September 1, 2018
Hello everyone! Had a fun conversation with Edwin Heijmen on one of my very favorite topics - film noir! And we talked about the B-Movie variety - the films made by the major studios to fill out double features in the 1940s and 1950s, or the films made by the so called "Poverty Row" production houses. Made on a dime, cheap sets, no-name actors...all these challenges often led the film makers to find innovative ways to get around these constraints, often resulting in some absolute classic films.
And just for you, Edwin and I give a shout out to some of our favorites! Check them out, and I hope you enjoy our conversation. I did!
Edwin has a blog, entitled Reviews From the Bottom of the Barrel, where he writes about all things film noir. Great reading! You can find it at:
And just remember: sometimes fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no reason at all!
And hey...see you at the movies!
August 18, 2018
I so enjoyed talking with Jeannie Brand, the daughter of the legendary folk singer Oscar Brand, on the great legacy of her beloved father. Oscar Brand was not only a prolific song writer and performer in his own right; he also played a critical role in helping to launch the careers of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and countless other great performers. Here's Oscar's story - from one who knows it best!
As part of her ongoing efforts, Jeannie has written a wonderful memoir, The Folk-Singer's Daughter, about growing up the daughter of a famous celebrity. I loved it and urge you to give it a read. It's at Amazon at:
Oscar Brand's YouTube site is highly recommended - full of great videos from all facets of his career. It's at:
I hope you enjoy this episode. If so, please like on I-Tunes, maybe give a good review, subscribe to the podcast on your favorite carrier...all those good things. Thank you Jeannie, and thank you, dear audience, for giving a listen!
August 11, 2018
Our guest is Mr. Jim Wilson, a Los Angeles-based musician who has played with any number of artists, ranging from Emmylou Harris to Anthrax, with Henry Rollins and many others in between. Jim is also a gifted solo artist and he just put out a new album entitled Now Playing that frankly, I can't stop listening to, and I urge you to give it a spin! We talk about the making of the album and the great guests who appear on it, and we also features many great cuts from the album!
As if that wasn't enough...Jim also talks about his hobby - collecting records! He has a massive collection of LPs (you'll have to listen to find out how many), and Jim talks about his passion for this pursuite and why it is so important to him. Lots of fun!
Jim's album is widely available at all the usual places, including his great website, which is here:
and of course, there's his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jimwilsonwithphiljones/
Check it out!
Hope you enjoy this episode and don't be shy about sharing it, giving the show a little review and rating on I-Tunes, all that good stuff. As we say to our new listeners who are tuning it to hear Jim, Listen to the episode, stay for the show! Follow the show on your favorite carrier and listen as we talk to all kinds of people about something important to them!
July 17, 2018
Our guest today is Michael Tanner, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute who has devoted many years of life to the study of poverty in America, and to developing innovative solutions to this enduring challenge. Michael seeks solutions that transcend the political back and forth of the day, and he can serve as an inspiration to all of us that strive for the day when people of all political stripes come together in search of common solutions to pressing problems. Michael's forthcoming book on the topic, "The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor," will be available soon.
For those listening to hear Michael, welcome! We are glad to have you, and hope you'll become a regular listener to the show as we explore many topics with many interesting people. Thank you!
June 16, 2018
Adam Pohl is the play-by-play announcer for the Bowie Bay Sox, the Double A affilitate of the Baltimore Orioles. Here he talks about his journey in broadcasting, his philosophy underlying his approach, and why he enjoys doing what he does. And he's a great guy!
June 2, 2018
Lindsay Kanter is the Cantor at Temple Emanuel, a reform congretation in Kensington, Maryland. She was kind enough to speak about her Cantorial Journey, her passion for all manner of traditional Jewish music, and what she seeks to achieve when constructing a service. Best of all, Cantor Lindsay shared her beautiful music with us, and it is featured on this episode. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to like the podcast and follow it, which can now be found in I-Tunes. And please do share. Thanks!
May 6, 2018
Master RJ Lee is the chief instructor at the Black Belt Martial Arts Center in Kensington, Maryland. Master Lee is committed to teaching the martial arts and other forms of physical fitness, and has thought long and hard about why teaching is so important to him, and how to put his philosophy into practice. He shares his thoughts on this podcast!
April 22, 2018
Welcome to the premiere episode of So Important, a podcast dedicated to talking to people about something that is so important to them! To start things off, we'll talk with Moshe Engelberg about spirit - and what spirit means to him!