Episode 43: Riding the Edge with Walter Strauss

In this episode, Taraleigh and Dr. Leah talk with guitarist Walter Strauss about how he rides the edge in making music and life in general. Listeners get a music lesson as he breaks down concepts of groove, melody, rhythm, and harmony for all to understand with guitar accompaniment for experiential learning. The three discuss spontaneity and generosity in improv and live music and what it’s like for everyone to be riding that edge together. Walter talks about his upcoming solo album For Melody Wherever She May Find Me and his musical collaborations all over the world. For the “Did you Know,” Dr. Leah shares how live music can relate to attachment theory and Taraleigh encourages listeners to be inspired by their favorite musicians to repair relational breaks in the “Daily Jam.”

Episode 42: Be a Good Neighbor with Richard James

In this episode, Taraleigh and Dr. Leah talk with keyboardist Richard James about his new band Neighbor and the abundance of exciting energy surrounding them. Richard talks about the innovative ways they have introduced new Neighbors to the band and are now giving away free tickets to encourage Neighbors to improve their health. It truly is a friendly and supportive neighborhood. And the fans are reciprocating in even bigger ways! Richard shares stories of the incredible support including hiring a banner plane to get more people to a late-night festival set and buying out a whole baby registry. Finally, listeners are treated to the exciting news of Neighbor’s new album, out sometime later this year, and their upcoming cross-country Fall tour. For the “Did you Know,” Dr. Leah shares research on the benefits of being part of a community and Taraleigh encourages listeners to double down on their community involvement for the “Daily Jam.”

Episode 42: Be a Good Neighbor with Richard James

In this episode, Taraleigh and Dr. Leah talk with keyboardist Richard James about his new band Neighbor and the abundance of exciting energy surrounding them. Richard talks about the innovative ways they have introduced new Neighbors to the band and are now giving away free tickets to encourage Neighbors to improve their health. It truly is a friendly and supportive neighborhood. And the fans are reciprocating in even bigger ways! Richard shares stories of the incredible support including hiring a banner plane to get more people to a late-night festival set and buying out a whole baby registry. Finally, listeners are treated to the exciting news of Neighbor’s new album, out sometime later this year, and their upcoming cross-country Fall tour. For the “Did you Know,” Dr. Leah shares research on the benefits of being part of a community and Taraleigh encourages listeners to double down on their community involvement for the “Daily Jam.”

Episode 41: Exploring Psychedelic Assisted Therapy with Dr. Raymond Turpin

In this fascinating episode, Taraleigh and Dr. Leah talk with Dr. Raymond Turpin about the past, present, and future of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Dr. Raymond tells his inspiring story of being turned on to psychedelics in the 1980s and knowing they would be part of his career path. He shares all the research and training he has done from that point on and how he is now the Executive and Clinical Director of one of the first MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) recognized extended access programs for MDMA assisted therapy. Dr. Raymond describes the three major goals of his non-profit, The Pearl Psychedelic Institute, to research, teach best practices, and offer equitable psychedelic-assisted therapy to those in need. Listeners will find out why the drug companies aren’t interested in psychedelics for healing and the major differences between psychiatric and psychedelic therapy. Also included is a discussion on how this relates to the live music experience and ancient healing rituals. For the “Did you Know,” Dr. Leah shares how you can find out more about the research of MAPS and the work of the Pearl Psychedelic Institute and Taraleigh encourages listeners to check them out now for the “Daily Jam.”

Episode 40: Feel Good About Giving with The Mockingbird Foundation

What happens when a group of Phish fans with a common purpose get together and start a non-profit? The Mockingbird Foundation! Taraleigh and Dr. Leah talk with Liora Sponko and Drew Hitz, board members of the Mockingbird Foundation, about the incredible impact the organization has had on music education for children over the past 25 years. Liora shares her experience as a new member and Drew as a seasoned member for over a decade. Listeners learn about specific tour grants that go to each city Phish tours in to give back to the community as well as special projects in store. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares the positive impact of early music education and Taraleigh gives detailed instructions in how to donate now for the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 39: The History of ALO with Steve Adams and his mom Cyndy Thomas

Taraleigh and Dr. Leah had the pleasure of chatting with ALO bassist Steve Adams and his mom Cyndy Thomas about all things ALO. The quintet dive into ALO’s Tour D’Amour XV, the first inception of the band and their first gig playing intermission of a Middle School play they joined just for the intermission gig. We talk about how they have evolved as a band since Middle School and early influences like James Brown. ALO fans get treated to inside stories from Steve and Cyndy and will leave with an even deeper appreciation for the band and their manager Jenna Lebowitz. For the “Did you Know,” Dr. Leah shares what is happening when we experience love and how it relates to live music. Taraleigh gives listeners tips on how to deepen the love right now in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 38: Jamming with Jimkata

In this exclusive interview, Taraleigh and Leah had the pleasure of chatting with Evan Friedell and Packy Lunn from Jimkata about their return from hiatus, their new album Bonfires, and their upcoming West Coast tour. The two share how taking a pause from the band allowed them to see how impactful Jimkata has been. They share what it’s been like to play their new songs live and how much they are looking forward to getting back on the road touring. We dive into the holistic nature of music, how they are approaching it differently this time, and the importance of safety and trust in experiencing those transcendent live music moments. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares why safety and trust are so important for experiencing “it” and Taraleigh offers a way to learn more in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 37: Peak Live Music Experiences with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

In the finale of a three-part series, Taraleigh and Leah ask live music fans, musicians, and industry personnel to describe a recent peak live music experience. The pair then talk about how these can provide long-term therapeutic benefits using examples from Dr. Leah’s research as well as topics discussed in past episodes, particularly the holistic nature of live music from Episode 37: Embracing Magic in the Other with Ezra Lipp.

Dr. Leah describes how reliving these experiences, and even just listening to them, can have beneficial health benefits and Taraleigh leads listeners through a technique to enhance this possibility. Also included are tips and techniques of how to get the most out of live music from a health perspective.

Hear peak musical experiences as both performers and audience members from Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Eric Gould from Pink Talking Fish and Marble Eyes, Jeremy Kaplin and Brian Murray from Dogs in a Pile, Brett Wilson from Roots of Creation, and members of Annie in the Water, plus more!

 

Episode 36: Mental Health and Live Music with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

Have you ever wondered how live music is beneficial to your mental health? In this three-part series, Taraleigh and Leah ask live music fans, musicians, and people in the industry questions about what live music means to them, how it affects their mental health, and to share a recent memorable experience with live music.

In this episode, they dive into the question “How has the return of live music affected your mental health?” First, we hear from musicians and industry personnel including Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Eric Gould from Pink Talking Fish and Marble Eyes, Jeremy Kaplin and Brian Murray from Dogs in a Pile, and Brett Wilson from Roots of Creation, and others. Then we ask fans the same question.

 

Episode 35: What Live Music Means with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

In this three-part series, Taraleigh and Leah ask live music fans, musicians, and people in the industry questions about what live music means to them, how it affects their mental health, and to share a recent memorable experience with live music. In this episode, they dive into the question “What does live music mean to you?” First, we hear from live music fans about the importance that it holds in their lives and why they make it a priority to attend live music. Then we hear from musicians such as Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Eric Gould from Pink Talking Fish and Marble Eyes, Jeremy Kaplin and Brian Murray from Dogs in a Pile, and Brett Wilson from Roots of Creation, along with others making the live music happen. Taraleigh and Leah explore themes that come up such as feeling a sense of community, a sense of harmony and positive feels, and that live music is essential to one’s survival in the same way as food, water, air, and sex. Whether you have explored this question yourself, are pondering it for the first time, or are curious why your friend, daughter, son, cousin, etc. is off to see the same band for the hundredth time, this episode is a great overview of what makes live music so meaningful and why it has been a part of every culture since the beginning of recorded time.

 

Episode 34: Master of the Universe with Nat Keefe

Taraleigh and Leah chat with guitarist, producer, and master of beats Nat Keefe. Nat shares all the ways he is bringing live music to the people including being an original member of Hot Buttered Rum, his new electronic project BeatMower, intimate acoustic gigs strengthened by the pandemic, and as a producer of other creators’ music. In addition, Nat talks about his travels documenting West African dances for the Awudome tribe in Ghana and collaborating and recording with Zambian and Rwandan musicians in early 2020 which he mixes for his Beatmower sets. Nat discusses how the social context plays a role in the live music experience and how all of these creative pursuits keep him firing on all cylinders. The three also discuss similarities in music and dance across cultures and what we can learn from traditional communities like the Awudome. Not to be missed is Nat’s take on what makes a “hot show” and how everyone’s participation is a part of that. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares her thoughts and passion for live music participation for all involved, including fans, and Taraleigh offers an opportunity to notice what happens when you bring yourself fully to the experience in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 33: Backline for Mental Health with Kendall and Hallie

Taraleigh and Leah chat with Backline co-founders Hallie Lincoln and Hallie Kendall Corso about the role Backline is playing in providing mental health and wellness resources for the music industry. Hallie and Kendall talk about the inspiration for Backline after two big names in the music industry lost their life to death by suicide, shining a light on the depth of need in this unique community. We talk about the intention and focus of Backline in supporting artists and music professionals through all steps of the mental health and wellness journey. Also touched on is how covid has impacted and increased the needs for the music community and how Backline is helping to meet those needs, as well as their focus on being more inclusive and socially conscious to all music industry professionals. Lastly, listeners can learn how funding has shifted since covid and how you can support the artists you love in caring for themselves. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares statistics on mental health in the music industry and why the need is so great. Taraleigh offers a quick and easy way to show your appreciation in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 32: Embracing Magic in the Other with Ezra Lipp

Taraleigh and Leah talk with drummer/songwriter Ezra Lipp about his philosophy to life that has given him the courage to constantly evolve and shine his talents in multiple ways, as a session musician around the Bay Area, frontman of his own band, stepping in as drummer for ALO, and recently writing and producing his first solo album. Ezra shares the inspiration behind creating his own band Magic In The Other and how he discovered that he’s a talented songwriter too. Which may have never happened if he didn’t have the courage to manifest what he really wanted and embrace the magic of the unknown. At the end, Ezra lays out a holistic model for looking at music that aligns with Leah’s research findings on how live music affects listeners. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares this research and how it applies to a biopsychosocial model of health and healing. Taraleigh breaks it down in an easy action step that allows you to experience the fullness of music right now in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 31: Get to Know GrooveSafe

Taraleigh and Leah talk with GrooveSafe founder Ashley Driscoll and transformational coach Jessica Hans-Smolin. Ashley shares her passion for the movement of consent culture behind GrooveSafe’s mission and talks about her recent experiences hosting bystander awareness trainings, spreading the message of consent, and hosting a table inside venues on Phish tour. Jess informs listeners how she was inspired by Ashley’s mission and what her and Taraleigh will be offering for fans who have had experienced unwanting touching or sexual assault at shows. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares research that supports Groovesafe’s Bystander Intervention training and how a simple response can make a difference in how a person is affected by the experience in the future. Taraleigh encourages everyone to be proactive and educate themselves towards a safer consent culture in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 30: Reaching for your Dreams with Dawn Jenkins

Taraleigh and Leah talk with fellow podcaster and passionate Phish phan Dawn Jenkins. Dawn shares what it’s like to be the first female podcast host on Osiris Media and how she has the courage to reach for her dreams. She inspires listeners to create the thing they want, especially if it doesn’t exist, and gets real on fears, fandom, and success. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares research that shows you have the power to enhance your confidence and courage with your body posture and Taraleigh takes it a step further in how to incorporate it into your daily life in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 29: All Sides of You with Hayley Jane

Taraleigh and Leah chat with musician, artist, and shopkeeper Hayley Jane in what began as a conversation about reinventing oneself during pandemic times and turned into a soulful tale of deep emotions, self-expression, and allowing all parts of the whole to thrive. Hayley Jane shares her courageous story of recovering from addiction, regaining her health, and following her heart from one coast to the other, which led to the arms of her true love. She inspires listeners to get healthy and find their canvas to express themselves so they can lead a life they love. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah shares some science on intuition while Taraleigh guides listeners through simple ways to strengthen their intuition in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Season 2: Diving Deep with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

In this first episode of Season 2, co-hosts and health and wellness experts Taraleigh Weathers and Dr. Leah Taylor dive deep into the how and why of the Groove Therapy lifestyle. This season isn’t just about talking about the magic of live music or living a healthy lifestyle, it’s about experiencing it! Listeners will get a chance to connect back with the live music feels and hear how live music holds all the elements of the latest trauma treatments. Leah answers questions about the meaning of live music as she reviews her highlights from the Phish Shoreline show on 8/31/21. Listen to find out how you can be a part of Season 2!

Episode 27: Spirituality & Live Music with Peter Sawyer

Taraleigh and Leah chat with musician, producer, and researcher Peter Sawyer about all things live music for a special ending to Groove Therapy’s Season 1. The trio starts by talking about the meaning of live music for fans and the role spirituality and ritual play in the experience. Leah and Peter swap research while Taraleigh rounds it out with personal stories. Peter shares his journey as a musician and songwriter including influences from favorite bands and focusing on music that comes from the heart and elevates the experience for the audience. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah highlights research that looks at the role of spirituality for fans while Taraleigh suggests ways to connect to your spiritual side every day in the “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 26: Making it Happen Part 3 with Alex Crothers

In this 3-part series, Taraleigh and Leah talk to three different heroes behind the curtain (aka live music producers and promoters) to highlight all they do to bring live music to the people. Of course, with covid, this is a whole new ball game, and these heroes deserve a lot of props for their courage, ingenuity, and innovation. Where would we be without our live music medicine? I don’t even want to know.

In this episode, event producer and founder of Higher Ground, Alex Crothers, shares the process and considerations to safely re-open live music venues during the pandemic. Listeners will get to hear how he got creative in Burlington, VT, and offered the first CSA-esque option for live music fans looking to support and see live music without a big price tag or commitment, that in turn offers an experience like no other. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor speaks to one of Alex’s fears, that consumer behavior would change after covid and people may choose not to invest in live music as they did pre-pandemic. As you can guess, the answer is “hell yes, they will!” and the “Did You Know,” will provide research on why live music brings meaning to people’s lives. In the “Daily Jam,” Taraleigh inspires listeners to find a sense of harmony within everyday life.

 

Episode 25: The Return of Live Music with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

In this special episode, co-hosts and health and wellness experts Taraleigh Weathers and Dr. Leah Taylor celebrate their 25th Groove Therapy podcast episode by talking about the return of live music! In it, they discuss all the feels of coming back to live music after quarantine and insights they are making about how important live music is in their lives. The two discuss tips and techniques they use to ground and center if it all begins to feel overwhelming and ways they have learned over the years to fully tap into the medicine of live music. Also discussed is when it is too much and how to navigate FOMO in service of needed rest and downtime. Lastly, listeners will get to find out when the pair might actually meet in person and the spontaneous combustion that may occur as a result.

 

Episode 24: Making it Happen Part 2 with Greg Keidan

In this 3-part series, Taraleigh and Leah talk to three different heroes behind the curtain (aka live music producers and promoters) to highlight all they do to bring live music to the people. Of course, with covid this is a whole new ball game, and these heroes deserve a lot of props for their courage, ingenuity, and innovation. Where would we be without our live music medicine? I don’t even want to know.

Greg Keidan, “Mr. Hat,” offers listeners a glimpse into the life of an independent concert promoter passionate about creating peak experiences for all his events. He shares his unique approach to business, which correlates perfectly with the improv music we love so much, and how he got innovative in times of covid to continue offering peak live music experiences. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor talks about the “yes and” philosophy and Taraleigh encourages listeners to adopt a “yes and” day in her “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 23: Making it Happen Part 1 with Paul Levine

In this 3-part series, Taraleigh and Leah talk to three different heroes behind the curtain (aka live music producers and promoters) to highlight all they do to bring live music to the people. Of course, with covid this is a whole new ball game, and these heroes deserve a lot of props for their courage, ingenuity, and innovation. Where would we be without our live music medicine? I don’t even want to know.

Paul Levine from Purple Hat Productions starts us off by talking about what it took to produce the first big U.S. music festival after covid, Suwannee Surprise, at the majestic Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Paul’s main concern is safety and he lets us in on all the details that need to be considered to produce live music in 2021. He shares reactions from fans and artists that attended and highlights live music’s healing effects. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor talks about how play and healing are related and the effect on our bodies when we play at live music. Taraleigh gives listeners specific ways to incorporate play into your life every day in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 22: Phish in Academia with Dr. Stephanie Jenkins

Did you know that you could listen to Phish and discuss the philosophy of art and music for college credit? In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with Dr. Stephanie Jenkins about Phish in Academia including a for-credit college course that she designed and teaches called the Philosophy School of Phish and a Phish Studies multi-day academic conference highlighting graduate research on the music of Phish. Dr. Jenkins shares the specific Phish jam that inspired her to go for her dreams and merge her academic and show selves into one sparkly dynamic being and the lives that have been changed because of that. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor shares research on how live music fans can be stereotyped and stigmatized as a whole tribe and Taraleigh gives listeners a fun homework assignment that uses the lyrics of Phish to remember that everything’s right in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 21: Access for Every Body with Amy Pinder & Leah Barron

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with founders of Inclusion Festival and board members of Accessible Festivals Amy Pinder and Leah Barron. Amy and Leah share why accessibility at live music concerts and festivals is so important. They shine a light on how much work there is to be done when it comes to this. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor shares statistics on the challenges surrounding accessibility and Taraleigh gives listeners tips on how to become aware of how accessible or inaccessible the places you commonly visit are in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 20: The Power of Lyrics with Ryan Montbleau

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau about the power of lyrics. Ryan describes his process of writing lyrics and following his inner compass in painting a picture that grabs the listener and takes them on a sensory journey. He shares about his newest project, four distinct EPs, Wood, Fire, Water, and Air, and gives listeners the inside scope on what it has been like to birth these into the world. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about research on instrumental music versus music with lyrics on affecting mood. Taraleigh gives listeners tips on how to fully evoke the power of lyrics in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 19: Coping Through Crazy Times with Taraleigh and Leah

In this special episode, co-hosts and health and wellness experts Taraleigh and Leah discuss strategies they have used over the past year to cope through the craziness of it all. Listeners will learn simple techniques they can use through the wildest of times to stay sane and balanced. Taraleigh brings her humor and light-hearted spirit combined with Leah’s down-to-earth, compassionate presence to inspire hope and joy in others.

Episode 18: Making Lemonade with Gregory McLoughlin

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah talk with bassist and songwriter Gregory McLoughlin who has built a thriving community over the past year with his consistent Monday night live streams. Greg talks about how quarantine opened up opportunities for him and new fans that have been silver linings of this time. They are creating a whole TGIM movement where Mondays definitely do not suck anymore! He expresses his gratitude for his virtual audience and the love he feels from the party in the comments. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about the power of showing up consistently and the positive effects of ritual in the live music experience. Taraleigh offers listeners inspiration to show up for themselves consistently in her “Daily Jam.”

Episode 17: Famoe.ly History with Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah talk with Vinnie and Al from the band moe. about their experience of creating a close-knit community and what it’s like from their perspective. moe.rons and newfound fans will love hearing about how certain traditions started and the connection they feel with their famoe.ly. Vinnie and Al discuss what they’ve been up to over the last year and how they are continuing to create community virtually in fun and intimate ways. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about the process of finding oneself through community and how potent that can be within live music. Taraleigh gives listeners tips for enhancing connection virtually in her “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 16: The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Elizabeth Beck

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah talk with writer Elizabeth Beck about how the music of our favorite bands can create the soundtrack of our lives, spanning births and deaths, celebrations and challenges. They dive into the healing power of music through personal experiences and those of her characters. Elizabeth talks about her love of Phish and the Grateful Dead and the literary influences for World Gone Mad and Summer Tour, both fiction novels based around the music of Phish. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah talks about how rock music can have similar effects to meditation and other contemplative practices. Taraleigh instructs listeners on how to find similar effects in other novel ways in her “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 15: Finding Flow with Lebo

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz about the relational aspect of live music and how he can feel a response in the audience, whether it is an insight in their head or a twitch of their mouth. Lebo talks about how he combines discipline and surrender to find flow and how this translates into deep improvisation on stage. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah shares the benefits of the flow state as it relates to live music and research that backs it up. Taraleigh instructs listeners on how to create flow in their own lives in her “Daily Jam.”

 

Episode 14: Using Time for Fun with Marco and Katie Benevento

In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah caught up with Marco and Katie Benevento to talk about the idea of using time for fun. Marco lets us in on where the phrase originated from and how it has become his life philosophy. They talk about how it translates into family life and what that looks like during this time. Marco also shares how he is continuing to bring fun to people, connect with fans, and spread joy and positivity in all the ways. For the “Did you Know” section, Leah proposes that life can be fun and how that simple shift can create big results. Taraleigh inspires listeners to turn mundane tasks into fun activities in her “Daily Jam.”

 

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.

Groove Therapy Trailer

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.