The Language of Creativity Podcast
The Secret To Making Hit Records  – Joe Solo (Record Producer) Ep. 20

The Secret To Making Hit Records – Joe Solo (Record Producer) Ep. 20

July 10, 2021

Would you like to know a little secret about making great records? Who doesn’t want to know a great secret!

The origin story goes that Joe Solo discovered Macy Gray while she was working in a Beverly Hills diner and he decided to develop her career, vowing to work “however long it takes” until they made it big - a promise that took nearly 15 years to fulfill. Since then Joe has worked with the likes of Fergie, will.i.am, Erykah Badu, Shinedown, and Shiny Toy Guns and labels such as Atlantic, Epic, Universal, Sony, BMG, and Warner Brothers. A producer, songwriter and composer, Joe started out as a guitarist but his life trajectory was permanently altered when instead of a new guitar pedal his dad bought him a Tascam Portastudio for his birthday.

Joe and Steve talk shop discussing the psychology of producing, the tricks they use to capture great takes, managing (and eliciting) a performer’s emotion, and delivering constructive feedback. They talk about how the studio can be an instrument, and how certain sounds were achieved on classic records (like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”). Joe talks about the importance of listening to new music, and he and Steve touch on helping an artist find their own authenticity. Steve also gets Joe to share about his love of Hans Zimmer’s music and the movie Interstellar (by his favorite director Christopher Nolan)… and we get to hear about that one time that Steve was on the set of Inception while the train was driving down the middle of a downtown street! Joe says “Composing exists in film to command a certain emotional response from the audience, it will always be the job of the music in a film to serve the story.”

Joe has also helped many many independent musicians through his workshops and classes, and if there were one piece of advice he could give to every artist he meets it would be: “Never ever quit.”


Guest: Joe Solo

Website: https://joesolo.com/


Episode References

Hans Zimmer

Night Fever-BeeGees

Hells Bells-AC/DC

EDM

Infected Mushroom

Us and Them-Pink Floyd

Phase cancellation 

Red light syndrome

Lyor Cohen

DefJam

Universal Basic Income

The Wall

Blurred Lines lawsuit

Inception

Interstellar

World of Hans Zimmer

2001: A Space Odyssey 

Gladiator movie soundtrack

THX

Neverland Ranch

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)


Intro/Outro Music:
Nothing Wrong by Lobate Scarp

Tags: songwriting, perfection, Michael Jackson, plug-ins, automation, Prince, phase cancellation, audio engineer, wavelengths, EQ, hertz, frequency, reverb, tracking, retracking, recording artist, emotion, magic, coaching, songwriting, guitarist, broadcast professional, experience, education, proactive listening, mixing board, AI generated music, emote, vibe, Lior Cohen, Def Jam, the human element, UBI, film and television licensing, Pink Floyd, The Wall, Us And Them, music publishing, Christopher Nolan, autotune, Macy Gray, Fergie, Shiny Toy Guns

The Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us.

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The Acorn and the Oak – Michael Boyle (Therapist/Life Coach) Ep. 19

The Acorn and the Oak – Michael Boyle (Therapist/Life Coach) Ep. 19

June 11, 2021

Steven is having a bad day! Luckily, he was about to sit down with our next guest, Michael Boyle, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in work with relationships and trauma. Orphaned temporarily from his recording studio due to a COVID outbreak, Steven dons his backpack and his new mobile recording rig to host the podcast outside on a blanket down by the river!

Michael Boyle is a former college athlete and NHL Hopeful, who after suffering multiple head injuries became critically depressed. As a lifelong learner devoted to psychological and spiritual growth, Mike searched for over 20 years to find the very best tools, perspectives and methods to empower himself to go from “surviving to thriving.” After studying the intersection of science and spirituality, NLP, clinical hypnosis, nutrition, exercise, and optimal flow states. Michael became a licensed therapist (LMFT, CDBT), but switched to a coaching model because he found that the typical therapy context wasn’t helping people create true and lasting change. After thousands of hours of clinical experience and training, being a Coach seemed to provide a more effective balance for clients not just to heal but to thrive. Mike developed the Inner Advantage Method (I AM), a curriculum for turning hard times into holistic happiness. He founded the ALL Together Academy, the Relating Renaissance, and the Brotherhood of Men (whose mission is to empower men to overcome isolation, shame, and anger in order to become the rockstar dads, irresistible husbands, kick-ass professionals, providers and contributors they are built to be.)

Steve and Mike open up about toxic masculinity and the stigma behind being a sensitive man. They further debunk the idea behind the starving artist, talk about their spouses and why it is so valuable for artists to have partners who support their unique ways of life (Mike’s wife Tania is a musician). They also discuss concepts from psychology like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, somatic therapy, EMDR, PTSD, and the empowering idea of moving from Post-Traumatic stress to Post-Traumatic growth.

As Michael explains by analogy: “Every acorn has the capacity to become an oak tree. … What we can do as human beings is we can nurture our acorn, and we can put it in fertile soil, and we can give it water and sunshine, we can create the conditions that make it more likely to become an oak tree. But we don't make ourselves into oak trees, nature does that. It's natural for us to grow and thrive. …  And when we grow and thrive, we become an oak tree… By becoming an oak tree, we are beneficial. 

We create: We create environments for bugs and for birds and for kids to put a swing on. … The world misses out if [you or I do] not blossom and flourish and thrive and drop [our] acorns so that others can benefit. So it is in our design, it is already inherent in us to become an oak tree.”

 

Guest: Michael Boyle

Website: https://www.alltogether.love/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/alltogetherloving

FB Group ALL-TOGETHER-THRIVING: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alltogetherthriving

IG: @alltogetheracademy 

Email: mike@alltogether.love

Mike on the 10,000 No’s Podcast

 

Episode References

A Bronx Tale 

The Power Of Bad (book)

The Mask You Live In (movie)

Fuga (Tania’s band)

Lar C. Short – Grace Essence Mandala

The Way of Radiance (book) by Lar C. Short

Tags: therapy, COVID, growth mindset, A Bronx Tale, EMDR, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, victim-blaming, romantic partners of artists, trauma, PTSD, Post-Traumatic growth, healing, speeding tickets, privilege, reticular activating system, martial arts, The Human Design, sprouting and pruning, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us.

Follow us on Instagram at @languageofcreativity

 

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(Recording a podcast down by the river.)

BONUS! Zelda – Scott Thrift

BONUS! Zelda – Scott Thrift

May 28, 2021

tags: The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, NES, connection, play, video-games, hard drive crashes, save game, “endless adventure”, story, Joseph Campbell, meaning making, avatar, persona, duration, story-making, songwriting, reflections, experience, growth, memory, non-linear editing, Adobe Premiere, Japan, The Last Of Us 2, Playstation, Minecraft, adventure, CONTINUE?

Look for Scott Thrift's full-episode on this show called "The Present" (episode 15).

Designing The Future – Stephen Bau (Social Architect) Ep. 18, Pt.2

Designing The Future – Stephen Bau (Social Architect) Ep. 18, Pt.2

May 19, 2021

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New fields such as Biomimicry offer amazing insight into the way nature solves the most complex problems with stunning simplicity, allowing scientists to create amazing “advancements” in human technology. What is clear is how little we really know about everything. In part one, Stephen Bau begins to speak about The Holobiont: the emergent, living system of all nested systems. In part 2, we explore our complex social systems and how seemingly all attempts at utopia have been prone to fail. How might we create a more peaceful society and correct humanity’s voracious tendency toward self-destruction?

Bau founded the Builders Collective to inspire others to design a more resilient society. The Builders Collective uses human-centered design to create engaging experiences through art, design, and social change. Then in 2020, Stephen joined the Design Science Studio, an educational incubator tied to the Buckminster Fuller Institute aimed at making the world work for not just all humans but for 100% of all life on Earth.

Stephen and Steve discuss the ways in which we as humans inevitably design the world around us, the ethics of design, rethinking our economic and political systems, and reimagining education. They also discuss Buckminster Fuller’s concept of “Metaphysical Gravity,” and Stephen’s reimagining of it, seamlessly blending concepts of biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scale into a “network of flows” that create mental models for human experience.

“In this way, we can explore the metaphysical model of ideas and values (philosophical, spiritual, mathematical, technological) embodied by the mental models for human experience and how personal habits have implications at the biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scales by mapping these changes to the collective organization and coordination of human actions.”

How might we conceive of our place in the universe as part of a process of cultural evolution, social physics, and metaphysical design? If we’re the ones designing the world, can we use a better model of reality as the foundation for a set of values and aspirations to build a world that works for 100% of life?

 

Stephen’s Upcoming Podcast: Design For Resilience

https://builderscollective.com/design-for-resilience/

Join UX Academy!

https://share.trydesignlab.com/ux (affiliate link)

Buckminster Fuller Institute: https://www.bfi.org

Design Science Studio: https://www.designscience.studio

 

More from Stephen Bau:

https://stephenbau.com/

https://bauhouse.ca/

https://trydesignlab.com/bau/

https://bldrs.co/

https://socialarc.com/

https://designinfluences.com/author/stephen/

Building Leaders to Design a Resilient Society 

https://bauhouse.medium.com

 

Stephen’s portfolio:

https://stephenbau.myportfolio.com/

https://vimeo.com/bauhouse

 

Stephen’s Social Media:

https://twitter.com/bauhouse

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bauhouse/?originalSubdomain=ca

https://www.instagram.com/bauhouse/?hl=en

 

Episode References:

Yuval Noah Harari: global ethics

Builder’s Collective

Bauhaus redefining Society

What is education: do schools kill creativity? (Sir Ken Robinson)

The Social Dilemma 

Mike Monteiro: ethics of design

Marty Neumeier: what is design?

Brain stem advertising

Donut economics

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The Seventh Generation principle

My Octopus Teacher

Metaphysical Gravity


Tags: agile methodology, workflow, adaptation, collective intelligence, holistic, holobiont, cultural relevance, Bauhaus, capitalism, economic system, neoliberalism, new world Bauhaus, Weimar Republic, democracy of design, ethics, core values, scarcity, systemic racism, Rob Bell, Christianity, faith, Spiral Dynamics, feedback loop, new world order, empathy, persona, consciousness, circular economy, value, connection, metaphysical gravity, social utopia 

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/


Episode Music:

Chef

”Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp


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https://socialarc.com/proposal/

Design for Resilience – Stephen Bau (UX Designer) Ep. 17, Pt.1

Design for Resilience – Stephen Bau (UX Designer) Ep. 17, Pt.1

May 7, 2021

Designers make powerful choices that ultimately affect real lived experience. What happens when those choices have unforeseen consequences?

Stephen Bau is a UX design mentor at Designlab but prefers the term “human experience” to “user experience.” Starting out at a young age with a love for art and deciding upon a path toward graphic design in Vancouver, Canada, Bau joined the industry at a tumultuous moment, when desktop publishing was beginning to consolidate entire teams of specialists into a single user with a Macintosh.

Steve and Stephen recount their experiences of living through the disruption caused by the early proliferation of the internet: desktop publishing and the home studio revolution. At this point, advertising shifted from a one-way channel to a conversation. With this new found access to people’s thoughts, advertisers pushed designers to “tap into people’s brain stems and trigger their fears.” This eventually contributed to the social media landscape we know today, and companies quickly moved to find out how to commoditize our interactions and attention. What could possibly go wrong?

They talk about The Social Dilemma, Futurist and architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and how Stephen likes to play his name off of the Bauhaus. They also touch on the challenges with social utopian ideals and the inevitability of things going wrong. 

“Every technology has a bias, and you have to be careful of how you take those on.” Because we all make choices, we are all designers of our future.

 

Guest: Stephen Bau

https://stephenbau.com/

https://bauhouse.ca/

https://trydesignlab.com/bau/

https://bldrs.co/

https://socialarc.com/

https://designinfluences.com/author/stephen/

Building Leaders to Design a Resilient Society 

 

Stephen’s portfolio:

https://stephenbau.myportfolio.com/

https://vimeo.com/bauhouse

 

Stephen’s Social Media:

https://twitter.com/bauhouse

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bauhouse/?originalSubdomain=ca

https://www.instagram.com/bauhouse/?hl=en

 

Further Reading/Links mentioned in the episode:

The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Social Dilemma 

Werner Erhard on Being Human 

The Soul of Money

Pantone Color 2020

Lynn Margulis: Human Evolution 

Internal Microbiome

Infinite Potential

quantum entanglement

Biomimetics

 

Tags: Buckminster Fuller Institute, User Interface Designer, UX designer, user experience designer, mentorship, Bauhaus, soft skills, people skills, graphic artist, social architecture, front end development, break the internet, the social dilemma, cognitive science, consumer culture, advertising, browser war, Mad Men, revolutionary, modern design, corporate economy, bifurcation, downtown corridor, suburbs, skyscraper, form versus function, Werner Erhard, Lynn Twist, the Soul of Money, The Hunger Project, David Bohm, disruption, urban farming, fallow fields, mycelia, internal microbiome, quantum leap, Robert Oppenheimer, Manhattan Project, synergy, Jiddu Krishnamurti, interconnectedness, quantum entanglement, infinite reality, biomimicry, holobiont, biomimetic technology environment, nested systems, death and birth

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

 

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

 

Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!

We All Tell Stories – Jarod Cerf (Writer/Brand Strategist) Ep.16

We All Tell Stories – Jarod Cerf (Writer/Brand Strategist) Ep.16

March 31, 2021

We all create narratives defining who we are, yet so many of us forget that we all have the power to craft and hone these narratives to define ourselves, our worlds, and the legacy we leave behind.

Jarod Cerf lives by his adage that everyone is a storyteller. A consummate storyteller himself, Cerf has long recognized the power of storytelling and crafting narratives not only in the artistic sphere but for major marketing firms, within college classrooms, in major media outlets, for himself, and his clients. “I have had so many titles: teacher, journalist, PR, marketing, etc. And what I finally realized is that I am a storyteller: someone who teaches, entertains, and guides the folks in my tribe … to inspire a course of action, a thought, or remember something by. That’s all storytellers have done, culturally, historically, throughout time.”

Sharing from his wealth of experience, this episode is quite the deep-dive into the existential, the esoteric, and the “Weird.” (“New Weird exists to overturn cliches and twist the traditional.” – BookRiot)  Jarod says, “I follow story from characters… they are what define what happens… It's not my goal, personally, to write horror fiction or sci-fi or fantasy, I enjoy those, but that's not what I set out to write.” Jarod’s goal in coaching and writing is to illuminate the darkest places for people, whether they are struggling to develop their stories or their life-path.

Steve and Jarod discuss issues that often plague creatives like chronic pain. Jarod challenges the notion that suffering is necessary for creation. They also discuss creative blocks, marketing, what you should do with characters that seem to develop a mind of their own, and why storytellers are going to thrive in the new economy.

Whether our medium is a novel, podcast, song, or even the way we remember and construct our lives: “how we make other people characters in our lives” defines how we experience life itself.

 

Guest Jarod Serf

Website: https://herebetygers.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarodcerf/

Instagram: @hbtygers

Twitter: @jcertherealist

Here be Tygers Podcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/herebetygers

Medium: https://medium.com/@jarodcerf

 

Work with Jarod: https://www.20minutestobrilliance.com/tygers and be entered to win our drawing!

 

Host Steven Leavitt

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

 

Episode References

Waiting for Godot

Complex migraines

Amblyopia 

 

New Media Summit

Here Be Tygers podcast - “Friends of all Stripes”: Animals in Folklore, Myth and our Lives, with Julie Saillan‪t‬

This is Water by David Foster Wallace


OMD

Dan Pink: A Whole New Mind

N.K. Jemisin: The Broken Earth trilogy

John Hodgman

 

Ray Bradbury’s “Here There Be Tygers”

Jung and subjectivity

George Saunders reflects on writing

Göbekli Tepe Turkey

History of Santa Claus

Joseph Campbell and storytelling

Labeling theory

Here Be Tygers podcast - “The Different Worlds that We Live In & Imagine,” with Andre Rodrigue‪z‬

 

CandideJames Ragan

Chekhov's Gun

 

The New Weird genre

Speculative fiction

Aristotle and Truth in Art

The Truth in Art and the Art in Truth

Ray Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains

Ernest Hemmingway’s Snows of Kilimanjaro

Ray Brabury’s The Happiness Machine

 

Heart Shaped Pod

James Joyce

Mark Twain as celebrity

Watership Down

Robot Chicken’s Fraggle Watership Down

H.P. Lovecraft

Hermeneutics

Five Languages of Love

Highlander

The Tyger by William Blake

10,000 Hours to Mastery-Malcolm Gladwell

 

Tags: migraines, storytelling, purpose, creating, advertising, soul work, genre, New Weird, disruptive habits, trust, eureka moment, journey, planting a seed, joy in creation, guides, guidance, tribe, right-brained, marketing, automation, branding, emotional connection, attachment, patterns, memories, remembering, art, Fabio, Michelangelo, fundamental essence, story loops, seeking meaning, glyphs, aborigines, puzzling meaning, knowledge, wisdom, Santa Claus, heroes, clarity, purpose, drive, ideology, characters, mortality, jargon, fantasy, cognates, symbolic representation, lifelong learning, Joseph Campbell, anthropology, communication, method, non-linear thinking, typewriters, process, creative tools, auditory/visual, worldview, hermeneutics, narrator, timeline, amblyopia, flawed humans, cult of personality, public engagement, Discord, Twitter, presence, doodling, zaizen, archetypes, magic, illumination, journey

 

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning.

 

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

 

Theme Music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp

 

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The Present – Scott Thrift (Clockmaker) Ep.15

The Present – Scott Thrift (Clockmaker) Ep.15

March 20, 2021

Scott Thrift's Clocks

We’ve all said things like “where did the day go?” or “wow, it’s already the end of the year!” Traditional timepieces aim to keep us on task, but are we missing something in the pursuit of endless “productivity?”

Scott Thrift is a “filmmaker turned artist” (Wired Magazine) and the co-founder of the award-winning creative agency m ss ng p eces, which he left in 2013 to pursue his dream of making an annual clock. This was no easy feat considering no clockmaker in the world had ever created an annual movement. Scott became obsessed with the notion of “What does the world need now?” The annual clock was designed to address society’s extreme lack of what Scott calls “temporal bandwidth.” His answer? A clock designed to help people be in time rather than simply being on time.

Scott’s timepieces are unique in that they all have only a single hand and feature beautiful gradients instead of stark lines. Many people who experience the clocks begin to find they are forming a whole new relationship with time. As someone who struggles with society’s rigid interpretation of time, Steve speaks about his own evolving view of the relationship between time and creativity.

Scott shares his journey from Los Angeles to New York City. Frustrated with film school, he quickly forged his own success by making “something,” which took the New York Gift Fair by storm and ingratiated him with the New York design elite. This led to his involvement with the Ted organization where he was one of the first to make a behind-the-scenes documentary of the event. From funding three very successful Kickstarter campaigns to interviewing Brian Eno to getting his first clock into the MOMA store almost by magic, Scott’s mindset has taught him simply to flow with the river… he shares what he learned from the opportunities to rub elbows with creatives from endless backgrounds.

Scott now has clock movements that feature the day, the moon, and the year. His goal is to create pieces that stand the test of time: lasting a lifetime as owners of his clocks expand their relationship with the present.;

 

More on Scott’s special clocks

https://daymoonyear.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottthrift/

https://coolhunting.com/design/scott-thrift-clocks/

https://www.wired.com/story/moon-scott-thrift-slow-clocks/

 

Scott’s Kickstarters:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottthrift/the-present

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottthrift/today
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottthrift/the-present-day-moon-year

 

Scott’s Instagram: another way to think of the passage of time

 

Examples of Scott’s cinematographic oeuvre

The Visual Art of Brian Eno: Light and Time

William and the Windmill

Behind the TEDTalk

 

References:

m ss ng p eces

77 Million Paintings (Brian Eno)

Gravity’s Rainbow (Book)

Youtube channel for Cool Hunting

 

Tags:

The Present, annual clock, day, moon, year, gradient, Kickstarter, TED, Craig Venter, Brian Eno, the passage of time, longer now, being present, clarity, wisdom, growth, day, moon, year, German engineering, US-Customs, discipline, degrees of change, mind space, headspace, mindset, moving parts, potential, the gift of time, New York, MOMA, just do the next right thing, ad agency, design, video editing, timekeeper, circuit bender, temporal bandwidth, WFMU, staying-power. depth, creation, adventure, problem-solving, collaboration, time and space, circuit bending, supply chain, entrepreneurship, podcast, non-linear editing, audio editing, lines, supply chain, entertainment, Full Sail, film school

 

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

Theme Music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp

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Death And Snow, a poem – Nat Magnuson (Poet)

Death And Snow, a poem – Nat Magnuson (Poet)

January 13, 2021

Death And Snow, a poem by Nat Magnuson.

 

Silver Grain Art

www.silvergrainart.com

2020 Hindsight – Christiane Kinney (Celtic Musician/Entertainment Attorney) Ep.14

2020 Hindsight – Christiane Kinney (Celtic Musician/Entertainment Attorney) Ep.14

December 29, 2020

AB-5 sucks! Covid sucks! Zoom school SUCKS! 2020 pretty much sucked. But you know what doesn’t suck? Being an everyday hero like our guest Christiane Cargill Kinney.

 

As an entertainment lawyer, Christiane Kinney has represented Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists and estates as well as independent artists, Presidential candidates, festivals, music tech start-ups, artists, and avatars (wha!?). A consummate creative, Chris is also an award-winning singer/songwriter, a voting member of the Recording Academy, and has won numerous awards from Billboard, ASCAP, the International Songwriting Competition, and the Global Music Awards, to name a few. 

 

She’s been recognized as the #1 Music Law Resource to follow on Twitter (by CD Baby), and was named in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue for her charity work in bringing music and art programs to at-risk youth in Southern California. A frequent speaker on entertainment law panels, radio talk shows, Chris wrote a regular legal advice column for CD Baby to provide legal guidance to independent artists. Yet somehow on top of all this, she’s also a recording musician, a mom of two and still manages to stay constantly upbeat with a wicked sense of humor!

 

In this episode, Steve and Chris discuss the pitfalls and joys(?) of the new normal: Zoom work, Zoom school, house concerts, social media meltdowns, and the melee that is parenting during quarantine. And as if the rest of 2020 wasn’t enough, Chris was thrown a curveball along with the rest of us when the entertainment industry shut down in the wake of COVID-19. Undaunted, Chris saw this as an opportunity to found her own entertainment law firm, Kinney Law, P.C. in June of 2020, focusing on ways she could help artists and offset the substantial loss in touring revenue during these unprecedented times.

 

Christiane discovered her love for the piano when she was only three years old. After seeing the musical production “Annie,” she immediately went home and plinked out all the songs by ear. As Chris recalls,  “...There were moments in those shows where the artists I’m sure were tapping into the soul of their instruments.” Chris and Steve go on to geek out about their love for pianos and explore what it was that got them into music. As Chris says, “I think every musician will tell you, there's not a choice... you just have to do it... it calls to you in a really deep, meaningful way where, that is what you do.”

 

Will this be the “MOST DEPRESSING PODCAST EVER!”? or will laughter prevail as the best medicine? You be the judge!

Featured Music:

Earnestine by Christiane Cargill Kinney

Isle of Skye by Christiane Cargill Kinney​

Christiane Kinney:

 

Law Practice: 

Kinney Law

LexisNexis

 

Artist side: 

https://www.christianekinney.com

http://www.riddlethesphinx.com

Almost (Album) by Christiane Cargill Kinney
Riddle the Sphinx

 

Personal: website

Pepperdine Alum Spotlight

Instagram: @musicalredhead

Twitter: @musicalreadhead             

              

Charitable Foundation: https://heartsgivinghopefoundation.org

 

Episode References:


Sean Kinney: GoSeanGO.com, SeanKinneyStunts.com, 1stoogeentertainment.com

World Record of Jumping Jacks while on Fire

Hollywood Clown (Book by Jason Lassen)

Don’t Call Us Tori (how Steve and Christiane met)
Ruthann Friedman: "Everyone Knows it’s Windy" (made famous by The Association)

David Peters, Oak House Recording Studios

Killarney Star, IG: @killarney_star

Elizabeth (Libbie) Schrader

Gilli Moon
Marina V
Christo Pellani - soundformation.com
Don Teschner and the WaterDawgs

Marvel Jensen

 

LA Times: "What a year it was: A 2020 Timeline" (California lockdown begins March 14, 2020)
[you can postpone the paywall by launching the above link in a private browsing window]
A look back at LA County hiking trail closures (ModernHiker)

AB-5 (background)

LA TIMES: "The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law"
Governing.com: "America's Rural/Urban Divide: A Special Series"

 

Blurred Lines lawsuit (can you look for?) 

Pharell & Rick Rubin interview

“Word Crimes” by Weird Al Yankovic
(Which is NOT an example of the point I was making, it is a direct parody of “Blurred Lines”)

Albuquerque, By Weird Al Yankovic, is said to be written in the style of “Dick’s Automotive” by The Rugburns.

 

Exclaim!*@#: “Vanilla Ice ​Apparently Owns the Rights to 'Under Pressure'”
CD Baby DIY Musician: Understanding music copyrights, Form PA and SR

 

Power Distance Index, explained (article)
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers (GoodReads)

 

Luke Bryan - Rain Is A Good Thing (“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey”)
Jeff Richmond (Tina Fey’s husband)
The Firm

Awaken with JP
Ready Player One (film)

Ready Player One (book)

Idiocracy

 

Tags: Freelancing, VR, house concerts, covid, quarantine, losing your job, filter-bubbles, Blurred Lines lawsuit, attorney, Pharrell, Thicke, copyright, binge watching, dinner and a show, Zoom fatigue, Burning Man, avatars, community, meditation, Karens, memes, echo chamber, FAANG, precedent, declaratory judgment, IP litigation, musicologists, samples, audio mixing, copyright infringement, songwriting, streaming, riots, dystopia, Idiocracy, Ready Player One, AB-5, independent contractor, 1099, loan-out corporations, Disney+, Hamilton,making puzzles, Annie, piano, pipe organ, nunnery, St. Joseph’s, performance art, bucket list, professional clowns, Robert De Niro drum circle, Guinness Book of World Records, Roger Corman, Don't Call Us Tori, SXSW, giving back, Children of the Night, #everydayhero, the power of sleep, personal power, boundaries

 

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning.

 

Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/

Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/

 

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13

November 18, 2020

What does it mean to find meaningful work? How do we decide what path our lives will take without letting life dictate our path to us? Today we talk about something most adults will spend most of their lives doing: work.

 

Terese Anthony is a college career counselor who also happens to be a world-traveled modern-day renaissance woman. From bullfighting in Costa Rica to bartending to getting chased by sharks in Hawaii (spoiler alert!) to an PhD program with an aim at working for the United Nations. Acknowledging her love for helping people, Therese went back to school while raising two children that led her to her current path. But is this the her final stop? She is also a hobbyist photographer with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

 

As Terese and Steven discuss their lives’ work so far, we get to hear stories of the best laid plans of mice, lemons out of lemonade, leaps of faith, doing what you love, being on a tiny bus with a flat tire surrounded by a pride of lions, what motivated her to leave her humdrum marketing gig to gain something more than the money. 

 

We geek out about personality types, and learn how each of us can use the RIASEC test to find our strengths, core values and competencies to make sure we’re fulfilling our best selves in work and in life. As fellow ENFPs, creatives, and entrepreneurs with a drive to succeed, Steve and Terese grapple with how to utilize their strengths, overcome life’s practicalities and challenges, and achieve balance with life and work’s desires and needs. 

 

PS. Steve guessed his Holland Code wrong in the episode, he is actually AIS (Artistic Investigative Social), the same as Terese’s top three (SAI)!

 

To reach out to Therese, contact myhappyworklife@gmail.com

 

Steven Leavitt (host) – https://stevenleavitt.com/

I Create Sound – https://icreatesound.com/

 

Terese Anthony: myhappyworklife@gmail.com

 

Additional music: 

Nothing Wrong (by Lobate Scarp) https://www.lobatescarp.com/

After Quarantine (by The Oceanographers) https://www.theoceanographers.com/

guitar improvisation (by Josh Dobrowner)

 

Onet Online: https://www.onetonline.org/

Costa Rican bullfighting: https://theculturetrip.com/central-america/costa-rica/articles/a-brief-introduction-to-costa-ricas-tico-style-bullfighting/

Pepperdine: https://www.pepperdine.edu/ 

Hawaii Pacific University: https://www.hpu.edu/

United Nations: https://unjobs.org/

Giriama People: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giriama_people

Youth At Risk: https://nyunlockingfutures.org

Myers Briggs: https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-personality

Career Development and Advisement: https://www.careerkey.org/

Holland Code/RIASEC Test: https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/RIASEC

About the RIASEC test: https://www.123test.com/holland-codes-career-tests/

Daniel Pink: https://www.danpink.com/

A Whole New Mind: https://www.danpink.com/whole-new-mind/

 

Understanding The RIASEC

Realistic: practical, physical, concrete, hands-on, machine, and tool-oriented

Investigative: analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative, thinker

Artistic: creative, original, independent, chaotic, inventive, media, graphics, and text

Social: cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing, teaching

Enterprising: competitive environments, leadership, persuading, status

Conventional: detail-oriented, organizing, clerical

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