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65 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Singing as a calling: A Conversation with opera singer and Cantor, Colman Reaboi
Colman Reaboi , like Dmitri Matheny, is one of the people I have known since my Interlochen High School days. I am fifty-three now and since so much time has gone by it only makes sense that somebody of Colman's enormous talent and, above all, work ethic, would have done as many things with his abilities as he has as the decades have progressed. When last I checked in with him I was mostly familiar with his singing. But when you think about the fact that he has had careers in both opera and popular musical theatre and has entered the world of synagogues and being a cantor, even though there is the common thread of the voice it seems like a remarkable range by any estimation. As he pointed out on our episode it is most hard for a vocalist to switch from opera to popular or "Broadway" styles as the techniques are so very different. Even some fine vocalists in opera or classical never make the transition. Colman is one who has. And the fact that Colman's spiritual life has only grown as he has grown places Colman among the ranks of our multi-talented guests to be sure. As always on every one of our episodes, I learned things about Colman about which I had no knowledge whatsoever beforehand. It is one thing to encounter even someone you know, whether in passing or a scheduled meeting; a podcast episode is an other meeting entirely. It makes possible far more than could be achieved in other settings. This episode is no exception. I certainly hope you enjoy hearing what a world class vocalist, and much more, has to say as much as I enjoyed hearing him say it. My episode with Colman was a beautiful occasion.” Colman’s Bio Cantor Reaboi’s career has led him to serve three synagogues in Tampa Bay, Fla. In New England he served Temple Torat Yisrael in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and Temple Tifereth Shalom in Peabody. Most recently, Cantor Reaboi served as cantor and educator for Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City. Cantor Reaboi is a professionally trained spiritual leader and singer who also has extensive experience performing concerts of classical, Broadway, and Jewish repertoire. “As a Spiritual Leader, I strive to help connect Jews to Judaism…through study, prayer, a shared history, or a newfound identity. Whether it is connecting spiritually or culturally, Judaism offers something for everyone,” said Cantor Reboi about his new home at Ahavas Achim. “ As a human being, I desire to create connections between myself and my new community…to help strengthen the bonds that connect G-d, the Jewish people, and others from outside of Judaism who wish to be included. The Torah commands us to love the stranger in our midst.” Cantor Reaboi attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he majored in Vocal Performance and Opera. He is a graduate of Hebrew College in Newton, and of the Cantorial Internship program (CICA) of the Cantors Assembly. He is an alumnus and past soloist of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He was also a guest cantor for the Prague Jewish Community, where he conducted services, performed concerts, and lectured at the Prague Jewish Museum. More highlights about Cantor Reaboi: Spiritual Leader at Congregation Ahavas Achim, Westfield, MA and works at Jewish Chaplain at Westfield State University and Enrichment Instructor, 4th Grade Teacher, Holocaust studies teacher at Temple Shir Tikva A link to a wonderful story featuring Colman’s beautiful work with the community during Hanukkah 2020/Covid-19 : https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/hanukkah-celebration-continues-in-westfield/ More links to Colman’s Beautiful Work Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creaboi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colmanreaboi/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
62 minutes | May 28, 2021
The 70s Show: A Conversation with Historian Bruce Schulman
"My first encounter with Bruce Schulman was, of course, through his book on The Seventies. This would have been in 2003, just a couple of years after September 11th in fact, and I think I first saw the book and was compelled to gaze at its cover on account of its title. I may have bought it at one of those mass market bookstores then in abundance at the time, possibly at a Barnes And No- ble. I bought the book and read it in its entirety in one night, an- nounced to the paper for which I was then writing, Organica (and of which there exist no digitally archived copies whatsoev- er, for all sorts of complicated reasons I won't get into here) that I was determined to find the man behind the box in person and do a story on him. This wasn't difficult to do since I was living about a mile away from where he was teaching then at Boston University. I found him to be an unusually warm and open man, utterly without pretensions, and beautifully, more than once during the interview a student and then a student's parent stopped by to say him and tell him how inspirational his class was. I hope that his book continues to be the major text on the sub- ject of that era for the foreseeable future. People often ask me why I am so interested in 1970s. Part of it is my love for the underrepresented, the orphaned, and the, for lack of a better word, "unloved." I am always drawn to that which society considers undramatic, which of course relates to my love of the quotidian. Now we are discussing perception here not facts. Often something initially thought of as completely irrelevant or a waste of time emerges in hindsight to be the most important thing in the world: one era's costume/period drama is another era's kitchen sink drama". It continues to be the case that the 70s are sandwiched, like a middle child, hell like out entire "generation X" be- tween these other incredibly dramatic and huge in demo- graphic eras. I believe "the 60s" continues to be more popular an unreflective catch phrase far more than "the 70s". I further believe that when you get past the 60s branding as "cool" or "revolutionary" you realize that not everything im- portant happened within its confines. People often say that not everything can be explained by a gen- eration or an era. Of course that is true, but neither is it the case that generations or eras are unimportant. Since I look at the present with the eyes of Chuck Klosterman in his, in my view, master- piece of non-fiction, But What If We're Wrong? Thinking about the present as if it were the past, I see contempo- rary things with some critical distance and this makes me keenly at- tuned to how much of the contemporary is in a highly specific style unique to our age, and not ultimately better nor worse than earlier styles, but still a style all the same. Style is that which you can't ignore and never shuts up. Bruce Schulman is one of those innovative historians who regards popular culture and the arts as central to history, as im- portant if not more decisive than the actions of politicians. gras roots political campaigns or what generally gets counted in the history books. Speaking to him was a delight from beginning to end and I hope you share in that enjoyment as you listen. “ Links to Bruce’s Published Works: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Bruce-Schulman/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ABruce+Schulman For Bruce's extended bio , visit our show Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
60 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Sanifu Al Hall Jr. Reunion Episode
"Sanifu Hall never does things in a predictable way. When last we met him it was in the very beginning stages of our podcast, in 2019, in fact. ( click to listen to that episode). Since then he has composed a great body of music. Not only that, but he has assembled world class musicians who happen to be in his home base of Jacksonville, Florida , to perform it and, most of all, a gem of a recording studio in which to record it. And he has told me he is going to go to California for a reunion of sort with Henry The Skipper Franklin , one of the giants of bass in the West Coast, who will be part of Sanifu's project. Sanifu has had the longest association with Henry Franklin going back at least to the 1970s and their Black Jazz Records label. A wonderful NPR segment about the label can be found here: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/22/915323876/rediscovering-the-enormous-social-and-spiritual-legacy-of-black-jazz-records Such is the nature of his musical journeys. I will be talking to him about the Los Angeles of the 70s, a personal favorite topic, and he will remark in passing that he was on the same bill as both singers Carmen MaCrae and Dinah Washington at the club Donte's! Now these were two of the greatest female vocalists of their generation and Sanifu shared the stage with them. That is the kind of career he has had and the kind of man that he is that he is more than willing to discuss it with vivid detail but sees is it but one stop on the journey. Not all musicians or even artists are as articulate as is Sanifu, which of course makes him a perfect guest. He speaks in a way that I think connects even with non-musicians, and when he does get a little technical it is never off putting and always engaging. I always enjoy speaking with him as much as I do his music.” Sanifu’s new Promo Video for his upcoming album he speaks about in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFEbT5hRZ8k “Although the music is based with a Jazz foundation, it is also infused with elements of other music genres.” Sanifu Al Hall Jr. Additional links to Sanifu Al Hall Jr.’s beautiful body of work: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMCJax Twitter: https://twitter.com/sanifu Link to our previous episode with Al in 2019: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/episodes/Sanifu-Al-Hall-Jr-The-Consummate-Musician-e54c75/a-alpl1o Links to Al’s Blogs: https://alhalljr.wordpress.com/author/sanifualhalljr/ https://sanifu.blogspot.com/ More links: https://www.discogs.com/artist/480312-Al-Hall-2?page=1 https://www.discogs.com/artist/7222344-Sanifu-Al-Hall-Jr https://www.jamendo.com/artist/360061/sanifu https://cosmosdwellerzarkestra.bandcamp.com/ https://www.reverbnation.com/aljonimusic For an extended look inside the episode with Sanifu, visit us here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
89 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
"Drawing From Life: A conversation with artist Elizabeth Williams"
“The decision to approach Elizabeth Williams has a long journey; indeed one connected initially more to prose, rather than drawing or visual art, and going back a couple of decades. In 1984 the writer/journalist and film and t.v. producer Dominck Dunne wrote an extraordinary essay for Vanity Fair magazine that had much influence upon me. Titled "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer", the piece, including the aesthetic details and judgements of, say, the judge, the jury and the defendant's demeanor, as well as the psychological dimensions of Dunne's experience ranks for me as among the best writing of that decade at least (and of course launched him as a major crime reporter on O.J. Simpson and others). The connections between the many episodes on our show is immense. Dunne's daughter who was murdered was, of course, Dominque Dunne who at the time of her murder was not only featured in an episode of Hill Street Blues, the plot of which was precisely the subject of domestic violence, but was also prominent in a number of t.v. movies that Amanda Reyes and I discussed. (I had offered on my latest episode with her to do a whole show on The Day The Loving Stopped.) (Link to listen to the episode with Amanda Reyes mentioned can be found here:https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/episodes/INTIMATE-STRANGERS-episode-with-Amanda-Reyes-eoipb4/a-a49a1c5) Dominck Dunne's son, Griffin Dunne, is also quite accomplished. But that one essay had a long lasting effect on me. It made me most conscious of the plight of crime victims and their families and loved ones, and thus, the victim's rights movement. And this was further complicated still by my then anti-death penalty activism, as these two communities, both of which I have great sympathies, often have come into conflict. So the daughter Dominique Dunne was on track to be a major star in Hollywood and you can observe her work on Hill Street Blues as well as other productions. In turn this one essay caused me to be a moderate "true crime" buff. I should mention the late Michelle MacNamara in this regard, probably the best or most representative of this kind of interest. And all the while I was haunted not just by Dominck Dunne's written account but all of these high profile criminal cases. They are almost always used not only in televised news reports but in so many prominent documentaries. Of course one of the themes of this podcast is calling into question the boundaries around fine art, utilitarian art, and the commercial and obscure and so on. So you could say that this episode is very much in keeping with the spirit of our podcast. I was excited to discuss the things we did on this episode and I should note, not a moment too soon that the nature of our discussion is unconventional given the subject matter. We are discussing the the nature of the worst crimes that have been committed by men in the past forty plus years; you could say the nature of evil comes into play. But we are also discussing them in the terms of public service: Williams' illustrations of these perpetrators or predators are essential for the legal system as well as basic, everyday journalism, yet they also keep alive the tradition of portraiture and illustration, which is fundamental to the history of art. Also, speaking more generally, Williams' story is the story of anybody who endeavors to become good at something; meeting mentors or masters in the chosen field, and all the stops in the journey along the way. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did creating it! “ Links to Elizabeth’s beautiful work: http://www.elizabethwilliamstudio.com For a deeper look into Elizabeth's work, this episode, visit our show Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
52 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
"History and Photography: A Conversation with Henry Horenstein"
*Please note: Henry's work is so comprehensive and gorgeous, we have only selected a few images to highlight. Visit https://horenstein.com to dig deeper and truly appreciate the scope of his work. From Mitch's Notebook about this episode: "I must immediately mention a film in which I played a role in its kickstarter funding that Henry Horesntein made called Partners , if only because we failed to get to that stage of Henry's career on the show, so prodigious has been his output. The film is an unusual portrait of these couples, whose lifestyles are contrary to the "mainstream" of society, talking about their romantic and sexual lives in a most immersive and direct fashion, using a single backdrop. When I watch it I am reminded above all of Shirley Clarke's masterpiece Portrait Of Jason, though that is black and white and of a single person talking rather than a diverse group of individuals speaking intimately of their lives. All of this of course only confirms why Henry Horenstein is a perfect guest for our podcast. That I wanted to spend some time discussing his study with the great E. P. Thompson - perhaps the premier socialist British historian of his generation (in a way the Howard Zinn of England) as well as our mutual friend and, like Henry, RISD instructor Richard Merkin is all testament to the wide and highly diverse career Henry has had. As for Merkin, he remains a major influence on my own dress and I am fortunate to own a signed painting of his which I proudly hang in my living room. Henry describes his art in terms of history and documentary. One of the things that is most important to me on this show is hearing how a creator talks about their own work. Of course when I look at any of Henry's photographs I am seeing photographs I love to look at and can return to again and again without ever losing interest in them. I certainly am not thinking of any of the more pulitosophic terrain that we were fortunate enough to get into in this episode. Still less do I ever really know what was behind or went into making an artwork; only the actual author can know that. And I know that we always want to hear as much about that as the artist is willing to express. I enjoyed the hour we spent in this episode immensely and certainly learned a lot from it.” Henry’s Biography: Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, filmmaker, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work such as Honky Tonk, Shoot What You Love (a memoir), Histories, Show, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. He has also authored Black & White Photography, Digital Photography, and Beyond Basic Photography, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art school students as their introduction to photography. His Shoot What You Love serves both a memoir and a personal history of photography over the past 50 years. In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners, and Blitto Underground, which will premier in 2021. Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston. Additional Links to Henry’s beautiful body of work: Henry's Books: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Henry+horenstein&ref=nb_sb_noss Website: https://horenstein.com/partners Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HorensteinPhotography/ Visit our show Facebook page for a more in depth look at Henry's maginifent body of work: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
3 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Our new show sponsor! Skillshare Ad Spring 2021
Hello there! We are SO excited to share that Skillshare is our new show sponsor!!!! Here is more about the new partnership from our show host, Mitch Hampton about this relationship and how Skillshare reflects so beautifully what our podcast is all about. This is Mitch Hampton , the host of the podcast Journey Of An Aesthete. I'm not much for multitasking. You'll notice I played a little piano - the theme song to our show in fact - and then I started talking. I didn't try to do them together. And I never went into that style of music where you sing while you accompany yourself on the piano. But just because you decide to do one thing at a time doesn't mean you can't do it at your very best and even improve on what you already have. And that's where an organization that has something in common with our podcast, SkillShare comes in. In Skillshare the sky is the limit, There are thousands of courses on every subject imaginable. Just give you a small examples here. Dani Shapiro teaches personal prose- writing from your own biography, Gia Graham is teaching the art of handcrafted lettering and stationary. If you want to redesign your entire home you could take a course with Emily Henderson. If you want to leave your house and do art in the woods - watercolor - you could take a course from Rosalie Hazlitt. And you can photograph from your own home - Sean Dalton will teach you how to do that. That's just a handful of the people you will encounter when you get involved with SkillShare. I should say that I am a big believer in "lifelong learning" that learning isn't something just for kids; it doesn't end when you get into middle age or older age. It's lifelong. And Skillshare is a big part of that. These are folks that are good at what they do, that excel at what they do and they try to impart wisdom, and help you realize your potential. And if you do the premium of course, the choices are totally unlimited. Unlimited access. So everyday is important. Decide what it is you want to learn and get good. So checkout Skillshare to realize that potential. And click here is a Free Trial , on us !!!!!!!! Thank you. Mitch and the Journey of an Aesthete Podcast Team! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
58 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
“ Music, Healing, and Service: A Conversation with Dr. Philander Ratliff ”
“I never know how I am going to connect with a guest. Some- times the guest comes to me and there was no instance of this more welcome than when Dr. Philander Ratliff introduced himself on the fb. While I was ensconced on a feed from the fb, I received the fol- lowing song: https://www.reverbnation.com/philandervanratliffI knew next to nothing about who was being this music, but I loved what I was hearing, everything about it. I have always been a fan of popular rhythm and blues and soul and this cut was deeply rooted in all of that. It was only later that I learned that one of the people behind the cut also had a career as a nurse and, finally, a doctor. Dr. Ratliff has deep roots in the music scene of Chicago. Indeed the choir director of the church he had grown up in was no less than Ramsey Lewis' father. All artistic creation is rooted in various traditions and styles, these can come from literally anywhere and Chicago , of course has always been at the forefront of such contribution. I found my conversation with Dr. Ratliff nothing short of a de- light. As in all of my episodes I learn so much from the guest. In this case I learned that, much like Joey Romer or Kerry Lil- ly, Dr. Ratliff has seemed to have lived more than one lifetime with a single life; I was always learning of many accomplish- ments. Someday, when we turn a corner in this moment we all find ourselves in, I look forward to meeting with him in person, hopefully with a piano alongside us. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did recording it.” This clip of a news story about Dr. Ratliff’s work, says it all: https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-proud-philan- der-ratliff-guitar-impact-family-center/2111120/ Phil’s Bio Dr. Philander Van Ratliff FB: Philander Van Ratliff Tatemusicgroup.- com Philander Van Ratliff/Reverb na- tion Amazon.com, I tunes, Spotify, SoundCloud Dr. Philander Van Ratliff Professional Guitarist/Singer/Writer/RN/Medical School Graduate 2018 from IUHS School of Medicine Raised in Chicago ,Il Projects in The 1960's-1970 Graduated from Proviso East High School, May- wood, Il. 1979. Studied Classical Music at Triton College, River Grove ,Il. Graduated From Triton College in 1990 ADN Nursing (RN) Became a Trauma/ER Nurse at Cook County Hospital in 1992-2017 Sworn State Certified Part-time Police Officer -Bellwood ,Il 2001-2016( Retired) Guitar Instructor/ THE IMPACT FAMILY CENTER ,CHICAGO, IL. -Founder Marsha Eaglan Appearances on Chan- nel 5, 7, Telemundo television on Teen De- pression and Suicide Prevention. Discussed Violence in the Com- munity at large and po- tential solutions with teens and their peers. “Well I was raised in the City of Chicago. In 1972 we moved from the projects to Maywood , Il . I was an avid member of Friendship Baptist Church, on Chicago's Westside. There I sang Soprano in The Angelic Choir! In 1973 I had Cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma! The Docs didn't expect me to live ; but God made the final de- cision. Forty eight years later I'm still here!! I always had my Guitar with me for comfort through my De- pression during Chemotherapy/Radiation and My Celebration of Survival! I've always been a positive individual and reflect that in my Music. It's Amazing to watch those children learn music and poetry at THE IMPACT FAMILY CENTER of Chicago. At THE IM- PACT CENTER of Chicago the Children were able to Dis- miss the Violence in the Streets and relax and focus on Poetry, music, computers and most of all, be- ing them- selves! Lastly, when my Residency in Psychia-try complete, I will Center my focus on PTSD in Children and Violence Prevention in the Community!! I love to save lives and My Heart is in My Music"! Additional links and an expanded view of Dr. Philander Ratliff’s beautiful life, legacy and work can be found on our show Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
92 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
" Theo Horesh : The Politics Show "
"Theo Horesh is one of the guests on my show I have known personally, from the all too brief (in my opinion) time he happened to have been living in the Boston area. I would run into him at a coffee shop in Cambridge and we would discuss many matters of note. He was very well read, could and would talk about practically anything and everything in a fearless manner, and I don't need to tell you that these are not traits to be found on every corner. He usually stands out in any room because of his tall height, his rock star hair, and bodybuilder physique. But you would never necessarily want to bring any of this up to him because Theo is one of those old souls who truly wants to change the world for the better, and that is pretty much his raison d'être. What I didn't know at that time when we were just being casual interlocutors was how deeply he has been a political activist for practically his entire adult life, and in many respects a successful one. Interestingly for somebody as young as him he is, (he is an Xer and not a Boomer), he is like the archetypal 1960s activist who never compromised or gave up. I certainly can't see him burning out! A great part of this could be his work not only in massage therapy for many years but also his serious devotion to spirituality, meditation practice in particular. His goal is nothing short of the fullest development and improvement of the world over time, and he has a skill in working with others that is exceedingly strong. While he has enormous integrity and ethical conscientiousness, he also understands how to work with the widest variety of other people, knowing what will bring the most possible outcome and he is certainly more good natured than a lot of politicos. What I didn't know at that time was how deeply he has been a political activist, for practically his entire life. Since this would have been 2010 or '11 this was the time in my life when i had started my abandonment of most of politics and political life, (my only concession is that I do continue to vote, and when I say vote I mean viable candidates who are front runners) but all of this is a topic for another day) a project upon which I embarked around the Y2K. (Remember the Y2K?) But before then I had been an activist for who seemed to me the longest time, in the 80s and 90s. (It felt to me like fifty years which is one indication it was time to change course). I realized that art was much more important to me that politics and I had to make certain choices. All of our journeys are very different which I believe our guest Theo would be the first to note. Theo is also an author, and a prolific one who is on mission to write highly readable and accessible political prose on things that matter to everyday people. His latest book, a combination of polemic and sober analysis called The Fascism This Time And The Global Future Of Democracy is to my mind a must read. Theo and I have disagreed sharply over the years, a fact which makes this episode sure to not be a boring one but on the main issue at hand he and I are decidedly united. I decided to call this The Politics Show, ever mindful that there is an art to politics too, though whether the art is good or bad might be more important than is usual." For am extended look at Theo's bio and works, list our show Facebook Page, here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
35 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
"It's all about helping people": A Conversation with Joey Romer about his careers in law enforcement, dog training and much more "
“Back in the day, in an era that now seems ever more remote, the early 00s, there was this phrase in popular culture that got started about the virtues of being the kind of guy (I think it was the gender specific "guy", but maybe not, let's say person in the current interests of 2021) that you "could have a beer with." It was never really specified what this meant, yet everyone just seemed to know what this was and that it was a good thing, indeed the very best thing. It usually applied to people that had some kind of flaw in their job performance, especially politicians, (I think a certain U.S president then, but don't quote me) but were just so damned likable that it made whatever flaw the person had sort of evaporate under the power of likability. Perhaps "someone you wanna have a beer with" meant someone relatable; perhaps, even more intensely, somebody who "had your back." In popular cinema Tom Hanks is a figure like this, as was Jimmy Stewart in a much earlier era. On the surface, Joey Romer and I have little in common in terms of life experience, but that, in essence, is what our podcast is all about. I want people on my show who have different skills than mine and have seen different things. I have never been surfing, have never had anything to with law enforcement - on either side of the law - and am not a dog owner. I am also, as far as I can guess, not anybody who would be mistaken for a humanitarian. Yet Joey is all of these things, and possibly a whole lot more, surely more than can be contained within thirty minutes. Romer's people skills are genius level in terms of intelligence and that made this half hour among the best I have had the privilege to have on this podcast. Every guest on my show has something that is totally unique that I love, and these are quite different from guest to guest. With Romer it is his spirit, his enthusiasm, and, well, his character, not to be too pretentious about it. He has also seen Point Break twice which tells you a lot already. I hope this podcast episode is as enjoyable to listen to as it was to create.” Joey’s Bio Joey is a retired Saint Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy. He started training dogs at age 11. He has trained with the Renowned German Police K9 Dog Trainer, Sascha Bartz, in Germany. He has over 40 years of training experience. He specializes in behavioral issues, obedience, protection, tracking, odor detection and also an evaluator for Canine Good Citizen with the AKC. Joey was a member of the K9 unit of the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office for 18 years and served as a K9 Sergeant. Prior to his retirement, he was the head of training for the department’s K9 unit. These K9s were trained for bomb, weapon or drug detection, human tracking, search and rescue, criminal apprehension, handler protection or a mixture of any of the above. Joey has trained and certified Police K9 units with both American K9 Detection Services LLC and Southern Coast K9. He as worked with K9’s in multiple countries such as Germany, Panama, and Indonesia. As a certified AKC trainer, he will assist you with all training needs. Links to Joey’s beautiful work and organizations dear to him: https://www.smartpaws.us https://www.facebook.com/smartpawsk9/ https://www.sjso.org --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
61 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
"Criticism as an art: A Conversation With Jonathan Rosenbaum"
"One of the earliest film critics I ever read was Pauline Kael , who was an enormous influence on so many of us in the 70s. I would literally read all of her reviews for films as I watched them in theaters, comparing notes. I Lost It At The Movies was a late 70s favorite and I could recite whole passages of her prose from memory at that time. Yet this was only a prelude to further developments, even changes of heart. In the beginning of the early 80s I had not yet discovered the great Manny Farber, nor our guest Jonathan Rosenbaum . I think my first encounter with Rosenbaum was through a now classic book on Jacques Rivette from the 1970s but that I was to read only later, in the 1980s. (I was not that precocious as child - Kael was about my limit.) I was so hungry to read anything about Rivette that it was inevitable I would discover Rivette: Texts and Interviews (BFI, 1977). This in turn led me to realize what an unusually diverse thinker Rosenbaum truly was. Like Farber, Rosenbaum is adamant that criticism is an art form and he treats it as such, in attitude as well as in the prose style that is reflective of his whole attitude. In this sense he also follows Henry James. One of the hallmarks of a great critic, and not merely a good or competent one is if you can tolerate reading them when their opinions or verdicts are contrary to your own. For example, I certainly don't agree with Rosenbaum about Tarantino just as I strongly disagreed with Kael about Tarkovsky and Cassavetes. I think there is room, and room should be made, for both Quentin Tarantino and Kelly Reichardt. I might be unusual in this sense. I told Rosenbaum at the outset of this episode that "he really gets inside of the movie". If any of us "gets inside" of an artwork, really inside of it, we will grow and expand as people. One of the blocks to doing this is too much extraneous stuff that gets in the way. I appreciate that Rosenbaum can talk as freely and knowledgeable about McCoy Tyner and Billie Holiday as much as Jerry Lewis, Pedro Costa, or Anna Biller and Guy Maddin. He is good friends with filmmaker Mark Rappaport who was also friends of my late father, Rosenbaum has always championed the underrated or unknown, like our very first guest on this podcast, Jon Jost . Sometimes the personal and artistic commingle and this is where a culture can really develop. It was heartening to hear him say cinephilia is living and living well. As he continues to teach into the future I hope others, too, become cinephiles.” Jonathan’s Bio: Jonathan Rosenbaum was film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. His books include CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS 2 (2019), CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS (2018), GOODBYE CINEMA, HELLO CINEPHILIA (2010), THE UNQUIET AMERICAN (2009), DISCOVERING ORSON WELLES (2007), ESSENTIAL CINEMA (2004), MOVIE MUTATIONS (coedited with Adrian Martin, 2003), ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, 2003, 2018), MOVIE WARS (2000), DEAD MAN (2000), MOVIES AS POLITICS (1997), PLACING MOVIES (1995), THIS IS ORSON WELLES by Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich (edited, 1992), GREED (1991), MIDNIGHT MOVIES (with J. Hoberman, 1983), and MOVING PLACES (1980). He has taught at State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University, the School of Visual Arts (in New York), the University of California branches at Berkeley, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, the University of St. Andrews (in Scotland), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, KinoKlub Split (in Croatia), and FilmFactory (in Sarajevo). He maintains a web site archiving most of his work at jonathanrosenbaum.net . Visit our show Facebook page for more extensive links to Jonathan’s beautiful work. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
74 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
A Show on Art, Autism and More with Stephanie Persephone
“I often have the reconfirmation of the dictum that each individual life is so vast, mysterious and, in part, a process rather than any final thing, that we would all do better to take a step back and be more cautious in what we are prone to say about others, and this quite apart from whether the assertion is positive or negative. Robert Riskin , the socialist screenwriter of It's A Wonderful Life, 1946) has his angel Clarence say that "each mans life touches so many others' lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" One of the things our podcast is about is preventing any additional holes, mainly though what goes by the term connection. Among all the guests on my show, Stephanie occupies a piston in between those I know quite well and those whom I have never even met. Talking with, for the first time after close to a decade brought back memories of my life in Boston, especially the world of vintage clothing and fashion more generally (and come to think of it all thrift stores!) Thus in a way this episode links in my mind two periods of time that appear to at once be most far and most near and connect to our episode with Amanda Maciel Antunes. I really discovered a whole different part of our guest through her facebook page, neurospace, which is a sort of community for people, like, your podcast host, identify as neurodivergent in one way or another. Stephanie is most gifted visually, as well as many other endeavors (like so many of our guests), and as is clear from this episode, her artistic output dates back to her youngest years. I really loved speaking with her for many reasons; of course I enjoyed hearing her story as well as her interpretations of things. Of course none of us ever knows the connections between individual people. Back in 2008 I knew her as an expert on clothing, and would see her dating pieces with great accuracy and conscientiousness. I could never have known we would be speaking again, and about autism no less, during a pandemic, with me in little town in North Carolina, and her in the grand city of Los Angeles. Accordingly I do consider the technology that enabled us to speak across such great geographical distance nothing short t of a miracle. If I am often the severest critic of the internet, age, and I will continue to be so long as I am alive and we are still in such an age, I am also aware of the many pluses alongside the minuses. Looked at in this way you can consider this episode one of our most important as well as a symbol or emblem of our podcast. I have managed to overcome some of my (originally, considerable) trepidation at every discussing what I would call my private life. Thus, this episode marks a continuation of that decision as well. Near the end of our episode I express a wish that she come back and we continue our discussion: the passage of time these days reveals that many more changes are bound to occur in any interim, however small, or so it appears. My hope is that our listeners enjoyed this episode as much as did we and are not averse to a return engagement. The journey of our podcast continues. Stephanie’s Bio : Stephanie Persephone is an autistic poly- synesthete who has been creating art since they were able to use a crayon, without any formal training or education. Their current works are inspired by the seen and unseen elements of nature and reality. They are a multimedia artist exploring the multidimensional universe in Los Angeles, where they currently reside. Links to Stephanie’s Beautiful Work: Website: https://stephaniepersephone.com Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ stephaniepersephone / Twitter:https://twitter.com/polysynesthete RedBubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/ persephone777/shop? artistUserName=persephone777&asc=u --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
71 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
“INTIMATE STRANGERS episode with Amanda Reyes “
Inside the episode with Mitch Hampton "There are literally thousands of t.v. movies that Amanda Reyes and I could have covered. I often ask myself why I like this particular one so much. I think that, in all honesty it comes down to at least three reasons: the emotional directness of the content, the production style(s) of the period in which it was made and the many sided treatment of the social problem it attempts to represent. Emotional directness in dramatic art is a long and abiding interest of mine. Some of my favorite works of art happen to not be emotionally direct in the sense that I am thinking; this quality is not a requirement for me nor an assurance of greatness in and of itself. But when I am thinking of emotionally direct visual drama I do think of Intimate Strangers alongside Cassavetes' A Woman Under The Influence. The many sidedness is Intimate Strangers' greatest strength; it might also be the one quality likely to not be embraced or to be misinterpreted by a contemporary audience. Yet it is nevertheless a fact that people who do evil in the world are always human, never monsters. This film judges harshly Dennis Weaver's character but never stops letting us in on his interiority, his hopes, wishes and dreams. It is the role of the artwork to get into the weeds of all of this. Intimate Strangers ones fairly far for a television production. I always love speaking with Amanda Reyes. She has a love for and knowledge of popular culture that is positively encyclopedic - far greater than my own - and she brings to the subject an intelligence and sensitivity noamtmer the material. Her tastes appear to tend towards the highly supernatural and gothic; mine are decidedly more "naturalistic" but our shared love makes for most interesting episode if I may so myself.” Link to the film so you can enjoy it with us ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdzgl19EEqs&t=3394s Amanda’s Bio and Links to her beautiful work: Amanda Reyes is an archivist, author, film and television historian and academic. She edited and co-wrote Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 (Headpress, 2017) which celebrates the made for television film, and was featured on Barnes and Noble’s Best of Horror list for 2017. She's been a guest speaker at international film festivals and conferences in such places as the UK, Australia, and the United States. She's also contributed commentary tracks for several made for television Blu-Ray and DVD releases, including the made for TV movies The Girl Most Likely To... (1973), Nightmare in Badham County (1976), Amazons (1984) and Death Dreams (1991), all of which were released through Kino Lorber in 2019. For 18 months, Amanda also curated a quarterly series of made for TV mystery screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse, and has hosted other screenings in conjunction with the Austin Film Society. When she has a moment, she also podcasts and blogs about anything vintage small screen. Links: Made for TV Mayhem (blog): www.madefortvmayhem.com Made for TV Mayhem Show (podcast): www.tvmayhempodcast.wordpress.com Social media: Twitter: @madefortvmayhem https://twitter.com/madefortvmayhem Facebook: Made for TV Mayhem https://www.facebook.com/madefortvmayhem/ Instagram: @madefortvmayhem https://www.instagram.com/madefortvmayhem/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
57 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
“ From the Earth To The Heavens: A Conversation with Kerry Lilly”
“I usually mention that our guests can be categorized into those i know personally and those I have never met, in the case of the latter, making our conversation on the podcast the very first contact with them. Of course among the ones I have never met I try and become well aware of what we could call their accomplishments, in most instances, well before the airdate. Kerry is someone that our producer Laure Jill Strickland knows personally and I was most fortunate that she suggested him as a guest. Like many of our guests Lilly has done many things with his life, so much so that it would appear he has had multiple lifetimes within a single lifetime. He has worked as a coal miner, and, significantly, during a period in United States history when mining happened to have been a major source of basic energy in large parts of the nation, Yet he is also an ordained Methodist minister and steel drummer! Of course those three accomplishments do not exceed the full scope of our guest but you can see with that resume that he is full keeping with the spirit of our podcast more generally. I really enjoyed listening to hims speak about his life and the things he has seen and observed, and could easily have listened to him for an hour more. I hope out listeners share in my enjoyment.” Kerry’s Bio and more about his passions: Born in Beckley WV to two wonderful parents. My mother was a life long educator. My father was a coal miner, butcher, farmer, and grocery store owner. I have four wonderful siblings. I have 3 kids and 6 grandkids. I am a graduate of West Virginia University. I have a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I served 6 churches in West Virginia. I was also a regional director for YouthWorks! I started working in the coal mines in 1973. I have worked at mines in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I was a founder of Red Bone Mining Company. We mined coal for 35 years as a small mining company. I have been a coal miner, a pastor, youth worker. I was a founding member of I was a founding member of FAITH Food Pantry in West Hamlin, WV. I was an original member of the Woodburn Commission in Morgantown WV. I have been a mine rescue team member and captain. I have an AA from Liberty Bible Institute. I am a retired Elder in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the Untied Methodist Church. I am currently a member of Grace UMC in St. Augustine, FL. My greatest joys are my grandkids, biking, kayaking, and camping. Visit our show website and facebook page to see more links and wonderful photos! https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast https://www.jouneyofanaesthetepodcast.com Additional links to places dear to Kerry : Concerts in the Loft, Wesley UMC , Morgantown WV --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
41 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
The January 2021 Mitch Solo Episode (All Dressed Up With No Place To Go) Mitch Hampton
On this solo episode to inaugurate the New Year of 2021, Mitch Hampton gets a little more personal than usual, plays some brand new piano music at his home Steinway, discusses his autism diagnosis, what he loves about his guests, some recent movies and more! More on the episode from Mitch's notebook: "Doing a solo episode in an historical moment in which I most assuredly have spoken less in four months than I normally would have in a single day in the prior means that I certainly feel out of practice in speech and thus more nervous than is usual for these episodes - ones in which I don't have the luxury of leaning on a guest. So I leaned on my piano instead. Getting a little serious, I tried to have a "personal" touch in this episode. Another problem when I do a solo episode is that after making an enormous list of thousands of things I could possibly talk about I then have to decide which ones to eliminate - necessarily the majority of these -, both in the interest of time and the listener/audience's sanity. Then, when I finally commit to press the record button, after all is said and done I usually realize how nothing ever turned out as I had planned. (John Lennon's definition of life). "I forgot to mention that, and this, and that over there. How could I have forgotten all of that? I talked about that? What am I crazy? What are people going to say? I wrote it down. Now where did I put that piece of paper. I need to do that again." And so on. The most obvious omission would probably have to be my failure to mention that the company form which I was fired was one in which I kind of one of the people who started the damned thing and in which I had a comprehensive experience, including assembly line factor work, silkscreening bottles, talking to health food stores all over the U.S., sales, bookkeeping, and having to have regular conversations with the likes of Jerry Garcia when he called to place an order. Of course every single work of art ever made, now and in perpetuity, is made as much out of absence and presence. And I fully embrace what I did for January of this new and hopefully, minimally decent new year much as I embraced the moment when I pressed play. I hope this ultimate commitment was communicated to my listeners. Finally, there is the question of my interests, which are passionate, intense and diverse. I talked of MANK because it was fresh in my consciousness But I could have just as easily discussed Never Rarely Sometimes Always, in every way the aesthetic opposite to Mank, but utterly qual in excellence, a "road" movie of two teen girls traveling from Pennsylvania to New York City to obtain needed medical procedure that has all but been banned in their rural town. Or I could have discussed the many, usually four or five books, I have been reading, since I can never read one book at a time. Just as there is always more to say, in future episodes, these forgotten things might get said, or not, or transformed into things better off saying so that there is no longer any question. Such is the journey of our podcast, and art itself. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
75 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
"The Varieties of Musical Experience: A Conversation with Candace English”
“The manifold connections by which one individual touches another can be a quite mysterious and beautiful thing. In the case of our guest Candace English everything starts with this film by a man named Jon Jost called Rembrandt Laughing. I happened to see it on television in the 1980s in the middle of the night, I am going to guess 2:30 AM, that kind of thing, and this little picture touched me very deeply. A composer and instrumentalist Jon English happened to be one of the actors in that film and eventually, as I became a "fan" of Jost's oeuvre, I noticed that this one Jon English composed music for many of Jost's films. When one thing leads to another like this you are definitely on a journey, and you wouldn't be crazy to suspect it is a "guided" one. Jost, of course, was our very first guest on this podcast. Listen to his episode here: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/episodes/Spirit-of-Independence-A-conversation-with-Jon-Jost-e4rg31 Later on I did a live music session with Bill Fouty the bassist. Bill was impressed that I even knew who Jon English was. He said to me, "well do you know Candace English? You gotta talk with Candace English; she's a good friend of mine." What united these three people was of course the San Francisco of the 80s, but it was also something else a little more ineffable, a love for art itself in all of its forms. I marvel at people like Candace English . I could never really carry a tune with my mouth; she sings some of the most difficult music ever written for a vocalist and pulls it off masterfully and beautifully. She also composes, of course, and probably lots of other things we didn't even get into on our episode. She is equally adept in the classical and jazz styles and was a major figure in the avant-guard music scene. I hope you enjoy listening to this one as its one where I was more than a little surprised by some things I did not know, as you will hear. Candace has been involved in practically every aspect of music and that diversity shows in the topics we discuss on this episode.” Links to Candace’s Beautiful work candacenatvigenglish.com candacenenglish.com musicintheblood.com tinytownpark.com https://soundcloud.com/moonglow-violin --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
82 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
A Conversation With Danielle Norris: A visual artist's journey from the South to the North and beyond
Inside the Episode with Mitch Hampton “From South to North: A conversation on visual art, Geography and personal biography with Danielle Norris” Danielle Norris is an artist who I knew very well when I was living in Boston. She had been working, among other gigs, as a waitress in one of the oldest and more famous of spots in Cambridge . You can see that she did the artwork for Tyler Bejoinas' album on which I played keyboards. But even as I knew her personally, there were many things I did not know about her art until much later and this opened a whole world in much the same way as her artwork is unafraid to open up a world. The word that Danielle first used when describing her artwork was “realism”. And notably and uniquely, her work is unafraid to use representations of culture and real life, many times quite popular ones. Her work comes out of her own experience as well as the images and symbols of pop culture and photography. I really enjoyed this conversation and learned a lot from it. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much we enjoyed doing it and hope you engage with her artwork and more info in the links provided here.” Danielle’s Bio Danielle Norris is a painter working to explore the framework of conceptual photo realism. Originally from the mountains of western NC , she studied art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston , graduating in 2014. Since then she has moved to Upstate NY where her multidisciplinary practice has turned primarily to painting. She was accepted into the Yale Norfolk painting residency in 2013 , and has shown work in Boston , New York City, and Hudson NY. She also currently works as a painting assistant to the artist Jeffrey Gibson. Links to learn more Danielle’s wonderful work: @danielle____norris arieldaniellenorris.com https://www.arieldaniellenorris.com/cv --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
63 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
"Ultimate Values: A Conversation with Jim McCoy"
“Readers of this blog and listeners to this podcast will know that I made a dramatic change in geographical address in the year of 2017, from Boston to Weaverville, North Carolina. In the interest of full honesty, I was and remain ambivalent about this move as it was made for reasons of unforeseen circumstance and not for any I would call personal choice - by any definition of the word choice. One of the unequivocal positives of this move is that I am able to record this podcast out of my home; equally I am able to work from my favorite instrument, Steinway. And then there are the personal connections that are most positive. I think I first met out guest Jim McCoy at the weekly music open mic they used to have here at Blue Mountain Pizza. I did not know who he was but heard him sing an old anti- Vietnam War Phil Ochs song! Needless to say this was not the usual repertoire I was used to hearing at this open mic. Well it tuns out that the singer was none other than Jim McCoy, who, until his retirement, was the pastor at the Weaverville Baptist Church here just one block away from the pizzeria. He is part of what can only be called a thoroughly musical family (his daughter is a pianist with her own rock group, his wife has been a Minister Of Music at the church, music teacher and choral conductor). I want to say that Jim McCoy's all around friendliness, intelligence, even integrity has been an invaluable boon to me as a displaced yankee. I also thought that this episode would make a most appropriate one for December. The question of religious affiliation and tradition is one of the most complicated ones in human society. It happens to be a subject on which I happen to be widely read, as it so happens as a side effect of my intense interest in intellectual history and philosophy, but I won't go into all that here. I think there is both good and bad religion in human life and that this situation is no different from any other field or human endeavor. I really appreciated this conversation with Jim McCoy; he is representative of all that is best in Christianity, but I hope that the subjects we cover - vast, considering his erudition - will be relevant for all our listeners.” Jim’s Bio I was born in Salisbury, NC into a musical family. My Dad played guitar in bands prior to World War II, and Mother was a church pianist/organist. At home they played everything from 'St. Louis Blues' to hymns. I received my first guitar in the eighth grade during the British invasion and played in Beatle bands. In 1973, I was selected to be a member of a summer folk group. The other guitarist chosen for the five-member ensemble would become my wife three years later. Jane is a vocalist and voice teacher, having taught privately and at several universities. She is also a church musician. Our two grown daughters are Claire and Sarah. Both are married, and both are piano teachers. I have been in several ministry positions: campus minister, hospice chaplain, and pastor. Currently, I am a chaplain at a state prison unit in Asheville, NC. I help facilitate religious practices and services, and try to offer honest conversation with those who seek it. I also strongly encourage any expression of creativity - reading, writing, drawing, singing, etc. In his memoir Wrestling with the Devil, Ngugi wa Thiong'o writes, “ I offer...my experience of survival in a maximum-security prison as a testimony to the magic of imagination. The power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement is truly the story of all art." I blog occasionally at my word press site 'Borrowed Language' and at the Ekklesia Project website (ekklesiaproject.org). Organizations dear to me are: "The Ekklesia Project has become a gateway into some wonderful ecumenical conversations and friendships. *Baptist Ministers Union in Asheville is an African- American group of pastors. They have welcomed me into their fellowship. and the newspaper in new ways. *Jubilee Partners --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
66 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
“From the Desert to the City: A Conversation with Flugelhornist and composer Dmitri Matheny”
“Of all of the guests I have had on my show whom I have had the great fortune to know personally, I believe Dmitri Matheny would count as the oldest of friends since my association with him goes back at least to early 1983 - at Interlochen Arts Academy . When we were both living in Boston, I was the pianist with a wonderful group he organized. I have to say, without reservations, that not only is Dmitri a superb all around musician but is one of the most organized and conscientious people in the arts I have ever known and it is a rare thing indeed when those coexist in the same soul. He was able to get us a lot gigs in that band and he is that rare artist who also happens to have a business sense. He also happened to have made his instrumental speciality one of my favorite of all the horns: the flugelhorn. (And made what I still consider the greatest Christmas Jazz album , to which I contributed an arrangement) https://dmitrimatheny.bandcamp.com/album/santas-got-a-brand- new-bag You will note that we talk a lot in this episode about the music and musicians we love. I truly believe that to be the best artist one can be requires finding an individual, you can say a mentor, to help be a guide. This is education of the highest sort and of course can happen either in or outside of an institution. This is a very old school, "apprenticeship" method and I can't imagine having gone about things in any other way. One of the advantages of having that one mentor like this is that you are getting a partial glimpse into that mentor's mind on a one- to-one, intimate level, something I can't see happening to the same effect in a crowded classroom. In Dmitri's case this mentor was none other than the great Art Farmer, no less. In my case it was pianist/composer Stanley Cowell. Of course it is a truism that sometimes the best performers aren't always the best teachers; in my case I was most fortunate that the two coincided., since Cowell remains one of my favorite pianists. We talk a lot about Art Farmer on this episode and you will know why if you know Farmer's playing. I really enjoyed this conversation; it was like a reunion of sorts after about two decades and it was one that was a joyous occasion. One of the reasons his business sense was so welcome, at least in the case of our kind of music, is that he would show up to a gig or a session and everything was so well planned and executed in terms of logistics that you could really be most free, let go, and blow, like the old expression, "that cat's charts play themselves." Dmitri Bio Winner of NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year honors in the Seattle Earshot Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music , Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.” Links to Dmitri’s beautiful works: Website http://www.dmitrimatheny.com Tour https://www.dmitrimatheny.com/tour Touring History https://www.dmitrimatheny.com/touring-history Biography http://www.dmitrimatheny.com/biography Music http://www.dmitrimatheny.com/music Videos http://www.dmitrimatheny.com/videos Discography http://www.dmitrimatheny.com/discography Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Matheny Instagram http://instagram.com/dmitrimatheny Twitter https://twitter.com/dmitrimatheny YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/papillonrecordings https://dmitrimatheny.bandca --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
80 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
"Being Open To One's Entire Environment: A conversation with singer/songwriter Tyler Bejoian"
Inside the episode with Mitch Hampton “Being Open To One's Entire Environ- ment: A conversation with singer/song- writer Tyler Tyler Bejoian ” Tyler Bejoian is one of a handful of guests on our show with whom I have had a personal association, long before we had this podcast, and even before podcasting was a thing. Originally we were friends because of shared cinephilia, back in the day when people gathering together to look at pictures on a shared screen was a thing. Where we were living in the Boston area had some of the greatest repertory and current movie houses in all of the United States: The Brattle Theatre , the Harvard Film Ar- chive, and the Coolidge Corner Theaters . Only later was I a keyboardist in his band, Tyler And The Names which can be found here: https://tylerandthenames.bandcamp.com/album/long- gone-carrier This was noteworthy because it had been at least twenty years since I had performed that type of music in any capaci- ty. Then again, to put it more accurately, it was an entirely unique experience overall because the music had a lot of in- fluences, from folk as much as rock, and some other things in there as well which I think Tyler can explain a lot better than myself. I always have liked Tyler's lyric content, his sense of humor, and the sensibility in his songs. The experience of playing with loud electric guitars and so on had its pleasures to be sure. This episode was recorded wayback in February. I'd like to think, though, as with all of our episodes, that it has a timeless quality, both in the topics of conversation, as well as the spirit in which the topics were discussed.” Tyler’s Bio and links to his beautiful work: Tyler Bejoian is a Massachusetts based musician. He has been playing with his band Tyler and the Names for the last several years. Their most recent al- bum is Outskirts of the Gala . https://tylerandthenames.bandcamp.com/album/ long-gone-carrier https://soundcloud.com/tyler-bejoian https://tylerandthenames.bandcamp.com/album/ tyler-the-names --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
83 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
"From live Theatre to Streaming Television: A Conversation with Melanie Mayron"
“ I think the very first time I became aware of our guest Melanie Mayron it would have to have been in the August of 1978 when, at the age of eleven, I went on a hot and blissfully underpopulated New York City in August 1978 late afternoon to see this movie called GIRLFRIENDS. I dearly wish I remembered the exact theatre that was exhibiting it in that first run. (Was it The New Yorker? Bleeker Street Cinema?) But it was in Manhattan of August of 1978 which was the location and time of so much of that film's subject. I loved this picture as much as an eleven year old could and I loved this protagonist by the name of Susan Weinblatt . A few years later in the 1980s I would see her on stage in the play debut of Crossing Delancey, which was in fact written for her. As I mentioned on this episode Mayron was in two of my all time favorite moves: Girlfriends just mentioned, and the other was CAR WASH . Both are are on my 100 Greatest list in fact. She was one of the names on this dream list that our producer, Laurie Strickland urged me to start and maintain. Mayron is remarkable on a number of levels. One thing which I feel is taken too lightly by many is her flexibility with a the widest breadth of styles, not as easy as some might think. Not only does she excel in the broadest of comedies like Car Wash and the severest of dramas ( Playing For Time , Missing ) as well as stage and screens large and small, she is at the forefront of the current streaming revolution in home entertainment in shows like Grace And Frankie , Jane The Virgin , Glow and more. Thus her career has encompassed the many historical changes from practically five decades, from somebody in the thick of experience as a creator of those changes. She is also an accomplished director, producer as well as actor and, in what was news to me, the world of skin care and cosmetics, Mayron’s Goods and Supply: https://mayronsgoods.com I truly loved speaking with her on this episode as it was a chance to visit some of my favorite touchstones of film and t.v. in our time and from the point of view of someone who was one of its chief creators.” M E L A N I E M A Y R O N Melanie Mayron was nominated three times and won an Emmy Award for her role on the groundbreaking ABC drama “thirtysomething.” She was nominated for a British Academy Award for her starring role in the film, Girl Friends and won the Best Actress Award at the Locarno Switzerland Film Festival. Melanie has acted in feature films as well as television, among them Car Wash, Costa Gavras’ Academy Award winning Missing, and My Blue Heaven. She was last seen as Professor Donaldson in a recurring role in the CW’s Jane the Virgin. She performed on Broadway and Off. Melanie has forged an additional career as a director in movies and television and has directed episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Tell Me You Love Me “ as well as “In Treatment.” She was nominated for a Director’s Guild Award for Toothless, for ABC, starring Kirstie Alley. She has directed over a hundred episodes for television including this season’s Tommy on ABC starring Edie Falco, Lincoln Rhyme for NBC and for ABC The Baker and the Beautis. Her extended bio and links is on our podcast Facebook page. She is also the brand owner of Mayron’s Goods and Supply, a botanical line of skincare formulated by her chemist Dad. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support
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