PODCAST

Creative Peacemeal

Tammy Takaishi

Well known, and up-and-coming guests—ranging from artists, actors, musicians, authors, illustrators, chefs, designers, and more—share starts, struggles, triumphs, and more in compelling, thought-provoking interviews. The show is sure to inspire, spark curiosity, and maybe even having you dust off that clarinet, pick up a paintbrush, start that novel, or anything else you can dream.You can find host, Tammy Takaishi, a Board Certified-Music Therapist, continuing the conversation about fine and creative arts, along with recipes from guests via her blog https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music/blog

Special Episode: Music Therapists and Burnout with Ami Kunimura, MT-BC
Jun 20 2022
Special Episode: Music Therapists and Burnout with Ami Kunimura, MT-BC
Ami Kunimura returns to the podcast in this episode, specifically focused for professional and student music therapists regarding burnout, and resilience. Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC is the founder of The Self-Care Institute and a writer, speaker, and board-certified music therapist.Ami provides therapeutic support for professionals around the world who are experiencing burnout. Ami is the creator and facilitator of Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Program, an in-depth online program that guides professionals out of burnout and stress cycles through research-based self-care practices. Ami is also the author of Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Guide for Music Therapists.Ami has presented on self-care and professional burnout at international events and conferences. Ami has also taught as a lecturer at UCLA and adjunct graduate faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.Ami has been a board-certified music therapist since 2006, specializing in mental health, trauma, and addictions treatment. Ami also holds certifications in yoga education and first and second degree reiki, with training in mindfulness and meditation.Ami received her BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her MA in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.Ami (pronounced ah-me) was born in Hawaii and splits her time between Southern California and The Big Island of HawaiiVisit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website site: @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com
Emile Pandolfi, Pianist
Jun 13 2022
Emile Pandolfi, Pianist
Today's show features pianist, Emile Pandolfi. He delighted me with stories from working at a comedy club in California, to dispensing wisdom from his lengthy career, to fave books, and more. With more than half a billion streams across platforms including Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music, Emile Pandolfi ranks among America’s most popular piano artists.Although the majority of his performance repertoire is lush, intricate arrangements of Broadway and pop standards, his influences are, in fact, more classical than pop. It is this subjective layering of classical style, which Emile infuses into the broad palette of his performance selections, that continues to resonate with audiences everywhere.His most recent project is the book Play It Like You Mean It: Supercharge Your Playing and Let Your Piano Work for You. A light-hearted and humorous guide for pianists from amateur to professional, Play It Like You Mean It shares Emile’s holistic philosophy harmonizing method and mindset to help pianists communicate through every chord and resonate more passionately with listeners, while bringing more joy to the daily practice of music. He also maintains an active global travel schedule, hosting a small group of fans on international luxury tours each year. Each trip includes intimate performances in concert halls and historic venues.To learn more about Emile Pandofi, or to check out his playlists and book, click here.Visit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website site: @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com
From The Archives: Chris Spear, Chef and Podcaster
May 16 2022
From The Archives: Chris Spear, Chef and Podcaster
Another fave episode originally airing in July of 2021. Chris continues to thrive in his business PERFECT LITTLE BITES, and his podcast, CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTS. Check out the links for more!Chef Chris Spear is on the show to talk about his amazing business, Perfect Little Bites, and his podcast, Chefs Without Restaurants.Chris Spear is the chef and owner of Perfect Little Bites, an in-home personal chef business based in Frederick, Maryland. You might also know him as the host of the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, and the man behind the culinary networking organization of the same name. Chris graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in culinary arts, and has been working in the foodservice industry for almost 30 years.Chris dreamed of bringing an upscale dining experience directly into peoples' homes, and he started his personal chef business on the side in 2010. Tired of the corporate foodservice grind, he left his job and took his business full-time in 2016. Specializing in contemporary American cuisine with global influences, Perfect Little Bites services the metro Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, as well as parts of West Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia.Wanting to build a community to help support other food entrepreneurs, Chris started the Chefs Without Restaurants community. Its focus would be on sharing gig opportunities and knowledge, as well as doing collaborative pop-up events. This led to the launch of the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast in late 2019, and the show features guests working in aspects of foodservice such as catering, research & development, contract foodservice, and the food truck industry.Now Chris splits his time between cooking unique dishes for his guests, such as scrapple dip, and engaging with the culinary community he built. He has written editorials for StarChefs, and some of his recipes can be found on the Garden & Gun and Imbibe websites. You can also find an illustration of his chest tattoo in the book Knives & Ink, along with his recipe for smoked gouda and hot pepper pimento cheese.Chris is also a husband, and father of twins. When he's not cooking or talking about food, you'll probably find him taking photos, wandering an art gallery, or rocking out at one of DC's concert venues. Ask to see his Star Wars collection, or to tell you about the time Bill Murray inadvertently ruined his anniversary dinner.Click HERE to listen to Chris' podcast, Chefs Without Restaurants.Chefs Without Restaurants Website: Little Bites Website: Peacemeal: @creative_peacemeal_podcastFB: Merch Shop:
From The Archives: Ben Barnes, Actor, Musician
May 2 2022
From The Archives: Ben Barnes, Actor, Musician
The interview, originally conducted in October of 2021, is the most popular to date!It was a pleasure to talk with Ben Barnes back about his debut music album SONGS FOR YOU,  his musical inspirations, and more.Check the links below to order the album, purchase BB's merch, and more.SONGS FOR YOU YouTube: Store:  Spotify “Influences” playlist: Barnes is known to many for portraying fantasy heroes and comic-book villains, characters from history and classic novels and the occasional romantic street busker or wannabe rock-star. His own fantasies, stories and dreams have until now been eclipsed by these roles.With Songs For You, Barnes is baring his soul through his music for the first time; hopeful, joyful, passionate, nostalgic, vulnerable and loving. The lyrics to most of the songs, he explains, came from “poetry written for a loved one or just for myself, a long-forgotten phrase I jotted down in a notebook years ago, inspired by a photograph, a moment, a quotation, or in the case of one song, a story I read about a female pirate!”After years of being directed, written for and edited in movies, this is his moment to shine the light on the five songs on Songs For You, lovingly crafted at his piano at home and presented unedited and straight from the heart.Barnes shared, “Songs For You comes from one of my favorite records, ‘A Song For You’ by Leon Russell (but the Donny Hathaway version, of course), from wanting the songs to speak intimately to anyone who listens to them, and because if a song is written for you, you know who you are.”Ben Barnes has starred in films, TV shows and theater productions spanning the last 20 years: Movies have included, The Chronicles of Narnia franchise (Disney), Seventh Son (Universal), Dorian Gray, Easy Virtue and musical films Killing Bono and Jackie & Ryan. TV shows he has appeared in include Shadow & Bone currently streaming on Netflix, Westworld (HBO), Golddigger (BBC) and The Punisher (Netflix). Stage productions include The History Boys (National Theatre) and Birdsong (West End).Visit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com***To make a donation to Dachshund Rescue of Houston click here!
Mallory Harding, Mezzo-Soprano
Apr 25 2022
Mallory Harding, Mezzo-Soprano
Mallory Harding, mezzo-soprano, and Artistic Director of New Moon Opera joins the show to discussBiographyChicago-based mezzo-soprano Mallory Harding most recently performed with Haymarket Opera in their filmed production of Acis and Galatea, and previously covered the role of Maxualinda and sang in the chorus in their production of The Dragon of Wantley by John Frederick Lampe.  As a founding member and the Artistic Director of New Moon Opera, Mallory has appeared as Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Armelinde in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, Croûte-au-Pot in Mesdames de la Halle by Offenbach, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.Ms. Harding performed with Evanston Chamber Opera in the world premiere of Joseph's Gift by Francis Lynch as Alto Narrator and was hailed as "simply fanastic" (Aaron Hunt, Chicago Theatre Review).  She frequently performs with Vox 3 Collective and has sung the roles of Line and Agathe in their Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen's Maskerade, in addition to appearing in numerous Vox 3 cabarets and recitals all over the city of Chicago.  She also is the alto section leader and cantor at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Wilmette.Mallory Harding received her Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012, where she performed the roles of Tisbe in La Cenerentola and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.Visit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com
Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps, Music Educator, and Podcaster
Mar 7 2022
Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps, Music Educator, and Podcaster
Fellow Mizzou grad, and my dear friend, Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps joins the show to discuss her passion for teaching, shares some amazing book recs, discusses the power of music education, and more for Music Appreciation month on the podcast.Books mentioned in the episode: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte.From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Hanlon Grohl.Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps cultivated a unique perspective for the importance of a foundation in fine arts appreciation and skills through her journey as music teacher educator, public school music educator, choral and instrumental performer, church musician, and independent music studio instructor. She has a breadth and depth of experience teaching music courses and working with students of all ages. Whether students are preparing for careers outside the music profession, within music education and performance, or developing an appreciation for music, acquiring practical music skills are essential to their success.Cynthia Williams Phelps holds a Ph.D. in Music Education, with an emphasis in learning, teaching, and curriculum, from the University of Missouri. Throughout her academic and professional career, she attended and taught in private liberal arts colleges, as well as research universities. Dr. Phelps understands the importance of creating community within the classroom and ensemble settings. Reflective practice and student-centered learning guide her philosophy of teaching. A music environment in which students have engaging opportunities to actively reflect on their educational process creates lifelong musicians.Dr. Phelps has presented research and workshops at conferences of the Missouri Music Educators Association, National Council of Teachers of English Whole Language Umbrella, Midwest Educational Technology Conference, and National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference. She has published in the Missouri School Music Magazine and Journal of Research in Music Education. Her research interests include reflective practice in music education and fine arts education, teacher leadership in music education, and arts integration.Dr. Phelps is currently a university supervisor, curriculum writer, Adjunct Elementary music educator, mentor, and the Director of Mentor Leadership with Music Service Learning.To learn more about Dr. Phelps, and her upcoming podcast, visit her website. Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com***To make a donation to Dachshund Rescue of Houston click here!As always, THANK YOU for listening and if you have a moment, share an episode with a friend, or leave a review on Apple by clicking Support the show (
Colleen Thompson, Author
Feb 28 2022
Colleen Thompson, Author
Author Colleen Thompson joins the show to discuss her newest book DANGER AT CLEARWATER CROSSING, as well as the creative process, what it takes to make it in publishing, and so much more.From the historical novels that began her writing journey (written as Gwyneth Atlee and Colleen Easton) to the riveting romantic suspense that has become her trademark, Colleen Thompson writes stories that show us that sometimes, love can kill.In 2004, Colleen Thompson’s first  romantic thriller, Fatal Error, launched Dorchester Publishing’s new line of fast-paced, steamy romantic suspense.  The book was nominated for the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense and won the Texas Gold for Best Mainstream Fiction.  Other honors received by her books include a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a Readers’ Choice Awards, nominations from the Reviewers International Organization, Top Pick, KISS awards, and a reviewers’ choice award nomination from Romantic Times Book Club Magazine, and a Perfect Ten from Romance Reviews Today.Now residing in the Houston area with her husband, Colleen works with children in addition to her writing and speaking. When she’s not on deadline, she can often be found hiking with her family, playing with her pets, fiddling with her computer, or with her nose stuck in a good book.For more info about Colleen, or to check out her books, visit these websites.Buy books here. Colleen's website here.Visit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com***To make a donation to Dachshund Rescue of Houston click here!As always, THANK YOU for listening and if you have a moment, share an episode with a friend, or leave a review on Apple by clicking here and scrolling to "Ratings and Reviews" Support the show (
Heather Edwards, Musician, Co-Founder of AhHa!Broadway Inc
Jan 31 2022
Heather Edwards, Musician, Co-Founder of AhHa!Broadway Inc
You may have heard of Heather's amazing story about her love and dedication to the arts via the viral Humans of New York post via her husband Mark. I recently had the opportunity to chat with her about her work with AhHa!Broadway, and get to know more about what drives and inspires her. Buckle up for an inspiring, heartfelt interview!Heather Edwards is Co-Founder of the women-led non-profit, AhHa!Broadway Inc., which provides arts education programming to underserved children, senior citizens and veterans. She trained as a classical pianist and graduated from Berklee College of Music. Heather works as a pianist/songwriter/recording artist who has performed with many types of bands – from funk and rock to jazz and country. Heather conducts, directs, and regularly performs in musical theater around the New York area. In addition to educating children in the performing arts for 25 years, she also enjoys teaching private piano and vocal lessons to children and working with them in musical theater productions as pianist and Musical Director. Heather has also played a wide range of characters as an actress in television, film and theater.To learn more about AhHa!Broadway Inc. or to donate to their amazing cause, please visit Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media, browse podcast swag, and continue the creative conversations via the blog!Website @creative_peacemeal_podcastFacebook Merch Shop: CPPodcast.redbubble.com***To make a donation to Dachshund Rescue of Houston click here!As always, THANK YOU for listening and if you have a moment, share an episode with a friend, or leave a review on Apple by clicking here and scrolling to "Ratings and Reviews" Support the show (