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Chatting with musicians, composers and producers across all genres, from jazz to classical, from folk to rock and everything in between. This all started with a Quincy Jones quote I came across by chance during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown: “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." I'm so pleased to have interviewed - and will continue to interview - so many great musicians from around the world.

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United Kingdom

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Chatting with musicians, composers and producers across all genres, from jazz to classical, from folk to rock and everything in between. This all started with a Quincy Jones quote I came across by chance during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown: “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." I'm so pleased to have interviewed - and will continue to interview - so many great musicians from around the world.

Language:

English

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07710597970


Episodes

A live chat with bassist Christian McBride

11/25/2023
It was a delight to interview bassist Christian McBride for the latest episode. A real delight. You can probably tell. Christian has worked with so many great musicians and we discuss his work with just a few of them (and the eight Grammys he has been awarded), including Sting, Dee Dee Bridgewater. We also talk about some of the tracks on Prime, his album that was released earlier in 2023. You can catch Christian with some of his musical friends at the Village Vanguard, as we discuss. Alternatively, check out some of his videos and you can see what I meant about the concentration that goes alongside the fun. I hope you also enjoy the first playing of the new Harmonious World theme tune, composed and performed by Joe English. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:50:42

David Deacon and his fifth album 'Good Day Good Night'

11/20/2023
In the latest episode, I am joined by Canadian singer songwriter David Deacon, to discuss his fifth album - Good Day Good Night. A collection of original tracks, this album also features David's version of the Bob Dylan classic Knockin' on Heaven's Door and we discuss his inspiration and where life has taken him. Thanks to David for allowing me to play tracks from Good Day Good Night alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:22:08

Bassist and psychotherapist Bill Harrison shares thoughts on music and life

11/17/2023
This is a long episode, because Bill Harrison and I had so much to discuss - his former career as a bass player, his book and his work as a psychotherapist. If you're a musician, there are some insights into how we work, and if you're not, those insights might help you understand us better. Thanks to Bill for allowing me to play two of the tracks from his life as a bass player alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:42:07

'All we're made of is borrowed' - expansions on grief in evocative music from Paramorph Collective

11/8/2023
With a focus on grief, and how we survive it, Paramorph Collective have released All we're made of is borrowed. My discussion with the musicians responsible - An Laurence and Kim Farris-Manning - focuses on this dynamic work that brings together fascinating creative and some complex concepts. Paramorph Collective combines a tonal range and extraordinary combinations of instruments and voices in what promises much for their musical future. Thanks to An and Kim for allowing me to play extracts from All we're made of is borrowed alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:20:41

Quynh Nguyen introduces her album 'The Flower of France'

10/26/2023
Completely by chance, the episode follows nicely from last week's. Instead of American compositions, though, this time it's French music performed by award-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen. Quynh has gathered together some of the finest compositions of Germaine Tailleferre into a delightful album - The Flower of France. Thanks to Quynh for allowing me to play extracts from The Flower of France alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:23:13

A discussion of 'Tower Music' with composer and percussionist Joseph Bertolozzi

10/18/2023
For this week's episode of Harmonious World, composer, organist and percussionist Joseph Bertolozzi joins me to discuss his album Tower Music (Musique de la Tour), which samples the sounds of the Eiffel Tower and creates music. Although this is experimental classical music, it is not a difficult listen and the whole time there is something of the resonance of the Tower itself throughout. Thanks to Joseph for allowing me to play extracts from Tower Music alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:27:51

SPECIAL episode: Gadi Stern from Shalosh Trio and 'Tales of Utopia'

10/9/2023
This is a very special episode of Harmonious World. I am joined by pianist Gadi Stern, who is one third of the Shalosh Trio. Gadi was speaking to me from Jerusalem, just hours after the start of a particularly violent and tragic escalation in the war. There are no words to properly thank Gadi for sharing his story and that of tthe trio's album - Tales of Utopia. You can sense something from the incident in the middle of the episode. Thankfully, we were able to continue and all was well. Shalosh are intending to continue with their plans to tour this album so please keep an eye open for news of their dates. Thanks to Shalosh for allowing me to play extracts from Tales of Utopia alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:30:21

Matthew Whitaker prepares to perform at FMDG in Manhattan

10/4/2023
This episode of Harmonious World features pianist Matthew Whitaker, who is set to perform at his alma mater - The Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg (FMDG) Music School. This is his way of giving back to a unique organisation which has helped him so much along his journey as a pianist. Matthew's album Connections was conceived during the pandemic and it bears witness to a difficult time in all our lives, and to the people who have always helped him through. It's all about the connections we make. Thanks to Matthew for allowing me to play extracts from Connections alongside our conversation, and if you're in Manhattan on 17 October, please do get yourself a ticket to the FMDG concert. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:15:38

🔒 September special

9/30/2023
Subscriber-only episode Thank you for subscribing to Harmonious World and I hope you enjoy this month's special round-up of what has been happening in my own harmonious world. I apologise for the lack of music - a track is on its way and will hopefully be ready for the October special episode. Please let me know what you enjoy about this podcast - and what you want more (or less) of. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Thanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:04:20

Joshua Espinoza in conversation about ‘Songs From Yesterday’ and ear worms

9/27/2023
This episode of Harmonious World was particularly easy to record. Pianist Joshua Espinoza's trio album Songs From Yesterday is delightful and insightful, and chatting to him about it was easy. It's a shame this is a podcast, rather than a video, because Joshua's face lit up when I asked him about performing and recording with his band mates Kris Monson (double bass) and Jaron Lamar Davis (drums). I think you can hear something of that joy in his voice when talking about the experience. Thanks to Joshua for allowing me to play extracts from Songs From Yesterday alongside our conversation. The album is out this week, so do please enjoy it. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:34:46

Sherri Chung joins me to discuss making music for film and television

9/20/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content You may have never heard of Sherri Chung, but you have almost certainly heard some of her music on the film and TV shows we all watch from time to time. We had a fascinating chat about her background and how she composes within the confines of visual media. If the quality is occasionally a little less than perfect, it's because Sherri was in her car - she's a busy woman. Alongside her composition, she was recently elected the first female governor of the Television Academy's music branch - the people who award the Emmys. Thanks to Sherri for allowing me to play extracts from her scores for Gremlins and Based on a True Story alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:25:53

Mette Juul shares her new album 'Celeste'

9/13/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content 'Celeste' is the new album from acclaimed Danish jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist Mette Juul. This is a collection of classic standard tunes you will recognise and some original tracks which will take your breath away. Mette and I had a conversation about the choice of tracks and her storytelling alongside Mike Moreno (guitar) and Lars Danielsson (cello, celeste, kalimba, melodica, cymbals, double bass). Celeste is out on Naxos-Prophone records on 10 November 2023. Thanks to Mette for allowing me to play extracts from Celeste alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:16:58

Chris Allard talks about 'Melodic Collective'

9/6/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Melodic Collective is guitarist Chris Allard's latest project, in which he works with John Turville (piano), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Will Glaser (drums). Their self-titled album is out now on Perdido Records and it's a quasi-live album which delivers a classy, cohesive jazz quintet. I spoke to Chris last year alongside pianist Ross Stanley for episode 136 of this podcast and saw them perform their album Tortuga live at London's 606 Club. This new project promises more great things live and please watch out for a review of the album's official London launch. Thanks to Chris for allowing me to play extracts from Melodic Collective alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:19:33

Freddie Bryant and I chat about his song cycle 'Upper West Side Love Story'

8/28/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Freddie Bryant played in the Upper West Side as a small child and grew up on its streets. His song cycle really is a Love Story to these streets and playgrounds. In our discussion, Freddie tells the story of the poetry and the music and how it all came together. This is a poignant album and it tells a different story about an area of New York some of us have seen in films through the decades but that Freddie knows personally. His poetry and music have a dynamic interplay that tell a tale of his home, reflecting on homelessness and the dark side of gentrification. Thanks to Freddie for allowing me to play extracts from Upper West Side Love Story alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:34:09

Sara Shiloh Rae discussing 'The Sondheim Project'

8/23/2023
I promise you'll love this episode with singer Sara Shiloh Rae and The Sondheim Project - Sara wasn't dismayed when I said that she and the band Bluebird Junction had "taken Broadway and moved it into the middle of nowhere." This really was a great discussion. Sara is a classically-trained singer with opera and concert hall credentials, but there's something joyous and blues-infused about this approach to some classic Sondheim tracks. We had a blast discussing it. Thanks to Sara for allowing me to play extracts from The Sondheim Project alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:28:47

Tania Giannouli

8/16/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer and pianist Tania Giannouli. Tania's latest album - on Rattle Records from New Zealand - is called Solo and it's her first completely solo release. It's a beautiful collection of tracks composer and improvised by Tania. We spoke just a few weeks after I had visited her homeland of Greece and it brought back lots of memories for me, although the music itself is quintessentially international. Thanks to Tania for allowing me to play extracts from Solo alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:17:23

Elina Duni

8/4/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer, and vocalist Elina Duni. Elina's latest album is A Time To Remember - out now on ECM Records. Elina's album of stunning original tracks and jazz standards features guitarist Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel on flugelhorn and Fred Thomas on percussion and piano. Our conversation touches on the composition process of these tracks, which came out of the isolation of the pandemic and travels to the Sinai Desert and the Red Sea. Thanks to Elina for allowing me to play extracts from A Time To Remember alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:24:22

Scott Dunn

7/21/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer, arranger and pianist Scott Dunn. Together with vocalist Claire Martin, Scott has released I Watch You Sleep, a tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. It was wonderful to chat with Scott about this album and working with Claire Martin and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death ofSir Richard Rodney Bennett. We discuss the arrangements and the recording, as well as how the tracks were selected - some by Bennett himself and some tunes that he particularly enjoyed himself. Thanks to Scott for allowing me to play extracts from I Watch You Sleep alongside our conversation, especially the incredible reimagining of It's Only A Paper Moon, which is definitely my favourite track. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:25:46

Tom Guarna

7/14/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with guitarist Tom Guarna, whose latest album - Reimagine - features some really delightful reworkings of classic guitar tunes. Our conversation delves into the skills of the various musicians involved in the album, as well as the choice of tracks and the approach Tom took to the arrangements. Thanks to Tom for allowing me to play extracts from Reimagine alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:20:54

Michele Tozzetti

7/7/2023
* * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with pianist Michele Tozzetti, who has released an album of piano music by Niels Wilhelm Gade, who is sadly largely under-appreciated with a global audience. This album features the collections Aquarelle, Phantasiestucke and the Sonata in E minor. There's a huge range of short, stand-alone pieces and the more challenging Sonata, which took the composer 15 years to complete. This was a fascinating conversation and please do listen to the whole album if you can. Thanks to Michele for allowing me to play extracts from his album of the piano works of Niels Wilhelm Gade alongside our conversation. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe to support the show. Don't forget the Quincy Jones quote that sums up why I do this: "Imagine what a harmonious world it would be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." Support the showThanks for listening to Harmonious World. You can support the show by becoming a subscriber. Please rate and review wherever you find your podcasts - it really helps. Read my reviews of albums, gigs and books as well as a little personal stuff on my blog Follow me on instagram.com/hilseabrook Follow me on facebook.com/HilarySeabrookFreelanceWriter Follow me on twitter.com/hilaryrwriter

Duration:00:15:10