Season 1, Episode 1
Today's Guest: Brian Zirngible, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a solo private practice in Burnsville, Minnesota. He is an actively working musician and performer based in the Twin Cities. His passion and specialty is helping other musicians and creative artists live more authentic and balanced lives. Brian's focus is on self-care, setting healthy boundaries, and turning pain into possibility. Clients find it helpful that he understands and is currently living with some of the unique challenges within the entertainment industry. Colleague Ernesto Segismundo Jr., LMFT, says this about Brian: "He is, in my opinion, a blend between David Bowie and the modern-day psychoanalyst."
One of my favorite things about starting a podcast is deciding on the best theme music. If I'm being honest, it may actually be my favorite thing. When I imagine alternate lives, discovering background music for films or TV shows is pretty high up in my list of jobs I would want to have.
For Beyond Artist's Block, I knew I wanted something fun but not cheesy. Uplifting but not over the top. Catchy but not cloying. I went to find royalty free music and surveyed my options. There were a LOT of "corporate" tunes and workout jams. I finally got my search fine-tuned to some combination of jazz and whimsy, and I found the appropriately titled song: Happy Jazz. Here's what its creator, Krazy-Dragon, has to say about it: "Calm, relaxing music symbolizing good mood, romance, tranquillity and peacefulness." Check it out and see if you agree:
(I notice they have another song titled, Cooking Jazz, which I am also down with!)
P.S. It's been two days since I announced the creation of this podcast, and so far the response has been overwhelming, in a great way! We already have 8 interviews scheduled and almost two dozen more pending. We're looking at an October launch for the first full episodes, and I can't wait to share all of these awesome folks with you. If you think you'd be a good fit for the podcast and are interested in being interviewed, please feel free to contact us here.
Rachel Moore, LMFT, (she/her) is a singer, musician, writer, and the host of the Beyond Artist's Block podcast. She is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist based in San Diego, California. Rachel is certified in EMDR and trained in Brainspotting, and she focuses on working with creative clients, including writers, artists, and musicians.