Podcasts - Dr. Leah Taylor

Episode 13: Love, Devotion & Surrender with Edith Johnson

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with Hippie Chick writer and live music fan, Edith Johnson, about the essence of live music. Edith talks about how she met her Hippie Chick collaborator Jay Blakesberg and her Festival Girl blog that propelled her on her live music writing and researching adventure. She describes life-altering experiences she has had along the way and what’s in store for the future. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about the importance of the experience of awe and how attending live music could literally make you a better person. Taraleigh leaves listeners with a simple way to bring more awe into your daily life right now in her “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 12: Turned On with Jay Blakesberg

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with music photographer Jay Blakesberg about his experiences over the last 30 years capturing “lightning in a bottle” moments of live music. He talks about his initial quest for sex, drugs, and Rock n’ Roll and how it led to a thriving career where he remains inspired and satisfied in his role as a visual anthropologist documenting scenes from our live music tribe. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about our innate drive as humans for the experience of collective ecstasy and collective joy in a ritualized way and Taraleigh instructs listeners on how to bring the live music magic into their daily lives now in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 11: Recapping 2020 with Taraleigh and Leah

In this episode, Leah and Taraleigh talk about the live music experience inspired by the conversations from the past episodes. They discuss themes that arose from previous guests such as innovation, inspiration, deep connection, and resilience. Listeners will get a glimpse of what to expect from Groove Therapy in the coming year. Taraleigh and Leah also talk about their experiences this year and ways they have used to cope and to continue rocking the Groove Therapy lifestyle in a year of minimal live music.

Episode 10: Manifesting Musical Magic with Eric Gould

In this episode, Leah and Taraleigh chat with musician and creative businessman Eric Gould to hear how he has used 2020 to help manifest musical magic. Eric talks about his new projects that have come out of the extra time of quarantine, including an exciting new band and Curbside Concerts. Throughout the episode, in full Groove Therapy fashion, he inspires listeners to realize their dreams and “energize your soul.” It hasn’t all been easy, and Eric talks about that too. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah provides simple steps to manifest your own dreams and Taraleigh instructs listeners on how to make it a regular habit in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 9: Everyone Loves Matt Butler

In this episode, Leah and Taraleigh sit down with Matt Butler, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and creator of Everyone Orchestra to chat about the importance of connection in live music and how to get creative with our magical connection in these COVID times. Matt discusses how he is pivoting into the virtual space with Everyone Orchestra and IGE Music and Art Immersions, while still keeping the important aspects of each present, including connection and improvisation. Matt tells listeners how Everyone Orchestra began and his exciting plans for the future. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah provides research on the importance of satisfying social connection, as we find in live music, and Taraleigh tells listeners how to connect with someone today in a fun way to increase these benefits in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 8: It’s a Family Affair with Bobby, Denise & Adam Deitch

In this episode, Leah and Taraleigh have the pleasure of sitting down with a whole family of talented musicians, Denise and Bobby Deitch, and their son Adam Deitch. Fans get a real treat by experiencing the love, connection, and support of the Deitch family and a glimpse into Adam’s early influences and first live performance that transformed his childhood experience. Adam talks about how he is staying busy during COVID times and ways he is continuing to bring music to the people. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah provides research on the emotion of love, often present during live music, and Taraleigh tells listeners how to cultivate love in all its forms in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 7: The Bright Side with Jenna Lebowitz

In this episode, Leah and Taraleigh sit down with Jenna Lebowitz from Jenstar Productions to chat about live music, health and wellness, and creating the life of your dreams. She shares her health and wellness secrets for life on the road, and off, and leaves listeners with tips on how to navigate these changing live music times gracefully and maybe even experience something you never dreamed possible before. At the end, Leah gives us a glimpse into the science of pleasurable sensations during live music and Taraleigh tells us how we can make this happen right now!

Episode 6: Surrender to the Keller

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with musician Keller Williams about the current state of live music and how it is has impacted him as a performer. He highlights the upside to starting over in the post COVID era and ways he has continued creating connections with fans in the digital world. Shout out to the “Cellar Dwellers!” Keller brings in his usual charm and charisma and keeps us laughing throughout. At the end, Leah discusses how synchronicities are more evident at live music and Taraleigh teaches us how to connect to this kind of magic in everyday life.

Episode 5: Katie Fox – The Music Never Stopped

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah bring in music publicist Katie Fox to discuss the current state of affairs in the live music scene and what we can do right now to help make sure we have a scene to return to. Katie helps to provide us with a sense of hope and leaves listeners with clear action steps to make our voices heard by our representatives. Katie also shares what inspired her to go from a fan to supporting live music for a living and how quitting her job for live music opened the door for a rewarding career. Leah provides us with information on live music’s lasting therapeutic effects and Taraleigh gives listeners a fun way to connect with music right now.

Episode 4: Reed Mathis Vulnerable, Honest, Brave Part 2

In Part 2, Taraleigh, Leah, and Reed come back to finish the conversation about live music as a potential for trauma and grief resolution and insecure attachment. Reed gives a specific example of his own healing through live music and how he uses Beethoven as a means of healing for others. Leah discusses many reasons people use music in their lives and Taraleigh shares her latest ritual involving music for well-being that listeners can use in their daily lives.

Episode 4: Reed Mathis Vulnerable, Honest, Brave Part 1

In Part 1, Taraleigh and Leah sit down with musician Reed Mathis and dive deep into the healing potential of live music. The three discuss the role of the nervous system and early attachments on a person’s experience and how live music could affect these aspects later in life in therapeutic ways. Psychedelics as part of the mix are also mentioned as a way to cover a lot of ground really quickly. Reed goes on to say, “if you are looking for a place where you can retrain your nervous system to feel safe, it is hard to find a better set of circumstances than a live band, especially a live band that improvises.” Leah gives a brief overview of the nervous system and Taraleigh leaves listeners with a fun way to practice their own improvisation.

 

Episode 3: Ride the Wave with Zach Gill

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah sit down to chat with musician Zach Gill. Zach talks about when everyone is “feeling it” at the same time and how it is his favorite part of live music. Is it inspired, connection, love, what is it? The three discuss aspects of this experience and Zach talks about his experiences as a performer and a fan. Zach goes on to share his special superstitions to help ensure this happens at a show. Also discussed is how important dancing is for helping a person to unwind and feel free. Leah shares how practices like dance, meditation, and participating in live music help to create lasting change and Taraleigh leaves listeners with opportunities to create lasting change in easy and fun ways.

 

 

Episode 2: The Joel Cummins Connection

In Episode 2 of Groove Therapy Taraleigh and Leah chat with musician Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee. Joel talks about what he loves most about the live music experience and what he is doing to keep himself healthy and sane during times of COVID and quarantine. He also lets listeners in on his inspiration for getting into Rock n’ Roll and joining Umphrey’s McGee. Throughout the episode, the three dive into the experience of deep connection that occurs during live music. Leah provides the science that explains how social bonds are strengthened and Taraleigh leaves listeners with a tip on how to find that deep connection any time.

 

The Pilot: Where it all Began

In this pilot episode of Groove Therapy Taraleigh and Leah talk about their journey into health and wellness and what inspired them to take a nontraditional focus in their careers by combining health and wellness with live music. They also discuss what they love most about the live music experience and what listeners can expect from future Groove Therapy episodes.

 Groove Therapy aims to help listeners understand the live music experience more deeply from a health perspective and provide inspiration on how to bring the live music magic into their everyday lives.

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What exactly happens in our minds and bodies during live music? Can it help us to heal and grow? Explore these questions and more with your favorite musicians and learn from health and wellness experts how to live your best life every day.