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 .

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.

 
 
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.