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Episode 069–Steve Fossen R&R Hall of Fame and Onward with Bruce Hilliard

It was a great pleasure to bring this interview with Steve Fossen to the Better Each Day listeners. He is a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of radio since their releases, selling tens of millions of copies.

In 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the talents and contribution of the original six members of HEART: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier. Steve and Mike are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.

Driven to recreate the songs of HEART, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.

Steve Fossen, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Heart.
“With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made HEART one of the most beloved rock groups of our time,” explained Fossen.

In order to play the songs the way they were conceived, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with musicians who shared their philosophy for excellence. Lead vocalist Somar Macek delivers a “jaw dropping performance” with her vocal range and stage presence. Fossen and Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a HEART song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting the band together. The name “Heart By Heart” came from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.

With the help of the legendary Randy Hansen on guitar and Seattle radio host Bob Rivers on keyboards, the band was off and running. But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.

“We were amazed with her musical talents and how well she knew the songs, one week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart by Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I thought I was going to cry,” said Fossen. Though not sisters they sing together as if they were.

After the departure of Bob Rivers, Lizzy added keyboards to her duties, and 30-year veteran touring guitarist Chad Quist has joined in place of Randy Hansen.

With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission is simple – to create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to HEART’s original recordings. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of HEART, would never do the music any injustice.

“When I first discovered Heart By Heart, I thought they were just a HEART tribute band – a really, really great HEART tribute band. I was excited to meet two rock legends – Steve and Mike – and to hear the band in person. What I wasn¹t prepared for was how amazing this band sounded,” said Tom Moon, of Starleigh Entertainment. “It wasn’t just that they are all world class players and singers, they are, but what astounded me most was the authenticity with which they played the material. Heart By Heart is way beyond a tribute band, their performance is a real and impactful musical experience, once you hear what they do, you cannot help but be won over.”

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Episode 068–Emerson, Berry and Palmer= 3, with Bruce Hilliard

From Robert Berry's breakthrough work with Bay Area stalwarts, Hush, to his dramatic leap to international renowned with “3″ featuring Keith…

Episode 067–Robert Berry “The Rules Have Changed” with Bruce Hilliard

Robert Berry has managed to survive in the treacherous minefield that is the music business and flourished as a performer, songwriter and producer. It seems he's done it all. While he may be best known as the vocalist/bass player in the ELP spinoff, 3, with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer, Berry impressive list of credits include a stint fronting Ambrosia, and long running affiliations with Alliance, December People, and the Greg Kihn Band.

Berry has released 5 solo albums, contributed to a number of high-profile tribute albums and has an impressive track record in the studio.

He grew up in a musical family in what would become Northern California’s Silicon Valley. It didn’t take long before he appropriated a Vox Continental organ from his father’s music store. By the time he was a freshman in high school, his group had released a single that went on to become a regional favorite. Although he denies it, according to his school mates, Berry was known as his school’s first full-fledged rock star. His bands became solid fixtures on the Bay Area college and club circuit, where they worked constantly. It was during this period that his interest in multi-track recording blossomed. Legend has it, Berry somehow finagled the very first Teac four-track recorder to arrive in the valley. It wasn’t long before he had written and recorded an experimental twenty-two song ‘rock opera’. As his quest for knowledge grew he managed to snag a part-time position as ‘assistant everything’ person at a busy San Jose recording studio. By the time he was a senior in high school he had acquired a reputation as a solid performer and in-demand studio musician.

2016 was a big year for Robert Berry as he met with pal Keith Emerson in Los Angeles to discuss a 30th anniversary release of the long awaited follow up to the debut 3 album. If that wasn’t enough, he co-wrote 11 all new songs, produced and played Rekihndled, the Greg Kihn Band's first studio album in over 20 years.

The year 2017 was noteworthy for some major efforts. Early in the years, Berry, on bass and lead vocals joined with Terry Brock (GIANT, STRANGEWAYS) on lead vocals, Gary Pihl (BOSTON, SAMMY HAGAR, ALLIANCE) on guitar, and Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY, MR. BIG) on drums, to form ALL 41. They release the band's debut album, “World's Best Hope”. Simultaneously, he mounted a dedicated effort to complete his collaboration with Keith Emerson on the long awaited 3 follow up. That album, which took shape in 2016, was nearly shattered with the news of Keith Emerson tragic death. Ultimately and as a tribute to the friendship of Emerson and Berry, it somewhat painfully got back on track and is set for a summer of 2018 release date as 3.2 – The Rules Have Changed on Frontiers Music SRL.

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Episode 066–Linda Nicole Blair On Writing Songs with Bruce Hilliard

Linda's was the final episode for 2018, and what pleasure to have her as a guest.

In Linda's words: “Music has been at the center of my life since I can remember. Early influences include Karla Bonoff, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell: many other female singer songwriters since then have shaped my taste in music: Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Mia Borders, Caroline Herring, Susan Cowsill, Lynn Drury, Shannon McNally, Amy Mann and Brandi Carlile. This list is actually pretty endless–I would also have to include the Beatles, the Stones, and the women of the early blues movement, such as Memphis Minnie. I write Americana music, rooted in my life experiences. Many of my songs tell stories, and they are all different; I don't want to write in just one style–I am open to a variety of music, from country to soul. In short, I am a work in progress and I hope you like what you hear. Little Queenie was released on my birthday in 2016, and No Limits, my second album, was released in October of 2017. I am currently writing and recording songs for my next record, due out in the spring of 2019. My style continues to evolve! You can hear my songs here, as well as on Seattle Wave Radio and Local Roots Music NW Radio, available for purchase on CD Baby and BandCamp.”

A simple but important point is made in this interview as a recurring theme throughout all; music is for everyone and although it helps, no special skills or education are required to enjoy listening to or creating your own. But as seen below, Linda is a bit of an overachiever.
EDUCATION–

Writing Fellows Institute, University of Washington, Tacoma; September – June, 2009

Adjunct Faculty Institute, Tacoma Community College; January – March 2006

Summer School for Applied Aesthetics, Lahti Finland; August 18-23, 2002

The School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University; June 20 – July 26, 2001

The School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College; June 17 – July 26, 1996

Ph. D. English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; May 1989

M.A. English, University of Southern Mississippi; August 1982 Graduate Study Abroad, University of London; Summer 1981

B. M. E. Mississippi College, 1979

And, that doesn't include any of her music background!

“If Chrissie Hynde had bolted Akron for Nashville instead of London, her unbuffered emotion and incisive observations might have taken shape something like those of Ms. Blair. The Washington-based singer/songwriter takes on romantic love’s frequent left turns and rude awakenings with straightforward lyrics and vocals to match. “Wild Night”, in particular, evokes the soulfulness of the afore-mentioned Ms. H. Other instantly attractive tracks include “All The While”, “Lucky Man” and “Far Away”.”
— Duane Verh, Roots Music Report

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Episode 065–Mike Schwebke Steelpan Man with Bruce Hilliard

Mike Schwebke is an Illinois-based recording and performing artist on steelpan and percussion. He studied steelpan and percussion at Northern Illinois University under Liam Teague, Cliff Alexis, Robert Chappell, Mike Mixtacki and Dr. Greg Byer. While at NIU Mike played in the NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble, NIU Bata trio, several classical ensembles, and the internationally renowned NIU World Steelband.

Mike is also an active educator and clinician working internationally on different projects. In Illinois, he has students of steelpan, drumset and percussion. He has taught drum set classes at the Triple Threat Mentoring Organization and currently directs Oswego High School's Marching Percussion with Aaron Spevak. As a part of Paa Kow Band, Mike has been able to perform at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music on two occassions, taking the opportunity to share living African music with a Chicago crowd! He has taken part in a variety of clinics ranging from the history of the steelpan to its future, other clinic topics have included African and Afro-Cuban drumming traditions.

Enabling the creation of new music for steelpan is a huge part of his artistic drive. In 2011 he completed his first collaboration with composer Kyle Krause. The result was a 3 piece suite of short works for steelpan solo and duet. In fall of 2013, Mike gave a a recital of almost entirely new music for steelpan. It featured works by Todd Jelinek, Kyle Krause and Kevin Bobo (a piece commissioned and premiered a few months earlier by Liam Teague). In 2016, Mike was able to premier a duet for Double Second Steelpan and Clarinet by Krause as well as exhibit some of his previously commissioned works as a guest in a composition lecture at the Peabody Conservatory. 

Episode 064–Kai Mata “Time To Shine” with Bruce Hilliard

Kai Mata is an Indonesian-American singer/songwriter currently living in Bali, Indonesia. Time To Shine is her debut full-length album and if this is an indication of what's to come, it's time to listen. Mature and poised, outspoken and beautiful, she is an artist and musician that is just twenty-one-years old but get ready. There's more to come.

The album depicts sunrises, pouring rains, endless landscapes and solemn travels. Kai Mata is humble about her talent, yet bold with her message of love and honesty. Her subtle yet inspiring vocals are unique on both the more laidback tracks like “Magic” and the bolder tunes: “Strays”, “Time To Shine” and “Good Morning, Beautiful.” Her guitar is just what is needed to back her voice and allow the lyrics to shine. The music on the album is not only written with a feeling and perfection, it’s also arranged in a seasoned professional way with additional instruments never standing on the way but enhancing all nice musical ideas that the record. The vocals are tastefully layered and they are all Kai.  

Kai Mata's debut album lets the truth she experiences ring in the air. A bright and bold declaration about seizing destiny, implementing a folksy beat to depict the joy of life, magic of love, shadows casted by light, and the heartbeat that conducts the journey.

Words fall short of describing this music. Kai was a pleasure to chat with…all so good.

Video: “Within You is a Light”

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Episode 063–Lucy Ravinsky “If I Should Ever Lose You” with Bruce Hilliard

Sibling Loss–A Sister's Journey From Despair to Celebration, If I Should Ever Lose You and I Don't Know How It Happened are three works, a book and two songs, by author and songwriter Lucy Ravinsky. This episode focuses on the importance of writing and how she overcame a great loss as a 16-year-old with the sudden death of her younger brother. The story of her early life and relationships, the night her brother was struck and killed by a car and the aftermath and healing is told in her book Sibling Loss under the pen name Laura Prince.

Lucy's book of her loss and recovery (pen name Laura Prince).
Lucy started writing poetry as a child and later took her writing talents to songwriting. Her featured song If I Should Ever Lose You was a CAPAC songwriting contest winner. It was written in memory of her beloved brother but it's a song that relates to anyone who has lost a loved one.

I Don't Know How It Happened she feels is her best work to date.  She refers to it as the love of storytelling in a country ballad style. She says it needs some country guitar but you decide. This is a very good arrangement.

In Lucy's words: “We have all come a long way in the last 50 years in regard to helping one another and communicating. For example, in the 60’s & 70’s homosexuals were hiding their orientation due to being victimized by the public, including being killed. Postpartum depression was scoffed at as the spoiled and childish attitude of a woman who didn’t want to take care of her newborn. Help was so illusive in the 60’s that recovery was almost impossible from most major traumas.

I am so grateful for the universal compassion of people today and with all the avenues of interaction available; the internet being paramount, and the ability to express, study, exchange and learn about the development and treatment of very serious issues.  These avenues offer a huge support system to the suffering.”

Lucy has so much to share about her hardships, victories and the importance of the mighty pen.

Episode 062–Gillian Gaar On The Sub Pop Records Story with Bruce Hilliard

Sup Pop Records has released early recordings with bands such as Green River, Nirvana, Soundgarden and more. The label was founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in the 80's. The new book by Gillian Gaar illustrates the record label founders' journey from music lovers to becoming pioneers of one of the most influential independent record companies to date.

Gillian talks about her first-hand interviews and research that went into making the book. She was there as history unfurled and could probably talk all day on the subject but this is a half hour teaser. If you want to meet the author and chat, see the below information. She is one of the foremost authorities on rock music.

Her first book of 17, She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion; Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock; Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History; Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters; Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two); and The Best of the Beatles Book. She has also researched and written some of the best Elvis literature available anywhere.

World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story takes you on a journey from the 1980's to now. Gillian Gaar is a Seattle-based author and local music journalist. She has also appeared in anthologies such as ‘Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History', ‘The Stranger Guide to Seattle', ‘The Best of the Beatles Book', and others.

To find out more about the book you can come her book signing.

Event details:

What: Gillian Gaar Book Reading and Signing

When: Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Easy Street Records

4559 California Ave SW, (West Seattle)

Gillian Gaar is one of those rock gurus that in conversation makes you listen, and like a good concert, leaves you wanting more. Gillian is a Seattle-based author. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic's book From Grunge To Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana's box set With The Lights Out. She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.

Gillian written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.

Episode 061–Johnny Vieira Talks TribeFluence with Bruce Hilliard

Are you “hella” popular on Instagram? Do you want your business/ brand to be seen? Do you want to bundle your traditional advertising services with the fastest growing advertising sector?
TribeFluence, a Top ranked app for influencer marketing, does all that. How? It’s not your father’s insertion in the local chronicle, click-through or banner ad. It’s a powerful tool for today’s business and social world.

Founder Johnny Vieira, with a background in developing pop stars, gave this reporter the rundown. His app makes everybody money. Vieira explains, “I saw a vision of an app that builds a group of influencers (people with followers, primarily on Instagram) to give any brand the impressions they’re looking for in a much less expensive way.”

Here’s how it works:

First, an influencer/micro-influencer is a person on social media who affects their follower’s purchasing decisions. TribeFluence puts you in a “tribe” of influencers that markets the same brand based on your followers. It’s easy—just sign up—it’s free and start making money.

Second, any brand/business (doesn’t even have to have a website) purchases an advertising campaign and TribeFluence matches you up with the influencers that will bring the most customers to your company.

Third, if you are a traditional advertiser, TribeFluence will partner with you to help bring more eyeballs (read: cash) to your clients. They already work with several known agencies.

Yep, you can be an advertiser and an influencer – win-win!

TribeFluence, profitable and actively seeking funding, can be found at TribeFluenceApp.com and on Instagram and Twitter: @tribefluence, or email questions to info@tribefluenceapp.com

For more information:

Link to TribeFluence App

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Company Name: TribeFluence App
Contact Person: Johnny Vieira
Email: Send Email
Phone: 415.261.4831
Address: N. Robertson blvd
City: Beverly Hills
State: CA. 90211
Country: United States
Website: www.tribefluenceapp.com

Episode 060–Stolie, Butterflies and Tequila Lips with Bruce Hilliard

Stolie's world of music began when she was six and started piano lessons. At sixteen, she learned two chords on the guitar and wrote an original song. The Coffee Mug, her first collection of original music featuring 10 songs on guitar and vocals, was self-released on cassette in 1996.

While attending Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) initially as a Music Education major and constantly playing on campus, Stolie switched her major to English to work on writing (songwriting, that is!)  Shortly after, during a study-abroad program in London, England, she was performing for loose change in the Tube and soon after, for real money at folk clubs. Upon returning to Chicago, Stolie joined an urban studies program with the Chicago Arts Program and, while living on Rush Street and taking classes in Wrigleyville, she got to work on her second collection of original music, the self-titled Stolie, released in 2000. An electro-pop album (Satire-Laden Melodies) followed in 2004 and a self-produced, arranged and recorded collection of pop/rock songs in 2008 (Between the Fake and Real) was featured on Chicago’s Finest Rock station, WXRT.

Stolie has toured the country in support of her original music and with former all-girl trio, Tres Femmes, worked as a publicist and radio promoter for Bloodshot Records and Call Girl PR, has rocked cover tunes in several acoustic duos — The Acoustic Sideshow with Scott Schaefer, with Gina Gonzalez (Lt. Dan Band with Gary Sinise), and with improv comedian Cat McDonnell — and teaches guitar and piano lessons. Stolie was host to a weekly Thursday night acoustic open mic at the famous Murphy’s Bleachers bar in Wrigleyville for 8 years and also provides musical accompaniment for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours for local music production company, Cage & Aquarium Productions. Nowadays, Stolie mostly plays children's shows as Super Stolie for birthday parties, park districts, libraries and street festivals and also with her children’s rock band, Super Stolie and The Rockstars.  She released her first children’s CD, When I Grow Up, in 2009, her 2nd, Press Play!, in the winter 2012 and welcomed her third kids' CD, Family in Harmony, during the summer of 2015.

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Episode 059–Sachiko Tiana “Wait for the Dawn” Podcast with host Bruce Hilliard

Her podcast Wait for the Dawn is all about the mindset needed to pursue dreams, goals and passions.

Sachiko Tiana believes that regardless of what we're facing, the dawn is coming! There is light at the end of the tunnel and the hard things we've been through won't last forever. We weren't meant to live in survival mode – we're meant to thrive! The best way for us to thrive is for everyone to pursue what they're MOST passionate about.

And, she writes and records music. Sachiko's original songs range from a mix of thought-provoking lyrics to flirtatious love songs to fun and groovy, soulful tunes. People have said she has the smoothness of Sade, the emotional essence of Anita Baker, combined with the lively positivity of Alicia Keys. No matter who you are, you’re guaranteed to leave with a heart full of joy, simply because of the love Sachiko brings to every aspect of her message.

She was born in 1985 in San Francisco, CA to drug addicted parents. Her parents were not married and were often breaking up and making up. Her two younger siblings are the result of each of their reunions. Her mom's death and her dad's drug addictions left Sachiko the one responsible for cooking, cleaning, changing diapers while attending school and “trying desperately to seem normal.”

“My dad was dealing with his own pain from my Mom's death and became even more addicted to drugs, and became less and less useful. I always knew when we didn't have any money because he would go through withdrawals and not get out of bed for days at a time (and be an absolute terror to be around). He'd send me to buy cigarettes and alcohol, and he would take us along when he finally had money to buy drugs. I would sit in the car and sing at the top of my lungs to distract me and the kids from what was happening. I remember a drug dealer telling me that he could hear me singing and that I was something special – such a strangely vivid memory.”

Music became a huge outlet for her. “From church and school choirs, to recording songs in our garage on the reel-to-reel recorder my dad set up, music was an integral part of my life. Though many of my memories of my dad are truly painful, I do credit him in a myriad of ways for my love of music and songwriting. It was at the age of 10 that I decided I wanted to be a singer.”

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Episode 058–Ray Dafrico “Tunnel Visions” with Bruce Hilliard

Ray Dafrico – A founding member of legendary Atlanta bands The Nightporters and later Kathleen Turner Overdrive. Guitarist, singer, songwriter Ray Dafrico has been playing original music professionally since April of 1981. He has toured, opened for or performed with artists such as The Clash, The Ramones, The Replacements, REM, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett, Weird Al Yankovic, Peter Tork and more. In the studio he has worked with Peter Buck (REM), Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, The Band Beach Boys), Brendan O'Brian (Bruce Springsteen) and Pierre De Beauport (The Rolling Stones).

It sounds like a lifetime of chasing the rock and roll dream.

“Well, I grew up in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, so I was exposed to a lot of power pop growing up and a lot funkier kind of music, plus early punk rock and new wave, so I just thought it was a fun term to use. I like songs with a lot of hooks, and my songs tend to have that quality too, so it just fits. What they call “pop” today is kind of like a negative thing. Pop is not the pop I knew. The Monkees, Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Ramones, Sex Pistols all had great pop songs. So did Sweet, Queen, KC and the Sunshine Band, Ohio Players, etc. I’ve always had a very wide variety of influences, lol.”

A warm summer day, a call to Ray and a lawn mower. All components of one of the best interviews to date.

Episode 057– Sanar, Halloween, Cranky Ghosts and Bruce Hilliard

With Sanar, the interview experience is always somewhere between scary and funny, folklore and science, evil and good and this time, no agenda. This is a first for the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show that steers way off course to cover topics that range like dream after eating a trick or treat bag full of Goobers, Whoppers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Camel Balls with a Hershey's Tooth Glue chaser. And yes, these are all legit candy handles.

Listen and marvel at the creative Milk Dud induced pontification including but not limited to Tocata in D Minor, healing, malevolent spirits, prison, smells in the attic,  good and evil, Hitler having issues, multiple lifetimes, being strong and dealing with cranky spirits, the unexplained, happy dolphins, the studio, Beatle nerds, my John Lennon t-shirt, treats with Eddie Munster at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and tricks with the Great Pumpkin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and finally Sanar declining to run for president.

That's a night's work and more than the sound effects guy could deal with.

As stated, Sanar is a Sensitive, as opposed to a Psychic. She was born with and developed an unusual empathy for reaching out to not only you and me but passed souls. Her work with the living is in the personal development arena where she assists others in what she calls “removing the layers of past experiences that block the pathway of the soul to reveal the passion, power and possibility of the true self.”
Sanar and I met in person at my studio and recorded a two part conversation focusing on a story that…well listen and hear for yourself. I was honored to have her sitting and facing me in flesh and blood because it made the fore-mentioned sensitivity much stronger than phone, Skype, emails and texting and all of the via-satellite-media we use daily. Despite her life setbacks, she is what I call a “happy medium” and a person that cares deeply about others. When I listened back to the interview I realized how much life there is in a conversation about death. Despite the fact that scary ghosts sell more movie tickets, there's a little Casper the Friendly Ghost in us all.

Episode 056- JJ McGuigan Writes Songs and Reaches Out with Bruce Hilliard

JJ McGuigan was born and currently lives in Wichita Kansas. He found a passion for music at the age of 13 when, maybe to his parents' dismay, got a drum set. He later picked up guitar and started writing songs at the age of 20. He attended Newman University where he played for the men's basketball team and was an assistant coach there while attending Full Sail University. His main focus and passion is writing songs with an emphasis on lyrics with a message. He has just recently wrapped up a 5 song EP featuring vocalist Garrett Crow and is writing another album with guitarist Brian Elwick.

JJ was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 16, along with depression, anxiety, and depersonalization.  He battled with victories but says he still has to fight sometimes.  He finds that reaching out to others and being open and honest is very important.

“Hearing each others story and learning from one another is very critical I believe  Feel free to reach out to me on my contact page and we can share and talk together.”

Episode 055–Battle Between Good and Evil–Sanar Alixandyr with Bruce Hilliard

She's back and showed up ready to share the scare. In world of social media, fake news and cyber communications, Sanar Alixandyr uses a  fairly unknown technique called Energetic Sensitivity. Normally this is a psychological tool for understanding another person and how you interact with them. Sanar is acutely astute in this talent but a rare ability to take it a step further, to the other side. She can talk with the dead. This episode magically appears just in time for All Hallows' Eve, a.k.a. Halloween. The interview experience is always a chiller with Sanar, although she is gentle with us lightweights.

Sanar is a Sensitive, as opposed to a Psychic. She was born with and developed an unusual empathy for reaching out to not only you and me but passed souls. Her work with the living is in the personal development arena where she assists others in what she calls “removing the layers of past experiences that block the pathway of the soul to reveal the passion, power and possibility of the true self.”

Sanar and I met in person at my studio and recorded a two part conversation focusing on a story that…well listen and hear for yourself. I was honored to have her sitting and facing me in flesh and blood because it made the fore-mentioned sensitivity much stronger than phone, Skype, emails and texting and all of the via-satellite-media we use daily. Despite her life setbacks, she is what I call a “happy medium” and a person that cares deeply about others. When I listened back to the interview I realized how much life there is in a conversation about death. Despite the fact that scary ghosts sell more movie tickets, there's a little Casper the Friendly Ghost in us all.

Episode 054–Neil Fitzsimon, Mr. Kite and Mr. Kurt with Bruce Hilliard

I always look forward to talking with Neil. I've told him we sound like a couple music nerds sitting down for a beverage. He is so insightful and knowledgable about music and culture that predates his existence I forget he is 35-years-old. Neil and his partner in music and life have an interesting backstory that is featured in previous episodes. Her name is Bee Brogan and she has a vocal talent that connects. An effortless alto voice that just gets better the more you listen.

This conversation encompasses not only Neil's passion for songwriting but recording as well. We drift off into a talk about Geoff Emerick, one of the recording engineers that worked with the Beatles. Geoff was one of the mad scientists that invented sounds that add to the mystique of masterpieces like Being for the Benefit Of Mr. Kite from the Pepper album.

A bridge over troubled water? The underside of the Young Street Bridge, Aberdeen WA.
My hometown Aberdeen Washington also came up when Neil referred to Seattle as the birthplace of Nirvana. Although never a personal friend of mine, Kurt Cobain is an iconic rocker that comes up in conversation almost daily. And yes, he started the band in this small lumber town with fellow Aberdonian Krist Novoselic in the late 80s. Neil asked if Kurt slept “rough”, or somewhere other than in his bed while still a kid. Who knows? I shot this pic in 2016 of the bridge near Cobain's childhood house where he allegedly crashed on occasion. Ah, the things of legend. The house where my band rehearsed in the late 70s was about 100 feet from this now shrine. We used to stand under it to BS and stay out of the rain. Who knew?

Episode 053–Meghan Cary Getting Us Together with Bruce Hilliard

Meghan's interviews are on top of the standouts of the previous 52 shows. Her positive approach to life and her gift to share it in songs and stories embrace what this podcast is all about. My part is to provide a platform for my guests. The guests do the rest. With Meghan, you just hit record and sit back, listen and feel good.

Melissa Etheridge singing Bruce Springsteen to a Paul Simon groove is what her press kit says. Again, listen, sit back and feel good. She sounds original and authentic. Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Meghan Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. Billboard Magazine advises: “Seek this one out.”

Episode 052–Meghan Cary “Sing Louder” with Bruce Hilliard

Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into music and sang my way out of the abyss.” Cary continues to share the healing power of music with the community that has rallied around her message of hope and being heard.

Known for her raw honesty and ability to connect with and engage her audience, Cary brings people to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and lyrics that resonate universally. Cary’s song “Sing Louder”, a call to raise our voices together to make a difference, has become an anthem for the music-loving community.

In fact, “Sing Louder” resonated so well with audiences in her live shows, that Cary was inspired to include some of these fans on her new record of the same name. Cary gathered 48 music lovers in the studio to raise their voices with her on two tracks, “Sing Louder”, and “Responsibility”. Many of them stepped far out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a microphone. They sang with passion, joy and abandon, and it was a profound experience for Cary and all those involved. That energy was captured on Sing Louder. 

“Music is the most potent tool I know to break down walls, slip through barricades, and connect with each other. And when we authentically connect, we can change the world,” said Cary. “Now more than ever we need to be courageous enough to transcend emotional, intellectual, and political barriers, and raise our voices…together.”

Cary began her career on stage as a theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. She’s written a one-person show with music, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, which she continues to perform around the country. She is also currently composing music and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical, “The Accidental Caterer”.

After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing continue to win over audiences, and garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Stevie Nicks, and even Bruce Springsteen.

In response to life’s inevitable curve balls, Cary’s mantra is: “If you don't know the words…Sing Louder!”

Episode 051–Renée Catrine and Ingrid Oscarsson “Share the Stage” with Bruce Hilliard

Like former guest Ingrid Oscarsson, friend and mentor Renée Catrine hails from Chicago and currently lives in New York City. Having been in various bands throughout the years, Renée was eager to set off on her own to create her own music. She released her debut solo album, Arrival, in August 2016 with the help of Nick Brose (Mucca Pazza) and co-producer Mike Przygoda.

Ingrid and Renée share the stage these days, just as they share the air in this interview with subtle commentary from Omar the 20 pound cat.​

Renée Catrine's music has been described as “hauntingly beautiful music with poetic lyrics of a keen observer”. Reminiscent of captivating songwriters such as Fiona Apple, Marketa Irglova and Regina Spektor, Renée's debut album features sincere, thoughtful lyrics set to catchy pop/rock music and lush, orchestrated arrangements.

Ingrid Oscarsson is featured in Episode 042.
​Renée is currently preparing to record her second solo album in New York City this winter. The new music draws inspiration from Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Cœur de Pirate. The album was written in Québec City, Chicago & New York. She is thrilled to be touring the Midwest and East coast this fall & winter to debut the new songs.

Episode 050–Aaron Hart of Love Stallion with Bruce Hilliard

Love Stallion storms the music scene with original glamorous hard rock, sure to get your heart racing and ears pounding. Power riffs, memorable hooks, and electric flash capture the nostalgia of years gone by, bringing a fresh punch of rock & roll back to the universe in proper style.

Love Stallion began as an experiment; a spur of the moment co-write of the song “Big Rock Radio” by guest Aaron Hart and friend Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore) outside a concert hall in the fall of 2013.  Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 70s & 80s, rockstars David Lee Roth & Freddie Mercury and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, the duo enlisted the help of industry pros Dr. Scott Martin & Kate Emerich. “Aaron Hart w/ Crayton Huntly” played their first show May 1st, 2015 at The Walnut Room Denver to a small crowd of friends.

As the crowd grew, so did the flash & flare of the live show. With the addition of Aero X (aka Aero Marquez) joining on bass, the band became recognized for their high energy live performance, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature Sexy Disco Legs.

The first video single “Slow Release” was released in March of 2018.  Love Stallion's ‘Unforgettable Ride' was produced by Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett,*NSYNC) at Colorado Sound Studios and was released on June 2nd 2018.