Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Answers

Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Answers

By Phil Circle
Welcome to Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Answers with Phil Circle.

This is where I and my guests seek positive answers to life's questions, often, but not always, within the realm of the arts. This is also where I encourage on-going open dialogue between all people, everywhere.

When I discuss topics specific to music as a craft and business, I'm likely to attach it to something bigger. Music and the arts are the miracles that happen every day, as we connect through them.

Please send me a message with a question, comment, correction, or idea for a topic.

Have a listen to my intro.
What's Your Story?
Phil Circle shares an article he wrote called "What's Your Story?" and then reflects on his own on-going story and how he found comfort in it. This was recorded on April 22, 2019 at Phil Circle Music in Chicago.
April 23, 2019
Chris Bell and Phil Circle on Chicago, World Change, and the Future of the CSO
Phil Circle talks with Chris Bell, former union pipe fitter, now owner of Flatts and Sharpe Music, Chicago proper's second biggest music lesson provider. Sitting in the lobby of her Rogers Park store, they reflect on Chicago's past and present, how it relates to other cities and the massive changes in the world today. Chris shares her experiences growing up in the neighborhood and reflects on what's changed and why.  Also in this conversation is a discussion about the future of one of the world's greatest orchestras, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As of this podcast, the CSO musicians were on strike for a number of reasons. Chris Bell gives her balanced appraisal of the situation and talks about her efforts to support local musicians by presenting free shows at her music store. This show was recorded at Flatts and Sharpe Music, Rogers Park, Chicago, on April 18th, 2019.
April 18, 2019
Phil Circle's Students Speak Up
Phil Circle puts together two or three student showcases every year to get his students up in a proper Chicago venue to perform. It was at the end of the March 31st, 2019 showcase, at Chicago's Uncommon Ground Edgewater, that Phil gathered this show's participants on stage afterwards and asked them to speak up. Here's what each of them had to say about music and what it means to them.  Phil's students are adult professionals in various fields, semi-professional and aspiring professional musicians, and/or working pros like himself. Phil Circle has been teaching since 1993 and holds a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Music Composition and Performance (Summa Cum Laude). You can visit his YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages for some coaching videos in the playlist (board) Hey Coach. The intro to this special short episode was recorded April 14th, 2019 from Phil's teaching studio in Rogers Park, Chicago.
April 15, 2019
Ian Leith Talks About Working for Jerry Springer, Cruise Line Gigs, and Why Quitting is Not an Option.
Phil Circle and Singer-songwriter-guitarist and videographer Ian Leith meet for lunch in Chicago's South Loop to discuss their experiences in Chicago music. Ian also talks about working in Los Angeles, moving to Chicago to work for The Jerry Springer Show, and what it was like playing music on the cruise lines. Phil and Ian spend a little time digging deeply into the despair of wanting to quit what you love, and how to climb out by gaining a perspective. This was recorded at Flo and Santos on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago on March 26th, 2019.
April 3, 2019
What Am I Nostradamus? Phil Circle Reflects on 2019 Predictions
In this episode, Phil Circle looks back at an article he wrote for LinkedIn called "What Am I Nostradamus?" in which he made predictions for 2019. Phil expands on these predictions, tying them into his overall theme of this podcast; Seeking positive answers to modern day problems with open dialogue. Questions about many of the mainstream issues happening in the world are posed and pondered. This was recorded from Phil Circle Music on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
March 29, 2019
Mary Reynard and Phil Circle Discuss Acting Training as Life Training
Mary Reynard is a longtime actor and acting coach living in Los Angeles. Phil Circle and Mary met through the Chicago Actors Studio, where she was teaching for some time and whose founder is a student of Mary's late husband, the great Ted Liss.  After Mary gives a little run down of her fascinating history surrounded by icons, she and Phil move into a discussion about music and acting, coaching in these professional, and ultimately how the techniques learned to master these performing arts can be beneficial to performing well in life as a human being. This was recorded over dinner at Corky's Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California, after Mary spent the afternoon observing Phil's recording session for a new album. This was recorded on March 6th, 2019.
March 22, 2019
Ted Wulfers and Phil Circle Discuss the Power of Music
Ted Wulfers is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and more. Phil and Ted are longtime friends, going back to Ted's time in Chicago. At the time of this interview, they had just completed a new album by Phil Circle at Ted's Sherman Oaks studio. Although they had shared many stages and social activities, this was their first collaboration on an album.  Not prone to profound discussions with each other in the past, in this podcast you are privy to the effect creative collaboration has on people. After five days of soulful creation, heartfelt performances, and conceptual production, it was only natural that music be discussed at its deepest level. Here are Phil and Ted at their most authentic. This was recorded at 663 Sound and in Ted's van, in Sherman Oaks, California, on March 7th, 2019. Ted added the intro and segue way you'll hear.
March 19, 2019
25 Things I Love About Music with Phil Circle
Phil Circle runs through a list of things that excite him about music. As a lifelong musician with 25 years as a recording artist and music coach, he's also able to share many insights about the process of creating and learning music, its benefits for education and health, and its attachment to history and culture. To see his list in its entirety, visit his Twitter page or his blog. He also shares some videos on the subject on his YouTube and Pinterest pages. Recorded on March 17th, 2019 in Chicago at Phil Circle Music.
March 18, 2019
Jorge Patrono and Phil Circle Discuss Health and the Human Spirit
Phil Circle discusses health and the human spirit with Jorge Patrono. Jorge Patrono is a two time Grammy nominated Composer/Producer/Sound Designer/Drummer with an experience of over 30 years in the entertainment industry. Some of the artists that Jorge has worked with are: Gino Vanelli, Chick Corea, Mark Isham, Randy Crawford, Selena, Bebu Silvetti, Jorge Calandrelli, Eduardo Del Barrio, Daniela Romo, Rocio Jurado, Forever Tango and many others. Among his clients we can mention: Warner Bros, BMG, HBO, Novell, HipTV, SpikeTV, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Deutch Advertising, Casanova Pendrill Advertising, McCann Erickson, Coca Cola, Univision, Telemundo, Galavision, etc. Jorge is originally a drummer that has developed african libraries as well as ethnic grooves and loops for Ensoniq, Korg, Yamaha and Sonic Foundry. He is one of the four percussionist featured in the highly acclaimed groove library for film and TV "Percussive Adventures" from EastWest. His company is a site dedicated to discover new talent in Latinamerica including composers, singers and writers, helping them to access the international market.  Phil met Jorge when he rented his guest house for a trip to Los Angeles to record his album Baritone 61.7 at Ted Wulfers' studio in Sherman Oaks. After a couple of brief, but profound discussions, Phil felt compelled to spend this time with Jorge before heading off to the studio one morning.
March 10, 2019
An Introduction to Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Answers
Phil Circle shares his reasoning for this podcast and declares your involvement crucial to its success. He gives a sense of who he is and why he's interested in more than just playing music, how he chooses guests if he does, and where he sees this all going. Join in the dialogue. Visit Phil Circle's blog at Visit Phil's main page at Follow Phil Circle on Twitter. Follow Phil Circle on Facebook. Follow Phil Circle on Instagram. Watch Phil Circle on YouTube. Join Phil's Mailing List. Become a Patron of Phil Circle and GBA Records.
March 10, 2019
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