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.

February 13, 2020

Question 73 // What’s the official cocktail of New Orleans? (feat. The Sazerac House)

What’s the best way to really taste whisky? How are cocktails and ‘Coffee Houses’ historically connected? Can the way you order a cocktail make you a better traveler? What’s the official cocktail of New Orleans (seriously… it’s the only city in America that’s passed legislation to have an official cocktail!) and how can you make it at home?

 

Join Rob and Sarah as they travel to New Orleans to meet up with their friend Miguel Solorzano, the general manager of The Sazerac House, to answer these questions and more.

 

Recording Location: The Official Tasting Room on the 3rd floor of The Sazerac House in New Orleans

        

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January 27, 2020

Lefty: “What’re ya looking for?” Me: “I have no damn clue…” (or “What I ask when looking for a recommendation”)

Sarah and I are smashing beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans. We just left Euclid, a record store on the East side of town with a stack of vinyl and I’m suddenly struck with a realization… The reason I just had such a killer experience discovering new music is directly related to a conversation I had with my friends Ian and Jorge this last summer about coming up with a better question to ask when asking for a recommendation. Sushi, beer, food, cocktails, music… doesn’t matter. This shit works and I wish I would have known about it years ago!

 

Ian's Ep: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/question-6-what-makes-someone-influencer-feat-ian-allison/id1231166203?i=1000385712861

 

 
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January 17, 2020

Question 72 // How’d you get into vinyl records? (feat. Down In The Valley’s Scott Farrell & Steven Williams)

Scott Farrell and Steven Williams work for Down In The Valley Record Store in Golden Valley, MN. If you’ve been following along with the podcast, you know that I’ve been falling in love with listening to music on vinyl for the first time in my life, but here’s the drop… I’m still an idiot when it comes to the subject. So, it’s no surprise that, when I met the two of them at a record store pop-up at Boom Island Brewery (and it turned out they were not only more smartest than me but crazy fun to talk too) I knew I had to get together to record a conversation.
 
Does vinyl ACTUALLY sound better? Doest the weight (grams) of an album influence how it sounds? How’d they personally fall in love with vinyl? Join me and the guys in the back of Down In The Valley Record Store as they answer these questions and more.
 
Recording Location: Down In The Valley Record Store, Golden Valley, MN 

 

 
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December 17, 2019

Rob Morgan Is A Curious GUEST (Derek Droogsma Podcast “Catching Up With…”)

I’ve had quite a few requests through the podcast hotline and website email asking for us to bring in someone to flip the norm and interview ME on the podcast.

While we haven’t quite figured out the right fit for what that would look like, I’ve decided to start sharing some of the other podcast interviews that I’ve been brought in to be a guest on over the past couple years.

Derek Droogsma is a musician in the twin cities area who interviewed me this summer for his new podcast “Catching Up With…”

Join us as we talk get meta talking about recording podcasts, why I think long form recorded conversation is so important to us, and how finding myself alone and homesick in a hotel suite in Shanghai China changed the way I look at my future career in music.

Hope you enjoy,

-rob

       

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December 7, 2019

The Complicated Relationship Of Numbers And Art

If you’ve been on social media this past week, you may have noticed artists and musicians sharing screenshots of what Spotify calls their “year-in-review.” (It essentially gives an artist analytics on number of streams of each song or album and where in the world people are listening to their music. 
 
I’ve been loving seeing artist friends say thank you to everyone listening to their music and talk about how encouraged they are to see those numbers grow but then I got to thinking…
 
What happens when you look at the numbers… and it’s not what you expected? What happens when less people come out to your show than you were hoping? What happens when less people are reading your new blog than you had expected by now? What happens when you look at the numbers… and are discouraged? 
 
I’ve got the morning off in a hotel room, downtown Omaha Nebraska, and I want to share four questions that I ask myself whenever I’m discouraged by the numbers that I believe will help you if you ever find yourself in that situation.

 

https://austinkleon.com/keepgoing/

 

 
 
 
 
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December 2, 2019

REPOST - How Do I Pick Out The Perfect Christmas Tree? (Question 48)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 12/5/2018 - Jerry Degeest is a licensed arborist. (a professional in the practice of cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants) Where do Christmas trees come from? There are Christmas tree trends? What should I look for when picking out the perfect Christmas tree? This week, Jerry sits down with Rob over hot chocolate to answer these questions and more.
Recording Location: B&J Trees, Veterans Memorial Park, Richfield MN
 
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December 2019 Tour Dates w/ Dan Rodriguez: http://www.danrodriguezmusic.com/shows/
 
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November 16, 2019

+++ Let’s Cheers! - How To Reach Out To Someone You Admire To “Pick Their Brain Over Coffee”

Have you ever wanted to reach out to someone you respect to get together for advice but didn’t know how to ask?
 
Maybe, you hit someone up already but didn’t get a ‘yes’ or EVEN WORSE… you never got a response. The act of reaching out to people you respect is a catalyst to living a curious life, but nothing makes a person’s eyes roll back in their head far enough to watch their own hair grow from the inside out than a vague, “I’d love to pick your brain…” email.
 
So… how the hell do we even go about it? In today’s “Let’s Cheers” podcast I outline 3 things you should keep in mind when doing this, so grab an americano and join me in the shadow of a cathedral in… Boise Idaho? What?… to learn more.

 

 
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November 14, 2019

+++ Let’s Cheers! - Hunting chickens, doing laundry, and the dangers of success at young age. (feat. Dan Rodriguez)

Have I ever told you my theory about how Michael Jackson (and countless other child stars that found success at an early age) were actually emotionally stunted because they didn’t have to do their own laundry?

Well... Dan Rodriguez has done my laundry twice this last week, but that’s beside the point…

Join Dan and I in the van to talk about why, in a destination orientated culture, we should look at the journey our careers, the parts often considered mundane, with gratitude.

http://danrodriguezmusic.com/

 
 
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November 12, 2019

+++ Let’s Cheers! - “Astronauts, Austin Texas, And The Other 23 hrs”

Just got out of a soundcheck in Austin Texas and was reminded of a thought I had about how we often get confused about some of the skillsets we ACTUALLY get hired for, that we may not always recognize.

 

 
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November 11, 2019

Question 71 // How does Vulfpeck keep their voice “On A Dial”? (feat. Cory Wong & Kevin Gastonguay)

Musicians Cory Wong and Kevin Gastonguay (Vulfpeck, Dr Mambo’s Combo, New Sound Underground, NBC’s “The Voice,”, Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, Questlove, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bootsy Collins, Blake Shelton) join Rob as they carpool to a studio session the next state over.
 
What does it mean to put your musical voice ‘on a dial’? What are musicians talking about when they say “It’s all about the song”? And, as artists, are we allowed to recycle our own ideas? Join Rob, Cory, and Kevin as they talk about these questions and more,
 
 
Recording Location: HWY 94 East, between Minneapolis, MN & Menomonie, WI. 
 

 

 
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