The Music Makers
The Music Makers
Andy Kushner
Episode 28 Peter Himmelman Part 2: Journey of a Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, TV & Film Composer, Speaker, Consultant, and Author
1 hour 2 minutes Posted Oct 2, 2020 at 12:00 am.
] This week Andy and Peter are digging into Peter’s songwriting and other aspects of his career in the entertainment industry. [00:02:01] Hear more about Peter’s prolific songwriting chops.  [00:04:01] Peter shares his approach to writing songs and how he comes up with his lyrics. [00:06:49] Listen as Peter performs a song.  [00:09:39] Peter chats about his new album and where the title track came from.  [00:11:43] How he felt as he was writing the song.  [00:14:25] Taking something known and turning it into a mystery is Peter’s goal when he writes.  [00:15:58] Peter performs “Press On.”  [00:21:40] Learn more about his song, “Flown This Acid World,” and how it came about. [00:23:26] Hear a portion of the song performed live.  [00:25:33] Peter performs another song.  [00:29:17] How did he develop his stage presence?  [00:32:57] Why his comfort on stage helps him to own it.   [00:35:40] Writing music for TV & Film is somewhat similar to writing songs. Learn more.  [00:40:36] Learn more about Peter’s company Big Muse.  [00:44:05] How Covid has affected his business.  [00:47:04] Are his new songs related to our current plight in society?  [00:48:01] Listen to another of Peter’s songs.  [00:51:22] What is Peter dreaming of now?  [00:56:07] Learn more about the song “Impermanent Things.” [00:58:13] Peter performs Impermanent Things.   LINKS & RESOURCES Peter Himmelman: www.peterhimmelman.com www.bigmuse.com www.letmeoutbook.com https://ffm.to/pressonalbum https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimmelman/#337d49c61271 https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oTe4zcu5jeIY2nM8gOSSi Beneath The Damage And The Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFxiiqWYis Press On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D82xsBxGpYI This Is How It Ends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxCrsrEVJo A Place In Your Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0220fM4m8 Flown This Acid World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-_cbApVC7U  Woman With The Strength of 10,000 Men (performs around 25:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTU-ppinm1s Impermanent Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPhZtEDfyfI Follow The Music Makers:  The Music Makers on Instagram The Music Makers podcast theme song was written and produced by Andy Kushner with help from the rhythm section and horn players of the band, SoundConnection: Elliot Jefferson, Lamonte Silver, Keith Hammond, Roy Lambert, Joe Herrera, and Craig Alston. Sponsor: Kushner Entertainment  Check out Andy's Other Podcast: The Wedding Biz
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If you missed Andy’s Part 1 interview of Peter Himmelman it was released just last week, as episode #27, and is well-worth checking out before tuning in to this Part 2 interview.  Andy and Peter are back to discuss the intricacies of songwriting, Peter’s process, and his experiences outside of writing songs. Writing songs is truly an art and every single artist does it differently. Peter’s take on songwriting is so simple yet allows him to craft extremely emotional songs that touch his listeners in all stages of life.  So how does he do it? Rather than stepping straight into a story or trying to craft a masterpiece off the top of his head, he thinks about the emotions that he’s feeling. Every song is a story that needs to be told and the story comes second to the overall emotion.  Listen as Peter shares the writing of some of his songs and then actually performs them live on the podcast. He’s a brilliant and prolific songwriter and his experience shows in the way that he crafts his lyrics.  Andy also asks Peter to delve into his work composing scores for TV and Film. Listen as Peter shares how the process of composing a score versus writing a song is still amazingly similar. They also discuss his highly engaging stage persona as well as the consulting company he founded Big Muse, which helps individuals and organizations realize their creative potential. This artist’s career has been long and storied and above all he wants to keep touching the lives of people all over the world. He still has big dreams and he’s not letting anything stop him from reaching them.    Show Highlights: [00:00:10] This week Andy and Peter are digging into Peter’s songwriting and other aspects of his career in the entertainment industry. [00:02:01] Hear more about Peter’s prolific songwriting chops.  [00:04:01] Peter shares his approach to writing songs and how he comes up with his lyrics. [00:06:49] Listen as Peter performs a song.  [00:09:39] Peter chats about his new album and where the title track came from.  [00:11:43] How he felt as he was writing the song.  [00:14:25] Taking something known and turning it into a mystery is Peter’s goal when he writes.  [00:15:58] Peter performs “Press On.”  [00:21:40] Learn more about his song, “Flown This Acid World,” and how it came about. [00:23:26] Hear a portion of the song performed live.  [00:25:33] Peter performs another song.  [00:29:17] How did he develop his stage presence?  [00:32:57] Why his comfort on stage helps him to own it.   [00:35:40] Writing music for TV & Film is somewhat similar to writing songs. Learn more.  [00:40:36] Learn more about Peter’s company Big Muse.  [00:44:05] How Covid has affected his business.  [00:47:04] Are his new songs related to our current plight in society?  [00:48:01] Listen to another of Peter’s songs.  [00:51:22] What is Peter dreaming of now?  [00:56:07] Learn more about the song “Impermanent Things.” [00:58:13] Peter performs Impermanent Things.   LINKS & RESOURCES Peter Himmelman: www.peterhimmelman.com www.bigmuse.com www.letmeoutbook.com https://ffm.to/pressonalbum https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimmelman/#337d49c61271 https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oTe4zcu5jeIY2nM8gOSSi Beneath The Damage And The Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFxiiqWYis Press On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D82xsBxGpYI This Is How It Ends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxCrsrEVJo A Place In Your Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0220fM4m8 Flown This Acid World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-_cbApVC7U  Woman With The Strength of 10,000 Men (performs around 25:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTU-ppinm1s Impermanent Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPhZtEDfyfI Follow The Music Makers:  The Music Makers on Instagram The Music Makers podcast theme song was written and produced by Andy Kushner with help from the rhythm section and horn players of the band, SoundConnection: Elliot Jefferson, Lamonte Silver, Keith Hammond, Roy Lambert, Joe Herrera, and Craig Alston. Sponsor: Kushner Entertainment  Check out Andy's Other Podcast: The Wedding Biz