Songwriter and front man for recently reunited Atlanta trio, Young Antiques, drops in for a chat with KMD. This is a great example of how you can run in the same circles for years with a person and never have had a full on conversation! We trace Blake’s musical evolution (as a lover and a writer) from the evangelical gospel of his childhood through Top40 radio, and the discovery of Ramones, Dinosaur Jr and Replacements that made him wanna grab a guitar and see what might happen! Blake shares his experiences with anxiety and how he manages to get past it today. Please enjoy this getting-to-know-you with Blake Rainey.
Kicking off another Season of Zen Noodle Pie I’m hanging out with Opera trained vocalist and stylish sneaker enthusiast, Leif Westermark! Leif is lyricist and lead singer of new Atlanta band, Rosser. (See them LIVE Fri 13th of Sept opening for KMD at Atlanta’s own EARL.) we converse about many things from charms of the Finland wilderness, terrors of the Australian outback and the wild range of pets Leif has had thus far. He’s had his share of struggles and panic and these days is able to find a balance between healthy lifestyle, catching thrills now and then (skydiving), and the right meds! A thoroughly enjoyable chat! hope you dig it.
Just taking a wee moment to check in on this new year with the moon waxing crescent!and total coincidence. The length of this Hello is 19 minutes. I kid you NOT! I found four tunes with a nineteen theme to play behind me and had a fun little rant! So I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more #ZNPPodcast to come in 2019! It’s the year of the Pig! You know how I feel about them. #NotOntheMenu #FutureAllies
Happy Holidays #ZNPPodcast listeners! My gift to myself is also a gift to you- this wonderful rich visit with dear friend, artist, jewelry maker, and so much more, Lisa Marie Welch. She is a wealth of knowledge on so many topics that light up my brain- just an inspiring joy to be around. You know when someone is both calming and invigorating at the same time? that is my LM. Love her to pieces and so happy she could lounge and hang with me right before Christmas. I was pleased to find out she has lent her voice to a track on the new Flying Mystics LP -human vocals integrated and fully bathed in healing tones and music! She gifted me a CD and I can’t wait to hear it. Enjoy this chat on your travels or while cooking and we’ll see you in 2019!
It’s Round 3 In what has become a Zen Noodle Pie tradition, a pre-turkey gab fest with good friend, musician and lover of sports, Mr. John Speaks! For the third time we convene on the tail end of an election and right in the midst of NFL season frustration and we let it out. We also talk about the Young Antiques new album coming soon! Once again we could have talked for hours so this episode will get you through nearly 1.5 hrs of your journey. Hang with us and travel safe.
Zen Noodle Pie is so thankful for listeners and guests and newly emerging traditions that help me keep my anxiety in check.
Baker, singer, author, entrepreneur, and bringer of positive energy, Orran Booher, stops by ZNP studio bearing a slice of no-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake- now available at his hot new establishment, Bakerdude! Orran IS Bakerdude and I was pleased as punch to get to know him better. Enjoy our visit and check out the new location at the Beacon in Grant Park! -Or order delivery and perhaps Orran himself will show up at your doorstep. This guy really does it all and with so much on his plate, he relays the importance of taking time to be still, hand on the heart, breathing, and allowing solutions to show themselves for whatever may arise.xo
The Rock*A*Teens drummer and bar manager for new Grant Park Atlanta hang, Buteco, T Ballard Lesemann (the third) stops by Zen Noodle Pie studio to chat about his drumming history, RATs new album, and the challenges and bonuses of opening and running a happening joint. We reminisce on touring with bands in the 90s, Halloween costumes, and things you see as a kid that can still creep you out as an adult. And that name I couldn’t bring to mind in the intro? Don Shanks! Enjoy my visit with TBL III !
ZNP meets up with Jennifer Leavey of iconic Atlanta band, Catfight!, to hear about her new amusingly named projects - Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers and the Wussy Pillows. A biology professor at Georgia Tech and lover of science, Jennifer found a way to put science and rock music in a beaker and create something entirely fresh and entertaining. Our visit takes a nice meander around Atlanta local music memories, seeing through today’s often dark social climate, and solo bike-riding as a great stress reliever and clear-your-header. Enjoy this super comfy candid visit!
First guest of the almost Fall season and ZNP’s 2nd only ever Follow-up visit! We welcome back songwriter, musician, Kim Ware, to share what she’s been up to musically with the Good Graces and further thoughts she’s been having about anxiety. She has some great tips on how to get started meditating which she’s been doing for 8 years! Once again I learned new things about an old friend and we share laughs and some near tears which is something I love about doing ZNPPodcast. Glad to be back and to kick off this next round of episodes with this lovely lady. Enjoy!
Hello friends. I've been madly recording this latest LP of songs and finally finished tracking! Just in time to pick back up for some Fall and Holiday ZNP episodes 2018. This makes me happy- It's my favorite time of year after all. To celebrate I made a little Spotify playlist of female writing and music-making friends of mine to play while I shoot the breeze. I've been feeling really great- I did have the opportunity to talk a young woman through a panic attack a few weeks ago and I was so happy I could do so from a real place of understanding. I've been enjoying ASMR as another tool and something that helps me zone out. I feel like I may have spoken about that earlier in the year so forgive me as I get back on track. I booked my pal- Rock*a*teens drummer, T Ballard Lesemann, to come have a ZNP chat w/ me in the next week so you can look forward to that. For now, Enjoy my banter as I talk over several tunes by lady writers/musicians that inspire me.
Loving this visit with DJ (on hiatus) specializing in vintage Peruvian psychedelia and one of my all time favorite immigrants, Suzy Moran! We reminisce on our years ago trip to Macho Picchu and Suzy shares some intel she has gathered working in health care and how she made it through a recent health scare. We agree on the importance of leaving technology at home and taking a walk! Keep moving and Enjoy!
Make-up artist based in Nashville, Kim Murrey, spends Jan 1 with KMD over some classy hair of the pink poodle (rosé). NYE dance moves are discussed as are early 90s roommate shenanigans, the art of dressing out loud, and united efforts to curb plastics! #GoStrawless. Enjoy this fun first visit of the new year!
Happy New Year! KMD checks in solo with some thoughts on the new year and a run down of holiday happenings! Hope 2018 has been good to you so far!
Happy Thanksgiving Week! I am thankful for so so many things, including my man, Speaks, willing to return for a fun-filled catch-up on some of our favorite topics: sports, laughter, music and food. Of course we had to touch on some current events, they are Unavoidable! The holiday season is an instant balm to what ails me and this sesh definitely left me feeling great! Hang out with me and John on your way to Turkey or that Tofurky. Wishing you much to be Thankful for and a safe landing wherever you're destined!xo
Certified music practitioner and teacher, Michelle Friedman, stops by to share why her experience with anxiety caused her to seek a cardiologist, how music can effect heart rate and healing, and why we should all add a mixolydian to our self-care tool box! It's all about good vibrations folks!
Reunited and it feels so good! Enjoy this visit with long-time friend, Gayle Rej, one half of Ultra Popcorn Theatre Company and co-director of their inaugural production, "TV", one of a 3 part Play entitled, America Hurrah by Jean-Claude van Itallie (1966 NYC premier). Gayle is also my favorite Vegan and we really dig in to what true veganism really is. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit & I know you will too.xo
Things get Deep! It's beyond our control. I've known Steve Beach forever (literally decades) as one of many music loving friends and husband to one of my besties. It wasn't until years later that I discovered we had a mutual need for creative flow and freedom. As one that creates music at once experimental, ambient, chaotic and soothing, Steve Beach paints landscapes with sound. We talk about humanity's need for defined order and the flip side that makes us want to destroy barriers. Such conversations are not a rarity with Mr. Beach. I'm happy to share this one with you!
It's KMD's first interview performed as a married lady! And luckily this guest, world traveler, documentary maker and post-production aficionado, Douglas Savage, is captive in the Zen Noodle Pie studio (which also has a comfy guest bed). Douglas graciously let me interrogate him on everything from family heritage to how he stays healthy and maintains relationships while splitting time between three continents. Staying centered is key to staying even-keeled! He put up with some silliness- but he did pour us some wine before, so...excuses excuses....Enjoy! And thank you for listening to Zen Noodle Pie!
Escape to India in part 2 of my visit with Three Merians! This woman should write a book. The sights, sounds, smells- She really took me there! Ancient spiritual teachings a plus. I highly recommend taking this one in while reclined, eyes closed. Enjoy the ride! And thanks for coming back for more Zen Noodle Pie.
KMD sings for new project, Parsons Rocket Project. Give a listen & see their first video on YouTube.
It's another solo waxathon! (what?) Where I unexpectedly meander down a cosmic rabbit hole. Hang out with me now and Join ZNP next time for Part 2 with Three Merians! She was ailing from strep throat! Feel better Ms. Merians! And as always, thanks for listening to Zen Noodle Pie.xo
Check out spanking new release from ZNP's very first guest, Bret Busch ! Pills Lace and Confetti- streaming now on Spotify