Posts by Bruce Hilliard

Episode 028–Indifferent Matters with Bruce Hilliard

“I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’til my fingers bled
Was the summer of sixty-nine
Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I should’ve known we’d never get far”…Summer of 69
  
What Bryan Adams wrote of, the memory of  a “let’s start a group!” 1969 garage band, is a tale that rocks on to this day. For those that have been involved with a band start up, or shared in any dream with your friends before life had other ideas, know that it’s something special that you just never forget. And, know that resistance isn’t always a show stopper.
 
Liv Taylor, Matt Taylor and Mike Spano are lead vocalist/guitarist, drummer and lead guitarist respectively. They are all 19 years old, have day gigs and share in the courage to create something beyond the norm, perform it and make it better each day. The “lather, rinse, repeat” formula responsible for the success of the light bulb, the Beatles and preventing stinky dogs applies here. (And, never before have those elements been used in one sentence.)

Hats off to Liv, Matt and Mike for their first interview. Best wishes to their latest song Things I Wish You Said. Cheers to the first 6 months of Indifferent Matters, and to their future. If you don’t take a chance, you won’t have one.

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Episode 027–Jeremy Parsons, “Burn This House Down” with Bruce Hilliard

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.

Jeremy’s early influences include Hank Williams and George Strait. His spin on original writing combined with his unique voice award him a sound of his own. 

Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.

Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. His current single, “Burn This House Down,” paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. This song will stick with you long after your first listen. The song is currently in the IndieWorld Country Top 40. The video is nominated for a Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival award, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.

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Episode 026–Nina Söderquist, Captain Of Rock with Bruce Hilliard

Swedish rock star Nina Söderquist has toured with Björn Skifs (Blue Swede, “Hooked on a Feeling” 1974) and Badrock, rocking arenas around the world. During her 25 years in the industry, Nina has lived and worked all over the world. She says she started as an entertainer at age 12 performing in a talent show but my nickel says she was born singing. Nina has worked with dance bands, soul, jazz, pop and cover bands, to finally landed in rock music.

Her big breakthrough came in autumn 2007 in London when she took a lead role as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s musical Spamalot. Her music speaks for itself and the below links will take you there.

Nina is a “field artist” as a captain in the Swedish Armed Forces.  She has entertained troops from several countries internationally performing in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Mali.

On September 22nd, 2017, Nina and friend Björn Skifs released the duet Goodbye, written by Nina. We were hoping to get the exact definition of “ooga chucka” from Nina but that may remain a mystery until lead vocalist Björn makes an appearance on the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show.

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Episode 025–Ed Roman, The Sequel with Bruce Hilliard

This is the second half of episode 024 containing outtakes, serious thoughts, musical topics ranging from Anne Murray to Alice Cooper, the Guess Who and K-Tel Records on 8-track. Ed is a songwriter that has a mastery of several instruments. He delves into thoughtful philosophy, digs into agriculture and dissects his lyrics. Ed Roman is…

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Episode 024–Ed Roman, Red Omen with Bruce Hilliard

Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.  Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations, worldwide. I had an awesome time talking with…

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