#48--Sue Quillen (Mom)-the ALS episode

My mom and I sit in the basement of my mom’s house where I grew up and chew the fat on what it was like to live with someone who had Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).  She’s a beast, and so was my dad, and I love her, and him.  You will too.  

This is a story about a couple who’s life got turned upside down and they fought like hell.  The tale ends, or currently sits, I should say, in a way you’d never expect, but it will make you want to get up and cheer.  

Take a listen.  The only trigger warning is this:  You will get the truth.  If you’re ok with the truth, then come on in with us, and I’ll bet you’ll think differently about something when we’re done.  Love you mom.  


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#39--Michael Spiro (percussionist)

Michael and I chat over Skype about life as a percussionist, conga and bata player, and master teacher (my words, not his).  He’s someone who is a big reason I’m doing what I’m doing.  What he taught me about Cuban music (ie. the WAY he learned and approaches it) is how I approach Trinidadian steel drumming.  He’s a good man and someone you should talk to if you can.  You won’t regret it.

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#37--Wally Gunn

Wally was in Australia.  I was in New York.  We chat about life and composing and using personal struggle as the catalyst for work.  Wally is one of my favorite people in the world.  He always has cookies.

Vicious Children, by Wally Gunn, performed by Mobius Percussion, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEK08ddre9Q

Wally Gunn - Can You Hear Me (Part I), performed by Passepartout Duo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQJSZMLWQKg

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#36--Gil Kalish (piano)

Gil and I sit in his living room and talk about life as a pianist and dealing with self-doubt as an artist and student. He’s a world-renowned concert pianist, accompanists, collaborator, and soloist.

He’s also a good man, and someone I thoroughly enjoy talking to about pretty much anything he wants to talk about.

Olivier Messiaen Amour oiseau detoile—w/ Dawn Upshaw, voice

Charles Ives—Songs My Mother Taught me—w/ Jan DeGaetan

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