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#89 “Inspired by Isadore,” from This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane

Inspired by Isadore, by Robert Sevilla-Naudon

(Hi, I’m Azaria! I’m here for the next ten months to help Olivia tell this story!)

“Inspired by Isadore” is part of a larger work-in-progress called “This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane, 2021-2022.”

Nearly 50 years later, reminders of Expo ‘74 can still be found in Riverfront Park. The park itself, of course, was home to the exposition, and those enjoying the park can still admire the iconic Great Northern Railway Depot Clocktower, Sister Paula Turnbull’s Garbage Goat and the Pavilion, which was a gift from the U.S. government to the city. 

In 2020, after years in a place of honor at the White Elephant, another piece of Spokane history joined Riverfront Park – Isadore, the elephant.

Isadore’s time in Spokane began in Natatorium Park. The elephant then spent decades representing the White Elephant until both locations closed in July 2020. After the closures, the Conley family, which owned and operated the White Elephant for 74 years, gifted Isadore to Riverfront Park. Isadore is now located near its friends in the Looff Carrousel, which also used to call Natatorium Park home.

It was while touring Riverfront Park with her Leadership Spokane classmates that Olivia Brownlee caught a hint of inspiration. 

Park director Jon Moog told the group that builder Charles I.D. Looff built the carousel as a wedding present for his daughter Emma and her husband Louis Vogel, who owned Natatorium Park. The park closed in 1968, and in 1975, the carousel was relocated to Riverfront Park, where it has delighted riders young and old ever since. 

The carousel’s history, plus the addition of Isadore, piqued Olivia’s interest, though it was only a matter of time before she wrote a song about the fairground favorite. 

“Carousels have always meant a lot to me,” she said. “Both my grandfathers were very patient with me and carousels, so that’s why my grandfathers had to make an appearance in this song.”

Once the storyline – “an elephant who thought that her time in the community was done and then she gets this second chance to be a meaningful part of the community” – was solidified, the songwriting process was only a matter of putting the right words in the right place.

“There are so many words and there are so many great words and there are so many words that are just small and simple, but if you put them in exactly the right place, they’re great,” Olivia said about the song writing process, which she compares to putting together a puzzle. 

When listening to the demo Olivia sent me, I couldn’t get the smile off my face. (I know that may seem biased because I’m writing these blogs for her, but it’s the truth.) The music instantly transports you to a fairground or carnival, so much so that you can practically smell the kettle corn cooking. Lyrics-wise, Olivia pays tribute to Isadore, of course, but also the Looff Carrousel animals, the Garbage Goat and Mobius Discovery Center.

Once “Inspired by Isadore” was written, Olivia set out to find musicians who could make the song “oom-pah.” Thinking back to her time working for a music booking agency in Los Angeles, Olivia figured that most musicians would be up for just about any project, as long as it fit their schedule. 

“If you offer a decent wage, they’re like, ‘Sure, yeah. I don’t know you, but this can be fun,’ ” she said.

But Olivia didn’t have to turn to strangers for “Inspired by Isadore”; she’s known everyone involved in some way or another for years. 

Helen Byrne, assistant principal cello with the Spokane Symphony, who played accordion on this song, and Leonard Byrne, the symphony’s principal tuba player, are longtime family friends. 

Symphony percussionist Rick Westrick played on Olivia’s second studio album, and while Olivia hadn’t personally met the symphony’s principal trumpet player Larry Jess before getting to the studio, she had done theater with his wife Carolyn for years. 

“That’s so Spokane,” Olivia said with a laugh. 

In my short time with Olivia, I’ve learned that the Spokane music community is both incredibly vast and incredibly small. Everyone is a friend of a friend, and everyone is quick to say yes to projects, even if they don’t directly know everyone involved.

Rounding out the group is vocalist Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, director of the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Kristina was a professor of Olivia’s, and while both admit they haven’t kept in touch as much as they would have liked over the years, they both also say they’ve admired the other’s work from afar.

Like the others, it was easy for Kristina to say yes to helping on “Inspired by Isadore.”

“I was totally excited because she always does cool things,” she said. “And you don’t know what it’s gonna be like, you don’t know what musical genre, it’s just going to be cool. I was like ‘Yes, if you want me, I’m there. Anytime. Whatever I can do for you.’ ”

“Likewise,” Olivia responded.

The “Inspired by Isadore” recording session took place in Liberty Lake at Spokane Productions with studio director Rob Miller. Spokane Productions is set up to accommodate a variety of creative projects including music and audio recording, commercial ad campaigns, independent filmmaking, professional photography and drone cinematography. 

Rob quickly set up microphones and made sure everyone was as comfortable as possible (turns out some chairs are better for tuba players than others). Though recording experience varied amongst the musicians, everyone quickly fell into a rhythm of recording a take, then listening back for things to tweak or errors to fix. 

“You have to listen specifically to the things that you’re doing, but then also how it fits in with everything,” Helen said. 

In a handful of takes, with Olivia conducting/dancing in the center of the group (“I’ve never gotten to shake my booty in a room full of symphony musicians before,” she said), the music was finished to everyone’s satisfaction. 

While packing up their instruments, Helen and Leonard credited performing with the symphony and at church with helping complete the recording so quickly. 

“A standard Symphony Pops concert is you show up Saturday morning, you may or may not have seen the folder before and you play the concert that night,” Leonard said. “One rehearsal and go.”

“I enjoy church work because you don’t have to prepare for something for five months, to practice and practice and practice,” Helen said. “You only have a week and then you go to the next thing.”

With the music finished, it was time for Kristina to add the vocals, a process I missed entirely because I was interviewing Helen in the lobby. Seeing as the interview only took about 10 minutes, it was obvious Kristina is a pro in the studio. 

In fact, in the mid-’90s while living in Seattle, Kristina was often called into recording studios to add background vocals for rock bands. 

“They would say ‘Listen to this twice. Make up some harmony,’ ” she said. “There was an octet of us that would get called in to make the choir sounds. And then they tell us what kind of choir, ‘Make it sound like a gospel choir, or make it sound like a classical choir.’ ”

Kristina actually thought she’d be providing back up vocals to Olivia’s lead on “Inspired by Isadore” until Olivia told her otherwise. 

When looking at the piece at home, Kristina began writing chords for the song as if it were a jazz tune, thinking it would make Olivia smile. She then had to challenge her brain to unhear that melody so it could match the “oom-pah” feel Olivia intended. 

With both vocals and music in place, it was time for Olivia and Rob to fine tune “Inspired by Isadore,” a process which included adding reverb and snippets of audio Olivia recorded at the Looff Carrousel to the beginning and end of the song.

“I think it’s pretty typical, if you’re doing one song, that you’ve got something you can take home,” Rob said about the four-hour session. “Not always, but it depends on the artist and how much work needs to get done. Obviously, if you can get it done and out the door the same day, then everybody’s happy.”

When wrapping up for the evening, Rob called “Inspired by Isadore” one of the “most unique and fun” songs he’d worked on in awhile, which seemed to be the consensus of the whole group. 

“Olivia is so creative, anytime she has an idea, you just want to run with it because you know it’s going to be something fun,” Helen said after the group finished recording. 

As the evening came to an end, the musicians turned their focus on the busy summer ahead. 

Helen, Leonard, Larry and Rick will have their hands full with symphony work. They’ll perform at the symphony’s Patriotic Pops concert on July 4th at the Pavilion in Riverfront Park and at the Festival at Sandpoint finale concert on Aug. 7. 

Helen and Leonard will also be performing in the Laclede, Idaho 4th of July parade.

The quartet will also perform Sept. 4 at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake and Sept. 6 at the Pavilion in Riverfront Park as part of the symphony’s free Labor Day concerts. The Spokane Symphony’s 2022-2023 season begins in September.

Kristina is busy finishing her doctorate of musical arts at the University of Kentucky and teaching at summer camps. She then plans to do some work for the American Choral Directors Association’s summer institute and at a jazz camp in Boise. She also teaches at Eastern Washington University full time.

As for Olivia, she’s already thinking about song #90. Stay tuned!

#88 “Inspired by Spokane,” from This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane

Inspired by Spokane, by Sally Jablonsky

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“Inspired by Spokane” is part of a larger work-in-progress called “This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane, 2021-2022.”

THE STUDIO
THE SINGER
THE MD & BAND
THE ILLUSTRATOR

THE STUDIO:

While performing in the old Iron Goat Brewing building, 2204 E. Mallon Ave., musician/engineer Jay Condiotti couldn’t help but see potential for the space as a recording studio. 

Turns out, he was onto something; the building housed a recording studio before Iron Goat took over. Close to a year after Jay expressed his interest in the building, the brewery decided to move to its current location, 1302 W. Second Ave. He bought the space and set to work creating J Bones Musicland

What followed were three years of renovations completed by Jay and a hired crew. Working against the deadline of his July 2019 wedding, Jay and his team turned the brewery into a studio, complete with a control room, two tracking rooms, three bathrooms, one kitchen, one stage and one bar, the latter two of which are converted storage containers.

“It was a dream come true because I always leased studio space, and this was my opportunity to create the ultimate space for myself,” he said. 

Since opening J Bones Musicland, Jay, who has been in the music business for 35 years and makes music to be licensed for TV, films and commercials, has worked with creatives on rap and country songs, audiobooks, voiceover work, a meditation CD for a massage therapist and much more.

On May 28, he added Olivia’s “Inspired by Spokane” to the list. Having just one day to record a song didn’t faze Jay, as he once recorded a full album in three days with Spokane’s Fat Lady. To make a recording session as productive as possible, Jay arranges the studio ahead of time so both he and the artist can hit the ground running.

“Pre-production is the best form of production,” he said. 

He’s also open to pre-production meetings with artists to ensure everyone is on the same page. 

“It’s been good because, for years it’s been me in studio, and that’s great. You have total control, almost,” Jay said. “But now, I enjoy having someone come in and really helping them achieve their vision. People are leaving super stoked so I’m enjoying it.”

When he’s not working at J Bones Musicland, Jay performs with his wife in Silver Smile, and shares a family YouTube channel with his sons.

THE SINGER:

Singer and actor Dahveed Bullis needed little convincing when Olivia approached him about singing on “Inspired by Spokane.” As a born-and-raised Spokanite, Dahveed has heard time and time again fellow creatives express their desire to leave Spokane for bigger cities. 

But Dahveed sees things quite differently and is excited by both how Spokane affects its residents and how Spokanites can work to improve the city. The lyric “I always used to think that I made you/and took pride in what I gave you./Now I’m older and I’ve found/it’s the other way around” particularly resonated with him.

“I’m really thrilled that there’s not a lot here because that means there’s a lot to build,” he said. “To be at the ground of that is really exciting. And keeping your ear to the ground of what’s the city saying it wants? What is it and what is it not realizing that it needs and how can we step in and be a part of that?”

A musician in his own right, Dahveed has turned his focus to theater in recent years. He can soon be seen co-starring in Stage Left Theater’s production of Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over,” which opens June 3. Dahveed is also preparing for another season with the Spokane Playwrights Laboratory, which he co-founded with Scott Doughty. The laboratory gives playwrights an opportunity to develop works in progress in a no-frills environment. Auditions for SPL’s second season will be held later this summer. 

“To be a part of a nonprofit organization that is at the ground level and making real efforts and real outputs to give folks an opportunity to not feel like ‘Nobody cares about my work,’ that’s been really thrilling,” he said.

THE MD & BAND: 

Like Dahveed and Jay, drummer AJ Ramirez had no problem with having just one day in the studio. Growing up in a high-pressure musical environment, AJ said, helped him become comfortable with small time frames and quick turnaround times.

“If there’s something I can claim I’m proficient at, I think it might be high pressure studio work. At least when it comes to drumming,” he added with a laugh.

AJ has had plenty of time to become proficient; he began drumming at the age of 4. He started playing on stages professionally at 10. When he was 13, he picked up the guitar and started singing seriously shortly after.

“Drums were my first love, but singing and playing guitar are a different type of outlet,” he said. “They bring me different kinds of artistic satisfaction.”

AJ gets a similar sense of satisfaction from collaboration, which made it easy to say yes to appearing on “Inspired by Spokane.” AJ admitted it can be difficult to connect to a song if he’s not part of its creation prior to entering the studio, but having a solid scratch track that communicates the song’s basic feel and direction can help. 

“Also, the writer really knowing what kind of sound they’re going after is a huge deal when you have studio musicians just coming in to create the parts,” he said. “Which in this case, Olivia nailed it.”

Once in the studio, AJ is relying on his years of experience performing with other musicians to help get everyone on the same page quickly. The quality of the musicians he works with also helps things run more smoothly.

“The studio can be a very challenging environment and having people who can thrive within that is key to what you end up with at the end, and the overall enjoyment of the process together,” he said.

AJ recently released his first single as a solo artist, “Losing My Mind,” which is available to stream on all major platforms under the name AZARIAH. On June 3, catch AJ at Artfest at the MAC playing drums for Scott Ryan Ingersoll. AJ will also perform some original songs during the set, which runs 6-8 p.m. On June 24th at Lucky You Lounge, AJ will perform with his ‘80s cover band STARCOURT.

You also heard on this track: Eddie Ramirez on bass, and Blake Braley on keys. Eddie is often seen playing with the Blake Braley Band at Zola on Saturdays.

THE ARTIST:

In the same way AJ has had drumsticks in his hands since he was a child, Sally Jablonsky has had crayons, colored pencils and paintbrushes in her hands since she was young.

“I was always drawn to it but my parents helped me do lots of expressive creative things,” Sally said of her artistic beginnings. “That helped a lot.”

Her parents not only encouraged her artistic pursuits but also created art with her. Sally and her father often played a drawing game during which they would pass a piece of paper back and forth, each adding something new to the creation with each pass.

Sally enjoys working in a variety of mediums, though she’s mostly drawn to oil painting, painting with gouache and pen and ink drawing. She also makes small cups, planters and dishes out of clay, many adorned with images of leaves, flowers and moths.

Sally also does illustration work for others and has created album and single art in the past, so creating art for “Inspired by Spokane” was very much in her wheelhouse.

“I really like her idea of celebrating and highlighting Spokane and artists in Spokane,” she said. “Especially because of the pandemic, it doesn’t feel like there’s really a lot going on so it’s nice to have something to bring people together.”

Olivia sent Sally a preliminary recording of “Inspired by Spokane,” and Sally set to work sketching out a few ideas. She resonated with lyrics about being connected to a place while also noticing that things are changing. 

“I really like cubism so I was thinking of doing something inspired by that,” she said. “But who knows? It lends to the feeling of movement and change, and I could work a lot of different imagery in there.”

When she’s not creating art, Sally plays and teaches music, specifically fiddle, banjo, ukulele and guitar.

“I believe in the value of fostering a supportive learning environment in which I model clear, sensitive and constructive communication,” she writes on her website.

Sally said her lessons are open to all ages and skill levels.

“I’m trying to build up the old time traditional fiddle scene in Spokane more,” she said. “I want to make it happen because it’s a really fun community thing to do, like making your own fun.”

#87 “Inspired by Rick Clark,” from This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane

Inspired by Rick Clark, by Miguel Maltos Gonzales

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THE INSPIRATION

(This song is part of a larger work-in-progress called “This Is Where You Live – Songs Inspired in Spokane, 2021-2022”)

In March 2020, Rick Clark was thinking about pizza. He wasn’t hungry for dinner, but rather for an opportunity to both help one of the many local restaurants impacted by COVID-19 and feed those supported by a local nonprofit. 

He hopped on Facebook Live with the goal of raising $200 to purchase 20 pizzas from Pizza Rita for the Volunteers of America’s Hope House women’s shelter. With Clark at the helm, that fundraiser soon blossomed into Spokane Quaranteam, a community focused on helping anyone in need.

Olivia learned about Spokane Quaranteam when Rick spoke to her Leadership Spokane class over Zoom last winter. She had her camera off and her guitar in hand and began playing the riff that would become “Inspired by Rick Clark” while listening to his story. 

“He was telling us about his turning point, looking in the mirror and shouting out loud ‘I’m not going out like this!'” Olivia said. “The song basically wrote itself from there.”

Looking at Rick’s story through an artist’s lens, Olivia identified with wanting to be and mean more, not just to the world or your family, but also to yourself.

“I think a lot of us can relate to not wanting to go out quietly, or insignificantly,” she said. 

THE STUDIO

If you didn’t already know it was there, you’d walk by Lucas Brookbank Brown’s recording studio without a second glance. I almost did. The studio, which Lucas currently calls “the 309 space” because of its address, is small but feels welcoming and comfortably lived in, even though he’s only been there for about six months.

With just under three hours set aside to record, every second counted. But despite the time crunch, Lucas was in his element. Watching him bounce back and forth between the microphone and his computer, where he was piecing bits of various takes together to build the best vocal take possible, was a masterclass in efficiency and skill.

About an hour after he began recording vocals, Lucas began to experiment with bass parts, finding the best fit in about 20 minutes. Experiments with his Silvertone chord organ and acoustic guitar netted similarly fast results and added depth to the song. 

“It comes from repetition of doing that process and also a lot of listening…” Lucas said of his quick work. “There’s definitely an element of practice and experience involved in that, and a little bit of luck.”

THE BAND

Lucas is no stranger to collaboration. As a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, he has worked and performed with countless musicians onstage and in recording studios.

So when Olivia reached out about this song, his interest was piqued. Lucas said it wasn’t difficult to connect with the song, even though he hadn’t written it. 

“If it’s not a genre or a vibe that I’m familiar with or I enjoy, that can maybe be more of a challenge… but I’ve been doing cover music for a long time, so I’m not unfamiliar with listening to a recording and then learning the song,” he said.

Lucas praised the song’s chorus and catchy melody, saying the tune was “very clever and well-written.” He also enjoyed Olivia’s finger-picking guitar work. 

For more of Lucas, check out his EP Everything Means Something Out Here. He hosts open mic nights and jam sessions at Red Room Lounge on Mondays and Wednesdays, respectively, and performs with his band at Zola on Tuesdays.

He’s also busy with his Spokane Arts Grant Awards project, which involves producing an album of songs by emerging local artists. He hopes to both provide work for musicians impacted by COVID-19 and showcase the talent in Spokane.

THE ILLUSTRATOR

Miguel Maltos Gonzales is a San Antonio-born, Spokane-based artist who combines film photography and illustrations to express his American and Mexican Indigenous heritage. He currently acts as a Spokane Arts commissioner and is a creative cultural economy developer. Miguel is also a Spokane Public Schools Diversity Advisory Committee member and the president of the Hispanic Business Professional Association.

Miguel and Olivia first met via Zoom to chat about the “Arts Mean Business” music video series, which invited area musicians and filmmakers to write a song and film a music video in support of a local business.

Miguel acted as director and cinematographer for the music video for Olivia’s song “No Man’s Land,” which supported Northwest Mediation Center

In the music video, Olivia is seen both working up the courage to visit the mediation center before finally going in and speaking with someone and wandering through a wooded area that Miguel had scouted out.

“He’s really easy to work with, and easy to be friends with,” Olivia said. “He’s truly curious and you can always tell he’s thinking deeply about the subject matter. I think his aesthetic is incredibly bold and has a true identity, and that’s really meaningful to me.”

THE SPONSOR

In their 28-year run, the folks at Rockin’ B Ranch, located at 3912 Spokane Bridge Road in Liberty Lake, brought music, food and fun to audiences young and old. A ticket to a Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show provided four hours of entertainment – two performances (the outdoor shootout show and the main stage musical) and a BBQ dinner of the “eat till you can’t manage another bite” variety. 

Like many local businesses, the Rockin’ B Ranch was hit hard by COVID-19. In 2020, the Rockin’ B team was gearing up to rehearse their latest supper show when they were forced to close. The next year brought many of the same difficulties, so they postponed the 2021 program too, looking forward to performing in 2022. 

But in a statement posted on its Facebook page in March, the team announced that after two years of COVID restrictions, musicians moving away and staff members taking new jobs, they’ve decided to end their supper shows. 

“We have so many fond memories and treasure all of the friendships that developed over the years,” they wrote.

The venue will still be available for weddings and other events. If you’re interested in booking an event at the Rockin’ B, visit the website or call Faith at (509) 230-4966.

Mind the Gap

Now that humanity is a couple of decades into the culture of blogging, I think it’s safe to say that it’s easy to fall off the wagon. But! We’re about to start back up here, and instead of me interviewing the collaborators and inspirers and movers and shakers, allow me to introduce you to my friend, Azaria Podplesky…

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Azaria, a freelance professional journalist, will be assisting me in the telling of this upcoming story so I can focus on being a songwriter, producer, and musician.

Teaser Alert: I’m beginning the ten-month schedule of writing and releasing ten songs in a row inspired by people, businesses, and history in my hometown. Each monthly recording will be produced in a different local studio with a different local band performing/recording the song, and a different local illustrator creating the monthly song icon. Azaria will feature each of these elements in the forthcoming posts, making it a one-stop shop for a Spokane-based smorgasbord time-capsule of Where We Live. The songs will continue to collect on SoundCloud and Patreon. Enjoy.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of one of these monthly recordings, please reach out to Olivia directly at OliviaBrownleeMusic [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you for your support!

#43 “I Take It Out On You” at J Bones Music Land

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Recorded & Mixed by Jay Condiotti at J Bones Music Land in Spokane, WA
Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Song: Olivia Brownlee
Featuring Dr Steve A. Bauer on Lead Guitar
A Word on the Accompanist:
I recently met Steve in the jazz bands we both play in (Hot Club of Spokane, and the Zonky Jazz Band). He moonlights as an accomplished veterinarian and the rest of the time plays some of the most comfortably ingenious guitar licks on the planet.
A Word on the Studio:
Jay is a local musician and recording engineer with a killer setup in the old industrial Spokane area – take a look!

 

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#40 “Wilin'” at Wonka Sound

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Recorded & Mixed by Bob Nash at Wonka Sound, Lowell, MA
Guitar, Vocals, Song: Olivia Brownlee
Trombone: Tim Lewandowski

A Word on the Collaborators:
Qualities I admire and value in musicians include the ability to read music, improvise, dance, listen, and smile. Tim Lewandowski embodies all these and more, most often as a trombonist in the greater Boston/Camberville area. I asked him who he enjoys recording with and he pointed me toward a few folks, Bob Nash among them. Sure enough, Bob knows horns, and with a couple iso booths and a couple hours, we all walked out with a simple, delicious finished product, happy it worked out to collaborate.

 

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#39 “The Jester’s Lament” at The Soundwomb

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Recorded & Mixed by Danny Moynahan at The Soundwomb, Long Beach, CA
December, 2017
Guitar, Vocals, Song: Olivia Brownlee
Saw: Danny Moynahan

A Word on the Song:
Every artist needs a coming-of-age song. And every town needs its honest rendering in a songwriter’s canon, especially a hometown. I was born in LA, nor can it much deny me, but this does not a music career make. It’s a bear to pursue an arts career, you reunite with some of your most unpleasant qualities at some of the most inconvenient times with some of the most unwelcome company. These sorts of growth spurts are not singular to career pursuit, or being an artist, or Los Angeles…but they have reminded me that a person can come of age at any age. And if you’re very honest, you’re likely to grow and change no matter how old you get.

A Word on the Collaborator:
I think with playing musical saw comes a tendency to be a particularly kind sort of person. Danny is an accomplished and active saxophonist and purveyor of Celtic music, and happens to bend a saw for anyone who’ll listen. I was so grateful to make his acquaintance and record in his cozy sunroom.

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#38 “The Gospel According to Me” with Skip Heller and the Carnival of Soul

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Chaka Khan meets Dr Teeth & the Electric Mayhem in a tune that boldly makes a few suggestions on how to show up in the world.

Every now and again someone will approach me in person and request to be a part of the Songography project directly. After my good friend Skip Heller viewed a livestream of “Gospel,” he commented immediately Continue reading “#38 “The Gospel According to Me” with Skip Heller and the Carnival of Soul”