Friday, September 18, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 120 With Nik Wallenda

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40976158" data-resource="episode_id=40976158" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 120 With Nik Wallenda" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 120:  

Nik Wallenda, face of "The Great Wallendas" has just released his "Facing Fear: Step Out in Faith and Rise Above What's Holding You Back." 

With his daring televised tightrope walks over Times Square, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and most recently over an active volcano.  Nik is known for pushing the envelope and identifying new, iconic locations around the globe to conquer. He takes stepping out in faith to a whole new level and shares the lessons he's learned along the way.

"Facing Fear" is a practical guide to overcoming fears that unpacks the life of the seventh-generation member of The Great Wallendas who had never experienced fear until a tragic accident in 2017. That’s when an eight-person pyramid he and several members of Wallenda's family were practicing collapsed, and five of its members fell thirty feet to the ground. Miraculously, they all survived, but the accident changed Wallenda's life forever. For the first time, he felt fear, and he had to learn to get past it to get back out on the wire.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Steve Lemme And Kevin Heffernan

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40972899" data-resource="episode_id=40972899" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan From TruTV&#39;s Tacoma FD" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Created by and starring Broken Lizard’s Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of the Super Troopers franchise, truTV’s Tacoma FD is a half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in one of America’s rainiest cities. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, these firefighters keep themselves entertained with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries and no shortage of bizarre emergency calls. Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme) lead the firehouse shenanigans and are joined by an eclectic crew played by Eugene Cordero (Andy), Marcus Henderson (Granny), Gabriel Hogan (Ike) and Hassie Harrison (Lucy). This season, the squad finds themselves fighting fires at a haunted house, trapped in an elevator during the annual Firefighter’s Ball, joining a firefighter’s choir and learning some new dance moves. To date, season two of Tacoma FD has reached over 10 million viewers and has had a rare season-over-season ratings growth with a top 5 cable comedy ranking on ad-supported cable this year.


Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan are best known for creating and starring in the Super Troopers film franchise. The two are also members of the Broken Lizards comedy group and have starred together in films including Beer Fest and Club Dread.

Terresa Shelton

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40974741" data-resource="episode_id=40974741" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Teressa Shelton Releases The Book The Sergeants Daughter" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


A moving account of overcoming extreme adversity in the pursuit of independence, reminiscent of The Glass Castle and Tara Westover’s Educated. Teressa’s sergeant father brings his military life to their already unstable home, meeting each of his daughters’ infractions with extreme punishment while their mother remains unsupportive and silent. Aided only by the solace of books, music, and a few kind figures, Teressa finds an eventual path to survival and redemption, finding pride in the fact that her father was never able to break her, no matter how hard he tried.

Ryan Jay Reviews

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40973892" data-resource="episode_id=40973892" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Just Another Day With Ryan Jay Episode 091820" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Holy binge watching movies Batman! Ryan Jay Reviews five brand new flicks. Two in theaters. One on Apple TV+, Netflix and another on demand. This week its Antebellum, The Nest, Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs, The Devil All The Time and The Secrets We Keep. If fake crowds in the background during college and pro football games is boring you. You have new movies to watch! Suit up! Get on that field with a bucket of popcorn and a giant soda! Move it! Or should I say movie it!!!!

One Day Strong

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40972250" data-resource="episode_id=40972250" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "One Day Strong" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 18, 2020

I’m not one to air my dirty laundry.  Yet I find the methods of madness that we’re all wading through during this season of 2020 to be nearly next to being scrap metal.  Not a Debbie Downer!  Over the past six to seven months, during these days of safe distance and working from home we’ve forgotten how to properly communicate.  To play nice.  Not be a Know It All or a chaser of keeping up with the Jones’.  No day passes that we aren’t bumping into enormous amounts of out of control, heavily unfocused and almost never researched points of view.  I physically want to stop asking why.  There are too many answers coming back at you!  On this podcast episode I bring up the subject of family.  Multiple broken families right now.  We read about it and we live through it.  We try to fix it only to watch it break down again and again.  The Brady Bunch and Partridge Family were broken as well.  But they were healed about 25 minutes into the show and it was never talked about again!  Be honest with yourself.  During these Covid days of individualism with a fake shade of being a team player, we’ve all become incredibly head strong.  Friends take forever to call you back or maybe you’ll get a reply to your email.  Nobody wants to deal with truth.  Then again, with so many points of view what part of this conversation can you believe?  My sister and I are a fractured fairytale.  We love each other then we Ghost each other for months.  We can’t be the only ones injured by two different sides to the story.  Especially these day, we all want to be heard.  The Governor of NC has opened the schools for the kids to return.  Put that thought in the center of a group of people.  The fight begins in three, two and one.  Don’t even bring up the Presidential election, the out of control climate or Drew Barrymore’s new daytime talk show.  The filters are off.  We’ve given ourselves permission to Ghost each other.  You’ll come back!  It may take a couple of months or years but God keeps making more.  I’ll be ok.  Every one of us are students of life.  And look at how we’re acting and reacting.  Wanna meet me over by the tree?  Make sure you show up!  There’s more than a ripple in our flow through life.  We’re into making huge waves.  The physical idea of wanting and needing to talk openly is being met with yet another fight or indifference caused by this requirement to be heard.  Our number one goal today and every day is to be confident and filled with courage.  To lead ourselves first through a desert that’s somehow connected to a Promise Land.  I totally get into being different, unique, a one of a kind snowflake.  But for some sick reason it’s leading to violence.  The divorce rate in the U.S. stood at 51% in February 2020 before Covid.  It’s up 31% in September 2020.  Top rated comedians with talk shows are being accused of being verbally abusive.  Trust me.  She isn’t the only one.  No need to throw our place of business under the bus.  It was accepted in the past.  If we didn’t like it.  We left.  It’s going to get worse.  Cuz being nice and getting along looks more like a weakness than a daily victory.  So, my sister and I talked last night.  Been a long time.  Longer than the struggles on Modern Family and Blackish.  I hear people from AA talking about being 15 years dry.  Six weeks dry!  It’s their personal victory and it rightfully should be celebrated.  As should my relationship with my sister.  One day strong!   Mom and Dad we’re getting along.  One day strong!  The moral of this story?  You aren’t alone during these chapters of invisible words and too many points of view.  The goal shouldn’t be to shut people out.  Verbal openness is an exercise.  Family is all you have.  Not one person on this planet needs to be alone.  God isn’t making more brothers and sisters.  You can’t just go out and find a friend that agrees to be bent into a person you accept.  Before you drop everything on your plate and plant a new forest with your family and friends, the first step needs to be a relationship with yourself.  Do you honestly know who you’ve become over the past seven months?  Do you even like yourself?  There’s always a sheet of paper somewhere nearby that would totally embrace your journey and answers without there being judgement.  Invite yourself to that circle of love and remove the inner struggles.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 119 With Eric The Trainer From Maine Monster

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40958588" data-resource="episode_id=40958588" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 119 With Eric The Trainer Of Maine Monster" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 119:  

Hollywood Physique Expert, Eric the Trainer has been using the safer at home orders to live his best life.  His latest endeavor stems from his love for music and he’s called upon some of his most talented celebrity friends and clients to make his rock star dreams come true.

The band’s name is Maine Monster.  A super band filled with members of HALL & OATES, NICKELBACK, AIR SUPPLY, JOURNEY.   Their first release is a love song titled “I’m Yours” all of the proceeds from this first single go to the nonprofit organization Feeding America.

 According to Eric, “In lockdown, my creativity flourished and I woodshedded a batch of songs that reflected the times.  Realizing that most major tours were postponed until next year, I called my pals and invited them to join me in the studio.  It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear the songs come to life.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Lukr

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40958063" data-resource="episode_id=40958063" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Lukr From NBC&#39;s Songland" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Lukr, a nickname he got from his grandfather, started songwriting at just 14 to express how he felt and communicate his emotions to connect with other people. After high school, Lukr attended audio engineering school but eventually realized that he wanted to be an artist and a songwriter. At 27, Lukr moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. Before that he was working as a movie projectionist at a movie theater and participated in medical studies for pay. Although Lukr has had some success in music, including more than 13 million streams on his Spotify channel, working with successful producers and sync placements, he is still looking for his big break. 

Tehlor Kay Mejia

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40952649" data-resource="episode_id=40952649" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Tehlor Kay Mejia Releases The Book Paola Santiago And The River Of Tears" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths. Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . . Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.

Kamie Crawford

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40952382" data-resource="episode_id=40952382" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Kamie Crawford Returns From Catfish On MTV" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Based on the hit 2010 documentary film Catfish, MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show brings together couples who have interacted solely through computer screens, helping people find the answers they deserve. Now, Catfish: The TV Show returns with its first-ever virtual season, airing Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT on MTV. While the world may still be socially distancing, people are online now more than ever looking for social connections and answers. Catfish hosts Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford will go to the ends of the internet to find them.


For the first time ever, Nev and Kamie work together remotely to do what they do best: track down the truth. This season, Nev and Kamie have their work cut out for them as they must play by new rules, encounter new obstacles and dive head first into the world’s ‘new normal’ to uncover lies and potentially find true love.

 

Kamie Crawford is a TV Host, Content Producer, Model and Former Miss Teen USA with a love for all things beauty, fashion and pop culture. Kamie has always had a passion for investigative journalism and is now putting her own “FBI” skills to the test while working alongside Nev Schulman as co-host of Catfish: The TV Show. When she's not in front of the camera, Kamie is collaborating and creating social content with major beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands like Swarovski, Lancôme, Dove, Rent the Runway and so many others. Working as a model in a fashion world that deems anything over a size 4 as “plus sized” and in a digital space that often lacks inclusion has sparked Kamie to use her influence to spread the importance of body positivity and diversity in the digital sphere and beyond.

The Music In Our Dreams

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40953441" data-resource="episode_id=40953441" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "The Music In Our Dreams" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 17, 2020

Those songs!  The tunes we hear while dreaming.  They play so vibrantly without skipping like an old fashioned CD.  Those songs are endlessly playing and all we’re trying to do is get some sleep.  I’m shocked that the music industry hasn’t figured out a way to monetize this connection we have with their beats and lyrics.  I’m not talking about streaming on your smart phone or chumming up with your old iPod.  Nope.  Those songs that somehow someway make an appearance within the moving pictures displayed in your dreams.  The experts say that music is a representation of emotion.  How it arrives is based on each individual situation.  Personally, I’ve always wanted to keep a list of what song was playing the night before.  To do some research.  To study the layout of words and or lyrics.  But I always pull myself back.  I don’t listen to song lyrics!  It’s my radio weakness.  I put up the block on song lyrics way back in the days of Michael Bolton being played 400 times every show.  I had to create a mental break in the action so it wouldn’t come across that I was extremely tired of hearing When A Man Loves A Woman.  But it doesn’t keep the music from playing late late at night. Is it really hooked up to emotion or is it quite possible that during these pressurized days and nights of Covid, the political elections, protests, forest fires and hurricanes that our minds are dumping.  Creating room for more bad news.  What’s something easy the system can toss out?  I know!  The music!  The reason why any of this has been brought up is based on my wife waking up this morning talking about a Supertramp song playing in her thoughts last night. A deep cut that radio doesn’t play.  I know she’s not watching YouTube videos and streaming isn’t going to touch it.  How did the song from Supertramp get into her dreams?  How do any of the songs get there?  Should we be paying a royalty?  I’d be glad to but under one condition.  I need to be given the power to hit the next button.  If I don’t want the Supertramp deep cut playing then give me permission to leap to the next then the next then the next.  Damn!  Now it’s time to get up for another workday.  And if the experts are right about music being a representative of our emotions, I’d love to know the numbers of those hearing AC/DC and Godsmack.  Hardcore Rock during a time when we’re trying to shut out this messy careless planet.  The funny thing about that is how we don’t have a volume control.  We can’t turn it down or off.  Whoa… wait a second.  What if while we’re sleeping we’re nothing more than a speaker on a wall or an earbud?  A strange place we are in.  Let’s go listen to some music! 


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 118

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40933129" data-resource="episode_id=40933129" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 118 With Dr Jeanette Batancourt and Rosita" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus.

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward. 

Episode 118: 

Sesame Street for Military Families Helps Parents Navigate Military Children’s Health Care Changes During Relocation.  as COVID-19 creates unique challenges

Sesame Street for Military FamiliesTransitions in Health Care provides essential tips for non-military families as well.

When parents have productive relationships with the pediatricians, dentists, and other health care providers who treat their children, it benefits families and providers alike.  For military families, frequent moves add another layer to developing those connections. 

Maintaining  consistent medical care; moving across state or country lines may complicate matters even further.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.


Pod Crashing Episode 73

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40932654" data-resource="episode_id=40932654" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Pod Crashing Episode 73 With Tracy And Holly From Suff You Missed In History Class" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Pod-Crashing Episode 73 with Holly Frey and Tracy V Wilson from Stuff You Missed In History Class.

Two episodes a week plus a bonus classic from the archive every Saturday.  Holy and Tracy learned to love history.  I mean it’s how the modern world was shaped.  Yep by lesser-known people and events.

The podcast digs into topics that haven't gotten enough attention in world of history - whether they're weird, wonderful, scary or sad. Favorite episodes include everything from the decades-long dispute between butter and margarine, to a pair of lions that terrorized a railroad crew in Kenya, to the only successful coup d'état in American history.

Christie Pearce Rampone

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40932023" data-resource="episode_id=40932023" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Christie Pearce Rampone Releases The Book Be All In" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>

Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Christie Pearce Rampone and sports neuropsychologist Dr. Kristine Keane share the best practices that athletes, parents, and coaches can use to turn the lessons learned through sports into lifelong skills.

Sports offer a vital path for children to get healthy, self-confident, and social. In Be All In, three-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup Champion, and US team captain Christie Pearce Rampone and sports neuropsychologist and brain health expert Dr. Kristine Keane offer practical, real world advice on how to handle the pressures felt by youth athletes, parents, and coaches today and provide kids with their best shot at reaching their dreams.

In contrast to outdated adages like "no pain, no gain," the ethos of "be all in" is about being authentically present in everything you do, on and off the field. Through a unique blend of neuroscience, parenting strategies, and wisdom gleaned from the extraordinary experiences of a world-class athlete, this transformative book explains how to create realistic expectations for kids, help them succeed in all aspects of their life, improve game day performance, and reduce the stress of dealing with their coaches, ambitions and losses.

With invaluable insight into parenting behaviors that may derail children's performance despite best intentions, and concrete strategies for teaching accountability, confidence, self-efficacy, and resiliency, this fundamental guide has tips to support athletes of any age, sport, or level of competition.

Jump The Fall

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40930608" data-resource="episode_id=40930608" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Steve Kilroy From Jump The Fall Releasing Ten Year Guilt Part 1l" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Vocalist Randy Bettencourt shares what Ten Year Guilt, Part 1 means to him. He says, "It really is a culmination of something that we started over 10 years ago. Personally, I knew that we had great chemistry together and things just clicked. Putting things back together and seeing things through was exciting and very satisfying." Jump The Fall took a 10-year hiatus, though the band never officially broke up and stayed active in the music scene with other bands. Drummer Steve Kilroy shares, "10 Year Guilt is the name of one of our songs but seemed appropriate. Around that time I had gotten the opportunity to tour with Tantric. Sadly, soon after that opportunity, people had family matters that forced us to disband, but every so often we would talk about possibly getting back into it." Kilroy adds, "The recordings were always my personal favorite tracks, and getting to remix and master them for a release was more than satisfying to me." As far as the recording process went, Bettencourt shares, "This EP has touched multiple studios in multiple cities, states and even countries! From Massachusetts, to the UK, to LA, Nashville, and a few other places in between. It took some time but we think we got it right." The EP was recorded and produced by Dave Eve, Anthony Resta, John Mailloux, and Paul Hager. Mastering was done at The Lodge.

Reaching For The Ocean

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40929808" data-resource="episode_id=40929808" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Reaching For The Ocean" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 16, 2020

I love being a daily writer.  I get to put anything on paper without feeling the pressure of being judged until the thoughts are set free.  Kids aren’t the only ones saying the darndest things.  If we took more time to listen to those around us we’d be totally entertained and inspired. I laugh incredibly loud when standing inside circles of free form thinkers who aren’t afraid of failing with their words.  It reminds me of that moment on the radio show when every break performed was the worst.  I couldn’t put anything together without tripping.  Then I started making fun of myself live on the radio.  To help invite even more peace is when listeners would mention how much they enjoyed my flubs because it made me one of them.  On this podcast episode the focus is on giving yourself permission to say the darndest things.  Being a free form stream thinking poet that happens to write paragraphs of new thoughts and ideas, there are times when what I say flies so far over people’s heads that it makes me look like an idiot rather than a survivor.  My teacher wife of 28 incredible years always tells me, “If you have to explain your thoughts then it wasn’t a good one.”  I keep doing it.  Because I love trying to explain it.  A good example was what fell from the nib of the writing instrument this morning.  Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion.  What?  I know!  Way the heck out there!  Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion. Here’s how I invite you to look deeper into the presence of the sentence.  Water doesn’t become stale when set free to reach the sands of distant oceans.  Too often we find the events of the moment to be the same as yesterday, the day before that and the month before that.  The Covid-19 quarantine introduced us to the slowing down of personal growth and goals.  The idea of getting back to 2019 Normal is nothing more than a flashback.  Rather than push ourselves deeper into a year of unheard of change and challenge, the decision for many has been to sit here with our palms open.  To be given something for just sitting here.  Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion.  Becoming stale water.  Children aren’t being held accountable for being lesser than what they once were.  They aren’t getting 100% of their assignments in.  Because it’s the new acceptable.  I get it!  Parents are exhausted.  They weren’t designed with teacher patience and leadership skills that reach through a child’s desire and decision to not want to learn.  I’m facing the same situation with my adult students who are physically in class with me!  Very few people want to ignite a new age of personal growth and goals.  Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion.  Sure, things are slowly reopening around the world.  But nothing like a full river of potential success.  The new acceptable is allowing ourselves to set things aside.  I’m stressed.  I’ve got anxiety.  I’m not feeling it. I’ll have newer excuses tomorrow.  We have a trickle in the stream that’s being blocked by dams created by beavers.  The water is still going to get stale.  There needs to be flow.  We’ve got to stop being bystanders on the river’s edge. Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion.  Gain your access!  Get back into that head and heart.  Ok so your old job isn’t what it used to be or it’s still in lockdown mode.  Locate the strength to put yourself in a new direction.  Yes, you’ll probably make less money.  I was in an interview yesterday.  Totally different career.  The big guy boss looked at me and said, “I really want to bring you onto my team.  How much are you looking to make.”  I did one of those prayers with your eyes wide open and let God move through me.  My answer is a why people say the darndest thing moments.  I replied, “We are in Covid-19. Your future customers will be no different than me.  They’ll be searching for a job or making less money because the old job no longer exists.  I want to be on equal grounds with them because I know through building new relationships the greater payoff isn’t today but in the years ahead.”  Gaining access to an over active imagination addicted to keeping the paths locked on forward emotion. Take the step.  If it feels like you’ve fallen off a cliff.  Remember what happens in dreams.  You wake up before you hit the ground.  Trust your gut.  Take the step.      


Gretchen Cherington

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40929570" data-resource="episode_id=40929570" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Gretchen Cherington Releases The Book Poetic License" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


In the vein of Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs and Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein, Cherington’s memoir explores her life as a Pulitzer prize winning poet’s daughter: how she confronts her family’s myths and her beloved father’s betrayals while finding her voice and establishing her own legacy. A celebrated writer in her own right (her essay “Maine Roustabout” was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize), her father Richard Eberhart was a household name whose literary career spanned eight decades, including his roles as poet-in-residence-turned-emeritus professor at Dartmouth, U.S. Poet Laureate under Eisenhower and Kennedy from 1959-1961, and winner of the Bollinger prize in 1962, the Pulitzer Prize in 1966, and the National Book Award in 1977 (with an additional 5 nominations). To the world, her father was untouchable, a revered celebrity talent. But to Gretchen, he was just her beloved dad. Until he wasn’t. 

Robert Bathurst

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40928879" data-resource="episode_id=40928879" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Robert Bathhurst Narrator Of All The Devils Are Here From Louise Penny" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Fans of Canadian mystery novelist Louise Penny are legion. With 15 bestselling books her characters have made their way into the hearts of many. In her 16th novel, ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, we find   Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.  This beautifully constructed mystery reveals truths about the Gamache family- changing family dynamics forever.

 

Narrated by noted actor, Robert Bathurst, best known in the U.S. for his role as Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey, the ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE Audiobook, features Bathurst’s beautifully nuanced performance.  Winner of the 2020 Audie Award (audiobooks awards) for Best Male Narrator, Bathurst has been lending his inimitable style to the six most recent Louise Penny novels in the Inspector Ganache Series.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Lyrics From Billy's Forest Chapter 218

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40911623" data-resource="episode_id=40911623" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "The Lyrics From Billys Forest Chapter 218" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>

September 15, 2020

How about that year 2020?  This amusement park ride continues to deliver!  And we keep showing up in line.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could make the decision of enough is enough?  On this podcast episode we’re jumping back to 8:09 am on August 9, 2020.  Hold it.  Wait a moment.  All of these weeks just went by and I just noticed that the 5.1 earthquake that shook North Carolina took place at 8:09 am on the eighth month and 9th day!  I was sitting in the forest during the moment of shake rattle and roll.  The very forest that was enjoying a visit from a writer during the huge eclipse from a few years back that left us in the dark for a few moments.  Although the earth shook on August 9th nothing changed in this forest.  The birds, deer, snakes, spiders, owl and squirrels didn’t seem to be bothered.  Maybe there was a ripple in the creek water and the trees acted as if it was just another late summer breeze.  There’s got to be a message here.  In all that’s happening during these documented days of 2020 why does nature seem to be shrugging its shoulders?  What’s the missing language?  Somewhere along the way we’ve lost the pronunciation and definition guide that fully explains what’s happening.  It’s all right here.  It’s physically happening!  I feel like we’ve become horridly addicted to social media and headlines in general because we use it to check in.  To find out how other people are reacting.  At times we fall witness to those who are respecting other people’s place on the map.  Then there are those moments when it’s nearly impossible to let anything sink inside. We keep taking these hits without learning the intended message.  The entire image reminds me of Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, “Yes sir! I’m not quitting sir!”  The positive sits in the number of global people who aren’t sitting down during these chapters of new age struggles and very little victory.  It may not look like we’re united on the forefront of unpredictable change but there’s physical evidence of that hidden drive to compassionately be present.  Today there’s five tropical storms and hurricanes racing across the Atlantic Ocean, the west coast is still on fire, the homeless rate is on a major increase and not too shocking a new report reveals that intimacy in marriages has hit an all-time low.  How much can we take and is there an emergency exist?  In this moment of now be aware that calm starts with choice. I spilled hot coffee his morning and laughed about it.  When compared to everything else going haywire, losing a cup of Joe on the floor seemed to tickle the over protected soul.  Choice.  It’s where conversation begins.  It’s where listening continues.  Richard Gere endlessly had to make a choice in An Officer and a Gentleman.  Men were dropping out because the stress of the daily test was getting to be too much.  Mentally and physically they were on a path of destruction and not resurrection.  Big word right?  And it’s not even Easter.  Choice.  It empowers your present place in the now.  It may not have the Hail Mary championship trophy at the end but you still displayed the courage to work not just through the storm but beyond the storm.  I take my first walk through the forest every morning at 4:30.  It’s my choice.  To be in nature.  To figure out how to shrug my shoulders and keep moving on.  Find your inner leadership.  It starts with choice.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 117

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40839643" data-resource="episode_id=40839643" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 117 With Rik Emmett From Triumph" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 117:  

During the hot steamy days that were once July 2020, Round Hill Records reissued 11 solo Rik Emmet recordings in the digital format.  Which is an extremely important part of music history moving forward.


After five decades in the biz, Rik Emmett has earned the adjectives ‘prolific’ and ‘eclectic’.  Following over a dozen platinum albums with his band Triumph.  He’s produced 20 more as a non-platinum indie, ranging from rock and blues to jazz, folk & classical


Rik's latest release is the singer-songwriter acoustic project, Folk Songs for the Farewell Bonfire.   Retired from touring, he has just completed a manuscript of poetry – working title, Reinvention.  He works in his home studio The Rockit Lab, capturing new singer-songwriter-guitarist material.   He also blogs regularly on his website's member forum, interacting with his fans and answering posts.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Stacey Simms

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40842331" data-resource="episode_id=40842331" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Stacey Simms Radio Television Blogs Books Podcast Oh My!" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Broadcasters are connectors.  The ambition and drive to reach beyond the microphones and cameras.  They become authors, so many of them are musicians and can cook up a pretty mean plate of Gordon Ramsey like dinners.  Oh wait.  Not Stacey Simms.  

She laughs out loud when talking about that little room with hot and cold things.  Her strength is in that connection with the community.  Instead of privately dealing with Types 1 and 2 Diabetes in her family she chose to learn about it.  When I say it.  I mean everything that is lived out every day from the medicines to machines and beyond.  

It started as a blog.  Grew to a book.  Now a podcast.  See what I mean.  Broadcasters are connectors.  

Yeah, we have a fairly lengthy conversation.  It’s not only about November being National Diabetes Month.  We swap real radio stories, what it’s like when you can’t turn off creativity, we share our personal experiences with September 11th. A lot of incredible talk in an age that’s completely addicted to letting our thumbs do the communicating.

Liz Loza

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40837924" data-resource="episode_id=40837924" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Liz Loza From Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football And More For The 2020-21 Season" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Liz Loza is one of the industry’s leading fantasy sports experts. She writes about fantasy sports for Yahoo Sports and is also part of the award-winning Fantasy Football LIVE, Yahoo Sports’ live Sunday show offering last-minute lineup related advice, in-depth commentary and insights about players, matchups and news of the day.


Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @LizLoza_FF.


Liz can take your questions about the season, discuss the news of the day and new offerings from Yahoo Sports that will enhance the fan experience this season.


Yahoo Sports is the mobile home for sports fans, offering the most robust access to live, local and primetime NFL games, an award-winning fantasy platform, comprehensive news, original series, scores, standings and more. With real-time, personalized content and immersive mobile experiences, Yahoo Sports is innovating for the next generation of sports fans. Download the Yahoo Sports app on iOS and Google Play and download the Yahoo Fantasy app on iOS and Google Play to sign-up and play with Yahoo Fantasy Sports. Yahoo Sports is part of Verizon Media.

Ryan ay Reviews

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40839305" data-resource="episode_id=40839305" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Just Another Day With Ryan Jay Episode 091120" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Three new movies are on their way to your viewing hot spot.  If you're lucky enough to get into a theater or hit an outdoor drive in Ryan Jay Reviews a couple of them. The Broken Hearts Gallery puts a fun little spin on breaking up.  If its terror and weirdness that you seek Ryan says Rent A Pal starts off really good then it takes a huge freaky walk half way through.  Did you see there's another Pets movie?  It's on Netflix only.  Its called Pets United and has nothing to do with any of the other Pet films.

Walking In Each Other's Shoes

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40837769" data-resource="episode_id=40837769" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Walking In Each Others Shoes" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 11, 2020

Wow… Here we are.  The 19th anniversary of one of the most tragic moments in our nation’s history.  On this day in 2001 I was writing.  Just as I’ve done for 26 years.  Every thought before the towers were turned into physical nightmares and each and every emotion that followed not just on September 11th but every day, month and year that’s followed.  So many thoughts moving through this system of choice.  For 19 years this day has been extremely heavy to carry.  I think about it weeks before the anniversary and after.  While walking through the forest yesterday I let my thoughts get away from me.  I reflected on the other horrific moments this generation has endured but to concentrate on just us isn’t being fair to those that shaped us.  Before Ronald Reagan my parents had JFK.  My grandparents had to deal with bombs dropped on Japan.  So many thoughts moving through this system of choice.  On this podcast episode I come clean about what it’s been like to be a daily writer for 26 years.  I ask, “What if I hadn’t made that choice? Walking the way of the holder instead.”  Writing frees the mind.  It allows the everyday moments and challenges to be nothing more than a whisper.  The writer is a warrior whereas the radio person is just another voice.  The writer is a chance taker.  The total view from the writing instrument isn’t always understood.  Which I love because being a writer creates a path for readers and receivers to develop their own interpretation.  I’ve always called it a blizzard white canvas.  The creative mind being given the opportunity to breathe.  So many thoughts and I want to share them all.  Hmmm maybe not as a physical voice but rather a writer.  It’s an election year.  We’re in a pandemic and our streets in America are a battleground.  My father was extremely stern when he’d warn us, “Mind your own business.”  I didn’t become a reporter or journalist because of structure and command.  Our way or hit the highway.  To my left are the extremely protective boxes that hold every word set free on this day 19 years ago.  The shock.  The fear, doubt and blinded journey of having no idea as to what to expect next.  Words on a page.  I posted on Facebook yesterday that it’s truest reach and purpose is to do nothing more than give my grandchildren’s children the experience.  Which might prove to be important during a time and age where it truly feels like decision makers and national leaders are doing everything they can to erase history.  So many thoughts moving through this system of choice.  How do you digest the existence of the present?  A selfie stashed on your smartphone is just a picture.  Writing every day is the photograph that comes with a thousand words. 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 116 With Sally Cole Misch

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40822408" data-resource="episode_id=40822408" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 116 With Author Sally Cole Misch" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>

Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 116:  

Throughout her career, author Sally Cole-Misch has advocated for progressive environmental conservation and policy, urging people to recognize the value of nature in their lives in order to protect it. This passion and appreciation for the natural world comes through in her immersive debut novel The Best Part of Us.  

Yes, we share an incredible conversation about the book but we also go deep into the connections we need to be having with nature.  The very thing that could help millions of people nationwide sits only feet or inches from their nearest tough.  Being one with nature is a great mental and physical healer during these Covid 19 days and nights.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Joe List

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40817277" data-resource="episode_id=40817277" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Joe List From I Hate Myself On Comedy Central YouTube" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Joe List: I Hate Myself, shot at the historic Village Underground in New York City, explores List’s hilarious neuroses in the way only he can – including how to refer to people who have obsessive compulsive disorder, why it’s insane to think anyone is able to sleep on a plane, and his theory that the dental industry is a sham.


Joe began his comedy career in Boston in 2000 just weeks after graduating from high school. Since that time, he’s been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman, made multiple appearances on Conan, and appears in the Netflix series The Stand Ups. In 2015, List was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standingand had his own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central. His albums So Far No Good and Are You Mad at Me? can be heard regularly on Sirius Radio. List is also the co-host of his own popular weekly podcast “Tuesdays with Stories.” When not headlining comedy clubs all over North America, List is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.

Sean Parnell

 

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40814858" data-resource="episode_id=40814858" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Sean Parnell Releases The Book One True Patriot" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


At the age of 24, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon, known as the Outlaws, and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. His New York Times bestselling memoir Outlaw Platoon, tells how close combat reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men, and how the love and faith they found in one another kept them alive. Parnell captured a story of brotherhood and painted an intense searing portrait of war that has rarely been so acutely and realistically captured.


Now Parnell brings his boots-on-the-ground experience to ONE TRUE PATRIOT (William Morrow, on sale 9/3). With Outlaw Platoon, Parnell gave readers a vivid, action-packed true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery that landed readers in the heat and smoke of combat. He brings that same heart and passion to One True Patriot which features special operator Eric Steele-an Alpha-an elite soldier under the direct command of the president of the United States.


When Steele and his mother are ambushed at his home, she lands in the ICU after the brutal attack. While on the hunt for the men who put his mother in a coma, Steele discovers he's become entangled in a far more sinister plan-one that could lead all the way back to his father's clandestine days in the military. A terrorist named Zakayev has escaped the Russian prison and has joined forces with Hassan Sitta, a man who has a bomb planted in the Middle East. But that is only the beginning of a horrifying plan that, if it succeeds, will shatter international alliances and bring the world to the brink of war. S

Darious Lyles

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40814468" data-resource="episode_id=40814468" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Darious Lyles From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Adopted as a baby, Darious grew up a pastor’s kid and that inspired his love for gospel music. He joined a band in high school and after graduation dedicated his time to writing and recording music. His career was finally taking shape until he suddenly lost his father. Darious has taken his time to get back into music, but had quick success on Spotify when a song he produced was streamed over a million times. Darious sadly lost his mother a few years later, who always encouraged him to chase his dreams. Knowing that life is precious, Darious has since reconnected with his birth mom and comes to “The Voice” hoping to make his late parents proud.

We Have Each Other

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40813717" data-resource="episode_id=40813717" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "We Have Each Other" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 10, 2020

I remember hosting those early morning radio shows. I’d show up at 4am to help bring life to that two speaker stage.  There were people on the other side of that microphone that needed a huge pick me up or something simple to hold onto during their busy and confused new beginning.  Being in the studio at that time was and still is the radio dream millions wish to live.  It served as a place of connection, importance and on good days with the decision maker’s acceptance. The one thing you never want radio listeners to know is what it’s like when the alarm goes off at 2:45 and no matter what mood or mindset you’re in the show must go on.  The mental confusion of last night suddenly becoming morning to never truly knowing if it’s a Monday or a Thursday.  Not until you grab the local newspaper and it showcases the day and date.  On this podcast episode we leap into a more modern morning performance on a different set of speakers.  Away from radio.  I’m still up by 4am.  I hit the podcast microphone at 5:30.  But before anything unfolds or is written in daily journals my dog Jazzie and I take a walk through the forest.  I’m amazed at what we see so early.  No two walks the same.  The deer are slow dancing with the moon while the owl is teaching its wisdom to anyone willing to listen.  The timid rabbits sit in the middle of the meadow just watching the ticks on the clock stretching toward another minute.  The animal kingdom and nature have been extremely vibrant since our first step into Covid quarantine and social distancing.  Spring and Summer 2020 have produced some of the greatest visuals with wild flowers and tall grass.  The mystic shadows of a journey moving forward has been given the opportunity to breathe and yet so many of us have missed it.  We’re still missing out the most important part of this present place we stand.  Being available to participate with all that is Now. There’s an openness taking place and nature is letting us in to experience what’s always been here.  No politics, no riots, no pandemic and a looming financial crash.  Every animal I paused to study this new day was in a place of peace and no human walking their crazy dog was going to interrupt their dot on the map.  Our world seems to be falling apart while their steps bring forward every reason to keep dreaming.  So what does any of this have to do with hosting a morning radio show? I wish it could’ve been a little bit more real rather than always trying to take listeners toward a laugh.  Savor your current place of growth.  The moment we get extremely busy and less caring again you aren’t getting this much space back.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 115

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40800658" data-resource="episode_id=40800658" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 115 With Kevin Martin From Candlebox" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 115:  

Legendary Alternative Rocker’s Candlebox have released a brand new song “Let Me Down Easy” It’s the first glimpse of new material since their 2016 release Disappearing in Airports.  


According to lead singer Kevin Martin the new song is a reflection of the everyday world.  He says, “We’re all sinners. Ain’t a saint amongst us, and you can only hope that when your time comes it’s not a struggle, that maybe you might be lucky enough to be forgiven.”


The track was written by Peter Cornell (brother of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer/songwriter Chris Cornell) 


The music will be featured on Candlebox’s recently completed new full-length (and currently untitled) album.  “The band’s priority right now is the health and safety of family, friends and fans.

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Francesco DiCosmo

 


A FAREWELL TO KINGS initially came together out of a RUSH celebration event of the same name that drummer Brian Tichy organized at the NAMM show in 2017. This included Francesco DiCosmo on bass and vocals, Walter Ino on guitar and Jonathan Sindelman on keys.


 


Acting as the house band in the event which celebrated four decades of RUSH’s music, it featured many all-star drummers, guitarists, vocalists and bassists proving to be a momentous, inspiring occasion! 


 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40799127" data-resource="episode_id=40799127" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Rocker Francesco Dicosmo From A Farewell To Kings Releases Huck Finn" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


After this, AFTK would play gigs when their schedules aligned.


 


En route to one gig in 2019, Tichy said to the other guys, “What if we wrote our own song in the spirit of Rush and named it “Huck Finn”! (as a tip of the hat to “Tom Sawyer”, Rush’s most famous song.)


This was half a joke that soon became a concrete idea with the potential to offer something truly unique for Rush fans, by Rush fans, and that would serve to challenge AFTK on an entirely different level!


 


The initial writing session & recording was ambitious, fast-paced, and almost effortless. They also filmed an in-studio video for “Huck Finn”.


 


AFTK agreed to write and record more songs with the idea of completing an EP, but scheduled conflicts got in the way and the project was put on hold.


 


Then, this year, on January 10th, the shocking news spread around the world of the passing of iconic Rush drummer/ lyricist Neil Peart. Deeply affected by this, the guys agreed they should release “Huck Finn” as a tribute to all the decades of influence Neil has on AFTK, not to mention the impact he's had on the world of drumming, countless musicians, lyricists, writers, fans, and rock music in general!  


 


From AFTK: 


“We are all deeply affected by the passing of Neil Peart, in fact so much so that we feel the timing is right to release “Huck Finn”.  Written and recorded over a year ago, it shows how much Neil and the band mean to us!  There has never been and never will be another Rush, and certainly no other artist like Neil Peart!  The world is not the same without “the Professor on the drum kit”!!!   He will be sorely missed and remembered as one of the world’s greatest! 


 


Drummer Brian Tichy says, “It was clear that after the novelty of writing HUCK FINN wore off, we had a song we felt represented how much of an impact Rush had on us. Their influence has been constant in my life since I was 12 years old and Neil instantly became one of my top 3 favorite drummers of all time!


RIP Neil Peart!”


 


Bassist and singer, Francesco DiCosmo commented, “ “The inspiration of celebrating 40 years of RUSH’s amazing music as a tribute was a truly awesome experience, and even more poignant now that Neil has very sadly, passed away. We feel the need to get Huck Finn out to the world as a truly heartfelt tribute to Neil Peart and Geddy & Alex as well, and to show the gratitude of the life changing Music they have given us. The natural progression for AFTK to write an EP of adventurous music I hope will be our direction. Im sure we’ll write music that’s exciting and engaging for us so I'm sure it will be for others as well and to keep this amazing style of music alive. I’m looking forward to writing & recording more music with these great players, as testament and gratitude to Neil Peart and Rush.”


 


Guitarist Walter Ino stated, “I remember hearing ‘Exit Stage Left’ for the first time when I was 14 years old, right when I started playing guitar. I was an immediate fan! I memorized that whole record from beginning to end, including every single hit of Neil’s drum solo on YYZ! Playing with AFTK brings me back to why I started playing music to begin with. Our first attempt at writing as a group all started from an old guitar riff that I had sitting around for years, which turned into our song “Huck Finn”.  I’m so proud of what we came up with collectively! We really wanted to honor Rush and show how much they influenced us as artists and players. And now, with the passing of Neil, the heartbeat of Rush, we felt it was important for our fans to see how much they meant to us.”


 


Keyboardist Jonathan Sindelman says, "The personal, artistic, and cultural impact RUSH has made is well beyond quantifiable.  Apart from the artistic merit and accomplishments of each individual, the bonds these guys forged through music and friendship left a lasting impression on me from the time I was 12 years old.  In light of Neil's passing, I would say that to me he's always been the voice of reason in rock music, and for songwriting in general.  The legacy Neil led and now leaves behind, through his musicianship, lyrics and novels, will continue to be regarded and revered as something inherently good in the world.  And a huge thanks to the guys in AFTK for the honorable work and standard of excellence that is the band, and for our collaboration on HUCK FINN -- Simply the good stuff, and a wonderful gift back to Rush fans!" 


 


Lookout for A FAREWELL TO KINGS! They're on an adventure and have a sound that firmly roots them as a force to be reckoned with in the world of progressive rock and beyond!


 


A FAREWELL TO KINGS is a Los Angeles based, world class progressive rock band comprised of Grammy winning, touring and recording musicians from some of the most well known names in rock music!

Laura Jamison

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40798270" data-resource="episode_id=40798270" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Laura Jamison The Book All The Right Mistakes" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script> 


Five Dartmouth college friends are all approaching forty at various points in their relationships and careers. With humor and heart, Jamison unfolds each woman’s individual circumstances: work stress, parenting, infertility, racism, sexism, financial burdens, marital woes, and sudden loss. But when Heather, the most ambitious and successful of the five (think Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer), writes a bestselling “tell-all” advice book exposing each of her friend’s big “mistakes” that have set them back in life, these women begin to question what success looks like.

 Laura Jamison is an attorney from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four children. When she is not practicing law or writing, she is driving her kids to one of their many activities in her minivan. Laura is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. This is her first book. She currently resides in Whitefish Bay, WI.

Jim McBride

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40797974" data-resource="episode_id=40797974" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Jim McBride Releases The Movie Skin A History Of Nudity In Movies" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN THE MOVIES , Available On Demand August 18th, explores the history of nudity in film, beginning with the silent movie era through present day. The film features revealing interviews with actors including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula )as well as directors Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks)and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless).


A definitive documentary on the history of nudity in the movies, beginning with the silent movie era through present day, examining the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity in films while emphasizing the political, sociological and artistic changes that shaped this rich history.


SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN THE MOVIES delves into the gender bias concerning nudity in motion pictures and will follow the revolution that has pushed for gender equality in feature films today. A deep discussion of pre-code Hollywood and its amoral roots, the censorship that "cleaned up" Hollywood and how the MPAA was formed leads into a discussion of how nudity changed cinematic culture through the decades. It culminates in a discussion of "what are nude scenes like in the age of the #METOO movement?"


SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN THE MOVIES features Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Targets, Saint Jack), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Diane Franklin (The Last American Virgin, Better Off Dead, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), Pam Grier (The Big Doll House, Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown, Above the Law), Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who's Talking, Clueless), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula, Startrek: Generations, Halloween), Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Inherent Vice, Star 80), Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street), Jim McBride (creator of Mr. Skin),

The Lyrics From Billy's Forest Chapter 217

 <a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40796872" data-resource="episode_id=40796872" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "The Lyrics From Billys Forest Chapter 217" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


September 9, 2020

I find great creative pleasure while writing in a forest.  There’s something about the atmosphere that welcomes the human head and heart without there being judgement or an overbearing expectation that leads to silence.  You’d never know how wrong the world is inside a forest.  A recent RVing trip put me in the center of a long line of trees so willing to give.  Within those sticks stuck feet first in mud were the humans.  Many of them telling the tale of how important it’s becoming to let go of the city life and get on the road before time calls us back home.  On this podcast episode the goal isn’t to paint the photograph of what it’s like to be in an RV or how living in the wide open space seems like the answer to everything.  The mission is disconnection.  We’re bombarded with daily news that few trust.  We can’t look at other people without instantly wondering if they’ve got Covid or a political decision that doesn’t agree with us.  We might as well toss in our level of courage and personal comfort in the way of telling the Great Creator that we’ve got this moment of madness under control.  The life we once knew is getting further and further away.  Digesting the new reality has always been a choice.  But the strength to make the right decision can be seen weakening in the presence of others.  Look at the huge list of spiritual books and podcasts that have pushed their visibility toward our inability to escape.  Stop! Wait!  If this were a movie and someone had a safe way out, you’d spend a few moments thinking about joining the group.  To break free of.  To race back into.  To feel whole again.  Since the birth of this Covid mess I’ve written many times about the chase to locate the missing God.  That spirit in the sky that’s not answering your text messages.  As one person put it, “The Creator of why we feel alone.”  First and foremost you aren’t alone.  What you feel is generated by a conscious mind that’s demanding answers as well as reactions.  Most of us feel like we don’t fit in an ever changing situation.  This isn’t the MMA where we can tap out.  There is no NBA shot clock and we can’t shove this experience into an NHL two minute penalty box.  My new studies involve the subconscious.  That little thing we’ve left behind.  We’ve got this!  No need for help.  We’re cool.  And God looks on with a somewhat innocent smile.  The subconscious!  Look at who you are and where you stand from three different angles.  I’ve done it on this blog.  It went straight through your moment of Now and you didn’t pick up on it.  Take your challenge and look at it three different ways.  Your way.  It’s way.  Now God’s way.  Write it out.  Read it over and over.  Each change and challenge has a voice and we as a normal people are looking at it only one way.  Ours!  Your subconscious is screaming to be heard.  It needs to be present.  Look at every point of view. Your way.  It’s way.  God’s way.  Welcome to your brand new beginning.  Walk in peace.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 114

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/40777598" data-resource="episode_id=40777598" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "Play It Forward Episode 114 With Andy Bernstein From Head Count" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script> 


Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  

Episode 114:  

Andy Bernstein is a very busy man over at HeadCount.  It’s a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes participation in democracy through music, culture, and digital media. 

Andy and company have been at this since 2004.  They’ve registered over 650,000 voters and worked with a long list of musicians and partners including Ariana Grande, Billy Eilish, Camila Cabello, Dave Matthews Band, JAY-Z, Beyonce and more.  

With 40,000 volunteers, street teams in most major U.S. cities, and a physical presence at more than 1,000 events each year, HeadCount ranks as one of the most active grassroots civic participation organizations in the United States. 

And yes COVID-19 enforced change with new restrictions, the organization quickly pivoted to an all-digital approach that led to innovation and online initiatives to fill the needs of the public in using their voices in democracy. For more information, visit HeadCount.org

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Pod Crashing Episode 72

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Pod Crashing Episode 72 with Jason Flom

Jason’s always been a longtime advocate for reform of the criminal-justice system, earning a strong reception with his podcast, Wrongful Conviction.

 

The series, touts a tale of "tragedy, triumph, unequal justice and actual innocence,” earning him a sweet spot in the Top 50 podcasts on iTunes.

 

Launched in collaboration with the production company reVolver, Wrongful Conviction is a 10-episode series featuring interviews with exonerated men and women who’ve spent many long years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

 

He says that creating the podcast was an emotional roller coaster for me. It's also been a tremendous privilege to interview, document and help draw attention to the unimaginable experiences of these extraordinary men and women.