The effects of grieving can result in a variety of negative emotions but for host Johnny Anomaly and his guests, it has been a catalyst for creativity. Hear the compelling stories of individuals who have used their pain to hone their craft and help others along the way.
Within a few weeks of being introduced to each other, guitarist John MacLeod and poet Emily Joy Galvin quickly realized that there was something special about their collaborative effort to perform together live back in January.
John’s guitar arrangements accompanied the soft-spoken poetry of Emily so well that they decided to work under the name, Rose & Cloud. The duo has already released their debut EP, “It’s Only Thursday” and in this episode we break down each song/poem to give you all a glimpse of the creative process.
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Jamey Bennett aka Chunjay is the self-proclaimed, “worlds okayest rapper” from the group Royal Ruckus. Recently he has released a brand new EP titled “Unexpected Joy” and is the host of the Brews, Beards, and Shipwrecks podcast.
In this episode Jamey gives deep insight behind some of his lyrics, his passion for music, and his involvement in The Samson Society - a community of men who are serious about authenticity, humility, and recovery.
From experience, Jamey shares that grief is not a problem to be solved as much as it is an experience to be tended.
You're probably thinking, "Alright, we get it! You're on the cover of a local magazine, get over yourself!" but that's not entirely what this episode is about. It's so much more than that. This is about insecurity, low self-esteem and overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of where you want to be. I hope you enjoy!
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Jessica Harper is a singer and songwriter from Thibodaux, Lousiana who describes her sound as "Neo-Soul". She believes that music's purpose is to heal and that is what she intends to do with her own. She says, "I'm a singer/song writer whose quest is to create music that will touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life. Music has been and will always be a never ending quest." Stay tuned after the show to hear Jessica's song, "2 More".
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This interview aired on June 6th on Rock 97.7 in Houma, Louisiana. The interview was conducted by Mike St. John of the Bayou Radio Group.
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Brett Weller is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter who draws influences from a variety of artists. He and his wife, Anna create music that has been described as, "a gumbo of sounds." On this episode we have a great conversation about the authenticity of being an artist, the shift that took place in his songwriting, and the importance of giving hope through his music. Life involves risk to which Brett says, "We have to take a chance on something. We just can't sit around our life and not risk...but of course those decisions, those moments have an impact and they have a resolve."
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I’m at a point in my life where I am tired of getting stabbed in the back with the same shards of broken trust from the same people who refuse to change. I simply don’t have time for unnecessary drama anymore. So to the things that I can control, I’m changing it for the better. I am devoted to being a better husband, father, and friend to those who need me. For some relationships, I grieved over the loss of, to others I’ve celebrated and in this episode, I’m finally talking about it.
Brett Harig is the owner of Harig Renovations in North Carolina and aside from his business ventures, he published his first book, "As You're Going". In this episode, we talk about that publishing process as well as having our priorities in line when it comes to our families.
Christopher Cizek takes on several creative roles including photographer, freelance filmmaker, and co-host of Uncomfortably Yours, a podcasts with his fiance', Courtney. Be sure to stay tuned after the show to hear Chris' heartfelt poem, "Theron Bud Yonkin in Retrospect".
Let's play a game...of podcast tag. In response to Youngman Brown over at Your Creative Push Podcast, I am releasing this bonus episode to hopefully ignite something within you to share your story right now. Straight from the show notes of Youngman, he states, "We are going explore the fact that your story doesn’t have to reach a completion for you to start sharing it. You simply have to share what’s inside of you. The closer you can get to that message, the better it will be…not necessarily in quality, but in the weight that it carries for you and for others." Of course it wouldn't be tag if I didn't choose anyone else so I am tagging Calvin and Josh at let god die Podcast to keep this train rolling. Share on!
Josh Stone is an author, outreach pastor and leads a traveling discussion group known as Outward Conversation - a team of people who are facilitating discussions around the topic of mental health in a small group setting with the belief that healing comes through transparency and honesty.
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Josh Sanchez is the host of the Swoop Radio Show Podcast - an outlet created by him to discuss sports and mental health. On his show, he is known for his transparency and on this episode it is no different as we talk about what it's like to reconcile with members of our families, in this case, his father. We delve into our personal experiences with coming to terms of forgiveness and rebuilding from what years of resentment has destroyed. Soon to be available on Podcoin.
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Brandon Queen is a law enforcement officer, graphic designer, and host of the E.A.R. (Evangelical And Reformed) Podcast. Our conversation was recorded straight through the Anchor app to demonstrate just how easy podcasting can be. If you've ever wanted to start a podcast, Brandon and I offer some helpful tips on where and how to begin.
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Kelly Farley is the author of "Grieving Dads: To The Brink and Back". Released in 2012, it is a book written based on hundreds of interviews conducted with men around the world who share a similar experience - the loss of a child.
The book alongside the Grieving Dads Blog serves as great resources for parents, more specifically bereaved fathers to share their stories in a space that allows them to be vulnerable and remain anonymous if they choose. Kelly also coaches men, hosts workshops and retreats, providing outlets for those who now no longer have to grieve alone and in silence.
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Sam Allen is a British-born Creative Life Coach with a passion for poetry who now resides in Switzerland. She is also a blogger at Peacock Poetry Blog and during our conversation, she shares a very special poem titled, "Electric Guitar" which serves as a tribute to her father.
As a coach, she says about the process, "There is a lovely combination in my sessions of lightheartedness and playfulness as well as intensity and I really enjoy that combination. It's really special to be in that space...Writers and creatives of any field can come to deepen their own innate creativity and also gain accountability around their current project."
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Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is also the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organization TEAR Australia. On this episode we discuss the importance of sharing our stories and empowering others to do the same.
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For the season 3 finale, I bring on J. Gordon Duncan - a pastor, business consultant, author, and host of the This Is Gonna Hurt Podcast where his topics include physical/spiritual health, finances, and family. When it comes to altering our lifestyle for the better, he says, “If we’re going to make change in our life, we’re going to have to stop doing one thing and start doing something else and that’s typically going to be painful.The body seems to be wired, the mind seems to be wired to move toward the path of least pain...but growth is going to have to come through change.”
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Pat Stereo is an artist known for his eccentric performances as a singer/songwriter and also for his involvement as the host of Elite Championship Wrestling. During our conversation we get into the misconceptions of being a creative, unlikely musical influences, and working with different persona's when performing.
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Josh Mozug is an artisan, known for his craftsmanship through is company Mozug Woodworking based out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he specializes in gifts, wall art, and personalized band merchandise. He is also a poet who performs under the name, Tirades of a Timid Tongue, and host of The let god die Podcast.
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Nevaeh LeBoeuf is my oldest daughter and very special guest this week. At nine years old she has big dreams and an even bigger heart. She is an aspiring singer, musician, and actress who involuntarily stands out due to a port wine stain birthmark on her face but she has some encouraging advice for those who, like her, may feel left out sometimes. To quote her major influence Taylor Swift, "If you are lucky enough to be different, don't ever change."
Brandon Stouff is an independent filmmaker and photographer from Houma with a degree in Cinematography. We talk movies, creative differences in collaborations, and the "orchestrated chaos" that goes on behind the scenes, on set of production. Whether it's commercials, music videos, or short films, Brandon enjoys the process of creating a great story through the camera.
Dustin Boudreaux is the lead singer, songwriter, and bassist for the band, FALLEN. He recognizes the responsibility he has as a lyricist and says about his songs, "Any time I write, I know that I'm responsible for what I say and what I say can have detrimental affects...Who's to say somebody in a dark place is listening to one of my song's and that song might make them do something that could never be changed or erased."
My wife, Jammie LeBoeuf joins me for an introspective conversation about our lives. Over the course of 10 years together, we have shared many laughs, tears, and everything in between.
Our marriage has endured many hardships including the loss of our son, Kaidon and the uncertainty that surrounded our youngest daughter Koralyn who was born in respiratory distress. Throughout our relationship, we have one constant - we do not give up on each other.
We discuss the importance of mental health after such traumatic experiences to which Jammie adds, “It’s okay not to be okay. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to scream, scream. If you need to have a day, just have a day to yourself, have your mental break. Don’t feel bad for it. We all need it. Mental health is important and don’t be ashamed of it. Talk to someone about it.”
It's the most wonderful time of the year...for some of us. This Christmas season keep in mind that while it is a cause for celebration, a lot of us mask heartache that goes unseen, causing even the most cheerful person to become a Grinch around the holidays. I joke about it being the fact that I'm approaching 30 and am a bit more ornery in my old age (I know, 30 isn't old) but the truth is we are all going through something so let's just keep that in mind and maybe show each other a little more grace during the holidays.
Ennis Luke is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, poet, and painter whose art is a reflection of his recovery.
On September 12th of 2006, he was involved in a tug boat accident that left him in a coma for 16 days. After awaking with his jaw wired shut, and paralysis, shock immediately ensued. On this episode, he recounts that experience through a poem titled, "That September Day".
We also share a few stories and laughs about the joys and fears of fatherhood to which Ennis truthfully admits, "I didn't know that kind of joy existed."
Antonino GB is a poet whose range of influence is from literary giants such as Tom Robbins to Dostoyevsky to artists like Johnny Cash. In this episode, he reveals 14 of his short poems and we have a great conversation about linguistics, eulogy’s, and chocolate chip cookies.
Bradley Hathaway is an artist who has transitioned from a spoken word poet to a singer/songwriter and is known for his elaborate storytelling. On this episode we talk explicit lyrics, his upcoming novel, El Monterey Burritos, and the controversy surrounding his latest album, “Flesh Eater”.
Joe Faber is a graphic designer whose work is illustrated under the name, Fuzzy Fossil. His artwork has been featured in HM Magazine and most recently he has commissioned artwork for Kevin Max’s latest album, “AWOL”.
Joe talks me through his creative process, the software he uses to complete his projects and we go through some of his original artwork to get a better understanding of the undertones that’s being portrayed in each piece.
The Benton's describe themselves as "musicianaries" - a term rather fitting for a couple who has given up on the "American Dream" and has taken a leap of faith by selling nearly everything they've owned, spending many years living out of an RV, relying on donations as they do not charge performance fee's all while traveling the world as a shock and roll band by the name of White Collar Sideshow.
Frontman/drummer TD says about their group, "We're just about loving on people and music is just a good excuse to do that." Their latest album is nearing completion and has once again been produced by Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Avril Lavigne). They have recently transitioned from a three-piece (sometimes four-piece) band to a duo so that is sure to effect the dynamics of their sound and performance. A new show is on the horizon but for now The Benton's are in preparation and patiently waiting for what lies ahead.
Immediately following this episode, listen to their song, "Tombstones for Eyes", a version of the song that was recorded from their time in Brazil.
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Joey Monteleone is the creator and host of The Dismantle Podcast; a show intended to create community, not converts. Building bridges and not barriers. On this episode we talk about the experiences that have enriched Joey's faith, how comic book movies influenced him to start his first podcast, and how we both are making the shows we want to listen to. In regards to the content that he creates, Joey says, "It's not my job to defend my worldview, it's my job to expand my mind and learn and hopefully the listeners can do that as well."
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This episode is a triple threat as I interview my friends Joseph Bernard, John Foret, and Nash Pitre live after the Creative Minds Small Group at Downtown Jeaux's in Houma on Friday, September 28th. The group is scheduled to meet on the last Friday of every month. We talk the importance of community, upcoming projects, and share stories about the night. For more information about the group, check out nashp.com/community
Singer/songwriter, poet, and patron of the podcast, Luke Sampson joins me on this episode. We talk toxic relationships, bruising ego's, interpreting his lyrics, and the inspiration behind his latest musical endeavor, "The Plotholes Demos" - an Indie-Folk homage to his former moniker, Hindsight Plotholes which is described as, "the result of a terrible summer". Immediately following the interview, listen to Luke's song, "Delilah".
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With a career span of over twenty years, Jeremiah Dirt is an artist who has attained an impressive repertoire of content including the release of his latest album, “The Rebel Lion”, a production of thought-provoking lyricism accompanied by music best described as, “reggae-infused hip-hop”.
On this episode, we chat about Dirt's interesting upbringing, Hip-Hop culture, his lyrics, hustling as an independent artist, and how Top Ramen is something we don't want to feed our kids.
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Jeremy Neal happens to be one of the funniest guys I know so it's no surprise that there a lot of laughs throughout our conversation. He is a talented drummer, writer, but most importantly, a committed husband and father who is finding his purpose through his faith. Jeremy also recounts the moments where his life was changed when his son was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome at birth. Hear what gets him through even the darkest of days.
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Time - something we just never have enough of and when it comes to setting some aside for ourselves to get creative, we can feel selfish for doing so. We can begin to envy others and critique their accomplishments even when we have the same or more resources at our fingertips. In the words of Austin Kleon, "It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom."
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On this episode, I conclude my interview with spoken word artist Altina Sims. We discuss her writing process, entrepreneurship and she performs a new piece titled, “Creating Lanes”.
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I sat down with poet, author, and entrepreneur Altina Sims prior to the Voice of the Arts showcase in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Unfortunately, we weren't able to record as much as we would have liked but another interview is scheduled soon. Until then, enjoy this episode. To keep up with Altina's work, visit her website at altinasims.com and social media.
In this episode, I interview Michael Lacoste aka Da Mac where we discuss his musical influences, upcoming events, and his new album, "The Elephant In The Room" available on May 15, 2018.
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