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December 6, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 91 - Skyler Denison

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Skyler Joseph Denison is a chef, drummer, and native to Southwest Florida. He grew up working in bars and restaurants and played music around the area and state for what he says “seemed like forever” in local bands like Crimson Fetch which was renamed to Drawing Maps.

When he’s not wrapped around the finger of his 5-year-old daughter, Locklyn Aver, you can find Skyler serving up some of the best veggies, fried chicken, and tacos in the area.

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November 29, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 90 - Mayor Randy Henderson

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Our guest today is Mayor of my hometown, the City of Fort Myers, Randall or just “Randy” Henderson, Jr. Randy’s been mayor for about a decade -- he’s now in his third term. Mayor Randy is an active community volunteer, including currently being on the boards of Keiser University, the Edison Pageant of Lights, and The Salvation Army. He’s past president of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Fort Myers Kiwanis Club. He was president of the Florida League of Mayors in 2015 and 2016.

We got Mayor Henderson on the agenda after episode 2 guest, Lydia Black, texted me a while back saying “Mayor Henderson wants to do Three Song Stories! Just confirmed him!” - thanks Lydia!

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November 22, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 89 - Barbara Fischer

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Barbara Fischer is a Southwest Florida harpist who has never known a home without a harp. Barbara’s had the opportunity to play under renowned composer, conductor, and clinician Dr. David R. Holsinger. She says she frequently adds musical ambiance to events like weddings, dinners, and church services. But she says her main love is arranging music for the harp: especially gospel and pop, which she shares on her youtube channel.

She says she loves the feeling of playing what she calls “unharpistic” pieces on an electric harp, and hopes to bring the harp off of the pedestal and into the real world. Barbara was awarded best musical performance in Ghostbird Theatre Company’s 2017 24-Hour Festival...and she participated in their 2019 festival alongside a chicken. Seriously. 

 

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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November 15, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 88 - Patton Dodd

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Patton Dodd works for the H. E. Butt Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, where he's creating an initiative that tells multi-media stories about local inequity to try to change the narrative about why so much poverty exists and persists in San Antonio.

His writing on religion and American culture has been featured in the Post, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Newsweek, TheAtlantic.com, CNN.com, and Christianity Today.

Patton holds a doctorate in religion and literature from Boston University, and he is the author of “The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice,” “The Tebow Mystique: The Faith and Fans of Football’s Most Polarizing Player,” and “My Faith So Far: A Story of Conversion and Confusion.”

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November 8, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 87 - Tim McBride

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Tim McBride is a former marijuana smuggler/pot hauler who had a hand in bringing millions of pounds of pot into the country via Everglades City from the late '70s until the late '80s.

His book “Saltwater Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of a Marijuana Empire”, which was published in 2015, details how he wound up smuggling weed in the Everglades, after leaving Wisconsin in 1979 to do some work as a crab fisherman.

He and his crew were middlemen between a Colombian marijuana cartel and their distributors in Miami. His team included fishermen, drivers, stock houses, and security - his book says seemingly all of Chokoloskee Island was in on the operation back then. Tons upon tons of marijuana would pass through his hands during that time...until he was busted in 1989, and spent four years in prison.

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November 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 86 - Bob Hilliard

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Put simply, Bob Hilliard is a local living legend. From the time at the end of World War II when he was instrumental in saving the lives of thousands of liberated Jews, to his years in theater, radio and television in New York City, to his decades in public service in Washington where he played a role in the foundation of public broadcasting, to his decades in academia as a college dean and professor. Bob has always stood up for those who need someone to stand up for them, and bravely spoken truth to power in a way we could all learn a lesson from. Needless to say, we are way more than honored to have him in the Three Song Stories chair, and hope you are as inspired by him and his stories as we are.

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October 25, 2019 @ 1:15 am

BONUS - Richard Chin Quee (Pilot) Remastered

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A remastered version of our pilot episode with better audio quality, and longer music.

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October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 85 - Shannon Arnold

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Shannon Arnold is Artistic Director of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. She is also the music director at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in North Fort Myers.

Prior to moving to Florida, Shannon received her Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Temple University with Paul Rardin, Mitos Andaya Hart, and Rollo Dilworth. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Penn State University where she studied piano with Dr. Steven H. Smith and conducting with Dr. Christopher Kiver.

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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October 18, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 84 - Andy Howl

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Andy and his wife Alainna run HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, and Andy co-founded the Fort Myers Art Walk and founded the Fort Myers Music Walk events.

Andy published a yearly coffee table art book series entitled The Devils Reign, co-curated by Peter H. Gilmore and featuring world renowned tattoo artists, painters and illustrators.

This year, Andy started an original heavy metal band, their debut performance will happen this Winter at HOWL Gallery.

 

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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October 11, 2019 @ 12:30 am

Episode 83 - Fabiana Solano

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Fabiana Solano is a photographer for FGCU, Residential Conduct Committee Chair for FGCU Housing, and FGCU Office of Student Involvement Marketing Assistant. She's also an immigrant from Venezuela and current student at FGCU working on her master's degree. Oh, and she's got her own cardboard cutout in the University Welcome Center. She says she’s passionate about sustainability, and that her ultimate goal would be to work for an organization with an environmental mission in mind.

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