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Podcast #65- Conversation With Martin Bispels

Podcast #65- Conversation With Martin Bispels

Podcast #65- Conversation With Martin Bispels

On this episode of Strangers Stopping Strangers I get to talk to-and share the stories and song picks with Martin  Bispels!

Martin and  I met through Wall Street aHead- also know as WSDA.  The WASDA family is really all about networking, building relationships and ultimately many friendships. Those core values – I believe keeps any positive communities together. I reached out to Martin to ask some advice on some ideas- and that conversation out this podcast into motion.

I was thrilled have Martins ear- he has a ton of experience! Martin’s company – started after 17 years working for QVC (in many different channels) specializes in sales, marketing and business development for small to mid size companies- startups- entrepreneurs and more!  Martin was so generous with his time and offered suggestions immediately. His website has more info  you can find him and more info at  www.growwithmartin.com . The networking I have been experiencing through our community- not limited to WSDA has been amazing! Most everyone I speak to is full of good will about spreading each others message- and skill sets- it is quite SPECTACULAR!

To that point the  opening segment of each podcast is getting longer- I gave it some through and I think it is because there are more people I’m connecting to – therefore there ends up being more info & stuff updates on topics like music- ticket sales- Deadhead’s cottage business-and info about the Osiris Podcasts Network etc.

Last week Randy Freeman was the guest on episode #64 – we have since been in touch – which is awesome On the podcast we mention Woven Thread- the textile company he is a part of. In a conversation the guys at Woven Free thought it would be fun to offer podcast listeners 15% off their custom jackets- so beautiful- check them out! If you do and would like to purchase one at check out put in the code SSS for the discount- they are over at  www.wovenfree.com

The last shout out is to Osiris Podcast network! Strangers Stopping Strangers joined the small family of podcasts to be part of a podcast channel with other cool and like minded podcast. We launched in February, and since the family is growing with additional cool podcasts for the full list check it out at http://www.osirispod.com

 

As always – thank you for tuning in- and enjoy!

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead- Fire on the Mountain- Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia PA March 16,1992

Grateful Dead- Sugar Magnolia Copps Coliseum, Ontario Canada, March 22, 1990

Grateful Dead- Deal- Hartford Civic Center, Hartford CT March 30, 1990

Grateful Dead- Cassidy- Daily City CA, March 3 1974

Dead and Company- Slipknot- Franklins Tower BB&T Center, Camden NJ, June 25, 2017

Podcast 65- Conversation With Martin Bispels

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Podcast #64- Conversation With Randy Freedman

Podcast #64- Conversation With Randy Freedman

Podcast #64- Conversation With Randy Freeman

This week we get to hear the stories- song picks from Randy Freeman!  Randy and I met via me and his business partner Dan and I meeting on Instagram. Dan & Randy are the men behind Woven Free, a very cool textile company that makes all kind of unique pieces that range from tapestry woven bracelets- to hand embroider vintage Levis jackets- all very beautiful and quality crafted.   www.wovenfree.com

I  received a PM message from Dan, which then led us to a conversation, and me asking if he would like to be on the podcast…..he immediately said RANDY is the guy to talk Dead with- and was he ever!!

Randy sent me a beautifully crafted letter with his song picks, that had incredible well though out memories and reasons why he selected those particular shows. Randy and I scheduled our time to talk – not super easy between 2 busy lives and a 3 hour time change- and we were ready to talk Dead- Inspiration that Moves Us Brightly and many other topics!

Randy was such a thoughtful person to talk to! Working with guitars in a career job, he is very knowledgeable about the logistics behind playing – but more than just that- he is so passionate about the music and incredibly tuned in/ compassionate  to that special vulnerability that can be experienced and shared at a great show, a ride filled with ups- downs- and the curves in between that get us there.

So many laughs – and amazing music – its been said before and I’ll say it again,  I hope you enjoy listening as much as we did making it!

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead- Scarlet Begonias-Victim Or The Crime- Fire On The Mountain, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA, August 16, 1991

The Grateful Dead- Terrapin Station, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA May 23 1993

The Grateful Dead- Peggy-O, Sam Silver Bowl Arena, Las Vegas NV, June 26, 1994

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Podcast #63- Conversation with Richard Hill- UK Calling

Podcast #63- Conversation with Richard Hill- UK Calling

Podcast #63- Conversation With Richard Hill- UK Calling

This week I got the honor of talking with Richard Hill- a Deadhead and musician from England!! Richard and I met through social media – my self with podcast and Richard via the band that he is in The Grateful Dudes.

Richard has such an interesting perspective and stories as a London deadhead who discovered the music in the late 80’s – as both a musician & enthusiast! Getting the tapes- and finding other members of the Deadhead tribe was not as easy over the pond, but the English Deadheads an extension of the family- as dead-icated as any, with more patience – going spans of time between tours.

The family reunion that was the 1990 tour was an experience that Richard was a part of, and will never forget! When the band (along withall its glorious people- colors- smells etc.) came into town – everyone was READY- especially Richard! In 1990 to be listening to tapes of the band in the parking lot before, was not part of the “show” with the other band that came to Wembley.  So much fun to hear all about them in the stories that Richard tells and the music he selected.

Grateful Dead- Halloween – Warewolves of London – in LONDON- that’s quite a FUCK YEAH moment!!

All the while being a huge deadhead/ fan- Richard has been playing music. He joined a tribute band in the late 80’s called The Cosmic Charlies- and is playing in a band The Grateful Dudes- with some fantastic shows- stories and recordings. The forth song we play is Feels Like A Stranger from a gig at The Brooklyn Bowl, London on August 6, 2016. For all the info on the Grateful Dudes their site is https://thegratefuldudes.bandcamp.com   and can be found on FB- Twitter-

So much fun to meet and talk to Richard- hopefully one day we will be able to meet in person- Weir are Everywhere!!!

Photo Credit by Antonio Reonegro. To  see more of his fantastic art check out at www.reonegro.com

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead -Lazy Lightning/Supplication, Boston Music Hall, Boston MA,  June 12, 1976

Grateful Dead- Jack Straw, Wembley Arena, London England, November 1, 1990

Grateful Dead – Cassidy, Wembley Arena, London, England, October 30, 1990

The Grateful Dudes- Feels Like A Stranger, Brooklyn Bowl, London England, August 6, 2016

Podcast 63- Conversation With Richard Hill- UK Calling

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Podcast #62 -Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 2

Podcast #62 -Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 2

Podcast #62- Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 2

This weeks podcast is the second in a two part series- from Deadheads experiences down in Riviera Mayo Mexico at the Dead and Company shows- otherwise know as Playing In The Sand!

In this episode I get a chance to talk to Kat Wright, Craig Rutman, and Liz Field. Kat is far from a “stranger” my first Deadhead girlfriend- going back to Sophomore in high school- and one of the 4 “girls” in my PITS dorm – along with my sister and another BBF Elizabeth- a long over due “guest” who’s conversation is so much fun- hopefully we will have more laughs to share in the future! Liz and I had met through several social media channels and had a brief hello and hug on the beach- but never really got a chance to talk and get to get to know each other for this conversation Liz and I had met through several social media channels and had a brief hello and hug on the beach- but never really got a chance to talk and get to get to know each other for this conversation

The Barceló bracelet lasted on my wrist for 7 days after my return – I have made friends I hope to know for a lifetime- and memories that will burn brightly forever. With the wrapping up of this second part of the PITS podcast I guess it is now time to put all this magic into my box of Dead memories- joining the other memories- make room for more & to become part of a dream we dreamed one day long ago…….

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

Dead And Company – Playing In The Band, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 15, 2018

Dead and Company – Jack Straw ,Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 16, 2018

Dead and Company- They Love Eachother, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 17, 2018

Dead and Company- Eyes Of The World, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 15, 2018

Podcast 62- Conversations From Playing In The Sand - Part 2

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Podcast #61 -Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 1

Podcast #61 -Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 1

Podcast #61- Conversations From Playing In The Sand – Part 1

This weeks podcast is another first in a two part series- from Deadheads experiences down in Riviera Mayo Mexico at the Dead and Company shows- otherwise know as Playing In The Sand!

Before departing for this amazing adventure, I planned to talk live with some Deadheads I met while away, and then make a post trip podcast…..by the beginning of day 2- it became very clear to me that this was an experience to soak into “being in the moment” and would have no problems getting post trip conversations and stories to share once we got home!

In this episode I talk to 3 people- Michael Sage, Susan Marston, and Rachael Anne. The first 2 “guests” I did not get to meet in person- yet- and Rachael was one of the first people I met and chatted with at the resort.

My experience was a trip beyond description- filled with family ( my sister Michelle ) BFF’s from home ( Kat and Elizabeth)  I met down there – a few more recent Deadhead friends I was looking to meet & new “strangers” that became instant family. There was so much Dead Community MAGIC throughout the 5 days- that when I think about writing about it for this blog -there are too many words & not enough at the same time- so I will leave it with  “It’s all a dream – we dreamed one day long ago”

The Tuesday I returned, February 20,  was another special day- the podcast network I have joined launched! This network Osiris Podcasts is a group of like minded podcasts that include conversations- culture- and of course lots and lots of MUSIC! To see the list of podcasts and in the “family”  and more info- pop over to http://www.osirispod.com 

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

Dead And Company – Playing In The Band, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 15, 2018

Dead and Company -The Weight, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 15, 2018

Dead and Company- Estimated Prophet, Riviera Maya, Mexico, February 15, 2018

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