Award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer, David LaMotte returns to cringe for a second time! David and I sit down in his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, to talk about his first studio album in a decade, "The Other Way Around." We go track-by-track (more or less...we jump around a fair bit), and David shares behind-the-scenes stories behind every single song from this new record...and David even performs one of them live right here on the podcast.
Broadway star, Rebecca Pitcher, joins the Cringe podcast! Rebecca is currently performing with the national touring production of the "The Sound of Music" and has starred on Broadway (and toured nationally) as Christine Daaé in "The Phantom of the Opera." Rebecca wasn't able to appear on the previous 30th Anniversary Phantom episode due to her busy touring schedule, but during a recent break from the tour, she was nice enough to come back and let me interview her for the show.
Since this is the second "Phantom of the Opera" related episode in a row, I decided to mix it up and asked my good friend, Sarah Leer, to guest co-host this episode and discuss my conversation with Rebecca as it unfolds. Sarah Leer is a good friend, musical theater nerd, fellow Phantom Phan, and currently serves as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Actors Gary Mauer and Jan Horvath from Broadway's "The Phantom of the Opera" join me on the podcast to discuss the 30th anniversary of the show's debut on the London stage in 1986. Gary Mauer donned the famous mask on Broadway in 2007 and holds the record for most performances of any actor in the role of Raoul. Jan Horvath is a member of the original 1988 New York company and has played both Christine and Carlotta on Broadway. Both Gary and Jan have considerable acting and singing credits to their name. During this episode, Gary and I discuss the theology of "Jesus Christ Superstar," and Jan becomes the first Broadway actress to make pig grunts on my podcast!
Ron Wasserman is a composer for television shows and has written theme songs and musical score for countless television credits such as "Spongebob Squarepants," "Hot in Cleveland" with Betty White, "The Soul Man" with Cedric the Entertainer, "Bella and the Bulldogs" on Nickelodeon, "America's Next Top Model," and "X-Men: The Animated Series." Ron made his big break when he wrote and sang the original theme tune for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers under the pseudonym, Aaron Waters (a.k.a. The Mighty RAW). We talk extensively about why he wanted to write a hard rock score to a kids' show, whether or not he will be involved in the new Power Rangers reboot film for Lionsgate, and how Eddie Van Halen gave him the highest compliment of his career!
The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of the book, "Preaching as Testimony," has written several articles, and served as the editor for the book, "Inscribing the Word: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann." This episode, Anna shares some of her favorite Broadway musicals and talks about how her background in the theater shaped her life. We also talk about how preachers can wrestle faithfully with issues of politics and candidates like Donald Trump from the pulpit. She answers many of your questions from social media, e-mail, and Facebook about the behind-the-scenes process of sermon preparation in the preacher's life.
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, drummer for "Weird Al" Yankovic, joins the Cringe podcast! Bermuda will be performing around the country and beyond this summer as part of the Mandatory World Tour with Weird Al. Their latest album, "Mandatory Fun," won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts! This episode, we cover a wide range of topics from Bermuda's long career in music as well some hair-raising behind-the-scenes stories from being in Al's band! Bermuda also takes your questions from social media, e-mail, and Facebook - including specially submitted questions from the Close, Personal Friends of Al Facebook group!
If you'd like to find out more, you can catch Bermuda on the web at:
Are human beings inherently bad or inherently good? Or are we more shades of grey? How do we understand brilliant artists like David Bowie and Woody Allen who create art that moves people but who have also faced allegations of abuse? This episode my good friend, Carrie Nelson, Skypes in to the podcast to discuss how we understand these complicated nuances - not just in celebrities but also in our own lives during the season of Lent. Carrie Nelson is the creator of Gender Across Borders. She is a writer for the Lifestyle section of "The Daily Dot" and the Entertainment section of SheKnows. She is also the creator, director, and producer the Greyscale Project.
If you would like to learn more about Carrie's work, you can find her at:
The Grescale Project: http://www.greyscaledoc.com
Angie Haze of The Angie Haze Project performs live on the podcast! Angie Haze is a recording artist and producer based out of Cleveland. She has been seen performing at the Akron Civic Center, the House of Blues in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and countless other venues in and around the Cleveland area. This episode, Angie brings her guitar and bell shoes into my living room(!) and plays several of her songs off of her album, “Heat to Cold” live right here on the podcast. She also plays a sneak peek at a brand new song coming off her forthcoming album!
We talk about the creative process and how imposing limitations on ourselves can actually help us to become more creative. We discuss how making art can help us tap into emotions that we’re not even aware of, and Angie shares some of the stories behind her own lyrics. Strap on your bells! Angie Haze joins Episode 13 of the Cringe podcast!
Rob Asghar is an author and contributor for Forbes Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and the Washington Post's "On Faith." Rob joins me this episode to discuss a number of topics including how Christians and churches can honestly and relevantly engage in thought and dialogue about our relationship with the Muslim world. He talk about his experiences growing up in a family of Pakistani-American immigrants and his journey through both Islam and Christianity. We also discuss some of the questions facing scholars today about this historical Jesus, as well as his complicated feelings about scholar, Reza Aslan, author of the book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."
The Force A̶w̶a̶k̶e̶n̶s̶ Cringes! Actress Katie Cofield ("Sleepy Hollow" [FOX], "Once Upon A Time: The Rock Opera") joins me this episode to nerd out about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise in anticipation of the release of "The Force Awakens." Katie recently appeared as an elementary school teacher who helps Ichabod Crane on the hit drama, "Sleepy Hollow," on FOX. She shares what it's like being on the set of a major network drama and also offers some behind-the-scenes insights in the competitive field of getting gigs for television and film. We also talk about her recent experience starring in "Once Upon A Time: The Rock Opera," and what it was like performing from a pirate ship at Comic-Con!