In this episode, were talking vulnerability, honesty, and finding your truth through song; with musician Jameson Rider Sand.

Guest Bio:

I remember seeing a video of Portishead playing Live with an orchestra in the late 90’s. The beat dropped. Followed by an angelic voice and subtle scratching from a turntable. I had never heard anything like it. This was the moment that changed my life.

I grew up heavily influenced by what my family was listening to. Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and the Gipsy Kings from my parents. Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Tom Waits, and Rage Against The Machine from my siblings. I was hooked on hip hop since ’93 when I heard Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

It all seemed to come together with Portishead. The tempo of a slow Neil Young song, the edge of Rage Against The Machine and Led Zeppelin, and the hard hip-hop beat of a tupac instrumental slowed down 50%. PLUS an orchestra!

Having no idea what I was doing, I started researching how cheaply I could get a set of turntables. Saved my pennies and purchased a really shitty set. Returned them, saved more and bought some better ones so that I could learn how to scratch. A couple years later, bought an SP-303 sampler. Then, got a copy of Reason 2.0 from a friend, Daimon, and a copy of Cool Edit Pro. Taught myself how to use the programs. No musical training whatsoever. Kept experimenting, started writing lyrics when my friend Hanz introduced me to underground hip hop such as Sole and Atmosphere. It suddenly seemed possible that I could one day make something from the music I was creating. Ditched sports in college to focus on music. Eventually ditched my undeclared/Psychology degree after 2.5 years to go to school for music. Took a huge risk, and a certified shit-ton of loans out, packed my shit up (including about 1,500 vinyl records) and moved to FL to go to Full Sail University for Recording Arts and Music Business. Graduated. Drove back to NH, then across the country to CA to live with my brother, Austin, in Sacramento. 2 months later, visited my friend Dan in LA, first time ever being there. Amazing time. Back in Sacramento, found an apartment with no pics on craigslist, sold my car for $2,600 to get the money for the deposit, got a U-Haul and moved to LA. That was in early 2009.

For more information, please visit Jameson’s website: jrsfdbk.com

In this episode, we discuss:

Books:

The Alchemist

Music:

Ed Sheeran

2Pac

John Lennon

Documentary:

Cowspiracy

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In this episode, we talk about leaving behind a successful corporate career to follow your souls calling with my guest, Melissa McClain.

Guest Bio:

Melissa is an art photographer currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up near Dallas, TX and as a child loved art classes and drawing. Over the years as art programs in schools began to diminish, she strayed from her love of creativity and color. After graduating from college she began working in Crisis Management, eventually receiving a Master’s Degree in the field and becoming a leader in the area of Survivor and Family Assistance. While traveling the world working with clients and responding to mass fatality events, photography became her self-care outlet and rekindled her passion for creativity and color.

Today she finds inspiration in travels across Europe and the Pacific Northwest. From sunsets and sunrises to her unique images from the bottoms of boats, Melissa has a passion for color and her images have an abstract, painterly quality about them. She has exhibited her photography in group exhibitions around New York City and Seattle, her first show winning Best Of Show for her abstract from the Water Colors Collection. Recent accomplishments include a public art display in King County. Public collection of her work includes Weill Cornell Medical Center. Melissa's dream is to take her photography “off the walls” and expand her images to textiles and home and fashion designs.

For more information, please visit Melissa’s website: melissaannecolors.com

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In this episode, we discuss:

Music:

Alicia Keys : How It Feels to Fly

Books:

Daring Greatly: Brene Brown

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