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Of Music and Men

Kayona Ebony Brown

Meet Kenya Shaw, a single, young entrepreneur struggling to build an independent record label, while navigating the country's worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.

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Sep 18 2019
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(Of Music and Men) is a scripted drama-comedy series presented to you in a weekly storytelling podcast format.You thought it was a book, or a short film, or a TV show?Well, all of that is true. Somewhat. Let me explain. Back in 2012, I set out to create a TV show about my life as a single young entrepreneur trying to establish an indie record company in Wash DC. I developed it, wrote the pilot, then made a short film...The thing is, tv shows, even those no budget YouTube ones, still require lots of resources and people. I know exactly what I want the tv show to be, but I believe that timing is everything, and trying to move forward before it’s time would be a disservice to what I know will be a great series someday.So I went another route. The pilot script was recognized in a few reputable industry contests, so knowing that it’s a more than solid story worth telling, I made a short film, then I turned that full season I wrote, 12 episodes of tv scripts, into novellas (little booklets).This podcast is a production, a reading (sometimes dramatic or comedic), of those episodes, sectioned out into easily digestible weekly stories.We follow a 20-something named Kenya Shaw as she works to build a record label while also (as a bachelorette) navigating perhaps the worst city in the country for single women (and not exactly the place you’d expect when it comes to entertainment) -- Washington, DC.Tune in every single week for these stories of music… and men.Music: "Keep on Going" X (Khalil Ismail)Jazz Club by Kriss (Italy) - No.mad EP - copyright 2008 - Licensed by Undercut Records for official use to Of Music and MenTrail by Nobara Hayakawa (Japan) - copyright 2009 - Licensed by Nobara and (Intervall-Audio) for official use to Of Music and Men Support this podcast
Episode 1.2: Victims. Perps. And Me [REWIND]
Apr 28 2021
Episode 1.2: Victims. Perps. And Me [REWIND]
As we take a brief hiatus, let's rewind, shall we? Kenya's life is about more than just helping to nourish the music careers of her artists and building her fledgling company. Her longtime friends, Ty and J, help reveal more to you about the young entrepreneur's personal life, and how they all manage to navigate DC as single millennial women. Not only is this a story of music, but it's also a music experience. So sit back, put on your headphones, and enjoy the show... For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ( narrated by (Kayona Ebony Brown) Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE A.L.O.N.E. by (Mike Leite) Licensed by CC — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Filmstro- music arranged for this episode by Kayona Ready Set Swing by (Michael Nickolaus)- Licensed by Audioworks - Copyright 2018 Sometimes by (Khalil Ismail). Licensed by KI Creatives - Copyright 2009 Words by (Khalil Ismail). Licensed by KI Creatives -Copyright 2016 Improvised Jazz guitar by Valentin Sosnitskiy. Licensed by CC — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 - music arranged for this episode by Kayona Self Driving by (Sro) copyright 2019 Licensed by CC-SA Scars by (Khalil Ismail), The Hoping LP copyright 2016 To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Click here for more info. Support this podcast
Episode 1.1: Funny Stories Blueprint [REWIND]
Apr 21 2021
Episode 1.1: Funny Stories Blueprint [REWIND]
As we take a brief hiatus, let's rewind back to the beginning, shall we? Meet Kenya Shaw, a single 20-something from DC working to build an independent record label while also navigating the worst city in the country for single women and not exactly the place you’d expect when it comes to entertainment -- Washington, DC. Not only is this a story of music, but it's also a music experience. So sit back, put on your headphones, and enjoy the show... For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ( narrated by (Kayona Ebony Brown) Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE Music in ads and promos provided by (Khalil Ismail). Strangers by Le Gang (Sweden) ( Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod (USA) ( by Nomyn (France) ( by Scott Buckley (Australia) ( -) Jazz Club by Kriss (Italy) Trail by Nobara Hayakawa (Columbia/Japan) - ( by JayJen Music (India) ( by Loxbeats (Greece) ( effects: (Story Blocks Audio) To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bancamp are two great sites to do so. (Click here) for more info. EPISODE SPONSOR This episode was brought to you by (Doctors To You), DC’s most trusted house call medical service provider. What are you sitting in an emergency room for? That’s so old school. You get your food delivered. You order everything from Amazon. Why not have your doctor come to you? No rush, plus you’re in the comfort of your own home, dorm, or hotel room, no waiting room. Go to (doctorstoyou.com) to book your house call today. Support this podcast
Bonus - Personality types (male-identifying characters)
Nov 25 2020
Bonus - Personality types (male-identifying characters)
Back on one of our bonus episodes in (May 2020), we explored the personality types of all the female-identifying characters. It was a really fun episode and you seemed to like it; it got a really great response. In this BONUS episode, I have some fun revealing the male characters' personality types using  (16personalities.com) as reference. Also, visit our  (Pinterest) for more on their style. So this episode, I’m going to give you the personality types of all the male characters that we’ve met thus far. Stax: Brandon Stacovski is Kenya’s friend from growing up; she’s known him the longest and their friendship has had (and will have) several different identities. He’s described as a white boy in the books and podcast with a cool “Brad Pitt/Tyler Durdan (Fight Club)” type of personality. He’s one of those people who knows everybody, very outgoing and good-looking, and a player (like (Sam Malone )from Cheers). So he gives Kenya real, unfiltered insight into men. He works in the financial industry and only loves his job because of the life/lifestyle it provides, but that will change in season 1 - (ESFJ) Soloman: Solomon Dyal is also one of Kenya’s close male friends; she met him during her stint in college (he finished at the fictional Prince Hall U). He’s that guy who wants to be married. It could be a mixture of culture/religion (Indian) that brings about an expectation of marriage or it could be his personality; some people are just the relationship type. He generally seeks Kenya’s insight. He’s a nice guy who seems to always attract women who don’t want anything serious, so there’s that constant conversation about what women want. He’s an entrepreneur too; he runs a start-up that helps concierge doctors. - (ISFJ) Lucas: Lucas is Kenya’s artist; she’s only known him for about four years but he’s become like a little brother. He’s young, only 20, and he’s one of those cute, guitar-playing types who’s super talented, so it’ll prove hard for her to wrangle his impatience (Beiber type). Because of popularity on social media, he wants success now. This relationship will prove to be Kenya’s most challenging as she balances having to play almost a mother-type role to him despite this being a professional relationship. - (ISFP) Derek St. Cyr: Kenya’s primary love interest. Derek is very enigmatic, but not intentionally. We only see him through Kenya’s eyes, so we are force to see only what she sees (and in some cases, we don’t even get that much), and because she’s self-conscious and a little inexperienced, she’s a little intimidated by Derek in the beginning. He comes across very much like (Mr. Big )on SATC, where we are forced to believe he’s great, but only because Kenya tells us he is. We find that he’s very mature for 27; he has some growing success in whatever it is he does for a living, but he’s grounded so this obvious increase in money and popularity doesn’t seem to be really affecting him. But it takes a while to learn all we, and Kenya, want to know about him. - (INFP) And on that last episode where I explored the female characters, I gave you a breakdown of my own as an ENFP (Campaigner). So go to 16personalities.com to take the quiz and find out your own type, tag me on social media and let me know what your type is Music for this episode is “ (Weightless)” by LIQWYD Listen to the (Bonus: personality types of... Support this podcast
Post-Ep3 Update: #1
Oct 20 2020
Post-Ep3 Update: #1
I’ve been busy with (Roadmap Writers) stuff (pitching), my own writing (short film and new TV pilot), and the podcast. I’m ready to start really focusing on growth with this project. So although episodes are written, I may not publish new podcasts for the story for a while. It’s hard to balance the art and the other stuff. I’m an artist; the other stuff sucks me dry, but I need to focus on the other stuff for a little while. For starters: please go to (ofmusicandmen.com/audience-survey).  I just finished a short film (excited): It was an honor to cast and work with two phenomenal Latinx actors, and tell a story with and through them that didn’t focus on trauma or stereotypical narratives we see about people from their native countries: Mexico and Cuba.  Heroes aren’t born; they are made. Inspired by the work and story of (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and the storytelling style of (Alejandro González Iñárritu), this story is a journey of a young educated woman, filled with cynicism about her America. But we experience her transition from insecure skeptic... to confident candidate. I hope this will inspire people of all races and backgrounds to be the heroes they want to see. We’ve moved to (Captivate) (for podcast hosting). We’re excited to work with Captivate because of their commitment to growth, their beautiful platform, and the flexibility. OM&M questions I’ve changed the numbering for the podcast? Why? Books/TV episodes are considered seasons in podcast feeds now. (Episode 3) is inspired by my love of sports, especially football. All of the motivational quotes were from famous athletes and coaches, and the storylines for each section used sports jargon to help move it along. Was Kenneth Gold inspired by a real person? Episode 3.3: Fourth and Long (Paul Carrick Brunson) and (David Wygant) (who inspired WIll Smith’s Hitch).  Are there music signatures for characters? I unconsciously went into this with signatures or sounds for all of them, but it actually became more clear with each character’s appearance and arch. Kenya is Ambient/Urban, which can sound like a blend of Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B, (Top 40) but at the same time, it may not be definitively any of those. The kind of music you might hear any of your favorite popular artists on. J is definitely more of a social girl, so you might hear more EDM, House, and electronic music, usually something with high energy Ty is Jazz and R&B. She actually is a fan of Classical too but I use Classical music with the cold opening, so I don’t usually use it again within the episodes. But she’s a big fan of the opera so it wouldn’t be out of the question to use it during some of her scenes. Tk is a Hip Hop artist so hers is the easiest. The same with Lucas, who’s a singer-songwriter, so his sound is more acoustic and soft Rock. Derek St. Cyr (aka Dream Guy) has a signature song (not sound because we won’t ever tell the story through the eyes of the men. They are there to support the women so no matter how important they are, we only see them through the eyes of Kenya, Ty or J). But his signature song is a Dubstep song, mostly because that glitchy sound is a way of musically describing how Kenya feels when she sees him. To see their visual styles and fashion, go to Pinterest.com/ofmusicandmen. It’s so cool. We have virtual closets for all of the characters, so you can get a clear idea of what they dress like. Make sure to follow OM&M everywhere online @ofmusicandmen, don’t forget to take the survey, which is linked up here in your show notes. My goal is to continue to give you updates, answer your questions, and generally stay connected as I try to build around... Support this podcast
Episode 3.8: Any Given Sunday [ep.3 FINALE]
Sep 30 2020
Episode 3.8: Any Given Sunday [ep.3 FINALE]
This is the season 3 finale! (Technically, it's the finale of episode three)...Take a moment to give your opinion in our survey: learns that life and football are not all that different. J decides to create a literal playbook for sex to ensure that the next time they decide to play, Cam reaches the goal. And Ty finally admits that things will no longer simply come to her because she wants them, neither in work nor in dating. Kenya gets Lucas to see how the plays she’s drawing up for him are the best ones for his skillset, and she decides to find a way to make Tk's activism work for them. Kenya gets the call that will change her romantic life forever.This is a story--Of Music and Men--so it's best to start at Episode One: (Omampodcast – Ep-1-blueprint)For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ( narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEFilmstroAnita Latina by Le GangLe Gang - "Lo-Fi Beats & Chill" (Album) on Spotify & Apple Music.Le Gang on SoundCloud: (@thisislegang)Le Gang on Spotify: (spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1)Le Gang on Apple Music: (apple.co/2tCxx8M)Le Gang on YouTube: (bit.ly/2Th5V7E)"Himalayas" by Mona Wonderlick — (bit.ly/youtube-monawonderlick)Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free download: (bit.ly/himalayas-download)Mellow by Ghostrifter➤ Spotify: (open.spotify.com/artist/1mIePRs1ixMW0gTaTSbX2p)➤ Youtube: (www.youtube.com/c/GhostrifterOfficial)➤ Instagram: (www.instagram.com/ghostrifterofficial)➤ Facebook: (www.facebook.com/GhostrifterOfficial)➤ Bandcamp: (ghostrifterofficial.bandcamp.com)● Help support Ghostrifter!➤ Donate: (www.paypal.com/paypalme2/ghostrifter)➤ Bandcamp: (ghostrifterofficial.bandcamp.com/)Maarif — Soyb & Amine Maxwell [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library PlusWatch: (youtu.be/QqsPjuyvM6c)Free Download / Stream: (alplus.io/maarif)Soyb: soybmusic@gmail.comsoyb.bandcamp.com@soybmusic (youtube.com/channel/UCllLIkIEh828Vr6bnlmcOyQ)Spotify: (open.spotify.com/artist/4mP52oJWDHbV3InZTcljkn) (facebook.com/SoybMusic) (instagram.com/iamsoyb)Amine Maxwell: (open.spotify.com/artist/7fBgvBDrg5ZA7YvweEd1Ii) (youtube.com/channel/UCYl7vNDbNLn-aRPB4ZgQTEw)@aminemaxwell (instagram.com/aminemaxwell) (facebook.com/AmineMaxwellOfficial) (twitter.com/AmineMaxwell) (Aminemaxwell.bandcamp.com)Put It On The Floor by Otis McDonald - | Royalty Free Music - No Copyright Music | ( | YouTube Music |Word of the episode: Luminance by @ (ScottBuckley)To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and band camp are two great sites to do so. Go... Support this podcast
Episode 3.3: Fourth and Long
Aug 19 2020
Episode 3.3: Fourth and Long
Kenya meets Kenneth Gold, a renowned dating coach, to help her understand the rules of the game and give some insider perspective into why she’s having problems scoring.This is a story--Of Music and Men--so it's best to start at Episode One: full credits and sources on this episode, go to: narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEMusic in this episode is provided by FilmstroSong: DayFox - Lioness (Instrumental) Commons — Attribution 3.0 — CC BY 3.0Free Download: promoted by Music Library – (Drumstep) by Le GangLe Gang : Blackest Bouquet x Leonell CassioYoutube: bit.ly/LeonellCassio-YoutubeFacebook: bit.ly/LeonellCassio-FacebookTwitter: bit.ly/LeonellCassio-TwitterInstagram: bit.ly/LeonellCassio-InstagramSnapchat: LeonellCassioMidnight Stroll by Ghostrifterghostrifterofficial.bandcamp.com/album/lo…llection● Social Media:➤ Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/1mIePRs1ixMW0gTaTSbX2p➤ Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/GhostrifterOfficial➤ Instagram: www.instagram.com/ghostrifterofficial➤ Facebook: www.facebook.com/GhostrifterOfficial➤ Bandcamp: ghostrifterofficial.bandcamp.com/Word of the episode: Soar by Scott BuckleyEdited with Adobe Creative CloudTo have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to (ofmusicandmen.com) to submit your music. Support this podcast