Brother Jack’s Soapbox

Brother Jack’s Soapbox

By Brother Jack
This is Brother Jack talking about all things related to what he does. We talk about folk music, songwriting, being a creative, and black coffee.
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1.25 Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Pump Organs again
I made a song called the Sacrament of Coffee. It was recorded on a pump organ. I love the sound of a pump organ. I wanted to share this episode about pump organs. It chronicles my adventure to acquire a pump organ. Mrs Brother Jack is still not happy about the pump organ.
07:41
March 26, 2020
1.24 Mr Malarkey’s Snakes
This one is a Malarkey story. It’s about a confrontation that Mr Malarkey had with Saint Patrick. I’m talking about the honest to goodness, religious superhero. This guy, Saint Patrick, brought Christianity to all the old Druids. That was a tall task and here we have an equally tall tale about Mr Malarkey’s chickens and some dirty old snakes.
09:35
March 19, 2020
1.23 All About the Sacrament of Coffee
I am a stay at home dad. I love the perfect cup of coffee. My kids have dedicated themselves to destroying everything I love. They come up with new ideas everyday to distract me from my Sacrament of Coffee. My release for the month of March is all about the daily spiritual quest for a hot cup of coffee. This episode is all about writing the Sacrament of Coffee. AND......special sneak peek!!!!! You get to hear the new single before anybody else. Listen the whole way through to hear the new song before it’s officially released.
17:43
March 12, 2020
1.22 Who Is Mr Malarkey?
The word malarkey means nonsense or meaningless talk. I resemble that. I think we all have alter egos or personas that we embody to help us accomplish certain things. Mr malarkey helps me be a better entertainer. It’s not acting or fake. It’s an amplification of a distinct part of myself. I want to be a good storyteller. Mr malarkey helps me tell better stories.
11:44
March 5, 2020
1.21 Getting Started 2.5 - Just Keep Moving
We all have fears. They can be paralyzing. If we allow it, they will consume us and take over. The only way to conquer the fear is to start moving. Stop thinking about whatever it is and start moving. Just keep moving.
07:41
February 27, 2020
1.20 Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Heroic Stupidity
This is another installment of our “Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up” series. Listen as I go on and on and on about the inability to quit. It’s not a noble character. It’s not due to genius, boldness, or braveness. Most people have a switch inside that makes them stop when facing devastating failure. I don’t have that. If I get an idea, regardless of how impractical or ridiculous, I just keep going. It’s not perseverance. It’s heroic stupidity. This episode is a result of a project on which I am working. Make sure to follow us on Spotify or any of those places to hear if we succeed with out heroic quest.
09:25
February 20, 2020
1.19 Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Valentine’s Day
This episode is from our series where I pick a topic and talk on and on and on about that topic. We call it Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up. It seems like an appropriate title. This installment is all about Valentine’s Day. We talk about candy hearts, school parties, beekeeping, murderous mobsters, and the brief period of time that Uncle Leroy spent sober. Grab some honey, it’s Valentine’s Day
08:57
February 13, 2020
1.18 Getting Started 2.4 - If You Can’t Be Good, Be Interesting
Training should never be a barrier to entry at this point in history. It’s not hard to learn something new. The question becomes, is it necessary to master or perfect a new skill? I think it’s more beneficial to learn a lot of skills than to master one thing. The truth is that I hate to practice. I’ve found that being a little bit weird makes up for the lack of practice time. If you can’t be good, be interesting.
06:54
February 6, 2020
1.17 Getting Started 2.3 - We are All Running Out of Time
Does anybody ever get to the end of the road and complain about too much time? Does anybody ever say, “I wish my life had been shorter?” Is anybody ever satisfied with the number of seconds they spent on this earth? How are you spending your time today? I could do a better job.
07:41
January 30, 2020
1.16 Getting Started 2.2 - There’s Never Enough Money
I started this series to address all of the limitations I encounter when I am starting something new. Today we are talking about money. It doesn’t matter how much you plan ahead and prepare, there is never enough money to do everything you want to do. I guess the key is knowing when something is good enough. I guess that good enough usually happens around the time I become broke. Let’s get started.
07:20
January 23, 2020
1.15 Getting Started 2.1 - An Abundance of Choice
This is the first episode in our new series about the limitations I encounter when I am starting something new. The first issue we tackle is the crippling abundance of choices that show up when making important decisions. If I am making a record or ordering breakfast, an excess of options complicates the process. What are you having for breakfast? Time to get to work.
10:36
January 16, 2020
1.14 Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Picking Songs
This episode is from our “Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up” series. I go on and on about picking songs. This episode is also part of the exclusive content that we put together for the Weird Folk album launch. This is behind the scenes content and you are going to hear it, right now. This episode also introduces a new series we are doing about limitations. This will be the second chapter in our “Getting Started” series. You can go back and listen to episodes 1-7 of this podcast to hear the first part of that series. It was all about overcoming fear to start a new project. This second chapter will be all about the limitations we face with a new project. I guess this episode wears a lot of hats. I hope you enjoy it. Until next time, you all be fantastic.
06:50
January 9, 2020
1.13 Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about the Cat in my Lap
Whenever I try to do something, I fail at least once. Everything I do, always starts with a failure. Sometimes they are more epic than others. Sometimes it takes many approaches before I figure it out. If it is worth doing, eventually, I figure it out. I am starting a new series to showcase my failures. Yes, this might be a bad idea. If it all goes poorly, I can do an episode of my new series about how I failed while trying to make a show about failing. This episode of the podcast is the first episode of my new series documenting my failures, enjoy my misery!
04:55
January 2, 2020
1.12 Holiday Greeting
Pick a holiday, any holiday. It’s a gamble, brothers and sisters. This whole time of year involves taking some chances. Pick a direction and see how it turns out. The only guarantee is that the store will run out of eggnog three days before Christmas and you will be out of luck until next year. Happy holidays from Brother Jack. Here’s hoping it is reasonably uneventful.
08:19
December 19, 2019
Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Aunt Ruth’s Lamp
This episode is another installment in our “Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up” series. I started doing these videos as extras included in the exclusive digital version of our Weird Folk release. I love doing these videos. It’s probably because I can’t shut up. I was watching our Thanksgiving installment and noticed the lamp sitting behind me. I love that lamp. It reminds me of my Aunt Ruth and it means a lot to me. This episode is all about that lamp.
08:06
December 12, 2019
Brother Jack Can't Shut Up about Thanksgiving
Every lifelong tradition starts with the first time. This is the first year you listened to Brother Jack’s Thanksgiving special. I am sure we will tweak it over the years and it will change and adapt. But 20 years from now, you will be sitting on the couch in your stretchy pants with your belly protruding from the second piece of pumpkin pie and you will have the family gathered around to listen to Brother Jack tell you everything he knows about Thanksgiving. In that moment, you will be glad that you listened the first time and started this tradition. Skip the shopping and listen another time because Brother Jack can’t shut up about Thanksgiving!
13:27
November 28, 2019
Jack to Jack : Brother Jack and his oldest offspring discussing the creative process
My oldest daughter and I recently worked on a project together. We both lived through it. She folded some origami and we set it to a song from the latest record, Weird Folk. It was unbelievable making a video with my kid. I am so blessed that we had the opportunity to create together. In this episode we talk about the creative process and making this video together. I hope you enjoy the conversation we had on Brother Jack’s Soapbox.
12:11
November 21, 2019
Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Lullabies
This is another installment from our series where I can’t stop talking about a topic. It’s appropriately titled, Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up. The topic that I ramble on and on about this time is the lullaby. I argue with myself about the universal nature of the lullaby. Everybody sleeps. Try and stay awake through this episode.
07:26
November 14, 2019
Get Weird Folk
We have a new record dropping on Friday, November 8. We’ve been busy making it all happen. We don’t have an official new episode for this week but wanted to share this rant. It’s all about figuring out how to make a record valid during the era of free music.
03:52
November 7, 2019
Songwriting Session - The Graveyard Song
This episode comes out on Halloween. I wanted to do something scary for the occasion. I decided to showcase The Graveyard Song. On this episode, I walk through the writing process behind this song.
12:49
October 31, 2019
Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up about Pump Organs
I recently acquired a pump organ and I wanted to tell you all about it. Here is everything I know about pump organs. It’s not much. Brother Jack can’t shut up.
06:48
October 24, 2019
Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up:Boom
This is the first episode in a new series. Brother Jack Can’t Shut Up will be exactly what it sounds like. When Brother Jack starts talking, it’s hard to get him stopped. This first episode in the series features a story from Brother Jack about getting a rhythm stuck in his head. This nagging rhythm turned into his song Boom Boom Ticka Ticka.
04:07
October 10, 2019
Getting Started 1.7
This episode wraps up our first Getting Started series. When we first began our podcast, we did six episodes about overcoming the fear of failure and getting a project started. I guess we should have followed up with a series on how to keep a project going after it is started. We have been playing our preliminary Getting Started episodes as we get this new podcast iteration off the ground. This episode is a loosely edited version of the last three episodes from that series.
09:56
October 3, 2019
Getting Started 1.6
If you want to get started with a new project, you need to have an idea. If you are going to come up with ideas, you need to carve out a little brainstorming time. You don’t have to be a genius to change the world. You just need to open up some time and come up with as many ideas as you can.
07:35
September 26, 2019
Getting Started 1.5
If something is worth doing, then it is worth doing the required paperwork. Every artistic endeavor has bureaucratic time requirements directly proportional to the amount of time spent on creating the project. I hate jumping through regulatory hoops but I love registering my work. The paperwork makes it all valid and substantial. Paperwork makes the world go around.
07:54
September 12, 2019
Getting Started 1.1
I should be podcasting, there is no real barrier to entry. I can’t decide what to talk about. What if nobody likes what I have to say? What if nobody listens? This episode is all about getting started with something new.
10:15
September 2, 2019