Internationally touring bassist and music director Rob Morgan sits down over drinks with intriguing people to try and learn what it means to live a curious life.

January 18, 2021

“Letter From Birmingham Jail” (read by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr)

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January 11, 2021

First Time Listening? Start Here!

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November 16, 2020

4 Tips For Artists Negotiating Your Fee With Venues and Booking Agents (Audio Essay)

Are you a Solo Artist or Singer-Songwriter that's experienced frustration when it comes to negotiating your fee with venues and booking agents? 

A friend recently voiced their frustration saying, "it is bullshit to pay a solo artist less than a full band for the same amount of performance time..."

Because I understand what it's like to be frustrated with the commerce side of music, instead of just saying, "Well, that's just the way things work." I decided to explain HOW venues approach compensation and give a couple of action steps because YOU DESERVE TO GET PAID FOR YOUR MUSIC!

Here was my reply...

October 30, 2020

A Guide To “Thinking & Drinking” (feat. Leslee Miller)

Here’s a question I’ve been wondering lately, “Can food and drink be a tool for mental travel in the time of COVID while we’re all stuck at home?” 
 
Hell yes it can! But you'll have to go about it the right way.
 
I’ve realized, if we can learn to implement Sommelier Leslee Miller’s philosophy of “Thinking & Drinking,” maybe we can get our mouth, nose, and eyes abroad… even if the rest of our body can’t.
 
Join me on the podcast as we head to a Salzburg Austria, and enter a schnapps shop resembling a store right out of a Harry Potter novel, where I learned… maybe drinking before noon doesn’t have to lead to drunkenly stumbling back onto a Sound of Music tour bus. 
 
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GUEST LINKS:
Leslee Miller: https://amuseewine.com/
Music: THUNDERBIRD by Ryan Taubert
 
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October 22, 2020

Question № 78 | Is there no truth? Are there only stories? (feat. T.D MISCHKE)

I’ve had a major problem doing this podcast… If I want to become a better bassist, I know where to look. There are professionals I can ask for lessons and advice on anything from tools to techniques. 
 
But where does one look if their goal is to become A Curious Person? Is there anyone who’s gone before and paved the way? Someone who’s questions are endless. Someone who understands that the human experience is a one-way ticket on a train that seems to be picking up speed. Someone who’s cultivated an insatiable appetite to learn about and listen to as many different personal stories, views, experiences, and thoughts as possible.
 
There is such a man,
 
his name…
 
T.D. Mischke.
 
My friends, if there was ever an episode that took a nose dove deep into what it means to be A Curious Person, this is it. Listen with caution. It may change everything.
 
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GUEST LINKS:
 
T.D. Mischke's Podcast, "The Mischke Roadshow" - https://mischkeroadshow.com/
 
Instagram: @tdmischke
 
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October 8, 2020

Lisa Kudrow’s Advice For Performers and “The Contagiousness of Energy”

I was recently listening to an interview with Lisa Kudrow (best known for acting on F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) In it, she talked about how, if you’re stepping on stage to perform, your NUMBER 1 PRIORITY is to be confident, relaxed, and comfortable.

 

“The audience is uncomfortable if you’re uncomfortable.”

 

I’ve known for years that, when we step on stage, we set the tone of the room but here’s the deal…

 

I haven’t been spending as much time on stage these past few months, but I’ve been wondering if this is true in my everyday life as well. Is energy contagious? What would it look like if I was as intentional about my energy say… when we walk into a room or jump on a zoom call lately? 

 

I feel cheezy as hell talking about this stuff sometimes, but man, I wish someone would have told me years ago that we all have this low-key superpower we're not tapping into called, setting the tone. 

 

www.thecuriouspod.com | (612) 584-9330  | Intro Song: Wild Pony Music

October 1, 2020

We Got COVID! (Why you should stop listening to EVERYone’s opinions)

Thank you to those that have reached out, noticing that the podcast suddenly stopped this month and that I’ve been absent from social media.

 

Following a week in bed with a stomach bug at the top of September, once I was FINALLY feeling better, Sarah and I both contracted COVID and were completely wiped out… scary stuff!

 

Interestingly, even with the numbers so high, it’s hard to wrap my mind around (1 million deaths worldwide, 200k deaths and 7.2 million JUST IN THE U.S.!) I still had a ton of friends saying that Sarah and I were the first people they knew personally who got it.

 

So, I pulled out the ol’ camcorder and recorded a video talking about what our experience looked like. (Testing, symptoms, and recovery) but first… we need to talk about all the opinions floating around out there.

 

Everyone seems to have a Medical Degree from Facebook University and when it comes to something serious like this… it can become pretty overwhelming.

 

Feck Perfuction by James Victore: https://amzn.to/3jgfrS9

 

Watch the video version of this on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCzrvY8ty98&t=214s&fbclid=IwAR3e0NfR3HMh4RQF-cl8Oikv8srqNtyTuGJ836EHrhuJNTu0VVGifbV-9cg

 

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September 9, 2020

Is Apathy The Opposite of Patriotism? (feat. Dan Rodriguez) | Question № 77

Visit Dan Rodriguez online at: https://www.danrodriguezmusic.com/

 

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September 3, 2020

Scheduling Happiness (feat. Cory Wong)

With all the shit that’s been happening in 2020, have you ever thought about scheduling happiness in your life?

 

Me neither. UNTIL I sat down with my friend Cory a couple of years ago and he told me about how he makes a point to make sure he intentionally sets aside time each week to mark off a couple of things I would have NEVER thought about putting on a to-do list.

 

So, I tried it for myself and I just realized today it’s become a habit in my life and also the reason you’ll never run into me without a 3M sticky note in my wallet. 

 

So, grab an americano, pull up a chair, and join Cory and me and he talks about why we need, now more than ever, to be scheduling happiness in our week.

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September 1, 2020

聞く “Coffee On The Rum”

聞く “Coffee On The Rum”

 

September 31st, 2020_7:06am_Light Rain_Rum River

 

We loaded up the motorcycles and rode North under blue skies. Away from the city, away from the noise, and away from the madness of 2020. And then came the rain.

 

A quote by George Santayana comes to mind, “We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment no matter what.” That’s why you’ll never hear me complain about the rain.

 

There are countless concerts I’ve played, cities I’ve wandered, or days I’ve simply spent outdoors with strikingly perfect weather. These memories, although enjoyable, seem to find their way into the commonplace of my memory, simply labeled, “Past”.

 

But days who’s plans were interrupted by rain… the edge of those memories have been sharpened.

 

Those, I always seem to remember.

 

Note For The Curious: While traveling, I often like to throw on headphones and listen to ambient audio of rain & thunder – whether trying to fall asleep on a plain/noisy hotel or even just to center myself for a few moments before a big show. Because of that, I created a TWO HOUR long audio clip of this. If you’d like it, download it for free on the podcast website.

 

聞く is a curious endeavor into the heart of listening through the art of binaural recording. Best listened to with the highest quality headphones you can get your hands on. 

 

https://www.thecuriouspod.com/binaural