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Starting with a Song

Starting with a Song

By Amanda Mazzo
Everyone has a story worth sharing. It’s in those stories where we discover songs — everything from the rallying cries we sing to pump us up to the celebratory music that makes us dance after a win. But what about the in-between of liminal space?

STARTING WITH A SONG explores how people "sing" and find joy in their circumstances; how they persevere between the no longer and not yet.

As a child of the 80s raised in an analog age where mixtapes were the ultimate form of communication, I'll also be talking about literal songs that time travel back to our favorite times and places.
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002 - Song of Joy with Bill and Karen Wyler

Starting with a Song

014 - Song of Serving with Tina Doniger
I don't know about you, but I always tend to get a little introspective this time of year. It feels important to take a look back on where we've been to give perspective and context to where we're going. I couldn't think of a better guest to chat about the saga of 2020 than with Executive Director of the Community Resource Center here in Nashville. I hope you enjoy this Year-in-Review conversation with my dear friend, Tina Doniger.
December 1, 2020
013 - Song of Connection with Courtney Cochran
My guest today is a life-long stationery lover and postal proponent and in the middle of a digital age where we were forced to quarantine, she continued to believe in the power of old-fashioned mail to create authentic connections. Here’s my conversation with my friend, Courtney Cochran.
June 24, 2020
012 - Song of Evolution with Angela Wiggins
We’re kicking off Season 2 today with thoughts on evolution in song, culture, career, and learning. Angela Wiggins is a Leadership Coach and Founder of Earnest Journey, facilitating serious growth for not-so-serious people. 
June 10, 2020
011 - Song of Finding Your Voice with Deborah Floyd
It’s hard to believe Season 1 is already coming to a close… BUT, we have one more bonus conversation up our sleeves! While I was spending some time in my hometown, I sat down with one of our treasured family friends, Deborah Floyd. It gave me just another reason to be grateful for the community we have, learning so many lessons from how well they love. Thank you for all your feedback and support in Season 1. We're planning some fun things for Season 2, so subscribe, share with your friends... and stay tuned!
May 20, 2020
010 - Song for a Cure with Rachel Mayo
Rachel Mayo is no stranger to the microphone. As a speaker and advocate, she has a healthy disrespect for the impossible – one of the many reasons why we’re friends. You'll love her infectious energy and big heart as we talk about her journey with music, motherhood, and Type 1 Diabetes.
May 13, 2020
009 - Song of Our Roots with Robin Davis & Jennifer Starks
Robin Davis & Jennifer Starks are two of my favorite people – they’re clients, colleagues, friends, and all-around awesome women who keep us laughing AND keep us well-fed, thanks to their Nashville restaurant, Homegrown Taproom and Kitchen. Listen in as we chat about misheard lyrics, how they found their way to Nashville, and how they bridged a gap in the Hip Donelson neighborhood.
April 29, 2020
008 - Songs of Escape with Renease Perkins
They say if you don’t like the weather in Nashville, just wait 15 minutes. As we’re recording, this week has been everywhere from the low 30s to the high 60s so I’m just apologizing now for the coughs and sniffles ahead of time. But none of it is enough to rain on our parade! Today, I’m sitting down with Renease Perkins — a true Nashville native — and chatting about her memories of our city and its music from the 80s to today. 
April 15, 2020
007 - Song of Humor with Jason Mazzo
Today, we’re celebrating April Fool’s Day on the podcast! I don’t have any tricks up my sleeve, but I do have someone who makes me laugh (and sometimes roll my eyes) for his puns and affinity for Dad Jokes. Either way, he’s the perfect choice for today… and the perfect one for me. I hope you enjoy this special April Fool’s Day conversation with my husband, Jason Mazzo.
April 1, 2020
006 - Song of Surrender with Beth Inglish
Am I the only one getting a little stir crazy here? The past two weeks have felt like one blow after another here in Nashville - first the tornado and now a global pandemic. With all the recent cancellations in the news, I just want to open with this reminder: Conversations will not be cancelled. Relationships will not be cancelled. Love will not be cancelled. Songs will not be cancelled. Reading will not be cancelled. Self-care will not be cancelled. Hope will not be cancelled. Whether you agree with media recommendations or not, let’s use this time to lean into the good stuff that remains. Let’s rest, love others from afar, let’s start with a song and keep singing. Coincidentally, my guest and I talk about some of this very same stuff. To Nashvillians, she needs no introduction, but for everyone else – I hope you enjoy this conversation with artist, speaker, comedienne, and founder of the Nashville Creative Group, Beth Inglish.
March 18, 2020
005 - Song of Homecoming with Chris Lee
Chris Lee and I met as young professionals, both very early on in our careers. You may wonder what a CPA has to do with music, but he’s here to change your mind. We dive into band instruments, competitive dancing, Beck, and defining moments that turned into a Homecoming.
March 4, 2020
004 - Song in the Darkness with Sarah Robinson
You know that moment when you meet someone and you just click? I met Sarah Robinson in early 2019 and was instantly drawn to her big heart and her compassion for people who are struggling. She has a way with words — both spoken and written — that lead you to truths of how seen and loved you truly are.
February 19, 2020
003 - Song of Community with The Hoehnes
Since it's the week before Valentine's Day, I wanted to sit down with a favorite couple of mine. I attended Belmont University with Jeff & Kristin Hoehne in the early 2000s, but it wasn't until recently that our friendship grew roots. These two combine their generous hearts with an open door that has made a huge impact on my life as well as many others.
February 5, 2020
002 - Song of Joy with Bill and Karen Wyler
I'm really excited to introduce you to two people who have known me my entire life... literally. My parents are a constant source of inspiration for me and, in fact, their story - something they're going through this very moment - was a source of inspiration for this podcast. Enjoy this conversation with two of my very best friends: Bill & Karen Wyler.
January 22, 2020
001 - Song of Remembering with Flynn Tracy
I'm kicking things off with one of my oldest friends! Flynn Tracy and I met in 7th grade in Newnan, GA and quickly developed an annual tradition that solidified our friendship (exchanging mixtapes!). After experiencing life with her for almost 27 years I felt like this was a really good place to start.
January 8, 2020
Holiday Announcement
Dropping in to wish you Happy Holidays... AND announce the Starting with a Song Launch Date!
December 25, 2019
Starting with a Song Trailer
COMING SOON! We're launching in 2020. Stay tuned!
November 19, 2019