Month: April 2018

#008 – Ginger Eldridge: Mother, Survivor, Honorer

In this episode, I reconnect with Ginger Eldridge, someone I’ve known for nearly the entire 26 years I’ve lived in Nashville. To date, she and I have the longest history together of any guest.

We talk about …

  • music business life in Nashville
  • the impact we both experienced knowing the late great Landy Gardner
  • getting to second base with Dolly Parton
  • doing life with an out ex-spouse
  • and so much more

She’s a Mother. She’s a Survivor. And she’s an Honorer. Listen, you’ll see.

Big thank you to everyone who has subscribed and left a rating/review like this one about episode #6 with painter/songwriter Elizabeth Foster … “Loved this conversation! Was like I was sitting on the porch swing with you two.”

“Loved this conversation! Was like I was sitting on the porch swing with you two.”

That much sums up with this show is all about. Everyday people having a conversation, telling stories of their lives, and learning new things about each other. More than an interview … it’s a conversation. Two sided; not just one. And in the social media age when most people have resorted to talking AT each other, this is an opportunity to talk WITH each other.

Like this episode with Ginger Eldridge … we go light we go deep then we go light then we go deep again then light again as we cover a lot of memory ground in this conversation.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:14 College survival and Nashville arrival
  • 0:09:16 Experiences in Christ Church Choir
  • 0:13:10 Getting to 2nd base with Dolly Parton
  • 0:21:14 Career on Music Row
  • 0:27:10 Discarding stuff and heavy memories
  • 0:31:30 The legacy of Landy Gardner
  • 0:39:52 Coffee the Italian way
  • 0:44:28 The legacy of Landy Gardner, part two
  • 0:48:02 Adulting with an out ex-spouse
  • 0:54:54 Stairway To Heaven
  • :59:48 Non-Profit Spotlight: Alive Hospice
  • 1:01:04 Celebrity bucket list introductions
  • 1:08:40 Importance of divorced parents staying close by for the kids
  • 1:13:16 Doing life with an out ex-spouse
  • 1:39:24 My shocking musical confession

FOLLOW ALONG

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GUEST SOCIALS

Connect with Ginger directly on Twitter. All others are set to private.


RELATED INFO

Photos and videos of topics we discussed are shown here for your viewing pleasure. Additional info and time stamps from the episode are listed in the captions.

Ginger Eldridge and her daughter Amanda, photographed at a special moment described at XXXXX


Ginger Eldridge singing with Christ Church Choir. Photo courtesy of Ginger Eldridge.


Ginger Eldridge (on Left in camouflage) singing “Eagle When She Flies” with Dolly Parton on 1991 CMA Awards show mentioned at 0:16:04. Photo courtesy of Ginger Eldridge.



This magical music moment with Dolly Parton singing “He’s Alive” backed by Christ Church Choir that Ginger mentioned at 0:12:58.


fashion photos in front of CD wall

A few favorite photos with the CD wall mentioned at 0:25:21. Photos by Gregory Byerline.



“Gotta Go Through” by Christine Dente discussed at 0:29:57 and 1:38:35


Ginger Eldridge with music celebrities she’s met over the years. Top…Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Dolly Parton. Middle Left…Billy Ray Cyrus. Middle Right…Don Henley. Lower Left…Mary Chapin Carpenter. Lower Right…Neil Diamond. Photos courtesy of Ginger Eldridge.



Landy Gardner Memorial Service. Video starts midway through the memorial service when his daughters Dionne & Lauren share their eulogies as discussed in this episode at 0:31:33. The entire memorial service is also worth watching and hearing.


Because it’s hard to *only* talk about this epic performance, mentioned at 0:55:47, one really needs to see and hear it too. Enjoy.


And because a conversation with me that includes music will likely include allusions to songs or lyrics because, in fact, the song remembers when indeed. Hear at 1:39:02.


An essential play for Tom Petty fans, or those of us who have yet to jump on the Petty train (as I mentioned at 1:42:46).


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Through her direct experience in the final days of her brother’s life, Ginger Eldridge has selected Alive Hospice for this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Alive Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education while serving more than 3,600 patients and their families annually (more than 430 daily) and provides grief support services for nearly 600 adults and children in Middle Tennessee in addition to training for tomorrow’s caregivers and education for the community at large.

As the only not-for-profit, community-based hospice in Middle Tennessee, Alive Hospice never turns anyone away, regardless of ability to pay, insurance status, race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.

Learn more about Alive Hospice by visiting their official website, follow this great organization on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and consider how you can donate or volunteer to support this great organization.


#007 – Jenny & Franklin Baker: Runners, Homeschoolers, Encouragers

Jenny & Franklin Baker have covered more ground (literally) than your average couple, whether on the road or trail running or turning their life’s boat upstream by moving to the woods and simplifying their life to amplify the impact they have on others lives. Listen in as we talk about ultra running (any distance longer than a 26.2-mile marathon…yeah, it’s a thing), homeschooling, living intentionally, female empowerment, and so much more. Another good’n for you.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:06 Team Baker and ultra running
  • 0:09:57 Hybrid running
  • 0:11:00 Why do you run?
  • 0:18:07 Georgia Jewel race
  • 0:26:25 Trail running community
  • 0:29:28 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 0:30:51 Homeschooling
  • 0:41:11 Homeschooling challenges
  • 0:44:22 The War on Normal book
  • 0:54:38 The Bannister Effect
  • 0:55:25 “An Open Letter to Eves”
  • 0:59:25 SheVentures
  • 1:02:50 Pursuit of comfort
  • 1:12:32 The importance of a significant ringtone

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Learn more about Jenny & Franklin Baker at these links:
Jenny Baker … Instagram | Blog
Franklin Baker … Instagram
Georgia Jewel … Official Website | Facebook
SheVentures … Official Website | Facebook


RELATED INFO

SheVentures logoIn this episode, we talked about the trail race Team Baker directs called Georgia Jewel. I had the privilege of running part of the Georgia Jewel course, both of which were quite the adventure. First was a preview run, and the second was actual race day. If you’d like to run this great event, register here and also visit the official site.

Learn more about SheVentures, the outdoor opportunity for women to “explore the earth, conquer the adventure (and pee in the woods)”

Blog post by Gregory called An Open Letter To Eves

Jenny’s book The War on Normal: How to Find Contentment in Your Post-Baby Body

The War on Normal book cover

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Jenny & Franklin Baker have selected Run4Water  for their episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Run4Water strives to raise awareness and provide solutions for the worldwide water crisis. They are not the typical nonprofit organization: while they operate on donations and want to make a big impact in the world, Run4Water also wants to inspire others to use their talents and abilities to make a change in the world around you. Run4Water holds events and races that encourage others to get involved. They offer resources and experience to help others make a difference in the world. The organization consists of individuals from all backgrounds coming together to perform a monumental task.

Learn more about Run4Water by visiting their official website and follow this great organization on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

The War on Normal: How to Find Contentment in Your Post-Baby Body

 

 

 

#006 – Elizabeth Foster: Painter, Musician, Dreamer

Elizabeth Foster is a beyond-talented artist whose work you really need to see and hear. We talk about her early music career, world travels, uber-fantastic paintings she creates that are must-see (truly), how she makes a living as a full-time artist, and how much I really want an Elizabeth Foster tattoo. Definitely visit the show notes to see her work.

For more conversations in this series, go to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, search for Collected Clan and subscribe. Ratings and reviews also help with spreading the word about these conversations. Thank you.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:48 Early music career
  • 0:03:52 Touring Ukraine
  • 0:08:20 Hannah & Elizabeth and solo music
  • 0:13:12 Collecting Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:17:23 Tattoos
  • 0:22:35 Origin of her style
  • 0:33:18 Animals as muses
  • 0:40:22 Current projects
  • 0:42:49 Even more Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:44:36 Personal work vs Commissions
  • 0:51:01 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 0:52:50 What Elizabeth sees in her dreams
  • 0:57:54 The NeverEnding Story and storm chasing
  • 1:02:47 Life in a creative household
  • 1:04:44 First-time parent later in life

FOLLOW ALONG

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Learn more about Elizabeth at these links and treat your eyes and ears to the creative mind of Elizabeth Foster.
Official Website | Etsy  | Instagram | Spotify


RELATED INFO

Follow Elizabeth to learn about new art openings, including her new solo show at Lark & Key Gallery & Boutique in Charlotte, NC from April 6, 2018 through May 26, 2018.

Info about Yalta Conference mentioned in segment about touring Ukraine.

See below for photos of items and artworks discussed in this episode.

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francsco

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francisco. Listen on Spotify or purchase a copy from Amazon.

Hand tattoo designs mentioned early in the episode.

 "The Writer" 30x40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Writer” 30×40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "This Little Light of Mine" 8x10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

“This Little Light of Mine” 8×10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

 "Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

"The Bear and The Bass" by Elizabeth Foster

“The Bear and The Bass” by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Beauty of a Rare Find" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Beauty of a Rare Find” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Meeting in the Middle" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Meeting in the Middle” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Incredible Race" 48x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Incredible Race” 48×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Elizabeth has selected Safe Haven as her episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. They keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

 


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

San Francisco, solo album by Elizabeth Foster