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Why We Sing

Oct 18, 2017

Today's guest is Dr. Blake Brandes, a music producer and free-styling rapper who appeared on America's Got Talent and gave a TEDx talk and now tours the country giving hip hop motivational school assemblies about growth mindset and grit and hosting the Motivational Millennial podcast. Blake and I talk about rap...


Aug 29, 2017

Max Mendez, an Idaho-based singer and conductor, joins the show to talk about leadership, the egalitarian nature of choirs, how singing teaches grit, and how singing builds a strong sense of community.  He shares ideas on how to create opportunities to engage people who might not identify as singers and how singing...


Aug 1, 2017

This episode features Mike Collier as he shares how singing in boys choirs in his youth kept him in school and helped him adapt as a new immigrant and find a loving adoptive family. Singing has played a role in the success of his 40-year marriage, maintaining many long-term friendships and is a unifying force in his...


Jul 25, 2017

This episode features choral director Geoffrey Boers as we discuss how he discovered his voice, a profound Bach performance with Peter Sellers, servant leadership, "to do then to know", Baltic music and vulnerability.


Jul 25, 2017

Today's guest is Cynthia Vaughn, a voice teacher, performer, author, small business owner and community leader.  We talk about how music can be a means of developing identity and bringing people together.  She shares the impact of singing on her students and the beauty of seeing people gather together in the street to...