Monthly Archives: May 2012

go deep or go home

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May 30, 2012 – Go Deep or Go Home

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Interviews:
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, Hindu monk and chaplain at Columbia University
Barry Selby, Passion Consultant
Ben Leinbach, musician and producer
Prajna Vieira, musician and yoga teacher

Featured Music:
Tao, Soulfood
Shivaya Namah Om (Bhajan), Dave Stringer & Spring Groove
He Ma Durga, Prajna Vieira & Ben Leinbach
Sarvesam, Prajna Vieira & Ben Leinbach

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it was monday and i was still coming off a mental high (or was it physical exhaustion?) from the three days i’d spent at the lightning in a bottle festival in orange county. silly me had agreed to work on the memorial day holiday — and worse yet, it was the day after i’d returned to civilization. while sitting in a brain-dead state at my desk, i decided to check facebook to see what had transpired while i was sans cell signal out in the boonies.

i noticed that michael baker (a guest on a previous show) had posted an event called “a journey into ‘the matrix’ and srimad bhagavad-gita” with gadadhara pandit dasa, a hindu monk who lived in manhattan and who’d spoken at a TEDx conference at columbia university. not only did it sound interesting, but the venue (michael’s home) was a mere mile or two from where i worked. i clicked on “join” and showed up later than evening.

while discussing video clips of ‘the matrix’, i’d realized that my chat show was less than two days away, and so far all i had on tap were ben leinbach and prajna vieira, who were going to talk about their new album, “amrita” (i’d received a copy of it back in april but couldn’t promote it until after it was officially released). other than that,  i had no idea who else i’d bring on to the show. panic started to set in. i pulled up the facebook app on my phone and happened to see barry selby pitching his relationship workshop.  i asked him if he were available to be interviewed and he answered in the affirmative. yay — another guest!

long story short, i chatted with pandit, aka the hindu monk, after our group discussion and he, too, agreed to be on the show. as for the music, it was clear that i’d be playing a track from ben and prajna’s new CD. and i thought it would be fun to throw in a track from one of the CDs i’d bought from DJ free at lightning in a bottle (LIB). and with a hat tip to nicole doherty‘s LIB class, i’d decided to revolve the show around something she’d said: “go deep or go home”. i’d also asked my mantra-savvy friend jason adams to suggest a mantra for enlightenment and he offered “om namah shivaya”.

it didn’t help that in my post-LIB sleep-deprived state, i showed up late at the studio and didn’t find out until after going live that someone had switched the CD cables. and that the sound board had volume level issues. gotta love community radio!

during the interview, pandit and i were so engrossed in our conversation that we’d completely forgotten to mention his website! so while i did end up sharing it at the end of the show, here it is again: nycpandit.com. a few days after he returned to NYC, he sent me the youtube link to his TEDx talk, but sometime after i received it (and viewed it), the video was flagged as private. he’s since sent me a link to a temporary copy. thanks, pandit!

oh, and one thing i learned was that i’ve been mispronouncing prajna’s name. the correct pronunciation is PRAG-nee-ya. i stand corrected 🙂

summer festivals

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May 23, 2012 – Summer Festivals

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Interviews:
Jesse Flemming, co-founder of Lightning in a Bottle
Yoshi Aono, co-founder of Hanuman Festival
Kenneth Schwenker, founder of One Love Fest

Featured Music:
Lights (Bassnectar Remix), Ellie Goulding
Lakshmiyei, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix), Desert Dwellers
Nobody Knows, Ash Ruiz

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it’s summer festival time and i want to go to at least one yoga/music festival… but which one(s)? i figured that if i wanted to know more about the choices i had, some of the show’s listeners might want to know, too. so i picked a couple that were on my short list: lightning in a bottle in OC and hanuman festival in boulder. i sent out feelers directly to their media contacts as well as through friends and eventually was able to line up interviews with the organizers. sweet! i also found out about one love fest, a new LA-based conscious music festival, so since i knew its producer, i contacted him directly and he agreed to chat with me on the show.

finding music was relatively straightforward. i picked musicians who would be performing at the three festivals i would be highlighting: bassnectar and larisa stow at LIB, and since i’d just received their new album releases, it would be desert dwellers (hanuman), and ash ruiz (one love).

it wasn’t until i was at the studio and doing a pre-show chat with kenneth schwenker that i found out that due to conflicting bookings, ash ruiz wouldn’t be performing at one love fest. oops. but since i didn’t bring any backup music with me, i ended up playing ash’s music anyway. oh well.

postscript — for those who traveled to el segundo for one love fest, it appears that there was a last-minute venue change to a private location in malibu. so for those who showed up at the original location without checking the website, my sincerest apologies (even if the change was totally out of my control).

just another busy week in LA

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May 16, 2012 – Just Another Busy Week in LA

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Interviews:

Linda Klein, Manager at Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope
Kris Willey, founder of Women of the Green Generation
Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Featured Music:
Unstruck Chord, Steve Gold
Om Purnam, Jaya Lakshmi
Govinda Gopala, Masood Ali Khan feat. Sheela Bringi & Clinton Patterson
Modim Anachnu Lach, Josh Brill feat. Spring Groove & Joey Lugassy

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as i always say, if you can’t find anything to do in LA, you aren’t looking hard enough. or possibly not looking at all.

since i didn’t have any interviewees lined up for this week’s show, i decided to go through my list of invites and narrowed my choices down to a handful of event organizers. and from that handful, i got three could make the show: linda klein, spokesperson for the yoga for hope fundraiser in santa monica for the city of hope, kris willey for the women of the green generation conference in downtown LA, and jen klausner from the LA county bicycle coalition about bike to work week events all over town. and yes, all three events were scheduled for this week. it definitely was going to be a busy week in LA!

there were many musicians slated to be playing around town, including steve gold at yoga for hope, jaya lakshmi at grateful fridays and at bhakti yoga shala, moose ali khan and sheela bringi at micheline berry’s class at exhale and at BYS, and yehoshua (also known as josh) brill at BYS.  there were many more musicians who would be playing, but alas, i didn’t have enough time to fit everyone in.

as they say, there’s always next week 🙂