Dave Bainbridge’s Continuous Creativity

“Great art can awaken something within us that we have maybe forgotten or ignored and give us a different perspective on life. As a Christian it is natural for me to express something of that faith within my music. Sometimes it is in the form of words and themes that resonate with me, and at other times it is just enjoying that connection and relationship with a God whom I believe loves us more that we can understand.”

photo credit: Martin Reijman

Something of Dave Bainbridge’s creative persona is infused into everything he does – and he does a lot.

Founding member of the Celtic, progressive-folk-rock band, Iona, leader of Celestial Fire, keyboardist with Strawbs,  guitarist/keys player with Lifesigns, member of occasional guitar band GB3, solo artist, and half of the Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear duo.

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Portia Wayne’s Power of Words

“I’m actually inspired by younger authors. I love how parents are encouraging young people to write and become authors and entrepreneurs. I think that is just awesome. I am so inspired when I see little ones out selling their books and owning it. I love that. I think that if I had been bold enough to do that, wow, where would I be today? So I am just super proud of these young authors and their gumption.”

Dr. Portia Wayne is multi-dimensional and fascinating individual, with a laser focus on the value of reading and writing.

In addition to authoring several books, Dr. Wayne founded and leads a non-profit to encourage literacy in homes and communities.

In this interview, Dr. Wayne discusses children’s books, her novel, and how childhood reading and experiences led her to touch others with writing… Continue reading “Portia Wayne’s Power of Words”

Harry Mantong’s Song of Joy

“And it was even more special because I would be serving God. I was bringing the things that I like and spreading joy. I felt blessed and joyful because every time I sang, people appreciated it  and then they felt something from it. And then, to be able to work with the other singers and musicians from Kenya, US and Indonesia was special.”

From his earliest memories of singing in a children’s choir to forming the award-winning Palu Children Choir, Harry Mantong has spread joy around the world.

I first met Harry on a crowded elevator at an event in Indonesia. Even among strangers in an elevator, Harry’s natural charisma stood out. It wasn’t a complete surprise to find out later that this same man was a featured performer at the event.

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Charles de Andrade and the Scribblers Christian Writers’ Club

“One of the most unique experiences I’ve had with Scribblers is the fact that this is one of these things in my life where, as I see it developing, it brings me joy. I feel like my energies, my talents are being used to create something that reflects… greater glory for God.”

Once upon a time a group of writers formed a club…

And they called it the Scribblers Christian Writers’ Club.

Serving in equal measures encourager and spark plug, Charles de Andrade has helped organize several Scribblers’ chapters, all of which meet once a month.

Beyond providing encouragement to authors, Scribblers’ members share costs for marketing expenses like exhibit booths, graphic designers, web designers, etc. Scribblers’ meetings are also frequently visited by industry experts who share their knowledge of publishing and printing.

In this interview, Charles talks about his writing career, how and why he formed Scribblers, and the joy and driving force of stewardship in his life.

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Bobby Nash at Warp Speed

“I love encouraging other creative people, not just writers, (but also) actors, artists, singers. I meet a lot of people at various stages in their careers. It cost me nothing to be encouraging to someone else. It doesn’t hurt me in the least to go, ‘I like what you’re doing.’ Or they’re like, ‘Hey, I’d like some advice on this.’ It cost me nothing to give them advice. And you don’t do it with any expectation of getting anything in return.” 

It is hard not to get pulled into Bobby Nash’s energy and enthusiasm. He has the storyteller’s knack of making even mundane things seem interesting.  

Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows where, as he says, he’s “usually standing behind your favorite actor.” 

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Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity

“I don’t want to create something that’s already there because, what’s the point? What am I adding to the world?”

Paul’s bio at his Facebook page tells you some of what you need to know about him…

Paul Bielatowicz has earned a name for himself as a technical guitarist in the Prog Rock genre. Paul has toured the world as a member of both the Carl Palmer Band (Emerson Lake and Palmer) and Neal Morse’s band (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic). His live performances with these two bands have been well documented on both live albums and DVDs.

Aside from his busy touring schedule, Paul’s career as a studio musician has seen him making album appearances alongside Paul Gilbert, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Neal Morse and Carl Palmer, to name but a few.

Over the years, Paul has been a regular contributor for the UK guitar magazines; writing regular columns for Guitarist Magazine and working as a transcriber for Guitar Techniques magazine. Through his work with Guitar Techniques magazine he has also had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in rock guitar, including Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.”

But yet, that doesn’t quite cover it. There’s something about Paul’s personality that immediately draws you in. Perhaps it’s his non-stop curiosity in discovering ways of doing new things, maybe it’s the level of joy he has as he shares those things, or the level of self-awareness he brings to his creative life. To top it all off, Paul is an exceptionally gifted communicator. 

All of those things come out in this interview in which Paul talks about his playing technique, a talking cat, and a special offer to his fans…   Continue reading “Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity”

Life, Laughter and Marlene

“The truth is, I love to listen to people.  People are so entertaining, especially when they don’t mean to be.  I love the cadence of the talk and the relationship in the works between people. I love to hear them reminisce and tell stories of their youth. I just love to talk to and listen to people. That is really my inspiration.”

Marlene Ratledge Buchanan is a southern humorist. She draws from a deep well of experience and has a keen eye for observation. Like all truly good humorists, Marlene subtlety sews wisdom with a smile. That rare gift comes through in this interview…

Jim Wall Coaching (JWC): Tell us about your book, Life is Hard, Soften it With Laughter. What brought it about and what was your goal in writing it?

Marlene: I have worked for over 34 years in high school as an art teacher and a counselor.  I rarely got a phone call that was good news.  I found that when you are talking to parents and kids alike, you need to break that hard shell of anger, grief, fear, whatever it is troubling the person.  Humor does that. If I could get a little smile or a giggle out of the person who was so miserable, I knew I could help.

That is my goal–make life a little softer. Life is Hard. We need to do what we can to make our lives happier and easier.  A giggle or two can do that for you. Continue reading “Life, Laughter and Marlene”

Jeff Ali’s Musical Tapestries

“I prefer to give the listener a chance to really get into a certain space before throwing something new at them. Maybe now more than ever people need music that doesn’t interrupt them with something new every few bars, that gives their minds a chance to stretch for themselves.”

Jeff Ali reached out to me after watching a video of an ambient music piece performed by Bill Vencil and me at Chords of Orion. He forwarded a link to some of his work. I was immediately hooked and curious to learn more about him.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Jeff composes music for film, theater and advertising, and often performs live. He scores music for movies and live production. His movie credits include Letting Go (2006), Assassins’ Code (2011) and Dreamers (2010).

Jeff describes himself as a “live-loop ambient artist, multi-instrumentalist who works with creatives across several mediums weaving a tapestry of sound and music into the fabric of each unique creation I participate in.”

I recently caught up with him as he was finishing sound design for a live musical. He was gracious in taking time to share his thoughts on composing, performing, and finding his voice as a creative.

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Brett Monk and Mount Hideaway Mysteries

“We’re living in an amazing time for visual storytellers. The digital cameras and the post-production software can do things that just a few years ago would have cost millions. Because we don’t have huge crews or large salaries for the cast and crew (most of us are volunteering or are working WAY below our usual rates) we have to rely on creativity and ingenuity to make the show engaging and professional.”

Brett Monk has been a radio, TV and film professional for over 30 years. He is the director and showrunner for the Mount Hideaway series on Amazon. He has acted, directed, and crewed in hundreds of productions over the years. He also planted a non-denominational church where he served as Senior Pastor for 10 years. In addition to his film activities, he co-owns a successful real estate business. Brett lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, and goldendoodle.

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Matthew Smith and Emotionally Honest Worship

“God… created us as whole people, and wants us to bring all that we are and all that we are going through to Him in worship. When we do, He speaks to us through His word in a way that we won’t receive if we are holding back. And only when we He speaks to us can we become fully alive, worshiping God with our whole heart.”

Music in worship. For many churches, it’s a struggle between traditional and contemporary. Is there perhaps another way which honors people’s feelings, glorifies God, and displays unity to a broken world?

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