July 18, 2021

Matt Dery (Visit #4)

Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am thrilled to welcome my good friend, Matt Dery, back to the show. While Matt currently works for Financial Architects Inc., Matt has worked in the sports and broadcasting industry for over twenty years and hosts weekly podcasts for the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions. Matt and I begin the show by talking about this year's NBA Finals and why it may be a tough sell for the casual fan. We talk about Chris Paul, Richard Sherman, and how our culture has become too quick to react without getting the full story. Matt and I talk about the uphill battle of equality in America and the difference between being a sportscaster and an entertainer. Matt and I also share personal stories about the omnipresence of anxiety we both feel as we try to navigate through this post-pandemic world. You can find Matt on Twitter @DerySpeaks and if you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES. Consider sharing the show with your friends which is also a huge help or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

How much of your life is under your control? Is life just a series of random and chaotic events? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I felt compelled to talk a little bit about the randomness of life. I go on a bike ride each weekend and I'm always surprised at how often I see people in their cars texting and staring down at their phones. Do they even care that they sometimes come close to hitting me while they're driving? Politicians and leaders want you to believe they have your best interests in mind and everything is "under control" but I can't help but think life is sheer chaos. I also play a clip from the Marc Maron show where he talks about the torture that comes from being an artist. I spent the last four years writing a book and the last year producing my next record and while the process has had many moments of pure joy, the process of creation is also filled with pain and torture. And now that my record and book are done and close to being released, I think to myself, what does it take to get anyone to listen or care? If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or share the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

June 25, 2021

Agoraphobia Parties

Are you feeling apprehensive to re-enter the world? Would you rather stay in the safe confines of your home? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I wanted to talk a little about the anxiety I've been experiencing lately and share a quick story about taking my first public yoga class in over a year. The world wants you to think everything is "back to normal" but do you feel that way? Are you feeling anxious when you step outside in the world? I also wanted to play a clip from the Marc Maron Podcast where Marc is talking to musician and film composer,  Danny Elfman. Danny talks about some of the anger and frustration he felt during the pandemic yet I can't help but wonder where did the angst-ridden artists go? Are they too apprehensive to express themselves in the cancel culture landscape? If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or share the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

June 13, 2021

Phillip Peterson

Sometimes the creative process can't be explained or understood but it should always be appreciated. So what happens to a culture when art isn't appreciated anymore? And what is the impact of Spotify and streaming services on the creative landscape? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am thrilled to welcome Seattle-based producer, film composer and multi-instrumentalist, Phillip Peterson to the show. I have been blessed to know Phil for over 15 years and he has played the strings on my last three records including my latest single, Animals. Phil and I have a wonderful conversation about the impact of Spotify and Phil explains why he prefers Youtube over other streaming sites. We talk about the creative process, the Seattle music scene and how social media is impacting artists everywhere. He also offers fantastic advice on ways that artists can bring new streams of revenue to their business. Phil is one of the most talented musicians and producers in the music business today and be sure to find Phil on Instagram @houseofbreakingglass. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or share the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

More followers. Subscribers. More likes. More, more, more! Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I felt inspired to briefly talk about the impact of numbers. Everywhere I turn, there seems to be a running tabulation of just about everything. The number of likes, subscribers and followers is everywhere but is that a good thing? What's the psychological impact of living in a world that is so caught up in numbers? I also wanted to briefly share a quick anecdote from last week where I had to travel thirty minutes away from my home. After my quick trip, I couldn't help but think about how the world may have an agoraphobia problem thanks to the pandemic. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

May 26, 2021

Dan Lutz

Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am thrilled to welcome bass player, producer and my friend, Dan Lutz to the show. It's amazing to think I met Dan almost 20 years ago when he played the upright bass on a song from my very first record. Since then, Dan has gone on to become one of the most well-known and sought after bass players in the music industry. His career spans all genres of music from jazz, rock, pop, fusion to even playing in Broadway musicals. Dan is a true musical powerhouse and I'm also excited to say he played the bass on four songs from my upcoming record. Today's episode is a wonderful and heartfelt talk about the power of music and the pivotal role it's played in Dan's life. Dan starts off by talking about how he first got into playing the bass guitar and the role his dad played in his musical introduction. I also begin the show by talking about how for the longest time, I never felt like I "heard" the bass guitar in a song and why that may have been the case. Dan talks about what he listens to when he's tracking bass guitar. We talk about the subtleties of production and the joy that comes from being in a studio with fellow musicians. Dan talks about his creative process and we discuss the impact tech, social media and the pandemic have had on the music business. Dan also shares some personal stories that taught him some valuable lessons when he was first starting out as a professional musician. You can find Dan on Instagram @triplelutz and if you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

May 10, 2021

Alec Zeck

Are you able to sit still with your own thoughts and be comfortable in your own skin? Are you truly thinking for yourself? When's the last time you were bored? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I'm happy to welcome Health Advocate, Podcaster, Former Army Captain and Founder of Health Freedom for Humanity, Alec Zeck to the podcast. I discovered Alec over the last six months and I've been really struck and impressed by his approach and perspective on health and how he views the world. Alec and I touch on a myriad of important topics; finding balance, the mental and physical aspects of health, the value of meditation and sitting still and we talk about the impact the pandemic is having on the health community. We talk about tech, the impact of social media and how it impacts one's ability to critically think for themselves. He shares personal stories about his own childhood traumas and why he believes in a more holistic approach towards health. We talk about immune systems, vaccines and virology, auto-immune diseases, he shares stories about his experience in the army and we end the show by talking about the value of words and human to human connection. It's a powerful and heartfelt conversation that I'm still thinking about a week after speaking with him. You can find Alec on Twitter @alec_zeck or on Instagram @notaleczeck and if you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

April 26, 2021

Tim Kobza

Is the mystery of songwriting a phenomenon that can't always be explained? What does it take to get an artist's work recognized in this day and age of incessant distractions. Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am thrilled to welcome my friend, producer, professor and guitarist Tim Kobza to the show. I met Tim close to ten years ago and I've been lucky to share the stage with him numerous times when we played shows together. Tim is a brilliant musician and when I found out he had a new record coming out, I couldn't wait to have him on the show. Tim and I start off by talking about his incredible new album entitled Montecito Heights which is available now on Bandcamp before it hits streaming services at the end of the month. I ask Tim what inspired him to create a new record during the lockdown and we talk about his recording process. We talk about the importance of melody and structure in songwriting and we also talk about the hurdles in releasing new music and what it takes to find an audience. I also ask Tim about his influences and when he had a hunch music was something he had to do for the rest of his life. Tim also shares some great stories about touring and what led him to play music in Los Angeles. It's a wonderful talk about craft and artistry and be sure to check out Tim's new record by clicking HERE. You can find Tim on Instagram @timkobza  and if you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. All fo that is incredibly helpful in getting the show heard. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

Do you ever think about how strange the world looks right now? People walking outside with masks on. Oprah telling us she felt rejuvenated after getting the vaccine. Vaccine selfies have become the rage. And I also wonder, are we all simply animals? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I felt drawn to talk about the strange look of the world as we're one year into Covid. I try and talk objectively about living in a world of vaccine selfies and even more virtue signaling on IG. I share stories from my own life where I talk about being prescribed toxic medications to combat my own health issues. I read an excerpt from an interesting article written by health guru Christian Elliot entitled 18 Reasons Why I Won't be Getting the Vaccine. You can read it by clicking HERE. I also begin the show by sharing a story about a neighbor's barking dog and I end the show by premiering a brand new song from my upcoming record called Animals. I talk a little about the inspiration behind the song and how I wonder if human beings are no more complicated than basic animals. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. That is really helpful! You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

March 29, 2021

Jeff Rona

If you like music and film as much as I do, then I'm positive you're going to enjoy the conversation I had with film composer, musician and producer Jeff Rona on today's episode. Jeff is one of the most sought after and highly regarded film composers and musicians working in Hollywood today. He has scored the music and been a musician for films including Traffic, Black Hawk Down, White Squall as well as Mission Impossible AND he just released a fantastic new electronic record called VAPOR which is available now on all streaming platforms.  Jeff shares stories about how he first got into music and how his curiosity and passion for synthesizers led him towards his first gig working with Roland. Jeff talks about his creative process and what drew him to film scoring where he's gone on to collaborate with well known composers including Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham. I ask Jeff about the inspiration behind his new record and we touch on some of the differences between scoring for film and self-producing a record. We talk about how our culture consumes music and we talk about the impact social media and the pandemic have both had on music and film. Be sure to find Jeff on IG @jeffronamuzik and be sure to check out his new record. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please subscribe on iTUNES or consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released another brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

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