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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…

Episode 009–Let’s Talk About the Dead with Sanar Alixandyr

Ghost Busting 101–Part I of II In world of social media, fake news and cyber communications, Sanar Alixandyr uses a…

Episode 008–The Voodoo Dolly, a Song Based On a Dare

This episode was based on a dare. The dare? Write and record a song using the following criteria. Use only…

Episode 007–Futurist Jacob Morgan

Fear of artificial intelligence? This best selling author, speaker and futurist says no worries. The Future of Work Podcast is…

Episode 006–Jaime Thurston, Author/Angel

52 Lives was founded by Jaime Thurston, a writer who lives in Berkshire. At the time of this recording, 52…

Episode 000–About the Show, About the Host

Episode 000 podcast audio makes reference to musicians I've worked with and historical figures I've had the honor to brush with. The ones I referred to in episode 000 include bands Heart, the Ramones, and history makers convicted communist spy Alger Hiss and NFL great/body guard Rosey Greer. I was told by a famous person never to drop names so since it was a famous person that told me so, I'm not at liberty to say who said not to drop names. There are more super cool names to drop but for the sake of making this episode I'll drop it. When you, yes you are famous, please text me a selfie and I'll post it on my Facebook page, this website and everywhere. No one has said anything about selfie dropping.

My first guitar, age 10 (me, not the guitar).
What if everyone had their own podcast? Everyone. In the process, we could all learn cool stuff, become even more curious, host experts on various topics of value, curate and fine tune the messages, highlight the thoughts and ideas, and finally produce and publish them. Serve content that is not only understandable but easy for beginners to make podcasts a simple to access source. Then, through the mojo of the internet reach out and thoughtfully touch minds of all kinds everywhere. We'd all be a little more accountable for who we are.

I think world leaders should look into hosting and producing their own podcasts. It's good to be held accountable.

This show is a platform or a stage for the performers to connect with listeners with the future of happiness and doing meaningful things in mind. Happiness is like singing, the more you do it the better you get at it…and no one is tone deaf. Everyone at every age can sing. There's way too much negativity in today's media so it's my intention to host guests that are positive and kind. Being kind is the number one thing that brings happiness to the recipient and the giver. It’s virtually impossible to be sad or angry when you’re happy and gracious. Happiness is directly proportional to graciousness. I know this sounds like unicorns and fuzzy wuzzies but hey, it's gotta start somewhere. Let go with appreciating what we have, having new experiences, doing things that are meaningful, having great friends and family…and they’re all free.

How This All Began

In 2008 my 86-year-old dad called and asked if I would stay with him and my mother and take care of them. I was with them 24/7 for a fulfilling and challenging year. During that year I learned a new perspective that a son or daughter could only learn by being totally immersed as a full-time caretaker for their aging parents. My father had cancer, my mother had a failing heart and more. There were pills followed by pills to counteract the pills. And yes, they both needed care with everything from meals, meds and doctor appointments to bed, bathrooms and beyond. We all knew our time together was growing short but that was almost never a topic. What did concern them was fascinating and will stick in my mind forever.

I kept a journal of our final times together. I wrote down what we talked about…of their hopes and fears and valuable relationships with others. I recently read through the scribbled notes I kept in a spiral notebook. They spoke of the past, present and the things of interest they still wanted to explore. Interesting: The things that now brought them purpose…in the final call were so basic and simple it defies most of what we’re programmed to think throughout our lives. It wasn’t about the “stuff” or the material “treasures” that we seem to be drawn to…the elusive carrot dangling from the stick…what they and we all work toward for so many years.

The most valuable asset to them in the final act was time…time to experience good times and to gain more knowledge. Their knowledge, memories and phases of their lives and their relationships with others were “the gold.“ After sifting through my journal I sat and thought, “what if, in addition to the memories and knowledge they had…what if when they were a few years younger they had super easy access to new and interesting thoughts and easier access to this information. Neither were crazy about computers and techie stuff, in fact my dad had an insightful anatomically impossible ”sticking it” procedure for the inventors.

But both were perfect candidates for the warehouse of information that is now available, and hassle free via internet. And what if this information was available to them at this younger age, say from retirement and on? What if they had easy access to succinct pertinent and interesting material on demand, like a podcast, served up to them without searching the internet and without hamburger commercials?”

What if there was an audio, on-demand radio-like show they could listen to, and repeat if necessary? And, what would be of interest to them? What’s still out there for them to explore?

So, in the interest of time, the “why” or purpose of this project?…well, I’ll keep it brief. The spirit and content of this journey is to focus on honoring our futures. By that I mean: Good common sense, good eats and exercise, great friends and relationships, rich thoughts and ideas, and to have damn good time while we do it!

It’s human nature to be curious. That’s what set us apart from the less treacherous than human species. My job is to curate digestible and understandable content of interest for you. The show will be featuring authorities on various topics from self-improvement to travel and music. We take requests. You name it, I’ll respond. I like to have fun! So, I’ll leave the major research up to the experts. I’ll provide the needle shower of information and…I’ll leave the conclusions up to you.

Each episode will be about 30 minutes or less and will be new every Sunday morning. The “Better Each Day” website will have show notes and helpful links. What's up with the horse head logo? The horse symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom.

“Better Each Day” provides a platform, a stage for the performers to connect with you.

Please don’t get me wrong. This show is not just for people in their final countdown. It’s for everyone. The longer you know something, the better.

Thanks Mom and Dad and cheers to us: Honor your future, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Episode 005–Samantha Mosier, “Creating Organic Standards in the U.S. States”

Have you ever wondered what you're buying when you purchase food tagged “organic” or “natural?” Is it as close to…

Episode 004–Mike Michalowicz, Podcast Host, Entrepreneur and Author

Mike Michalowicz is a podcast personality, speaker and author of books including Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and…

Episode 003–“The Go-Giver” with Bob Burg

“Trust is established when you act in the best interests of others. This terrific book wonderfully illuminates this and many…