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I’ve been dreaming about starting a podcast for a while now. Today I finally pulled the trigger and made it happen. In this pilot episode a lay the ground work of what you can expect for this show, who it’s for and why I do it. I hope you enjoy it. For show notes head over to dreamexec.com/podcast
 
Matt Waters is a singer-songwriter from New York City. His songs range from character studies of the contemporary American to intimate explorations of love. A writer of fiction, he attempts to meld the musical and literary realms through detailed lyricism. He has been particularly inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Billy Corgan, Mike Scott, Isaac Brock, David Bowie, Tupac Shakur, Elliott Smith, Patti Smith, Nicole Atkins, Damien Rice and Bruce Springsteen. As a guitar player ...
 
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Dana Roeser’s fourth book, All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts, won the Wilder Prize at Two Sylvias Press and was published in September 2019. She is also the author of The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, recipient of the Juniper Prize, as well as Beautiful Motion and In the Truth Room, both winners of the Samuel French Morse Poetr…
 
AARON POOCHIGIAN earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His first book of poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press), was published in 2012, and his second book Manhattanite, which won the Able Muse Poetry Prize, came out in 2017. His third book, American Divine, won the Richard Wilbu…
 
Sam Fischer was born in Bala Cynwyd and spent four incredibleyears out west at Whitman College before moving back toPhiladelphia to live and work. He has a forthcoming poetrychapbook and wants to start a band. Please email him atsamuel.t.fischer@gmail.com to connect.Shea Lowery is a professional counselor who believes writingis necessary to underst…
 
David Puretz is the Editorial Director at Global City, an independent press that publishes the literary and cultural journal Global City Review, and a growing list of other books and anthologies, including his own. As Editorial Director, he oversaw the relaunch of the journal and the publication of the newest online and print journal issue, Legacie…
 
Judith Lee Herbert’s chapbook Songbird, published by Kelsay Books, was a finalist in the Blue Light 2017 Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Bards Annual, Before the Dawn, NCPLS Review, LIQ, These Fragile Lilacs, First Literary Review East, Mothering in the Middle, and The Ekphrastic Review. Her poems placed 2nd in the Mid-Island Y 201…
 
The September edition of the Show Do Tell Reading Series:Aida Zilelian is a New York writer and English teacher. Her debut novel The Legacy of Lost Things was released in March 2015 (Bleeding Heart Publications) and was the recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. She has been featured on NPR, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Kirkus R…
 
The August edition of the Show Do Tell Reading Series! Featuring: Kay Gram is a writer and editor based in NYC. Her work has been named a 2017 Best of the Net finalist and as a semifinalist for both the Fourth Annual TAR Chapbook Series and the Gazing Grain Press 2018 All-Genre Chapbook Contest. She is currently at work on a memoir about mental and…
 
Rebekah Bergman's fiction appears or is forthcoming in Joyland, Hobart, DIAGRAM, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Passages North, among other journals. She was a 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and a 2018 winner of The Masters Review Anthology Prize. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a novel. Read more at: rebekahbergm…
 
The third meeting of a new literary series in which writers share and reflect upon their work. Michelle Sierra Laffitte is a Mexican-born writer, journalist and editor based in New York. Her fiction work has appeared in Joyland and Evergreen Review. Her non-fiction work has been published in magazines and outlets including Reuters.com, The New York…
 
The first edition of the Show Do Tell Reading Series at Otto's Shrunken Head in Alphabet City! The format is designed for writers to not only share their work -- but also their personal insight and philosophies into their fiction, poetry, or essays. Our first readers were Bard Hovenga, Jason Pfister, and Christiana Connett Gonzalez.The intermission…
 
Analyzing the use of music in the novels: American Psycho, Another Country, Jazz Moon, The Dead Do Not Improve, and A Visit from the Goon Squad. I finally recorded a new episode of my podcast 'Strange Currencies!' It has been almost a year. And the Podcasting side of my brain just hasn't been the same since I concussed myself head-banging at a Fath…
 
Strange Currencies Episode 7 I ruminate on Bruce Springsteen as an artist. How the image from his most commercially successful time-period can become a generalization to those unfamiliar with the depth of his work. Along with my deep admiration for his song 'American Skin.' I discuss his memoir 'Born to Run' and discuss concert experiences in the c…
 
'Oh Mercy' was praised as a return to form for Bob Dylan at the end of the 80s. He wrote about the process of recording the album in his beguiling memoir 'Chronicles.' I discuss the album using passages from 'Chronicles' as a conduit toward my own fascination with the material. I wonder whether Dylan was articulating his sense of internal and exter…
 
Brittany Anjou is an accomplished jazz composer who has taught music all over the world. But when I interviewed her for Strange Currencies, we primarily discussed the debut album for her punk rock project 'Bi-Tyrant.' The discussion took place at Two Boots Pizzeria in downtown Manhattan. We talked about the appeal of making punk rock, and the reali…
 
In this episode, I delve into the powerful 2016 album by Conor Oberst called 'Ruminations.' A minimalistic effort from the lead singer of 'Bright Eyes,' 'Ruminations' saw Oberst compose an unsparing cycle of music gazing intently at consumerism, depression, love, obsession, and loneliness. It was an album that tilted my axis as a listener -- and al…
 
Samantha Echo is a New York City songwriter with a rare skill set: she has an operatic voice, clever songwriting pen, and a fully developed visual aesthetic as both a performer and promoter of her work. Samantha and I talked about her debut EP at Tavern 29 a few blocks from Madison Square Garden. https://samanthaechomusic.com…
 
When I interviewed Zach Henry, the Baltimore songwriter had just finished performing a set at LIC Bar in Queens, New York. I recorded a couple of his songs and then enjoyed a conversation with him and another songwriter named RedHawk. The three of us talked about movies, music, and being artists in the Big Apple. https://zachhenrymusic.bandcamp.com…
 
In the first episode of my podcast, I read from an essay I had published in Guernica called 'A Moment of Honesty,' which ponders the fascinating and terrifying aspects of undertaking live musical performances as a solo songwriter in New York City. In between passages from the essay I reflect on my life, and how I ended up pursuing music in my early…
 
This was my first ever time being an interviewer. I was extremely nervous during the build up but in many ways Vernon was the perfect first guest to have on the show and I had an absolute blast!Vernon Foster II is the founder of Event Supremacy, chief podcast officer at Pod Parrot, and co-founder of Alliance Events & Nightlife in Orlando, Florida.I…
 
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