Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Episode 018 - Denice Hicks


When you meet Denice Hicks for the first time - or the first few times - you may think you have her pegged. Sweet, soft-spoken, kind, and gentle. Introverted yet quick to laugh, passionate and understanding. All of these are words that would apply, but those aren't the only words to describe her. I found this out during our interview and was pleasantly surprised more than a few times as each fun detail of Denice's life unfolded. 

Denice is the Artistic Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and, seeing as how I'm pretty much a Shakespeare noob, I figured there was no better person to ask the questions that before I had been too embarrassed to bring up (or admit I didn't know). Never condescending and always excited to bring things down to a layman's level, Denice is the perfect person to guide someone into the vast world of The Bard.

I was super excited to see Denice again after an eight year hiatus and as soon as I was back in her kitchen (with her arsenal of teas and tea accessories), it was like only a week had passed. Join us - and Denice's pack of household pets - at the kitchen table for a conversation that is simultaneously light, educational, welcoming, and heartfelt.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Episode 017 - Danielle Kimmey




The Foot in the Door podcast returns to The Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN with a fun conversation with Danielle Kimmey. Although you may recognize her as the youngest sister from the musical group Out of Eden, there's a lot more to the story besides singing and dancing to some really cool songs (although that is definitely a part of her story)

I hadn't seen Danielle for close to 10 years and we picked up like a day hadn't passed. Danielle is quick to laugh - and make me laugh - and if you know me then you know I love hanging out with people who have their sense of humor firmly in tact. 

I enjoyed digging into Danielle's backstory and I relished this opportunity to find out more about her than I'd ever known. It was a great time together and I know you'll enjoy hearing the story of a group that was a true pioneer of the music industry (CCM or mainstream) in more than one sense of the word.

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You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to check out the Foot in the Door companion store, with links to all of the music and media mentioned in this episode.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Episode 016 - Hadassah Wilson


Life is full of wonderful surprises and my recent conversation with Hadassah Wilson is a perfect example.

I've known Hadassah for a little over a year now and by "known" I mean "she's a barista at one of my local haunts, Square One Coffee." As it turns out, besides finding out "How are you?" or "How are things today?" I didn't really know much about Hadassah at all.

This weekend Hadassah is competing at The Big East, a part of the US Coffee Championships where the best baristas from across the country gather to show what they can do, share some knowledge, and pull some great shots of coffee. I thought it would be fun to have her on the Foot in the Door podcast to talk about the tournament, coffee, and find a little bit more about her as a person.

I had no idea what was in store and it's an afternoon I won't soon forget. As you'll see, Hadassah is warm, inviting, and quick to share her heart. Our talk together is one that's stayed with me and I'm sure it will resonate with you, as well. Grab a cup of your favorite blend and join me and Hadassah doing what coffee seems to be made to do: Inspiring real, honest, community conversation.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Episode 015 - Jim Chaffee


My guest this week is Jim Chaffee and with this episode I realized how grateful I am to be talking with people in this format. This is a conversation that, more than likely, wouldn't have happened unless the Foot in the Door podcast existed, and I'm glad it happened. Thanks, Foot in the Door podcast.

I first met Jim while I was working at Gotee Records and our paths would occasionally cross from time to time, but it was always on a business level. I never got the opportunity to sit down with him and really connect with him on a personal level and now, after having the opportunity to do so, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to do it.

After listening to this episode, you'll see why. Jim's a great guy with a fascinating story and I love the fact that he doesn't beat around the bush. He's honest and forthcoming and tells you exactly what he thinks and I find that refreshing. It's something you don't often find in an industry where you have to deal with tender egos, but it's an essential trait to have if you really want to be successful and tackle things head on. Jim has spent time as the head of a record label and has managed some amazing people in the music and literary worlds. Not bad for a kid from Alhambra who used to "air conduct" to John Philip Sousa records. 

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You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!