The most important thing is persistence and dedication and persistence and dedication ... because one day you’re going to do something great.”
— Linda Harding
Life as Art - Episode 010: Linda Harding   Linda Harding describes her photographic style as painterly. She blends natural settings with photo-editing to create semi-surrealistic images.  Her recent appointment to the Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts speaks to her competence as both artist and spokesperson.  Check out her work at  lindahardingphotography.com .

Life as Art - Episode 010: Linda Harding

Linda Harding describes her photographic style as painterly. She blends natural settings with photo-editing to create semi-surrealistic images.

Her recent appointment to the Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts speaks to her competence as both artist and spokesperson.

Check out her work at lindahardingphotography.com.

My motivation [to perform] comes from having other people like my singing.”
— Katie Griffin
Life As Art - Episode 009: Katie Griffin   Katie’s start in music grew from road trip songs with her family. Her mother, Becky, creates music wherever she goes, and it’s taken root in her children. For Katie, as she tells us, singing is a way of finding joy everyday, of making herself smile, and of bringing happiness to others.  Katie sings at her church in Sherwood, Arkansas along side her mom and grandmother. Here in the American South, church offers a soft introduction to musical performance for many kids. And Katie hopes to use this experience to continue her growth in music and self-expression.  Prepare to smile continuously as Katie shares about stage fright, young love, and what attributes define a Disney Princess. Who knows? You may rekindle a bit of the kid in yourself, too.

Life As Art - Episode 009: Katie Griffin

Katie’s start in music grew from road trip songs with her family. Her mother, Becky, creates music wherever she goes, and it’s taken root in her children. For Katie, as she tells us, singing is a way of finding joy everyday, of making herself smile, and of bringing happiness to others.

Katie sings at her church in Sherwood, Arkansas along side her mom and grandmother. Here in the American South, church offers a soft introduction to musical performance for many kids. And Katie hopes to use this experience to continue her growth in music and self-expression.

Prepare to smile continuously as Katie shares about stage fright, young love, and what attributes define a Disney Princess. Who knows? You may rekindle a bit of the kid in yourself, too.

Acceptance of failure and learning from it is what makes someone a true artist.”
— Guy Bell
Life As Art - Episode 008: Guy Bell   Guy Bell, an artist mid-evolution, gives us a beautiful discussion to kick off the new year. Guy's photorealistic naturescapes transfix viewers and inspire younger artists.  Listen for his description of the creative process, his meditative practice and his views on the healthy role of failure.  Guy owns DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art Gallery in Little Rock. His paintings have been displayed at shows around the country and at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. You'll want to hear his optimistic view on what it means to be a neighbor, and how to focus your intention for the positive every morning.  See more at  State of the Art  and  guywbell.com .

Life As Art - Episode 008: Guy Bell

Guy Bell, an artist mid-evolution, gives us a beautiful discussion to kick off the new year. Guy's photorealistic naturescapes transfix viewers and inspire younger artists.

Listen for his description of the creative process, his meditative practice and his views on the healthy role of failure.

Guy owns DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art Gallery in Little Rock. His paintings have been displayed at shows around the country and at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. You'll want to hear his optimistic view on what it means to be a neighbor, and how to focus your intention for the positive every morning.

See more at State of the Art and guywbell.com.

Music broke down segregation before politics did.”
— Bill Huntington
Episode 7: Bill Huntington   Bill’s recognizable bass lines have found their way onto records with Ellis Marsalis, Al Hirt, Aretha Franklin and Harry Connick, Jr. Talking with this native from New Orleans lifted my spirits and reignited my passion for music’s ability to change political and social norms as well as to create unlikely friendships.  And get your pencils ready for the lineage of great bassists who influenced the new sounds of each decade. You’ll finish this podcast with a list of artists to research and delight in.  Enjoy!

Episode 7: Bill Huntington

Bill’s recognizable bass lines have found their way onto records with Ellis Marsalis, Al Hirt, Aretha Franklin and Harry Connick, Jr. Talking with this native from New Orleans lifted my spirits and reignited my passion for music’s ability to change political and social norms as well as to create unlikely friendships.

And get your pencils ready for the lineage of great bassists who influenced the new sounds of each decade. You’ll finish this podcast with a list of artists to research and delight in. Enjoy!

Guitar was the first thing I encountered that I wasn’t sure I could be any good at it, even if I worked hard ... and that strangely appealed to me.”
— Michael Carenbauer
Episode 6: Michael Carenbauer    Michael Carenbauer , professor of guitar at  UA Little Rock , brings a humble focus to the eclectic world of guitar performance. Composer, teacher, perpetual student: Michael's discipline empowers his creativity. He shares about the origins of composition, his daily practice and his personal connection of music to his family. Don't miss this interview with one of Arkansas's best known and loved guitarists!

Episode 6: Michael Carenbauer

Michael Carenbauer, professor of guitar at UA Little Rock, brings a humble focus to the eclectic world of guitar performance. Composer, teacher, perpetual student: Michael's discipline empowers his creativity. He shares about the origins of composition, his daily practice and his personal connection of music to his family. Don't miss this interview with one of Arkansas's best known and loved guitarists!

 
 
The happiness of my clients ... it’s everything.”
— Amber Manney
Episode 5: Amber Manney   Life as Art presents an interview with Arkansas-based designer Amber Manney. Amber develops spaces that curate emotions as well as textures and patterns. Don't underestimate the power of a well-designed home to shape the lives lived in it.  Listen for key design tips, how to discover your own tastes and the mistakes we all make in picking the right artwork for our homes. Don't miss it!!

Episode 5: Amber Manney

Life as Art presents an interview with Arkansas-based designer Amber Manney. Amber develops spaces that curate emotions as well as textures and patterns. Don't underestimate the power of a well-designed home to shape the lives lived in it.

Listen for key design tips, how to discover your own tastes and the mistakes we all make in picking the right artwork for our homes. Don't miss it!!

Without the beauty of art, life would be dreadful.”
— Dr. Naoki Hakutani
Episode 4: Dr. Naoki Hakutani   Dr. Naoki Hakutani,  Professor of Piano  at UA Little Rock, loves playing and teaching piano to students of all ages. How does he approach a new piece? How does he engage his students? And what passion drives him to persist when he doesn't love practicing piano? You can hear him in a piano trio  here  and performing solo  here .  After listening, you’ll find yourself wanting to play piano and revisit old masters. If nothing else, you’ll take delight in Beethoven in a whole new way.

Episode 4: Dr. Naoki Hakutani

Dr. Naoki Hakutani, Professor of Piano at UA Little Rock, loves playing and teaching piano to students of all ages. How does he approach a new piece? How does he engage his students? And what passion drives him to persist when he doesn't love practicing piano? You can hear him in a piano trio here and performing solo here.

After listening, you’ll find yourself wanting to play piano and revisit old masters. If nothing else, you’ll take delight in Beethoven in a whole new way.

 
 
I must be all right because I have such nice friends.”
— Katherine Stanick
Episode 3: Katherine Stannick   At 101, there's not much Katherine hasn't seen. She describes her life as "rather mundane", but playing cello at intervals over an 80-year span and living in post-WWII Japan don't seem so mundane to me. Her joy for life is contagious. What's her secret? It will surprise you!

Episode 3: Katherine Stannick

At 101, there's not much Katherine hasn't seen. She describes her life as "rather mundane", but playing cello at intervals over an 80-year span and living in post-WWII Japan don't seem so mundane to me. Her joy for life is contagious. What's her secret? It will surprise you!

 
 
Travel helped me grow out of my anger issues.”
— Julian Vargas-Cabrera
Episode 2: Julian Vargas-Cabrera   Trivia host, perpetual optimist and teacher at Beijing's High School at Renmin University, Julian shares on the origins of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", how to wash your underwear in a hostel shower and how not to look like an American overseas.  Check out his adventures on Instagram at  Pachuca Sunrise .  Here's the  Rolf Potts video  mentioned in our talk about drying clothes in the hostel. Starts around 4:20.

Episode 2: Julian Vargas-Cabrera

Trivia host, perpetual optimist and teacher at Beijing's High School at Renmin University, Julian shares on the origins of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", how to wash your underwear in a hostel shower and how not to look like an American overseas.

Check out his adventures on Instagram at Pachuca Sunrise.

Here's the Rolf Potts video mentioned in our talk about drying clothes in the hostel. Starts around 4:20.

 
 
Be humble. There’s always someone better than you. Be the best you you can be.”
— M. Jelani Brooks
Episode 1: Jelani Brooks   Sax man for  Diggs Duke ,  Shawn Martin ,  Durand Jones and the Indications  and many others,  Jelani  travels the world, and brings a big bell sound wherever he goes. One of the coolest dudes I've met, and humble as can be.  In this podcast, Jelani talks about how he tries to live a somewhat healthy, balanced life on the road, what kind of horns he plays and he gives sound advice to young artists. Check him out at  www.mjelanimusic.com  and his upcoming tour dates with  Shaun Martin and Dynamo . He's also on  Soundcloud .

Episode 1: Jelani Brooks

Sax man for Diggs Duke, Shawn Martin, Durand Jones and the Indications and many others, Jelani travels the world, and brings a big bell sound wherever he goes. One of the coolest dudes I've met, and humble as can be.

In this podcast, Jelani talks about how he tries to live a somewhat healthy, balanced life on the road, what kind of horns he plays and he gives sound advice to young artists. Check him out at www.mjelanimusic.com and his upcoming tour dates with Shaun Martin and Dynamo. He's also on Soundcloud.