Bumping Bill Pullman, Pictionary with Ron Howard, being a cartoon, banana bread and winning a Grammy, Linda Perry in an elevator, too many Pixie Sticks, a new MIDI, and surprise jerky! Plus a new improv game with musical break-ups!

Lucy Kalantari (@lucytoon), 2019 Grammy Winner (Lucy Kalantari and The Jazz Cats – Best Children’s Album), joins hosts Marc Raco (@racomarc), Danielle Beckmann (@deebeck) and producer Elsie (@elsietheproducer) in the MouthMedia Network studio powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Danielle’s new “side gig” with too many Pixie Sticks?
  • A music-themed nerd tip of the week that will either mean a lot or very little to people with a love for synthesizers
  • Marc shares how he and Lucy first met, and the role she played in his proposal to his fiancee
  • The perils of working on a laptop on the subway, and the general lack of awareness of personal space we encounter on our daily life
  • Danielle shares a story of how a friend bumped into Bill Pullman on the train and how working a toy fair at the Javitz Center led to playing Pictionary with Ron Howard
  • A round of our new improv game, “Musical Breakup,” where two people since their way through a parting of ways in conflicting musical styles
  • Lucy’s love for cartoons and why having the twitter handle @lucytoon helps her keep things light on social media
  • The experience of being nominated for, and ultimately winning, a Grammy for best children’s album
  • The happy coincidence where Lucy learned about her Grammy nomination on her son Darius’ birthday
  • All that goes into receiving a Grammy, from finding out you’ve been nominated the same way everyone finds out who the nominees are, to figuring out what to wear, to making through the junkets in time to receiving your trophy with 15 minutes to spare, and hearing the walk off music play during your speech
  • What it was like sharing such a career milestone with her son on stage next to her
  • Meeting Linda Perry and Fantastic Negrito at the Grammys
  • How winning a Grammy has solidified Lucy’s sense of community as a musician and performer
  • The evolution of Lucy’s relationship with her album “All The Sounds,” from the moments of inspiration for the songs to now after the album has been so well received
  • The themes behind the album, and how her approach with songwriting went for a more realistic and somewhat darker approach compared to her earlier albums like “Pockets Full of Joy”
  • Revising “All The Sounds” after winning the Grammy and finding satisfaction in accomplishing what she set out to create
  • Plus, Elsie surprises everyone with a type of jerky that’s healthier than anyone would expect!

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