10 Podcasts I am Loving Right Now

In a recent post, I talked about using podcasts as an incentive to exercising, and I received more messages and comments asking me which podcasts I listen to than about anything else!  So, here are ten that I have been listening to pretty regularly.  It’s a mix of classical music-specific pods, creative entrepreneurship shows, and general life inspiration shows (because who doesn’t need a little of that these days?).

I’ve also enjoyed being a guest on a few podcasts recently.  One is listed below, and the other was just released yesterday on the Thrive Podcast.  You can have a listen to that one here.  The host, Olga Müller, is a life coach in Germany and wanted to talk to me about career pivots and moving things in the direction of your dream life.  It’s always fun to see a classical music career through the lens of a non-musician!

Do you have a favorite podcast that TFTL readers might want to know about?  I’d love to hear about them, too.  Tell us about them in the comments.  Happy listening!

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1. Crushing Classical

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Tracy Friedlander is the host of this great interview-based pod.  Her guests are all people who are “Redefining a Thriving Classical Music Career”.  Folks who have started their own ensembles, publicists, performers, and administrators.  Anyone who is breaking some sort of mold.

My favorite episode

Or my episode where  I blah blah blah about a few things cello-related.

2. Mind Over Finger


This is another musician-based podcast and also done with interviews.  Renée-Paule Gauthier has talked to performers like Arnaud Sussman, Joshua Roman, and Tessa Lark about practice and performance techniques.  Last year she did a fantastic series from the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Indiana.

Stay tuned for an upcoming TFTL Spotlight Interview with Renée-Paule!

My favorite episode

3. Good Life Project


With host Jonathan Fields.  Guests include today’s most sought after writers and thought-leaders. From CEOs of billion-dollar companies to philosophers and athletes, each guest brings a fascinating perspective on the idea of how to “Live a Good Life”.

My favorite episode

4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin


If you’ve been hanging around TFTL for a while, you probably know my obsession with Gretchen Rubin and her books.  Several of my posts, like my “30-Day Focus Project” and my “Teaching according to the Four Tendencies” have been inspired by her research and books.  This podcast is her and her sister talking about life hacks, little things to make your life “a little happier” and hilarious stories about their day-to-day lives. 

My favorite episode


5. Her Money


You know what we are not taught in Music School?  What to do with money.  How to get it, what to do with it once we have it, and how to figure out retirement.  Several of my colleagues have admitted that they have NO retirement savings and just plan on teaching and playing until the end—not necessarily because they want to, but because they don’t have any other choice.

Host Jean Chatzky, who many of us know from her work with the Today Show, has made it her mission to educate women on the basics of personal finance.  From explaining the difference between a Roth and a SEP IRA to what the heck an index fund even IS, and how to balance saving for retirement and funding your child’s education, this podcast should be required study material for every music student.

My favorite episode


6. Stand Partners For Life


This one is new to me.  LA Phil violinists Nathan Cole and his wife, Akiko Tarumoto riff on the ins and outs of being orchestral musicians.  Topics have included audition prep, dealing with injuries, and taking listener questions.  They have great banter and it’s like peering into the daily life of orchestral musicians.

My favorite episode 


7. The Bulletproof Musician


Noa Kageyama trained with performance coach extraordinaire, Don Greene while he was at the New World Symphony.  I know DG is extraordinary because I was lucky enough to have been one of his first groups of guinea pigs at NWS when he was starting to build on his research on classical musicians and write his first book. The stuff WORKS.  Noa’s voice is so soft and calm and low, that it sometimes makes me a little bit sleepy.  This isn’t one to listen to if you’re trying to get a power walk in at the same time—you might find yourself strolling along at a snail’s pace, BUT the information he puts out is great.  He combines music-related research with his own work in the field of sports psychology and the result is concrete ideas you can take into the practice room and onto the stage.

My favorite episode


8. Don’t Keep Your Day Job


The host of DKYDJ is Cathy Heller, a singer-songwriter who went to LA with dreams of making it as the next Brittney Spears.  She ended up losing her record deal. Turns out her too-mellow-for-rock-arenas sound was perfect for TV and Movies and she started finding huge success in licensing her music.  She started her podcast to help fellow creatives find their niche, and build their lives around their passions.  Her advice can get a little sappy at times, but there are too many nuggets of good, tactical advice to stop listening.

My favorite episode


9. Super Soul Sunday


Oh, Oprah. I never thought I would be a big Oprah fan, but I’ve got to hand it to her.  She can get ANYONE in the world to be a guest, and she gets some good ones.  Michael Jordan, Byron Katie, Wes Moore, Deepak Chopra and Eckart Tolle.  It’s like a weekly dose of inspiration.

My favorite episode


10. The Brendon Show


Whatever the Bulletproof Musician lacks in vocal energy, Brendon Burchard is at the opposite end of the spectrum.  I sometimes wonder if he just downs red bull by the bucketful, but he’s too healthy for that.  I think he’s just really passionate about his work.  His main focus is High Performance.  (He wrote the High-Performance Habits, which I LOVED).  He doesn’t do interviews but takes a topic like productivity, motivation, or social media marketing and riffs on it for a while.  He’s got great ideas and leaves you with both things to do and things to think about.

My favorite episode

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