Here's episode 15 of The Hexagon: A Podcast For Singer-Songwriters. It's a podcast about 6 aspects of being a singer-songwriter today (songwriting, performing, recording, business, growth, and life). This month, Kyshona Armstrong and I sit down for a talk...we discuss some of the following, and a lot more.
- Her time as a music therapist
- Tempering our emotions in song
- Lucky breaks and feeling blessed
- Keeping costs of a new record low
Songs of Kyshona’s featured:
- Same Blood - Single (Available on BandCamp)
- Do Nothing - from The Ride
- Cornelius Dupree - from Go
- The Best of You - from The Ride
Shout out to Erica Hayes-Schultz, the DJ from Nashville’s WXNA 101.5FM’s Soul of the City show…every Thursday from 4-6PM CST (as of this taping). Give love to this woman that gives love to local music!
Music Therapy - use of music to achieve non-musical goals
Jenn Bostic, who later co-wrote Kyshona’s latest record The Ride, played a part in Kyshona’s decision to move to Nashville on the day they first met.
- Nina Simone
- Ruthie Foster
- Sam Cooke
- Otis Redding
- Rose Polenzani
- Anais Mitchell
Kyshona often feels the need to temper her emotions in song…to ease up the darkness, make a story more palatable. She calls it putting a little sugar in anything she says, so that no one is alienated in the process. She knows that how she communicates can impact future work in certain arenas.
She feels that on tour she needs to be aware of women, and women of color, who will come to that venue after her. To be kind, and never give someone a reason to treat you negatively. Can she teach someone in this moment.
The Bomb Shelter
Partly where she recorded The Ride…
…and she also recorded some of the songs at Blackbird Studios.
She mentions an interview with Ann Powers for World Cafe
She also mentions an interview with Jewly Hight from Nashville Scene
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