‘Life as a Producer: for Many Voices’

What exactly does a producer do?, for Many Voices

When I’m traveling, I always dread the question, “What do you for a living?” Because I’m a producer, and the second question is always, “What exactly does a producer do?” The best answer I’ve ever heard to that question was from Quincy Jones. He’s produced Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson and Miles Davis. He said… Continue Reading »

My Five Rules as a Producer, for Many Voices

Tonight at our company’s annual summer party, I got a chance to have my first conversation with one of our new employees. We began by asking each other what we did for the company. Once I understood what he was up to, he wanted to know more about how we produced our programs. He’d heard… Continue Reading »

How I Came to Work for Sounds True, for Many Voices

Last weekend I celebrated my fifteenth anniversary at Sounds True in the middle of our second annual Wake-Up Festival at the Rocky Mountain YMCA. The next morning I was sitting in the dining room with a couple from Nebraska who were attending the festival. They asked me how I came to work for Sounds True…. Continue Reading »

Layne Redmond, 1952-2013, for Many Voices

As a producer and editor for Sounds True, I am friendly with most of “my” authors. I have become friends with a few of them. But there’s only one who was more than a friend, and that was Layne Redmond. But I’m not alone in that. Within 24 hours, Layne had almost 1000 people “like”… Continue Reading »

Catching Up with Lisa Wimberger, for Many Voices

My primary area of interest over the last couple of years has been the relationship between meditation practices and measurable brain change. I have recorded programs on positive neuroplasticity with authors such as Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, and Andrew Newberg, and late last year I recorded two products with someone I believe will… Continue Reading »

Creating a Field Guide to the Human Brain with Rick Hanson, for Many Voices

I’ve recently returned from recording a new program with Rick Hanson in Corte Madera, California. I first worked with Rick and his co-author Rick Mendius in 2009, when we recorded Meditations to Change Your Brain and Meditations for Happiness at the late, lamented Ursa Minor Studios in San Rafael, with the always amazing Ben Leinbach… Continue Reading »

“This is what we teach, this is what we practice”: Recording “Walking Meditation” with Nguyen Anh-Huong, for Many Voices

Last week I was in the studio with David Frenette, recording a program on Centering Prayer Meditations. David lives in Boulder, and so when some expected and unexpected situations arose during our recording, we had lots of options if we needed them, which we mostly didn’t. It’s actually not uncommon to be recording when something… Continue Reading »

Remembering Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, for Many Voices

While I’ve lived in Boulder since 1979, it has been home to at least two spiritual teachers whose work will outlast them. The first was Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Tibetan Buddhist who founded Boulder’s Naropa University and its local Vajradhatu community, who died in 1987. The other was Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who is credited with… Continue Reading »

Reflections on my Sixteenth Anniversary as a Producer for Sounds True, for Many Voices

Last week was my sixteenth anniversary of working for Sounds True. Anniversaries are a time of reflection for me. I like to step back and look at what I’m doing with my life. As I’ve mentioned before, I have two lives. In one, I’m a producer for Sounds True, and I used to work with… Continue Reading »

“The Only Time I’ve Ever Lost My Temper in the Studio”–for Many Voices

Every Friday, Sounds True sends out an e-mail called Weekly Wisdom. Each of these mailings includes a “Producer’s Pick,” where we get to highlight one of our titles. Recently it was a 2-CD program I recorded with Matthieu Ricard on his book, Happiness. Even seven years later, it’s still one of my favorite recording, and… Continue Reading »