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Episode 029–Madelyn Victoria and Her Songs with Bruce Hilliard

Madelyn Victoria’s debut single release, He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor reached #1 on the national country AM/FM chart, New Music Weekly, making it one of the biggest debut singles of 2016. The self-penned song won an Akademia Award for Best Country Song in April 2016, earning her numerous other award nominations and a spot on the CMT.com Top 50 Most Popular Artists chart. The video for “He Only Loves Me” reached the Yallwire.com Top 5 Most Watched Videos chart, while her youtube cover of George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning” received over 100,000 views in just 2 days, after being featured on Country Rebel’s website.  Her cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues matched that number, after being featured on the same site.  But, for the young Texas native, nothing can compare to walking in the footsteps of her legendary idols. Her latest video release, the original I Can Be Your Senorita has already received over 10,000 views.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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,…

Episode 23–The Beach Boys by Bruce Hilliard

For five decades, The Beach Boys — America’s first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone — has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.

The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping make The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.

Episode 022–Keepin’ It Country with Richard Lynch

Hailing from Waynesville, OH, Richard Lynch is an American country music artist who has compiled a long list of country…

Episode 021–Elton John and Your Song by Bruce Hilliard

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947), is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His tribute single “Candle in the Wind 1997”, re-penned in dedication to the late Princess Diana, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films.

Elton John announced his final tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road in January. It's scheduled to begin September 8 in Allentown, PA.

Episode 020–Jimi Hendrix by Bruce Hilliard

A long time ago in a 1960s Galaxy far, far away there was a teen dance club between Seattle and Tacoma called the Spanish Castle Ballroom. Built in 1931, it was a caricature of an ancient Moorish fairytale storybook castle highlighted with neon lights.  It was located an area known as “Midway” located just outside of city limits in unincorporated county land (now Sea-Tac) in order to escape the towns’ efforts to minimize nightlife.
In late ‘50s through the ‘60s the venue featured touring attractions from Roy Orbison to Johnny Rivers and the Beach Boys.  Several local bands, the Wailers, the Sonics, the Kingsmen (“Louie Louie”) and the Amazing Aztecs (Merrilee Rush of “Angel of the Morning” fame on vocals and keyboards) also performed.
Pat O’Day, one of Seattle’s legendary DJs of the era tells a story of a skinny little kid that hung out there and offered to help out.  In those days guitar amplifiers were small, too small to crank up and play at the volumes the bands played.  To make matters worse they would plug two guitars into one amp. Consequently, the amps blew up and that would be the end of the music for the night.
According to O’Day, one night a skinny young kid came up to him and said, “I always have my amp in my car. It’s a big Gibson so if the amps ever blow you can use mine…as long as I can stand in back and play.  Don’t worry, I know all the licks they do.”
O’Day, recalling the incident in a 2011 interview goes on the explain that 2 or 3 weeks later, sure enough Tiny Tony and Statics were playing. They blew their amps.  So who came to the rescue?  The skinny kid showed up and asked O’Day if the band needed his amp.  The up and coming promoter said, “Yeah, go get it.”  The band played on.
Years later Pat O’Day, by this point one of the owners if Concerts West, the largest concert company in the world at the time, was sitting in a dressing room with client superstar Jimi Hendrix.  Jimi asked him, “Do you remember where we first met?”
Pat asked, “With the attorneys?”
“Do you remember the kid at the Spanish Castle that loaned you the amp when the band’s blew up?”
The kid was James Marshall Hendrix, a.k.a Jimi Hendrix, later the writer of “Spanish Castle Magic” from the album Axis Bold as Love.

Episode 019–Stillia…England’s Newest Rock

Stillia's First American Interview Enter Stillia. Fresh and tasteful records with punch, “I get it” music. Click the following links…

Episode 018–The History of the Eagles 1971-1980 by Bruce Hilliard

Co-founders Glenn Frey (Detroit, MI), guitarist, and drummer Don Henley (Gilmer, TX) were later joined, but not all simultaneously, by Bernie Leadon (Minneapolis, MN), Randy Meisner (Scottsbluff, NE), Don Felder (Gainesville, FL), Joe Walsh (Wichita, KS) and Timothy B. Schmit (Oakland, CA).

Early on Frey and musician friend J.D. Souther shared an upstairs portion of a duplex with Jackson Browne. Names and places that seemed chaotic at the time have culminated in what appears to be a carefully crafted novel years later. The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Poco, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills and Nash are among the names of fame. As with episode 16 starring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gainesville Florida seems to incubate rock stars at a remarkable per capita rate.

Episode 017–“The Success Grower” with Mark Schinnerer

True success doesn't just happen. You don't find success. Just like every other natural process on earth, success is something you grow. You plant it, you nurture it and one day you reap the rewards of your work. The Success Grower shows you how. A must read.” -Ken Davis, International Speaker, Award Winning Comedian, Trainer of Communicators “Armed with a picturesque analogy woven beautifully throughout, Schinnerer adeptly ties truth and story together to create this “life manual.” Through parable, he reveals pivotal life elements everyone can benefit from in a poignant way so we can actually hear – and hopefully, heed. Easy to read from start to finish, this work will change lives for years to come.” – Sarah Beckman, Professional Speaker, Certified Communications Coach, Author

Episode 016–Tom Petty Damns the Torpedos by Bruce Hilliard

There were many legends that passed this year. Many musicians including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Al Jarreau, Mel Tillis, J. Geils and Walter Becker. There were others but I chose Tom Petty for the final episode of 2017. He was loved and respected by many and one of my personal musical influences.

Episode 015–Great Entrepreneurial Thoughts by Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Entrepreneurial You (Harvard Business Review Press,), Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes. It was also a Washington Post bestseller. Her books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, Korean, and Thai.

Clark, whom the New York Times described as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives,” consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.

Dorie was super accommodating in chatting with me at a very Christmas time of the year. She selected Avril Lavigne as her music of choice for the Better Each Day traditional end of interview final note.

Episode 014–“The Only-Partially Accurate Morphing of Christmas Music” by Bruce Hilliard

2017: It's a Wrap It's a huge ordeal to relate the full story of Christmas music in less than a…

Episode 013–“Jingle Jangle Morning” with author Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger is a music and travel writer and editor who lives in San Francisco. He is author of Unknown…

Episode 012–“Sgt Pepper at Fifty” with Gillian Gaar

Gillian Gaar is one of those rock gurus that in conversation makes you listen, and like a good concert, leaves…

Episode 011–“Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness” with Akshay Nanavati

“Fearvana” teaches the science of how to transform fear, stress and anxiety into health, wealth and happiness. Weaving together inspiring stories, in-depth research in neuroscience and psychology, practical insight, and actionable strategies, Fearvana helps readers turn their greatest obstacles into their most powerful allies.

Episode 010–Let’s Talk About the Dead with Sanar Alixandyr

Ghost Busting 101–Part II of II This is the continuation of a very unique and fascinating conversation I had with…