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The Principal Liner Notes Podcast

The Principal Liner Notes Podcast

By Sean Gaillard
A Podcast from school principal and author, Sean Gaillard, exploring the intersections between the Schoolhouse, Music and everything else in between and on the flip side. Digital Liner Notes for the global schoolhouse.
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The Principal Liner Notes Podcast

Episode 91: Your Future Greatest Hits and My First Video Podcast
This is my first video podcast! I wanted to do something outside my comfort zone and try a video podcast for the first time. This podcast highlights the importance of looking back over our "Greatest Hits" and taking pride in past victories. We must also be open to do something new and innovative, too, like Hall & Oates did with "Rock & Soul, Part 1." 
September 10, 2022
Side 2: The Courage to Communicate Our Masterpiece
This is Side 2 of our Podcast Album of Inspiration. We revisit “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys and the lesson in courageous communication it provides.
August 29, 2022
Side 1: Your Comeback Like #Elvis for a New School Year
In this special podcast album of inspiration, we will connect the Elvis Presley 1968 Comeback TV Special to Back to School for all educators. This is Side 1 of a special digital podcast album on returning to school. It is also Season 4 of “The Principal Liner Notes Podcast.” Listen for the actual needle drop on this episode!
July 31, 2022
When John Met Paul
Another nod to the fateful day on July 6, 1957 when John Lennon met Paul McCartney. We explore that event and connect to the power of collaboration.
July 06, 2022
Build Your Impossible with Laura McDonell
A great conversation with inspiring High School English Teacher Laura McDonell! We discuss ways to integrate Music in the classroom, favorite Beatles songs, building your impossible and our love for Neil Diamond. Follow Laura on Twitter @lmcdonell14 and her blog at
June 26, 2022
#TechWithHeart with Stacey Roshan
Join in the conversation with special guest, Stacey Roshan, as she talks about student voice, empathy, and building human connections. Follow Stacey on Twitter @buddyxo. Pick up her book, #TechWithHeart on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
June 22, 2022
Happy 80th Birthday to Paul McCartney!
My birthday tribute to Sir Paul with a walk to my record store and a live report from Paul’s show in Winston-Salem.
June 18, 2022
#EvolvingWithGratitude with Lainie Rowell
Lainie Rowell returns to talk about her new book!
June 03, 2022
Surf & Peace: Special Spotify Edition
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This episode was completely improvised and done live at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Various songs of peace and calm are explored. Selections from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, and Otis Redding are featured in this special Spotify edition of the podcast.
May 30, 2022
Surf & Peace: Sounds Of Comfort
What are those songs that give you peace and comfort? Tune in for a live conversation on peaceful music from Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
May 29, 2022
A Journey to Frank Sinatra’s “Watertown” with Doug Heye
In a far-ranging conversation with special guest and Sinatra fan Doug Heye, a lost concept album masterpiece by Frank Sinatra is celebrated. “Watertown” is a 1970 album recorded by Sinatra and is closely examined in this episode. Follow Doug Heye on Twitter @dougheye.
May 15, 2022
In Celebration of the “Let It Be” Album & the Underdog
This episode is the annual celebration of the release of the “Let It Be” album by The Beatles. We also delve into a celebration of the unappreciated.
May 07, 2022
Play to the Strengths & Gifts (Special Spotify Edition)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This special Spotify edition of #PrincipalLinerNotes features the music of The Allman Brothers Band. This is the 80th episode!
May 01, 2022
Play to the Strengths & Gifts
Learn how “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band” is a vehicle to play the strengths of others in the schoolhouse. This is the 80th Episode!
May 01, 2022
Live At The Big House Museum: (Special Spotify Edition)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In this special Spotify edition of Episode 79 of #PrincipalLinerNotes, the music of The Allman Brothers Band is featured. Songs included: “Dreams,” “Little Martha,” and “Revival.” I share my trip to the Big House Museum and Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA. Both are highlights of my Allman Brothers Band Musical Pilgrimage. This episode also highlights the musical lesson from The Allman Brothers on sharing and supporting one’s passion in a collaborative environment.
April 15, 2022
Live At The Big House Museum: A Pilgrimage in the Key of Passion
A musical pilgrimage to Macon, GA evokes a loving tribute to The Allman Brothers Band and the passions that inspire us.
April 14, 2022
Just Like In Star Wars
This episode is lovingly dedicated to the impact of “Star Wars” and how a pivotal scene in the film serves as a lesson in faith.
April 08, 2022
An Aural Literacy Chat
Sean Gaillard’s daughter, Emily, is this episode’s special guest host. Listen to a conversation between father and daughter on Music and Podcasting.
March 27, 2022
Write Back to Get Back
We take another lesson from The Beatles and discover the power in writing back and overcoming roadblocks.
March 21, 2022
Pause & Project For Passion
This episode explores the need for sidebars into passion projects. Also, this episode is an introduction to my new podcast series, “The Album That Changed My Life.” Happy 75th Episode!
February 26, 2022
Cubicle-Breaking Conversation with Alice Oakley & Hope Reagan
An in-person conversation with Hope Reagan & Alice Oakley of Education Resource Group leaps from “Happy Days” Orange to Growing All Learners. Follow on Twitter & Instagram @LearnWithERG. Visit ERG Website at
February 13, 2022
Conversational Riffs with Erik Francis
Author Erik Francis stops by the podcast to share riffs ranging from Depth of Knowledge to “Rocky III” to Eddie Van Halen.
February 06, 2022
#SafeSeenStretched with Julie Hasson
Author and Educational Leader Julie Hasson stops by the podcast for coffee, music, and conversation. Her new book is out and entitled “Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom.”
January 22, 2022
Present Tense for Passion
Learn how an imaginary pop group can serve as a lesson to prioritize your passions, pursuits, and joys.
January 17, 2022
Wearing the Wool Hat and Dancing to a Different Drum: A Tribute to Mike Nesmith
This is my tribute to Michael Nesmith and his legacy of standing firm against the status quo with a sincere heart.
December 30, 2021
Belonging With The Beatles
Discover how Billy Preston’s performance with The Beatles on their “Get Back” Sessions inspired me as a fan and individual.
November 29, 2021
Connection in Empathy
Learn how lesser-known song from The Monkees serves as an inspiring vehicle for empathy.
November 20, 2021
Talking #PsychSafety at the Kitchen Table with LaVonna Roth
LaVonna Roth of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. is our first ever in-person guest. We talk about psychological safety. We are literally at my kitchen table.
November 02, 2021
Why This Is Not The Last Episode
This was almost the last episode of this podcast.
October 23, 2021
Tuning Into The Gifts Of Others
This episode focuses on how the simple act of calling out the gifts of others adds to the psychological safety of a culture.
October 17, 2021
Hope for the Flip Side
Using the music of George Harrison and Simon & Garfunkel as inspiration for Hope for all educators.
October 09, 2021
A Pep Talk for Hope With a Little Help from CCR
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Learn how a the origin story of a song from Creedence Clearwater Revival serves as a inspiring story. CCR ignored a naysayer and created an incredible song.
September 25, 2021
Connected Conversation with Lauren Kaufman
A lively, insightful conversation with Lauren Kaufman, school leader and author.
September 06, 2021
Raising Collaboration
What happens when unexpected voices merge into something new? Using the “Raising Sand” Album by Allison Krauss & Robert Plant as the musical canvas for this episode, we explore the need for courageous collaboration.
September 05, 2021
The Masterpiece We Can All Create
A nod to the enduring inspiration of George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” Album and how it connects to the masterpiece we can all create.
August 06, 2021
A Bandmate Conversation with Lainie Rowell
Join in a wide-ranging conversation with Educator/Author/Speaker Lainie Rowell! We chat on collaboration, professional learning, and Johnny Cash.
July 17, 2021
Episode 58: Forward Through The Doors
How the final album by The Doors is a lesson in looking back to move forward for educators.
July 05, 2021
Episode 57: Empathy Is All You Need with Naomi Toland
In honor of #GlobalBeatlesDay, this episode highlights an upcoming global educational event and features our very first guest! Welcome to Naomi Toland! Be sure to follow Naomi on Twitter @naomi_toland and visit her website at
June 25, 2021
#CelebratePaul: A Digital Birthday Card for Paul McCartney
An impromptu birthday card for Paul McCartney
June 18, 2021
Happy Birthday to #ThePepperEffect!
Another instant episode in honor of the 3rd Anniversary of my book, #ThePepperEffect. Unscripted and improvised again!
June 05, 2021
Episode 54: Time to Press Pause
A revisitation to the “Sgt. Pepper” album and #ThePepperEffect book with a lesson learned from a school principal point of view.
May 31, 2021
Episode 53: The Smile Returned
How the back cover of an obscure Beach Boys Album inspires a ripple effect in the schoolhouse.
May 23, 2021
Episode 52: When Chaos Ignites Creativity
Connecting the joy of improvisation amidst chaos to the creative world with nods to Keith Jarret and The Beatles. This episode is completely improvised in words and music. Original Guitar Score by Sean Gaillard.
May 15, 2021
The Lennon & McCartney Effect
What happens when educators connect on the same level as Lennon and McCartney?
May 01, 2021
Episode 50: You Are The Band
A celebration of John Lennon’s first solo band through the lens of the concept of the Plastic Ono Band. How does a faceless band include all and serve as a lesson for leadership?
April 25, 2021
Crossing Abbey Road: One Year Later
Learn how a memory of my daughter crossing Abbey Road and the final photo shoot of The Beatles connect to showing appreciation for your colleagues.
March 14, 2021
Carry On
A lesson in perseverance is found in three different albums. We will explore works by The Allman Brothers Band, U2, Paul McCartney to see how they connect to the work of frontline educators.
March 06, 2021
Revisiting White Album Space: A Lesson In Self-Care
The Beatles created “The White Album” by taking some time to retreat, meditate, and create. A lesson is applied to the schoolhouse from The Fab Four in this episode with nods to many great educators.
February 27, 2021
“We’re Out!”-A Lesson on Trapdoor Moments
This episode explores how two scenes from “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring The Beatles, serve as lessons for “Trapdoor Moments.” These are moments of outreach intended to help friends take a respite from the daily grind.
January 18, 2021
#OneIdea: A Lesson from Paul McCartney’s Rockdown
Learn how a creative idea from Paul McCartney during the lockdown can ignite your ideas into inspired action.
January 06, 2021
A New Phase for 2021: A Lesson from The Beatles
Explore how a throwaway line in a Beatles anthem can inspire your ideas to ignite. This is a special episode for New Year 2021.
January 02, 2021
Making Your Masterpiece
A lesson from George Harrison is the inspiration for this episode. What do you do when an idea falls flat? You quietly hang onto it and let it blossom into a masterpiece like George Harrison did.
December 13, 2020
“Life Is What Happens”
We explore a lesson from John Lennon in honor of his 80th Birthday and connect it to the Schoolhouse.
October 10, 2020
Time for Your Masterpiece: Reflections on “Good Vibrations.”
This bonus episode will explore how “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys serves as a lesson for masterpiece thinking in the Schoolhouse.
October 05, 2020
Reflections on “What’s Going On”
In honor of Marvin Gaye’s Album masterpiece song with the lessons learned from a simple check-in, this episode is a sincere outreach to the listener during these days of social distancing.
October 03, 2020
Alternate Title
Learn how an alternate title of a song by The Monkees serves as a lesson to keep it moving with a growth mindset in the Schoolhouse.
September 26, 2020
Handle with Care: Praise & Thanks in the Schoolhouse and Loving Ringo
We revisit an interlude from my book, #ThePepperEffect. Also, we explore need to uplift colleagues during these challenging times as The Beatles did for each other. Stay tuned!
July 06, 2020
Find Your Band
We will discover how a musical epiphany in The Beatles serves as a lesson for sustaining collaboration in your band or organization.
July 03, 2020
Gatefold Gaze
Learn how the gatefold cover of the “Sgt. Pepper” album served as a salve during a traumatic moment.
June 14, 2020
In the Key of Wonder
Discover how Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney inspire memories, comfort and an example for encouragement.
May 23, 2020
The Toppermost: A Pep Talk
A Pep Talk for Super Hero Educators everywhere with a nod to The Beatles.
May 17, 2020
Music Heals.
A quick impromptu episode on the road and connecting “Hey Jude” to the pandemic crisis. Music heals and inspires.
March 19, 2020
Learn how Paul McCartney’s writing of “Maybe I’m Amazed” serves as a lesson to tap into our passion as leaders.
March 01, 2020
Space for Joy
We return for 2020 and explore how The Beatles taking a breaking from the recording studio to watch a favorite film from their youth is a lesson for us all.
February 16, 2020
Celebrating “Let It Be”
This episode is a kickoff for an upcoming four-part series in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “Let It Be” album by The Beatles.
December 31, 2019
Neighbors and Bandmates
This episode explore the kindness legacy of The Beatles and Fred Rogers. It is the final episode for 2019! It is the 30th episode. Discover how to connect these icons to your leadership.
December 28, 2019
November 7, 2019
November 07, 2019
See What Happens
This episode explores how Pete Townshend’s “Give Blood” offers inspiration for new bold collaborations.
October 27, 2019
Learn how a vocal flub on “Mr. Moonlight” by The Beatles serves as a lesson for reassurance for educators.
October 19, 2019
Sunny Handclaps
This is my tribute to “Abbey Road” in honor of its 50th Anniversary.
October 12, 2019
Go Electric
This episode explores how Bob Dylan’s musical paradigm shift of going electric can inspire educators to take bold giant steps in the Schoolhouse.
September 21, 2019
Teaching Grace
We explore how Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” album serves as a Teachable Moment during a Shakespeare Class.
September 14, 2019
The Courage to Carry On
An ill-fated album by the surviving members of The Doors serves as an example for an act of creative courage.
September 02, 2019
“Beat Support”
Discover how a subtle move during a live performance by The Beatles serves as a masterclass for collaboration.
August 04, 2019
Episode 22 explores how the impact of our words resonate in the Schoolhouse. We take a trip to the most positive record store in the world and face some Twitter Troll Bullies for our lesson.
July 29, 2019
“Next Stop: Reflection.”
We explore how a recent train ride leads towards a reflective excursion. How do we harness the value of reflection in the Schoolhouse?
July 20, 2019
In the Fan Club
What does it mean to be in the fan club and how does it connect to leadership? We will explore through the scope of the film, “Yesterday.”
June 29, 2019
Embrace the Crossroads
Find out how Don Draper and Buddy Holly can help one embrace the possibilities in the Schoolhouse.
June 15, 2019
Raw & Resilient
Discover how a key picture of The Beatles during the "Get Back" Sessions inspires one to be raw and resilient. 
May 07, 2019
Episode 19 Promo
A promo trailer for Episode 18.
April 28, 2019
Don’t You Wait: An Elegy and Almost Reunion on SNL
In honor of the 43rd Anniversary of the Almost Reunion of John Lennon and Paul McCartney on “Saturday Night Live.”
April 25, 2019
Lost and Found
Discover how an unreleased Beach Boys Album inspires the will to create a masterpiece.
April 23, 2019
Episode 16 Promo
A promo for the next episode of “The Principal Liner Notes Podcast.” What does an unfinished pop symphony have to do with the Schoolhouse?
April 22, 2019
Embrace the Whimsical
Learn how an obscure Beatles “B”-Side can inspire whimsical joy in the Schoolhouse.
April 06, 2019
“You Just Wait.” -Remembering The Purpose
Listen how an empty room and “Words of Wisdom” from Paul McCartney inspired a rediscovery of educational purpose.
March 31, 2019
Get Back on the Rooftop
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of last live performance by The Beatles, we will explore how their collaborative lessons can inspire more positivity in the Schoolhouse.
February 23, 2019
Not Missing a Beat
How Bandmates inspire and support like Ringo and Paul without missing a beat.
January 20, 2019
Magical Mystery Tweet
Learn how one tweet can spark a life-changing course.
December 27, 2018
“We’re With You”
Discover how a lone voice at Woodstock during Creedence Clearwater Revival’s live performance connects to remembering the support we need in the Schoolhouse.
December 22, 2018
The Sound of Synergy
Discover how The Sound of Synergy can motivate collaboration, support and positivity in the music of Queen, Led Zeppelin and Duke Ellington.
December 14, 2018
Masterpiece Moments
How does “Abbey Road” by The Beatles inspire a Masterpiece Moment for the Schoolhouse?
December 09, 2018
Explaining ‘Pet Sounds’ and the Courage to Change
Listen to how “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys serves as a lesson in courageous leadership.
November 25, 2018
The Revolt from Headquarters
What happens when The Monkees revolt and play their own instruments? How does this beat against the status quo inspire the Schoolhouse? Learn why in this episode.
November 12, 2018
“I Thought It Was You Three!”
In Celebration of The 50th Anniversary of “The White Album” by The Beatles coupled with a plea for Praise and Thanks in the Schoolhouse.
November 10, 2018
Episode 4: Why #CelebrateMonday?
Learn the story of #CelebrateMonday and how it connects to the opening ambience of the “Sgt. Pepper” Album by The Beatles.
October 11, 2018
Episode 3: Variations on a Theme in “Mountain Jam”
What can we learn from a musical mistake by The Allman Brothers Band and how does it connect to the Schoolhouse?
October 11, 2018
Episode 2: A Year Saved: Trending the Positive with an Earthrise & Carpool Karoke
Find out how an Earthrise and a Former Beatle Saved Two Years.
October 07, 2018
The Principal Liner Notes Podcast: An Overture
The very first episode of this podcast!!
October 07, 2018