In this episode, I talk with my friend Bradley Ford about his career in music, our love of music and musicals, the impact of music on society through education and so much more, including what it’s like to have experienced a school shooting first hand. This conversation took many twists and turns and returns upon itself into a woven storyline that created the longest episode so far. So this is Part 1 of the two-part conversational biography.

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  • 0:02:17 Grown men gushing over Celine Dion
  • 0:05:23 Celine Dion is the female Meat Loaf
  • 0:08:23 Jafar lipsyncs Eric Carmen
  • 09:55 Shared deep love of music
  • 0:12:27 From Muffin to Bleach with Bradley on guitar
  • 0:22:37 Impact of music on the creator and the listener
  • 0:31:15 One of the most underrated rock records of all time
  • 0:33:36 Hearing in technicolor
  • 0:39:47 Phantom of the Opera
  • 0:46:28 Life and humanity through the lens of The Greatest Showman
  • 0:57:39 “A beautiful crap shoot of life”


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We talked about many a song in this episode, so it’s only fair that you have a chance to have those at your fingertips for your listening pleasure.

The infamous Muffin ringer tee

Static album cover by Bleach

Bradley created this Bleach playlist so you can hear that part of his world.

Dove Award for Alternative/Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “Epidermis Girl”

Commemorating the #1 single “Super Good Feeling” written by our guest Bradley Ford

Commemorating the #1 single “Super Good Feeling” … written by our guest Bradley Ford

If you haven’t heard the 25th anniversary cast performance of Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring Ramin Karimloo (Phantom) and Sierra Boggess (Christine), here’s your chance. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

And of course, we also recommend that you give some listens to The Greatest Showman


Bradley’s selection for this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight will be presented in Part 2 of this conversation. Stay tuned.

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