 206 of the dHarmic Evolution podcast! On this episode, James takes listeners through his background and history with organized religion and how his spiritual journey has brought him to be a follower of Jesus. James attended parochial school until about 6th grade, and while he didn’t have any experiences as traumatic as some in terms of abuse, he felt that the way religion was presented in the Catholic Church was not conducive to him wanting to remain faithful to the Catholic Church. Ultimately, he found the way that sin was viewed and handled through the act of confession, the overall demeanor of several of the Sisters at the school, and the oddity of some of the Catholic practices drove his way from the Catholic Church but laid the foundation for his future involvement in organized religion.

Particularly, James was enamored by the stories about Jesus that he heard in parochial school, and this led him to begin seriously reading the Bible when he was in his late 20s. A few years ago, James joined a Baptist Church – First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ – and he has been pleased with his experience there as well as the challenging teachings of the pastor there, which help James’ own faith and relationship with God develop. Whereas James found the Catholic Church to be liturgical and stodgy, his experience at the Baptist church has been characterized by celebration.

Along the way, James has also been impacted by the writings of Vernon Howard on spirituality and contentment. James was even inspired to write his song “Geography of the Soul” song by Howard’s ideas about preferring to explore the territory of life over studying the map. Towards the end of this episode, James reads a passage from Howard’s “Mystic Path to Cosmic Power” and connects this message about the true self with ideas from the New Testament and Walt Whitman.  James has found his own spiritual awakening in being focused on the truth, open to learning, and quick to ask the Lord for help.

Beat the Pinata - Similar story about "Parochial school",
please check out
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DE205 English Bob tells us how it feels, "Like I’m Home"

 

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On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, James discusses the ideas that inspired his song “Like I’m Home” on the recent “Gratitude” album and he is joined by English Bob later in the show. 

James asks listeners the question “Where do you feel completely at home?” and encourages them to think about the structure, mindset, person, or physical location that makes them feel at home, secure and treated with dignity and respect. James feels most at home in his spiritual walk with Jesus and tries not to get too tethered to things of this world. 

English Bob tries to answer the question, but he first fills listeners in on the latest happenings in Lower Ipswich. He has recently gotten very involved in learning and teaching fencing, even inventing his own move called the Ubiquitous Larchmont move,(patent pending) which he demonstrated in one of his YouTube videos, and he even started some UFC training on the spot as he was being chased by a pack of coyotes. 

Meanwhile, Mama Bob has developed a condition called “don’t mention it” (dementia), so English and Mama Bob have been consulting with Dr. Woofenboot about the best treatments. So far, their midnight escapades have consisted of gathering huckleberries and waiting for wolves, the gangplank prank involving Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and playing billiards in the garden.   

It seems that the “don’t mention it” has been caused by Mama Bob’s accident last month that caused her to fracture her cranium and receive the zipper effect surgery. English Bob knew that there was an issue when he found Mama Bob in the garden holding a llama in a UFC Kimura hoof lock. Her other symptoms have been an obsession with watching UFC every night and consequently getting into fights of her own at Percy’s Pub. 

English says that despite all of these dark spots, he sees glimmers of hope, and this patience, strength, and faith are the feeling of home to him.

English Bob’s Fencing Instructional Video
New “Gratitude” Album
dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page

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DE204 Meeting before the Meeting | A Skype with English Bob & Jacked up Jimmy

 

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The topic of this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast is meetings in corporate America. James shares his own experiences in meetings that seem to have no purpose except wasting time and money. Too often, James says that people abide by the “when in doubt, call a meeting” philosophy, but when you are paying people to stop their normal work in order to attend a pointless meeting that could have been an email, the system is broken. James mentions Jeff Haden, a writer, and editor of Inc. Magazine, who has written on this topic.

Many industries thought leaders like Seth Godin don’t even take meetings anymore because they have found that it is more productive to handle the problem or project in a smaller and more direct setting. In addition to just having fewer meetings in general, James also thinks that people should not be allowed to “think out loud” during a meeting because they should have been fully prepared ahead of time. He also advocates for having meetings at odd times like 9:03 or 11:54 so we don’t neglect the lonely numbers that never get scheduled.

Finally, James plays a recorded Skype call between English Bob and Jacked Up Jimmy in which they discuss James’ European tour. English and Jacked Upstart the call by discussing an upcoming meeting with an unknown purpose and unknown attendees. They decide that they should schedule a meeting before that meeting, so they can determine what the meeting should be about, where it should take place, what they should eat, and who should be invited. After a few minutes of banter resembling Abbott and Costello, hopefully, listeners get the point that more thought should go into calling meetings.

"Meeting before the Meeting" Video
New “Gratitude” Album
dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page

YouTube Channel

Jeff Haden’s Inc. blog
Jeff Haden’s Twitter

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DE203 English Bob stops by for a visit to tell tall tales from Lower Ipswitch in England!

 

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On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, James is joined by the infamous English Bob, a friend of the equally-infamous Jacked Up Jimmy from a few episodes ago.

English Bob transports listeners into the unparalleled and quirky world of Lower Ipswich much like Lewis Carroll introduced the world to Wonderland.

English Bob’s mastery of the English language will somehow simultaneously be crystal clear and make you scratch your head in confusion. But regardless of your comprehension of his tall tales, you will undoubtedly be entertained and your creativity will be pushed to its limits by the end of our time together.

You won’t believe the turn of events that took Mama Bob from gathering gooseberries in the thicket to being destined for the Guinness Book of World Records. Auntie Griselda certainly has her own theory for the tragically provident incident that prompted the doctors to conduct an operation involving a zipper.

English Bob had to pause his tour with Jacked Up Jimmy to rescue some orphans of a starchy variety and organize an adoption program in the community of Lower Ipswich, which is still recovering from Granny Grabowski's escapade involving pink stilettos.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our videos of English Bob instructing fencing and luring the North American Yeti, both of which for very unique reasons!

English Bob is truly a character, but we could all learn a thing or two from his exceptional wisdom, if even not in the way we expect.

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DE202 “Speak to Me” whom, or what speaks to you?

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“Speak to Me” its the subject of today's discussion, have you ever found yourself unconsciously repeating phrases, statements, using language that is not yours? Have you suddenly awoken after the words left your mouth and said to yourself, where the hell did that come from? that’s not me.

I want to get into all of that on today's show and question why do we (the huddled masses) impersonate each other constantly, and most of us do it in a way that we are not even aware of?

What about the unconscious repetition of certain words or phrases?“Absolutely” (I believe) started with the hit movie Rocky 1976, it started kind of slowly, But then it picked up speed and everyone everywhere in the US started saying, (instead of “I agree with you”), they opted for “Absolutely” and it picked up steam.

What about here in the NY/NJ area, “it” got substituted for, “It is what it is”?

How do you speak to people, how do you communicate? Do you observe what you say to people and is it authentic, or are you replaying sound bytes from your mind’s memory that is not really you being your authentic self?

The Reason why silence is good, it's healthy, my best friend, why Speak to me was necessary for me to write, was it really a man and woman, or was it, God?

Quotes:
“I love Seth Godin, the guy is so brilliant, I am reading his new book” “This is Marketing”.

“He protects his intellectual integrity by doing things that most people don’t do, like not watching TV, and not going on Facebook.”

“My favorite strategy is silence, so I am in the Seth camp, I have not watched TV for months and months, I can’t do Network Television stuff.”

“Everybody has to find their own way to protect themselves from the media bombardment, I think the overstimulation does not allow your brain to process properly, in a way that is healthy for you.”

The 10 most common misused phrases:

1) “I could care less”
2) “For all intensive purposes”
3) “You’ve got another think coming”
4) “A complete 360”
5) “Jive with”
6) “It’s a doggy dog world”
7) “On tender hooks”
8) “Runner-ups”
9) “Nip in the but”?
10) “Irregardless”

About two years ago I noticed one yoga instructor started using the word “Equanimity” suddenly every Single Yoga class I attended, the instructor would start using “Equanimity” always a female, no dude is going to use that in a sentence!

In the US we had an election here in 2016 and shortly after that, I remember everyone using the term Xenophobe, how many people really knew what the word Xenophobe meant or where it came from? Talking heads on all the news channels they all knew all about it.

Seth Godin, the brilliant man, I am reading his new book, “this is marketing”, he stopped watching TV, does not go on FB… me 2 on the TV, network TV is so horrible and unimaginative. It seems that after 9/11 we all decided we need a TV in every possible commercial office in the land, but don’t bend over, they are coming for your orifice next! My mind is a precious thing, and I will not waste it.

The Reason why silence is good, it's healthy, it’s my best friend, why Speak to me was necessary for me to write, was it really a man and a woman, or was it, God?

Lyrics Speak to Me
Author/Composer James Kevin O’Connor

Speak to me, if only with the beating, of your heart, Hey walk with me, can you feel the lines of demarcation, melt apart?

I Cherish every single color, in your silhouette, your presence, and your inner voice would always cut right through, all the noise, all the noise.

Speak to me, I’ll share with you the tools of my experience, I acquired them through the language of uncertainty, and I’ve learned that simple silence, holds the key, enlighten me, enlighten me...

Bridge
I will protect you from the avalanche of pain, he’s just an old familiar visitor, from past campaigns, from past campaigns...

Break
Speak to me with a silent gesture, with innocence and honesty, a warm look in your eyes, a gentle touch, your shared energy with me, and although you never made a sound, you now know how, to speak to me, you speak to me...

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DE201 Family of Strangers from the Album “1989” by “KO Electric”

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What has happened to the American Family?

* Why I wrote “Family of Strangers” what was it all about, released in 1989, but written most likely two years before that, it address’s the weakening fabric of the American Family, how it used to be the core strength of our society, it’s not anymore, lets find out why?

* The Changing American Family

* European charts, and why certain countries have higher divorce rates than others?

* Weather, do people stay together in the warmer climates? Because they are happier? I was convinced this is true, but I was all wrong! It’s the exact opposite!

* Why have so many of us turned our backs on God?

* What was it like to go public with a divorce in the ’60s?

* The US has the highest prison population in the world! Why is that?

* Why are people getting remarried? Do they really want another family, or do they just
Is fear being alone?

* Ireland and Italy have a lower percentage of divorce.

* We should take time after a breakup to find out “who we are”

* 2nd and 3rd marriages have even higher failures!

* “Gender Genocide” another song about divorce that fits this episode.

* Curtis and Lisa Hudson wrote “Holiday” for Madonna, and Lisa sings with me on this featured track “Family of Strangers”

KO Electric:
Mike Carroll: Drums and Percussion
Charlie Peer: Bass
James Kevin O’Connor: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals

“Family of Strangers” Lyrics, Author James Kevin O’Connor

I can hear the sound of footsteps, walking on down the street, a cadence shuffle worn by kids.

With frantic feet, second mother third home, two stepbrothers and me, I can’t believe this is what God has planned for me there are no blood ties here, so…

Chorus
We’ve become a Family of Strangers,
No more leather bound traditions, that we used to know
We’ve become a Family of Strangers
Inside and upside down, makes it hard for love to grow.

I can see young fatherless faces
Silhouettes flash on my wall,
I can hear them asking questions,
As they stumble and fall.

Hey Ma can you tell me, what my father was like
Did he walk and talk like me, and did he have ambition like me 
I would have loved to see but…

“Gender Genocide”, todays added bonus track, as it speaks to the source of why, we have become a “Family of Strangers”

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DE200 Jacked up Jimmy | In a State of Grace & Union Problems!

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We celebrate episode #200 on the dHarmic Evolution today with an old friend, “Jacked up Jimmy” he comes to the interview in classic Jacked up Style loud and boisterous as ever. But he left the interview in such a sweat that he jumped into some strangers Hot Mustang and sped off to take care of his Union problem!
On the show, he explains to James Kevin about his troubles with the Union, men showing up without their workboots, and no hard hats. Member of the Elks Club Lodge bowls with his buddies on Tuesday night.   

Favorite quotes by Jacked up Jimmy:

“A guy comes with his boots off, what is that,? or he shows up without his

hard hat, sometimes they don’t cooperate and I gotta make sure they do”

“You gotta have alignment, you can’t just have complete anarchy.”

“It's like going to bowling at night without the ball, sometimes we do go bowling without the ball, its just a happenstance of circumstance.”

“Listen you gotta understand something about the bowling, it’s never about the bowling, it’s an excuse the get away from our wives.”

“Its camaraderie, its escapist, it’s escapism, that's the whole thing about it.”

“James Kevin, so you have a camaraderie session, and you sit there and complain about your wife.”

Injuries to Vilhelm Fernandahollow, who threw the ball so hard that he sprained his scrotum, but he will be back, he will be bigger than sliced bread.

On the subject of English Bob:

“He’s got me waiting in the Lobby!”

“Maybe there is some trouble at home with Mama Bob?”

“Mama Bob, she’s the Matriarch, she’s like the ark of the covenant.”

Jacked up Jimmy’s beeper went off and he had to go take care of “Union business and throw some guy off a roof or something.”

Jacked up Jimmy video on Youtube

State of Grace single

Geography of the Soul Album

State of Grace Written by James Kevin O’Connor

You tried to tear me up and then spit me out like broken glass on a highway crash you did a pretty shameful thing when we said goodbye and you walked out with that ring, I felt a little bitty sting.

Chorus

But I will not retaliate, cause my life’s just great, no need to reciprocate, its just not my state. I refuse to evaluate, my heart holds no hate, I will not participate, I'm in a state of grace.

You must’ve had a Mississippi moment way down deep in the delta where your daddy was born, are you a little bit torn, the thought never struck me till now that way down deep inside you were a woman of scorn, is that the way you were born?

Bridge

I'm sending dangerous angels, to wrap their soft white wings around your heart, and help you make a new start……

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DE199 Oliver Sean | International dHarmic Star Rising

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Meet Oliver Sean!

Biography:

MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee (Best Worldwide Act) & Vh1 Top 10 artist Oliver Sean's music can best be described as 'Feel Good Acoustic Rock with Soul'. The Singer/Songwriter thrived in the Goa, Dubai and the UK cultures as they acted as the backdrop to his youth, and the inspiration for his music.

His discography with W.O.A. Entertainment began in 1999 with his single ‘There She Is Again’. Oliver Sean's media clippings have formed a career of their own.

Since his career was launched in his teens, Oliver's press clippings exceed several hundred features, snippets, and reviews in significant print and broadcast mediums. His brand of music is known for its pop influence with contemporary undertones. His debut album was nominated for 'International Album of the Year' by AVMax in 2003/04 along with albums by John Mayer, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Third Eye Blind.

Oliver Sean's eclectic global music style is the trademark for his brand and is as exotic as his Portuguese Goan Lineage. A self-taught musician, Oliver plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. However, it is his distinctive percussive guitar and powerfully seductive voice, which is his footprint on the music industry. His track record of being a hit songwriter is just one of his many assets defining him as a pillar in the music community. Oliver Sean is a member of the Recording Academy and a Voting Member for the prestigious Grammy Awards.

As a Record Producer and Filmmaker, Oliver Sean has composed music for theFrench Government (Massif Region Tourism Campaign) & Goa Government (Republic Day Parade). He has also composed the soundtrack as a music director for a Bollywood Feature Film and the title track for a Regional Goan Feature Film. The singer-songwriter is actively producing music for films and artists around the world and is a successful filmmaker with several music videos that he has Directed and Produced, regularly featured on Vh1 & MTV and also hosts his own nationally distributed radio show The WOAFM99 RadioShow.

Oliver Sean and his International Band are actively touring and performing worldwide and the Singer-Songwriter has recently launched his 4th studio album ‘Devil in Blue Jeans.’

Quotes from Oliver:

“I grew up in GOA, and Dubai, my Mom traveled a lot, and I traveled with her, she was a single Mom, and I am what I am because of her.”

“Thankfully I am a world artist, not in terms of Genre, but literally the sense “World”

“I was soaking up all of these different influences like the Eastern influences of tables and stars and everything, but primarily, I was always into the Police, Eric Clapton, BB King, I was a blues guy.”

“I was into rock, not metal but the hair bands, 80’s rock, and 90’s rock, but I always wanted to incorporate everything that was around me.”

“I got on MTV as a VJ, I was working towards my dream, in the end, I just wanted to make my music, and I applied for this MTV, VJ thing that was going on, and I always had a marketing sort of mind.”

“Growing up, I gravitated towards guys like Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, and Sting, my voice suited that kind of Songs.”

“I think every artist should be in a cover band for a while, to help you hone in on your skills, it really worked for me.”

“The entire top section of my house is full of guitars, on Devil in Blue Jeans, for example, I used my Gretch to get that hollow body rock ’n roll sound.”

On Film:
“My company now does a lot of music video production and we work closely with Viacom, VH1, and MTV, a lot of the independent artists that work with us, come on tour with us, because we organize these major tours, and they always want to make a music video with us, I used to be just in front of the camera giving my ideas about it, but then soon after I became a producer for these music video’s, and then after that, I was a director, then I became a cinematographer.”

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The Band:
- Oliver Sean on Guitars
- Daren Edwards on Bass
- Luke Robinson on Drums

Features Songs:
- Come for Me
- Walk up and Kiss you
- Devil in Blue Jeans

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New York

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DE198 Storyteller Series | Peace and Love, Another Woodstock?

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Max Yasgur allowed his dairy farm to play host to 400,000 music fans at The Iconic Woodstock Music and Art Fair held at Bethel NY August 15, 1969.

Ha! It was never in Woodstock!

What was supposed to be 50,000 people attending, turned into more than 400,000!

My response to Woodstock many years later is a song called Peace and Love that reflected the times, the social temperament, the Vietnam war, the draft, the dead, and the courage of our young people that had risen peacefully to say “no more”, and, “hell no, we won’t go”!

Special thank you to Clara Scott for her article on Joni Mitchell. Clara is a writer for the Michigan Daily.

Joni Mitchell's masterpiece, “Woodstock” and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young performed it at the Concert.

Laura Cheadle, my favorite Hippie, inspired this broadcast, please check out her Episode DE176, find out why the “hippie vibe” fits her so well!

Peace and Love was written by James Kevin O’Connor in 2011.

Had a pretty good time, back in 1969, I was a little too young for Woodstock so I visit often now tye dye shirts, and Crimson cows, and Love, Hey just two words changed everyone, turned a lot of heads down in Washington, you can’t fight free will with a bigger gun, hey what’s all this crap about Peace and Love, don’t you know I’m in the middle of re-election.

Chorus:

Yeah, Peace and Love, Hey it’s easy Man, you don’t need to have a plan.

It’s in the holy bible and koran, hey far out man, I like living with a Cruzan tan, a little taste of living off the land, its such an easy thing to understand when East meets West there will be Peace and Love.

I remember waking up in a daze, staring through a purple haze, we’d all gather round to watch the evening news, praying that someone had the brains to blow out the fuse. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, flower power hell no we won’t go, while the jungle bleeds red, with teenage dead, what the hell we doing playing Giant steps on the Moon.

Bridge:

It’s amazing how we seem to find, a way to tiptoe around the landmines, I stretch my hand out connect to you, hey brother to brother, just twin reflections, of one another, could we take a chance and say, could we take a chance and say Namaste?

hey Namaste~

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DE197 Storyteller Series | Bless You

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The 8 Beatitudes, what are they, and what do they do for you?

Why is the Sea of Galilee called a Sea? And why is it drying up?

Investigate the 8 Beatitudes and discover how they can inspire your life!

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are they who mourn, 
for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, 
for they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they shall be satisfied. 

Blessed are the merciful, 
for they shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are pure of heart, 
for they shall see God. 

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

The Beatitudes is a message of Hope!

Heavenly Rock Star, he rocked your thoughts and paradigms, taught love and encouraged everyone to awaken to the Holy Fathers word, (no not the Pope) your Father in Heaven.

Perhaps working on your inner life, is far more important than our insisting on hunting and gathering?

Work on enhancing your own particular method of relationship with God, none of us have this down to an exact science on how to communicate with the Lord, but perhaps your unique way is the right way?

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Blog reference by Jonathan Pennington

“Bless You”

xx James~

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DE196 Nancy Harms | “She” the new project, when Jazz Meets Contemporary, Magic Happens!

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Possessing a voice filled with delicious subtleties and striking authenticity, Nancy Harms has been declared “an original” with “a truly special voice and style” by DOWNBEAT magazine.

Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal stated that “she engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward…after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go.”

Audiences all over the world keep coming back again and again to hear this rising-star, international jazz vocalist cast her spell and bare her heart.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Harms relocated to New York City in 2010. She has toured Europe multiple times since 2010, with her most recent tour taking her to such prestigious venues as Copenhagen’s “Standard” and “Jazzhus Montmartre”, Paris’ “Duc des Lombards” and “New Morning”, “Herr Nilsen” in Oslo, Stockholm’s “Fasching”, and other stops in Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, and Denmark.

She has loved playing the Copenhagen Jazz Festival for the last four years in a row (along with many other festivals in greater Denmark) and hopping north to play Norway’s Sortland Jazz Fest twice, and Norway’s AnJazz Festival in Hamar.

In North America, Nancy has appeared in the major jazz festivals of Pittsburgh, the Twin Cities, and Quebec City in Canada and has experienced the fun of touring her albums in many clubs across the U.S.

Nancy’s NYC appearances have included her own shows at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, 55 Bar, Mezzrow, and several other venues, including a series of performances with trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon; among them Dizzy’s, The Lenox Lounge, and concerts in Toulouse, France.

She premiered her most recent show entitled “Ellington at Night”, at Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Room in which the NEW YORK TIMES described her as “…[an] enigmatic woman of mystery forging her own path”.

In addition to her own CDs “Dreams In Apartments” and “In The Indigo”, she appears on Wycliffe Gordon’s disc “Hello Pops” and on Jeremy Siskind’s releases “Finger-Songwriter” and “Housewarming”.

One of her self-penned tunes from the “Dreams In Apartments” album (“Weight Of The World”) placed 3rd in Popjazzradio.com’s international listener poll of top jazz tunes of 2014 with over a million and a half votes.

New York City, Paris, Copenhagen, and “The World” adore Nancy Harms!

Featured songs:

- Heavenly Bodies

- No! Go!

- Won’t Give In

Video:

- Rolling back to me

Favorite places to play:

“New York, Copenhagen, Paris, but its all about the audience.”

Best quotes from Nancy:

“It really comes down to the audience for me, if the audience comes, really open-hearted and you can feel that space already, I just love a really open audience who is kind of game to go into their heart with you.”

“In the jazz realm, I like a lot of space because I love the detail, and if there is too much going on, that’s not as much fun for me.”

From “The Desire Map” a book by Danielle Laporte: 

“What are you really going for? So you don’t get caught up in what everybody else is going for, what are the core emotions that you really want to feel and what makes you feel that way and be really honest about it.”

“I was trying to be a recovering perfectionist.”

Singers that collaborate and sing with Nancy:

Naika Sings, Emily Braden, Katie Gearty, and Michelle Denise Michaels.

Nancy honors people in her life by writing and singing their stories.

Master Musicians Line up:

Fred Nardin - Piano

Or Bareket - Bass

Kush Abadey - Drums

Video Credits:

Peter Rosendal - Piano

Graig Earle - Bass

Janus Templeton - drums

Video - Kresten Hillerup

You can follow Nancy here:

Website
www.nancyharms.com

Facebook
@nancyharmssings

Instagram
@nancyharmssings

Twitter
@nancyharmssings

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DE195 Storyteller Series | ''I’m Afraid'' (Hear the Fear in This Song)

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What does fear sound like?

Listen to the song “I’m Afraid” towards the end of this podcast.

High School upperclassman trying to show off selling his car, I was a prospect, but after he tried to be Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Richard Petty, (Nascar champ’s), it did not work, the car crashed and no sale that day.

I was showing off my 17-year-old fabulous motorcycle skills by crashing my brand new Motorcycle into a parking lot pothole crater while flying over the handlebars. Broken wrist, cuts, bruises, Humiliated, and bruised ego, but I survived!

Fear in the relationship ending, either you ending it, or them ending it, leave comments about this episode, what are you struggling with?

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, sweating blood, seeing visions of soldiers mocking him, and knowing he was to be tortured brutally in a matter of hours then nailed to a cross, this is fear at its highest imaginable level, and he knew there was really no way to get around facing this.                                                                        
Mt of Olives in Jerusalem still has olive trees that are over 2000 years old and are still producing olives!

I AM VICTORIOUS the album has the song” I’m Afraid”, this song recreates the moments in the garden of Gethsemane before the arrest of Jesus.

How many phobias can one have in one’s life? How many phobias can we create? We are just sooooo human!

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The physiology of fear, fight or flight, what happens to our body when we are attacked by fear? Autonomic responses, where do they come from and why. The brain is quite an amazing machine!

Fear of speaking? Fear of performing, singing, playing an instrument?

Humbled and fortunate to be the voice of Jesus in this song, “I’m Afraid.”

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DE194 Tom Nelson | Driving The Band Heathcote Hill To New Heights

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Quotes from Tom:

“It was a personal test to see if I had any skill as a songwriter, I just wanted to give it a try and see what happened, friends were so helpful and it just became a labor of love, and people like the songs and they like the music, so it’s been great.”

“People ask me if my songs are personal, or documentaries or portraits, every song is its own thing, it becomes its own thing, like a child the minute it leaves you, you have to kind of follow your song and find out what it's trying to be.”

“I try to push a song around the playground to see if it will work if it's just a lick, it’s really easy to lie with a guitar in your hand, you can tell anybody anything.”

The Ingredients to Heathcote Hill:

“It was kind of building everything around Megan’s voice, I would come up with some words and some chords, and we started to work it out with Megan, and kind of built everything around it and a lot of my friends were surprised that our first record was not what they expected. Cory was our drummer, Bruce was our Bass player, Megan was our singer, and I played guitars and that’s how it all became something.”

A pivotal moment for Heathcote Hill:

“For me as the “trying to be a songwriter person,” the first time I heard Megan,Tori, and Bruce and I play a song and it became something outside my head, and I said that sound really interesting, it wasn’t what I expected, it was it’s own thing, and I thought that’s really neat, to, from heard only here, to, heard there, every time it’s a surprise.”

Songwriting in your blood:

“I was a writer and director in advertising, that was my career, I've always been in a creative community and worked with some great directors, great actors, and great musicians, it was a really talented group, and a really fun world to be in, then I got back into music later in life and found a lot of the same creative challenges. So I wanted to see if I could go from commercial writing to songwriting.”

Real Artists Ship:

“You have to send it away at a certain point, I just have to let it be. The one song that has been tortured to within an inch of its life is called “Don’t Even Wave Goodbye”, it has three different passes of drums, different vocalists, I did countless guitar tracks, and we just kept trying it and trying it, and we finally got it to were we all liked it. I could have kept tinkering, and we finally had to just send it away.”

NY Clubs:

“Bowery Electric, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, there is something about the Bitter End, we always sound really good there, and all my friends sound better there, maybe it’s the horizontal room, or maybe its the vibe of the room, but we always sound good there.”

Megan:

“Megan has always been a singer, her sisters sing, they sing at every baptism, wedding, and first communion, and everything in the family. Megan and I were in a band a few years ago, that’s how we got to know each other, it’s something she does in her spare time. The last band took two 3 month leaves when Megan had her last two children. She is a Mom and works in Education and her husband is an Annapolis Grad and one night a week we try to rehearse and do music.”

Tim Hatfield CTS Studios:

“Tim Hatfield at CTS studios in Brooklyn thought that the song “Some Things In Life” will sound great with a keyboard part, what do you think? he asked. I said I’m homeless I’m looking for help, who do you know? I’ll send it to my friend Rob Arthur, and maybe he can do a neat thing for us. Rob Arthur has been touring with Peter Frampton for the last 15 years as his keyboard and guitar player, he is an astonishing musician, and a week later thanks to the miracle of the internet, Rob’s piece comes back and its the opening of “Some things in Life.”

Featured Songs: 

Some things in Life
Rain all Night
Oxford Depot Blue
Love me a Little Bit More

You can follow Tom here:

Website
www.heathcotehill.net

ReverbNation
www.reverbnation.com/heathcotehill

Facebook
@heathcotehill

Instagram
@heathcote_hill

Youtube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCq396f_9NqCnfFNBU6MYPbA 


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DE193 Brian Sheil | From Ireland, preparing to lead the new Entertainment Industry

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Brian Sheil, a talented and determined music producer from Ireland has been to Los Angeles many times in search of the right place for him, has been offered 3 jobs, but still needs a sponsor to make it happen with current US/Ireland Immigration laws. 

Brian produced the vocals on Derek Ryan’s latest album, it went to #3 in overall iTunes official charts, and also produced Paul Skelton’s #1 Album, “Goosebumps II” which went to #1 in Irish iTunes dance chart and #3 in UK iTunes Dance Chart. 

Brian is also producing a new artist EP for “Chris Conroy”. 

Brian has his sites set on being CEO and record company mogul for all of Ireland. 

Quotes from Brian: 

“I produced the #1 Record for Derek Ryan, I was 23 years of age, that was very inspiring, just to see that you can achieve what you want to do. It really struck home when Derek brought me this Gold disc, I put it up on the wall and your real proud because it’s your first #1.”

“One piece of advise I always give to younger people is to “Mind your ears” and take care of them because they are your career, there what makes the money essentially. It’s why people hire me as a producer, it’s not because I have the best equipment, although I would like to have the fanciest equipment, the one I always come back to is just to work hard, and have a work ethic that is unparalleled.” 

“For me it’s always been about the focus, I was very driven as a really young kid, I always noticed that I was, well I won’t say I was different, but it was really odd, because you know, in Ireland it’s all about the weekend, and socializing, and drinking. My lack of tolerance is because of the fact that I want to make it. Drinking and socializing is like taking my eye off the ball a little bit.” 

“My plan is great songs, great songs, great songwriters, great artists, and I think if you get that and marry it with whatever, either tech, Apple, Spotify, even on snapchat filter nowadays, there are so many ways to monetize and promote your songs. I still believe in A&R, I still believe in going to a club and seeing an artist.” 

“I love Pop, I love great singers, I don’t particularly like fixing what the singer should be doing, but I think a great song always helps. Right now I’m working with an LA producer Olivier Bassil, who is amazing, he is a producer-songwriter, and we are now a team, he is in LA, I am in Ireland, and were producing top 40 records. Great singers, people who can deliver a song” 

Parting Words: 

“I’m just going to keep working hard, my dream is to win Grammys and be that record company guy. That’s my dream, whether that’s starting off as a junior A&R record company executive in Los Angeles, or Nashville, out finding great songs, finding great talent, I’ve been working in theatre for 10 year so, I think I know what looks well, I am a house sound engineer and I do lights, so I have a technical expertise that I can offer as well, and this is the other thing, I’m not going to be just a suit sitting in a room with the accountant.” 

Featured Songs and Videos: 

Brian’s, Story 

Small Town Summer (Derek Ryan) 

Heart of Asia (Paul Skelton) 

Here I Stand (Derek Ryan) 

Check out DE19 my first interview with Brian!

You can follow Brian here:

Website
www.briansheilmusic.com
Facebook
@briansheil
Twitter
@briansheil
Instagram
@briansheil

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DE192 Storyteller Series | Beat the Piñata, Tools to battle the pain of Abuse!

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“Beat the Piñata” is all about suffering abuse and rising above it.

Pick up some tools to use to help you through days of suffering depression and reliving some of the horrors that you went through.

Attracting abused people into your life without knowing it, how does this happen?

Abuse Tracker, online tracking blog about some of the Catholic Church firestorm of priests that have violated the trust of children.

So many of us know someone that has suffered some kind of emotional, physical, or physiological abuse. (Sometimes all 3)

Having your life systematically stolen from you, having your innocence stolen, when you should be in discovery mode, you discover that the very people that were supposed to be protecting you, end up violating your trust in a vile disgusting manner.

So why Beat the Piñata? This song allowed me to vent my rage and start to understand the circumstances as to why. But one day you discover that you do have value, and perhaps your tormenter was tortured themselves, and sick but did not even know how sick they were, and why.

“Tools to battle the demons”
Do not isolate!
Talk to a stranger, you can also help them……
Share something of value with them, you have something that they need and will value, this will make
you feel good, and when you bless someone with value, you receive that blessing back!
Comedy!, Make sure you watch The Three Stooges, Best of Curly is a good one!

James starting to play more electric guitar, his focus has been on singing and songwriting, but still loves to play guitar!

Feel your “Gratitude”

dHarmic Update news flash! We have been selected to be on Pandora! Look for the formal roll out around first of the year, it’s time to celebrate!

Beat the Piñata~ (From the Geography of the Soul Album)

Beat the Piñata
Beat it till it breaks
Beat the piñata
Slice it like a steak
Beat the piñata
See it swinging from a tree
Step up and take your turn, singing Doe, Ray, Mi

You are like an angry vicious marauding dog, you've got your bight into me just like a bone to a saw, stuck in your bull dyke black and white habit,
You used me like a fucking test lab rabbit

Chorus

Hiding from the morning fathers rage, positioned all the cereal boxes like a cage,
Never found a level of trust achieved, I'd just walk home battered,
Beaten bereaved, walk home battered, Beaten bereaved........

Bridge

Bless me
Father for I have sinned, I guess I'll conjure up a couple confessions for Father Quinn
Is this an Irish Catholic joke that I'm living in?
All I need is my shrink and a great big bottle of gin,

Chorus

Take a look at that thing, it looks a lot like me,
Beat me red baby beat me blue, beat me raw and I’ll bleed for you,
Beat me up and then cut me down, I'll just crawl away bleeding, without a sound
Without a sound, but I want no acts of vengeance, I guess I'll just forgive you.

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DE191 Jena Harris | Walking with Jesus, saving a potential suicide victim, and walking with Love in her heart

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This was a fabulous interview with Jena, who takes us on a journey that encompasses, her walk with the Lord, Soul Sister Connections,

On walking with Jesus:

“It’s important to have that intimate relationship with God, not defined by how our conditioned state of the way that we live in our world tells us what that should look like.”                                        
“My Mom and I are the same it that we honor a person in their belief system, and their walk with God and how they interpret it.”

“I being an observer would always notice how people were fighting about that, even within our family about who’s right way, if you go to Church on Sat vs Sunday, if you eat a certain meat, or you pray a certain way, and that always has impacted my life in a bigger way.”

When did you know it was time to share your gifts?

“Way back even when I was a child, I always connected to the Angels, and I didn’t feel comfortable even saying, certainly I would have never said that in my 20’s, only certain people knew that part of me, my Mom being one of them, but I had more fear around it, fear about how the world would receive talking about that”

“I am 47 now, and I can look back and see that Jesus was actually teaching me to trust him, and what I mean by that is, I went into working a corporate job, I actually worked for 22 years but I would always mentor people on the side. What I really was passionate about, even in my role in that job, I was a manager, and one of my favorite things was being able to mentor other employees, and even other managers.”

On Sisterhood Connections:

“When I started sisterhood connections, I wasn’t keeping “him” (God) as the sole source in directing and guiding. Our passion sometimes can turn into our ego driving force. There were a lot of beautiful relationships and amazing things that were created in sisterhood connections. In the last year, I have been surrendering it all to Jesus. You know you have to let go of it if everything is hard.”

“I heard God a year ago James, tell me to let go of Sisterhood, and then my business partner told me that she no longer wanted to do it. It wasn’t a bad thing, but it took a whole year and now, I’m ready, I’m scared and its painful, and now today, every day it gets better, there is more light, and all of these women came in and supporting me and were actually excited for what is in store for me.”

A pivotal moment:

“I went into the vault and there was this woman sitting there and I felt God when you build that relationship with God you just know those moment’s, and you are listening. I reached out to her and she had been quiet for a couple of weeks. I felt guided to say to her, I am here for you if you ever need anything, are you ok? I felt that she needed something bigger, and she burst into tears, and she shared with me that she was going to commit suicide that night, and it changed me James and on a cellular level, it rocked my world. I couldn’t let go of that for at least a month, like what just happened?
I started coaching her outside of work, that is in the past and now she is healthy, and everything is going great for her.”

Highest purpose:

“That’s when you know you’re fully walking in alignment with your highest purpose. I started meeting clients in a coffee shop, I didn’t even have an office space. It was interesting because I didn’t go out and go looking, word of mouth just took over and then all of a sudden I realized I was scheduling people and meeting them in a coffee shop, I would charge them by the hour. I couldn’t wait to get off work so I could do that, thank God I have a beautiful husband who totally supported me, because my family and my friends thought I had gone off the rocker when I said I’m trading my high paying job, for an hourly coaching career.”

Biggest Save:

“I will share the story of this woman who was really hurting and had a lot of brokenness, she was even afraid of his name. She would get abused when she would do the wrong thing’s, spill something and you’re going to hell etc. I would use language that was more comforting to her, the universe, energy, etc, so that is my gift and I could bridge that gap. So I began to talk with her about that, and we built this really strong relationship and bond and after about a year, I began to talk about God a little more, and I told her I am not here to minister to you, but I just feel like I wanted to share this with you, and I would share things that helped me get my clarity with God, and you know to this day now, she promotes Jesus, she loves Jesus she is reborn again. There have been common themes where God brings people to me who have been hurt by religion.”

Transformation TV:

“You are feeling this pain and this disharmony because you’re trying to fit into a mold that God hasn’t created for you. I partnered with Transformation TV, and I had written a book just before which I should share titled 44 days returning the love. I know just the beginning to my next chapter in my life about helping people with relationships. Relationships starting with themselves and with God, because when you can align that, and be walking fully with who God created you to be, all other relationships thrive.”

Organizational tools:

Acuity, Google Calendar, Use the color codes!

The Universal blessing from Jena~

You can follow Jena here:

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DE190 Chad Hollister | A singer/songwriter who wears the colors of kindness, compassion, and graciousness, with a heart full of great songs to share with you!

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When did you create the Chad Hollister sound and who was it that got into your mind and soul to formulate who you are?

Drums are my roots, so in 2nd grade, I convinced my teacher to let me bring in my drum kit so that I could play, so I played to Kiss’s Rock n Rollover, from then when I went to Middle school, and I did the same there.

Favorite Artists: Stewart Copeland and the Police were my roots, as well as Paul Simon, and Bob Marley.

Riley Odelia had a song, so Bodi needed a song, and he got one!

“As a singer/songwriter I’m always working to just get better all the time, and to not be so preachy, and to bring about a positive message, right now more than ever in this world, we need music and we need positivity, because there is so much going on to deter us from that, but I feel that if we stay positive and continue to deliver that message through music I think the world can be better as utopic as that may sound, its a heartfelt dream of mine.”

Taking the Family on the Road:

“God bless my wife, Katie, in terms of highlights, we were blown away by Yellowstone National Park, sitting on a Volcano! We loved the Pacific Northwest and the real highlight was the Native Americans in our country and trying to understand what happened to them. There should be a native American history month in school every year, and it’s just not done. It was a real heartbreaking element seeing these reservations that are not flourishing.”

On Production:

“The entire record was produced by myself and Danny Bernini. Danny has done a lot of work with Ryan Montbleau, in the past, he had worked with Acoustic Junction. A really great guy and the thing that was great about Danny was that he was trying to bring out the best of Chad Hollister, and I think he did that, he was also the engineer on the project.”

Sharing the Stage:

“We got a chance to do the Bob Dylan Paul Simon opener, and Tom Petty as well. We were backstage hanging with the Brecker Brothers, and my hero Steve Gadd, who I had met two months prior on Martha’s Vineyard, he was hanging with Carly Simon, all of a sudden they were in front of me and we realized we were going to be on the same gig. All of a sudden Paul Simon walks out of the dressing room and just stands there, for a good 10 minutes (because we were all talking) I looked over and said “Hey Paul” and we just chatted for another 20 minutes and he complimented us on our sound check, so that was definitely a huge hi-light, and then Warren Haynes is one of the nicest guys and I got a chance to open for him, he invited me up on stage to play congas with him, he is such a gentleman.”

On Breathe:

From the “Stop the World” album, was included on the soundtrack for the movie 911.

Pandora:

“Back at the beginning of Pandora, they were anxious to have anyone as they were just getting started, and they needed content. The very first analyst was Bob Coons who was our guitarist at the time and then went on to play for the JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). Fast forward 18 years later, and Bob Coons is still an analyst to this day, and he got us into the catalog with my early records. We were touring in Oakland and Pandora has us up and the President is introducing us as one of their first bands with their very first analyst which is Bob and he is playing with me.”

Stop the World:

“I wrote this for my Mom, she is 86 years young, and I am the youngest of 5 kids, and she has 18 grandkids, of which my kids Riley and Body are 17 and 18. Whenever she is having one of those moments that she doesn’t want to forget, we grew up with the term “Oh Stop the World, I wanna get off” My brother and I would always make fun of her. Growing up and then having kids myself and also my brother and sisters having kids, we all started to have this stop the world moments myself, we play it every year at the Spruce Peak performing arts center in Stowe, this is our 6th year in a row?

House Concerts:

“It’s been huge in the folk world forever. The beautiful thing about a house concert is that you are in a much more comfortable setting, you just get to hang, the people get to know you , I take more time to explain where the songs come from, its just a beautiful connection to have with your fans, and the experience for the fans and the artist is just a million times better. Do 20 at 20 its a really simple marketing technique, 20 friends at $20 and it works.”

You can follow Chad here:

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www.chadmusic.com
Instagram
@chadhollister
Facebook
@chadhollisterband
Twitter
@chadhollister  

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DE189 Teresa Joy Haggerty | Perhaps the most creative dHarmic Star yet! “Trees of Joy” shares her creative wealth with the World!

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We are delighted to be joined by singer, songwriter, poet, author, and voiceover artist Teresa Joy Haggerty. She is the author and creator of Tjoy creations. Today, she is going to share with us her story on how her journey began and how her experience has been ever since.

You write books for children, how did this idea come about?

 The idea to write this book came to me and not from me. I was about to go to bed one night when the idea to write the book came to me but since I was tired I decided to do it the next day. I woke up at 4:30 am the next morning and spent the next two days writing the book.

Can you take us through your journey and how it all happened?

Tjoycreations is what the combination of the book entails. I wrote the book then later illustrated it through paintings and collages and songs too. In the book, each character has their own way through which they interact with the main character.  

How did everything that is the songs, the paintings, come to you?

The song there is a path, for example, came to me a long time ago as I was wandering through the woods but it just fit into this book. Some of the other songs just came from the writing. As for the paintings, a bunch of different artwork started coming to me about 3 years ago but I hid them because I felt like they were too childish. However, as I was writing the book I realized that the paintings could actually be characters in the book. 

Tell us the meaning behind the name Trees of Joy.

I never really liked the name Teresa and always wondered what I could do with the name. I love trees and I have always felt like I really connect to them. So about 10 years ago I had a powerful experience that led me to change my name from “Teresa Joy” to “Trees of Joy” by combining the syllables from the name Teresa to “trees of” hence trees of joy. 

 You have been traveling for quite some time and you have been to many places, can you tell us about your experience and what you took away from that?

I have been very fortunate to get the chance to travel. On this particular trip I had been traveling for about a year and for me, it was a journey of seeking. At the time I wasn't really in the best place as I was going through some personal things and so this was a deep time for me. However, I got to interact with different people and see new places and got to break out of my own boundaries and I really loved this experience. 

As a coach, who do you feel like you would help out the most?

I think I’m drawn to people who are in that change phase of their lives. Mostly people from the ages 16-36 since there are so many things that are coming at them. I enjoy having soulful conversations with people and I love creating an environment where people feel safe expressing themselves. I like having deep connections with people and helping them reconnect with their inner selves. 

You come from a family that is tied to worship, how has this had an impact on you and how has it molded you?

I’m definitely the person I am today because of my roots and I feel like that’s the most important thing parents can give to their children. My parents really guided us on regular basis and from this, we got a really deep sense of connection to God. And being “the creative” that I am this has really been helpful to me.

Who are the audiences for your book?

When I was writing the book at first, the editor suggested that we target the children from the 5th grade. This book has a lot of epic journey tales and so I feel like it’s not only for children who can use it as a learning tool but also for people who are in the struggle of life and challenges.   

You can follow Teresa here:

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www.tjoycreations.com
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@tjoycreations
Facebook
@tjoycreations
YouTube
tjoycreations   

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