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Musings with Montse features meaningful conversations with all kinds of artists. Musicians, poets, photographers, and other creatives share their honest stories, touching on the duality of being creative - the pure joy of making art - but also the particular struggles that come with it. In speaking about vulnerability, many of these artists remind us that even though people can look like they have it all together on the surface, we all struggle. In each episode, Montse's guests share the contents of their personal toolkit - what helps them get through the hard times. They also share their "favorites" list - what they are reading, listening to, places that light them up, and the creativity of other artists that moves them.

Musings with Montse features meaningful conversations with all kinds of artists. Musicians, poets, photographers, and other creatives share their honest stories, touching on the duality of being creative - the pure joy of making art - but also the particular struggles that come with it. In speaking about vulnerability, many of these artists remind us that even though people can look like they have it all together on the surface, we all struggle. In each episode, Montse's guests share the contents of their personal toolkit - what helps them get through the hard times. They also share their "favorites" list - what they are reading, listening to, places that light them up, and the creativity of other artists that moves them.
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Musings with Montse features meaningful conversations with all kinds of artists. Musicians, poets, photographers, and other creatives share their honest stories, touching on the duality of being creative - the pure joy of making art - but also the particular struggles that come with it. In speaking about vulnerability, many of these artists remind us that even though people can look like they have it all together on the surface, we all struggle. In each episode, Montse's guests share the contents of their personal toolkit - what helps them get through the hard times. They also share their "favorites" list - what they are reading, listening to, places that light them up, and the creativity of other artists that moves them.

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English


Episodes

Tom Renaud of Lord Huron

1/14/2019
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Tom Renaud is a member of Lord Huron, based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s also one of my dear friends! In the episode, Tom tells us how Lord Huron came to be, about curating a taco with his band, and his love of food, cooking, and travel. He also speaks about the post-tour come down that inevitably happens as a touring musician, what he does to manage stress on the road, and the one thing that clears his head. Tom has been a good friend of mine for years and I can tell you he is one of the...

Duration:00:35:16

Heather Maloney

1/7/2019
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Heather Maloney is a singer-songwriter based in Northampton, MA. She sings the theme song for this podcast! She is also my best friend. So, you'll have get through a bit of of us giggling and gushing, but it's worth it to hear her beautiful story - I promise! In this episode, Heather shares how going through a bout of depression led her to spending three years at a silent meditation retreat center and how meditation changed her life. I love the simple but profound mantra that came to her...

Duration:01:09:59

Catherine Russell

1/1/2019
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Catherine (“Cat”) Russell. Backup singer/collaborator to David Bowie, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton (and many more!), and her legendary father (the late Luis Russell) was Louis Armstrong’s musical director. She is also an incredible Jazz Musician - her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, received a Grammy Nomination. As you can imagine, Cat has incredibly dazzling stories to share, and you’ll hear some of them on this episode. For example what it was like to sing duets...

Duration:00:55:05

Sam Outlaw

12/25/2018
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Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter from Southern California who is currently based in Nashville, TN. I’ve known Sam for a few years and I have always appreciated his unfiltered honesty about moving through life’s challenges. In this episode, we talk in depth about mental health. Sam describes what going through a season of depression and panic attacks really feels like, and how he has gotten through it. He also talks about the moment he left his high-paying job to pursue the dream that kept...

Duration:00:55:20

Dessa

12/17/2018
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Dessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist. She has landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, as a member of the Doomtree collective, and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As an author, her memoir-in-essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love was published in September 2018 by Dutton Books. In this episode, Dessa talks about making her living in the language arts, how slam poetry led her to Doomtree, and the difference...

Duration:00:29:38

Steve Varney

12/8/2018
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Steve Varney is the guitarist for Gregory Alan Isakov and leader of Kid Reverie, a rock band out of Denver, CO. In this episode, Steve talks about what it’s like being a touring dad (and how technology helps!), emotional rebuilding, turning towards music during the hardest times, touring with his best friend and neighbor Gregory Alan Isakov, and about his stutter which he describes as an “uncontrollable vulnerability.” Steve also shares his favorite song, album, book and more!

Duration:00:43:19

Anna Tivel

12/8/2018
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Anna Tivel is a singer, songwriter, and poet based in Portland, OR. Her fourth full-length album is due out Spring 2019. In this episode, Anna talks about how she stumbled into songwriting, on being sensitive, linguistics, finding comfort in books and music, the lost art of handwritten letters, and what kind of people are her greatest teachers. Anna also shares a favorite memory, book, song and record.

Duration:00:34:06

G. Love

12/8/2018
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Garrett, aka G.Love and his band just celebrated their 25th year as touring artists with over 15 records released. In this episode, Garrett talks about his journey in the music business, and shares his pre-show ritual which is quite beautiful. I really appreciated how open Garrett is about his own vulnerabilities - about going through lonely times, and about still being nervous and struggling with the “I hope they like us” feeling which shows that no matter how successful you are that...

Duration:00:26:11

Antonique Smith

12/8/2018
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Antonique Smith is an actress, Grammy nominated singer, and activist. She is most known for her starring role as Faith Evans in the film "Notorious" and her leading role in "RENT" on Broadway as Mimi. In this episode, Antonique talks about her path towards acting and singing, on being an “Artivist”, what it was like playing the lead in RENT on Broadway, and how taking a leap of faith brought her starring in the film Notorious. We also discuss the importance of talking about mental health,...

Duration:00:52:12

Tyler Knott Gregson

12/7/2018
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Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, bestselling author, and photographer. I really enjoyed catching up with Tyler and talking about the importance of being authentically yourself, letting go of what other people think, and finding the “Miracle in the Mundane” - which is the title of his new book.

Duration:00:32:51

Trailer

11/23/2018
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Hear what Musing with Montse: Artists and Their (Honest) Stories is all about, and what inspired me to start this podcast!

Duration:00:01:53