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15 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Scaled Down Return...
So....How are you? This is how I (Brad) am.Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
10 minutes | May 9, 2021
Happy Mother's Day - Bethany!!!
No real description needed...Just think guys...You could have a podcast of your own and surprise you wife, the same way that I do!!!See ya!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
51 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Episode 26 - Now With Crunchy Bees!
HEY EVERYBODY! We're back!!!It has been a minute since you heard our amazing voices, so here we are, rambling.We discuss what we have been up to and the reasons why we have not been around lately. We promise though, we are going to try to be better!Now, this episode was kind of just a grab and go situation and was actually recorded in our backyard, just to give it a different feel. Who knows, maybe the is will be the new norm.Anyway, we hope you enjoy this aimless discussion and we will be back in full force, next week!In the meantime, go over to Instagram or Facebook and share the heck out of this episode and tell your friends. We set up some lofty goals, and we need your help to reach them.See you next week, and remember....You are loved!!!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
60 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Episode 25 - Is This Boring?
"Every relationship will get "boring" after you've been together for years. Love isn't a feeling, it's a commitment. To love every day physically, and emotionally. It is difficult. It's not always laughs, smiles, and fun. People tend to quit when it stops being fun, and they go look for someone else, because the "Spark" is gone. No, that's not how it works. You want somebody to never give up on you, and love you unconditionally, then do the same. Be the change. This isn't Hollywood, this isn't the movies. That shit isn't real. Love someone when you don't want to, when they aren't the easiest to deal with. When they're hard to love. That's the realist shit there is."We read this as we were doing a walk, and got inspired to make this the center of this weeks episode. Every single person who has ever been in a relationship either knows this feeling or has been guilty of doing everything in their power to avoid it. Everyone falls into a rut at some point. The way we react is crucial to the survival of ourselves or the other people in our lives. Why do we allow ruts to overtake and infect our relationships to the point that they completely fall apart? Why do we alienate each other if we feel that something is missing, yet in our careers we are willing to fight for change?This was an interesting, on the fly episode because we both have a lot of personal experience with this one. Also, considering Bethany is and INFJ and Brad is an INFP, we tend to observe a lot of behaviors in our lives. The nitty gritty is, boredom is often the side effect of lost and missed communication. If you find yourself feeling bored, maybe it is worth a check in, or a deep look into where your motivations lie within your relationship. We hope you enjoy this weeks chat, and hope to see all the shares and tags! Stay tuned for next week. We have a few ideas up our sleeves!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
44 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 24 - Happy Valloween!
So....Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better way to celebrate it than by talking about all of the things that have nothing to do with it?We go through a bunch of (probably made up) facts about Valentine's Day, and how it is celebrated around the world. Most of the time, we get off topic because, hey, we are very tired. We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day in our house because it is just 3 days after our middle child's birthday, but we try to get in the spirit for the sake of the show.Although, there is a sneaking feeling in the house that we may have gotten each other something, just for the fact of getting it...But, shhh. It's a secret!Hopefully we will be back full force next week with an episode diving into more of how our relationship works. Although, this episode is very much an example of what most of our days are like.Don't forget to leave us a rating and review! Maybe, just maybe, share the show with your friends and colleagues whom you have a grudge against!Until next week, know, you are loved!Happy Valentine's Day everybody!!!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
74 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Episode 23 - Sacrifices in Marriage!
This week we are back with the next in the "Fan Topic" series...Sort of. Brad wrote this episode on the fly right before we hit record based on conversations and interactions we have had as of late.We dive into what we feel we have sacrificed for each other in order to make our marriage work. What we feel we sacrifice for our children. We end up talking about how our personality types play a role into how we communicate with each other. This hits a chord as we had just had a day in which this was discussed a lot. Bethany feeling like she was not giving Brad the opportunity to speak his mind. We dive into how we both handled this conversation.The best part is that we got to discuss our tribe. Both in this home, and the people we get to choose to spend our time with. We hope you enjoy this dive into a bit of our inner workings, and we challenge you to let us know on all of the socials, what is your personality type within the Myers-Briggs system?As always, thanks for listening!If you feel like leaving us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts, it is much appreciated. Until next week, spread the word and love each other! Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
63 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Episode 22 - Planning a Wedding During a Pandemic!
This week we are back with something a little lighter than the episode from last week. Plus, it brings us back to our favourite day. The day of our wedding!We discuss the things from the moment of engagement, to setting a date, finding a venue and everything else that follows to make a wedding happen. On top of planning, the monkey wrench of the coronavirus was thrown into the mix. We had a lot to think about leading into the big day, but ultimately, we got married and had an amazing time surrounded by our loved ones.Aside from the tangent about muppets, we do dive into what it took to make it all happen amidst the uncertainty that life was put in during 2020. We hope you enjoy the lighter tone of this episode, and as always, feel free to reach out on the many platforms you can find us. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to mention a few.We look forward to seeing you next week, and look forward to the hundreds of reviews that will happen between now and then!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
61 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Episode 21 - Journey of Survival!
This week, we are back with the 2nd episode of the 6 part "Fan Request Topic" series. If you cannot tell from the title, this episode is about our lives and the journeys that we both went through to get to this point of our lives.There is a lot to unpack in this one. Brad talks about the abuse that he went through as a child and his suicide attempt, and then onto adult life and the further abuse that he dealt with. Bethany speaks as well about her childhood and the multiple suicide attempts, and the further physical and emotional abuse she went through as an adult who got married at a young age.This one gets a little rocky as we both think back on the things we went through, and where things are going. If you, or anyone you know may have insurmountable feelings of depression or anxiety, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You could save a life!And finally...To add a bit of positivity to the world, we listen to the latest track by our favourite clown who formerly worked at a Leprechaun museum, Nathan Mac. This one is a duet between he and his sister. The title of this one is "Domestic Wars" as is available on all streaming platforms! We will see you all next week! If you feel saucy and want to leave us a rating and review on apple podcasts, we would surely appreciate it and know that you are loved!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
44 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Episode 20 - Peace In Creativity?
We are back this week with the first of a series of fan request topics. This week we tackle the question of; How does the path to creativity lead to joy and peace?Well...The answer may surprise you. We delve into this from both of our perspectives. Brad being a professional touring musician, as well as a newly established solo recording artist. Bethany, who is a previously published children's book writer and continues to refine her manuscripts.We also go down a rabbit hole about the things that Covid has changed in our lives, as well as the many things that happen behind the scenes while recording an episode and sharp objects are left near Brad.This was a fun little chat, and hopefully will give a long answer to a short question. Seriously, it's complicated!We look forward to seeing you all with our voices next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
46 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Episode 19 - Now With Sweaty Ears?
Hey...Hey you...Yeah you...We're back! It has been a bit of time since you heard our amazing voices and our skewed perspective of the world...Things have happened, and things have changed. For starters, we got freakin' married in the middle of the global pandemic! The U.S. election sent the world into a deep state of depression and anxiety. We both had very tough times post wedding, getting over the state of the world, and the sheer amount of weight that we both seemed to be carrying because of it. The thought of doing the podcast was there, but it was kind of like a running joke...The things that were...But, now we are back and ready for 2021 in new and inspired ways. We have new goals for ourselves and our family. We have goals for this podcast and things beyond. The mantra, "New Year, New Me" is a cliché that neither of us really believes in, but, the prospect of a different year has us feeling some kind of hope. We have both realized that doing things in spite of not wanting to is something that we are both going to have to push each other to do. If anybody out there decides to listen to our silly little show, then, great! But, we need this for each other.We have plenty more in store, and can't wait to see where 2021 takes us!At the end of the episode we feature our friend and past guest Nathan Mac and his single "The Boy Who Learned to Fly". It is fitting for our return and is also a big inspiration as to why we will push on!See you next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
48 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Episode 18 - Sniff & Run; Is Romance Dead?!
This week we are back, talking about the romance in our relationship! We recorded this on the eve of our anniversary, and Brad felt it would be a fun topic.We ask the question we have been asked a lot this past week: What do you think romance is? We also dive into some our memories of first getting together and where we are going to go from here once our marriage has been finalized!We hope you enjoy this episode and take some fun insights from it. This was a bit more silly than usual, but we are truly silly people!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
69 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Episode 17 - Dancing with Trauma!
This week we sit down and discuss how it is that we both have dealt with our past trauma. This goes between adult relationships and our childhoods.Learning to be okay with the past is not an easy thing to learn, but talking about it is the biggest step to understanding. In the world that we are living in, time to sit and think has become almost infinite. Here, Brad presents a series of questions that he thought of while reading an article about the best ways to move forward in a marriage, or in general after experiencing trauma. Bethany was not aware of the questions before hand and an interesting conversation takes place. We hope that you or someone you know may relate to this conversation as we all have things in our past, and no one escapes childhood without some form of trauma. As usual, thanks for listening!You can find Brad in many different places: BradThePiper.org and piperinabox.com are the usual spots, but he now is streaming live over at twitch.tv/bradthepiper. Bethany has gone back to work for our local school district, but she is still editing children's books at miramarepontepress.com! We will see you all next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
65 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Episode 16 - Listener Questions!
This week we are back, and we decided to try something different. We asked our people on social media (you guys!) to send us some questions for us and we would answer them. Well, here we are!Metaphors for bathtubs? Metric measurements? How did we blend our families? They are all here. With our electric answers, we are sure that you will be on the edge of your seats and listen all of the way until the end! Especially to those bagpipe podcast guys (seriously, you have to listen to the whole thing to get your answer!). We hope you enjoy, and maybe even gain some wisdom from our answers. It was a fun experiment, and we cannot wait to do it again!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
60 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Episode 15 - Nathan Mac!
This week, we have singer/songwriter Nathan Mac! Hailing from Ireland and a background in the circus (that's right, we said circus!!), Nathan spoke with us about what it means to be a budding musician these days. He is SO full of hope, of life, and sweet corn/chile/BB-Q pizzas...??His quick rise to the top hasn't phased him one bit. In fact, Nathan's desire to put good into the world is downright infectious. Go give him a follow on Instagram @nathanmacmusic, and wait (like we are) on baited breath for the release of his new single, that's sure to permanently secure his place in your heart, as soon as it drops.His first and current single "Better Off Without You" can be found soaring to the top of the charts on places like Spotify and Apple Music.Don't forget that you can find Brad's adventures on BradThePiper.org or at PiperInABox.comAnd if you're a children's book writer and you want Bethany to take a gander at your manuscript(s) and tell you how awesome you are, go HERE.Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
62 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Episode 14 - Brock Lindow!
This week we are back with a very important person in our own personal story. Brock Lindow of world touring metal band 36 Crazyfists!Brock was nice enough to sit down and have a chat with us, all the way from Alaska! He was very open about the way his life has gone, no matter the ups or downs. We talk about his love of the Philadelphia Flyers, Chris Stapleton, how crazy it is to have fans in Africa, how he got divorced and finally got to experience love at first sight!Brad has listened to 36 Crazyfists since he was a teeanger, dating all of the way back to their "Bitterness the Star" album. When our relationship started their song Skin & Atmoshpere (Live clip at the end of the interview) was the first of many songs we shared with each other in our distance across this country. Also, Brad has the first line of lyrics tattooed on his left arm with a rendition of the album cover art done by Alex Sanchez whom you may know from podcasts like, THIS ONE!You can find Brock on the social media. Facebook he is just Brock Lindow on Instagram you can find him under @Brock36CF. Look for his band on Facebook at 36 Crazyfists and on Instagram @36crazyfistsofficial! Don't forget to check out kwhl.com where you can hear him on the rock morning show!As always you can find out what Brad is up to at BradThePiper.org and at piperinabox.com. Bethany is available to help edit any of those books you children's book writers may have waiting in the wings at miramarepontepress.com!See you next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
71 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Episode 13 - EJ Jones!
This week we are back with a good friend, and all around, amazing human being...EJ Jones!We talk about life as a bachelor on the road, family and support, growing up surrounded by bagpipes and some of the best teachers of the world. EJ talks about the many different hats he wears and why he has always felt at home on the road. Oh, and EJ will be the man who pronounces us Husband and Wife in just 4 short months!You can find EJ Jones under @piperjonesband on all social media outlets!As always, you can find Brad at BradThePiper.org or piperinabox.com. You can find Bethany at miramaremontepress.com for all your children's book editing needs!See you next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
50 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Episode 12 - We Ask Questions!
This week we are back with a round of questions for each other. We have been hard at work around our house and some of the guests we had planned to interview have been up to some amazing things and are dealing with crunch times. So, we are checking in a little earlier than we expected with some questions that we wrote for each other. You get to hear the answers in real time, we wrote them separately and kept them a surprise going into recording this episode.This truly was our secret going into making our long-distance relationship work. Hours and hours of asking any random question that would pop into our heads. We still do this, but thought it would be fun to let you guys in on how our communication works!As always, you can find out what Brad is up to at BradThePiper.org or at piperinabox.com! You can get with Bethany for any editing manuscript needs you may have at miramaremontepress.com!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
66 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Episode 11 - Andrew Fusco & Josh MacEachern!
This week we are back with an interesting little chat with fellow hosts of the podcast Chanter Rant. Andrew Fusco and Josh MacEachern!Things get a little weird, since these are two people who work together. You could say that maybe they know each other better than any of their partners ever could. We run through a slew of topics from bagpipe band leadership, to their own podcast and how that even started. We also find out that Andy is getting old and just doesn't want to waist time dating someone, but he is lonely. Josh gets drunk about half way in a starts to slur his words as we attempt to get past his game show host personality, but the alcohol was strong with this one!It was great catching up with these two, and maybe we will get to the heart of some of their relationship issues. If you learned a few new words or all of the sudden you think we are devil worshipers after this episode, we can't blame you! But the truth is, these guys work hard for the things they love to do, and they work well together!Catch Andy and Josh over at chanterrant.com or check them out with the Las Vegas Pipe Band.As usual, you can check out what Brad is up to over at BradThePiper.org or piperinabox.com. If you or anybody you know is an aspiring children's book author you can get edits done by Bethany over at Miramare Ponte Press.Don't forget to hit that follow or subscribe button! See you next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
66 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Episode 10 - We Check In (Part 2)!
This week we are back, talking to each other about all of the things going on in our world. The climate of the world has been crazy. Covid-19 is still a threat, but the #BlackLivesMatter movement has taken center stage after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota. In all of this, we are learning how to address the issues that are in the news with our children. 2 being from California, and 1 a native Floridian. During this candid conversation, we talk about all the things that we see as the downfall of what our generation has created for our children and how they are learning from our behaviours, whether we realize it or not. We also probably upset a bunch of our friends and fans with the disagreements we have about how the name of God and Jesus are being brought up in these times. Brad also talks about how something he did was used as a tool to sensationalize something that he never meant it to.Most important, in all of this...We just discuss how we both feel about the world and where we are at. We love each other and nothing has been better for us than having the opportunity to be near each other in all of this. So, ask your children how they feel loved, are they happy, and most important, what is their perfect pizza? Once you have those answers, turn off everything, order that pizza and just love on your children. We hope you all enjoy this and please, send us those family photos around the dinner table enjoying each others choice of toppings!You can find all things Brad at BradThePiper.org and piperinabox.com. Bethany is still out there editing those children's books, visit miramarepontepress.com if you have anything you would like to see edited!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
58 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Episode 9 - Meghan Cresswell & Julian Lamberston!
This week we are talking to one of Brad's band-mates and his lovely lady. Julian Lambertson & Meghan Cresswell! Brad has known Julian for over a decade, as they played as back musicians in a previous band before finding themselves together, once again, in Seven Nations. We finally learn how Meghan & Julian actually met, how Julian once tried to turn himself into a Smurf, how Meghan has an apparent affinity for Fiddling Pirates, and just maybe, pineapple is okay on pizza!You can find out more about Julian at greenstringmusiclessons.com!Don't forget that you can find out what Brad is up to at BradThePiper.org and check out piperinabox.com for any of you drummers out there looking for a professional piper to play along with. Bethany has been enjoying her new venture at Picture Book Critiques where she helps aspiring authors edit their manuscripts!We will see you next week!Support the show (http://scaleddownpodcast.com)
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