Rob Morgan Is A Curious Person

Rob Morgan Is A Curious Person

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Internationally touring bassist and music director Rob Morgan sits down over drinks with intriguing people to try and get past WHAT they do, to find out WHO they are, WHY they do it and what he can learn from them.
47 // Can I learn to trust the unknown? (feat. Mark Heimermann)
Oct 9 • 74 min
Mark Heimermann is one of the most brilliant song-writers, producers and mentors that I’ve had the honor of getting to work with. Producing, writing and touring with artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jaci Velazquez and DC Talk, Mark seems to…
46 // What is urban foraging? (feat. Jeff Zeitler)
Oct 2 • 63 min
Jeff Zeitler is the owner and head winemaker of the only winery (or cider house for that matter) in Minneapolis, Urban Forage. How do you balance what other people want you to make and what you want to make? What is urban foraging and what does that have…
44 // How do you write a song? (feat. Dan Rodriguez)
Sep 25 • 57 min
Dan Rodriguez and I were best men in each other’s weddings and just so happens to be a brilliant singer-songwriter who I’ve stood behind on stage for the past fourteen years. How do you write a song? Is writers block an actual thing or is it just an…
INTERLUDE: 5 Questions That Will Transform Your Interactions With Other People
Sep 11 • 20 min
How a New Years resolution in 2006 changed the way I ask questions forever and 5 questions, mindsets and tools I’m convinced will change the way you interact with people you meet in a positive way. ——————————————— Call The Official Podcast Hotline: (612)…
43 // Can you get hired for something you’ve never done before? (feat. Nate Ryan)
Aug 28 • 82 min
Nate Ryan is the staff photographer for 89.3 The Current. An award winning photographer, Nate has captured countless studio performances with bands that visit the station as well as many live performance. Why is balancing creativity and commerce so hard?…
42 // What if Jimmy Swaggart fronted Joy Division? (feat. Jon Reine and Mike Smith)
Aug 21 • 73 min
Jon Reine and Mike Smith are members of the band Greycoats. What leads a band to write a concept album [Carisma!] about that all-American icon, the televangelist? What would it sound like if Jimmy Swaggart fronted Joy Division? Why should I stop thinking…
41 // What should white people do about black tourism? (feat. Derrick Keith Rollins Jr.)
Aug 14 • 118 min
Derrick Keith Rollins Jr is a singer-songwriter best known by his stage name, “Reverend Doctor.” What should white people do about systemic racism? What’s it like to be the ’token black friend’? What does the transition from adorable black child to…
40 // Can we talk about identity? (feat. Justin Sharbono)
Aug 7 • 100 min
Justin Sharbono is best known for his work as electric guitarist for the band Soul Asylum. What’s it like to have an honest and meaningful conversation about our own race and identity? How does travel change the way you view your place in the world? What…
A Guide To Getting Your First Tattoo
Jul 17 • 32 min
Getting your first tattoo can be intimidating. How bad does it hurt? How do you book an appointment or pick an artist? What can you expect from the moment you step into the tattoo parlor to leaving with your fresh new ink? Join Rob & Sarah Morgan and…
39 // What’s the difference between skill and talent? (feat. Jordan Srock)
Jul 10 • 86 min
Jordan Srock (@jordandsrock on instagram) is an electric guitarist and a friend of Rob’s who he met while on fly dates (gigs performing with an artist that you fly in-and out of and get to be home with your family within a few days) a few years ago. Is…
38 // Can art be quantified? (feat. Peter Himmelman)
Jul 3 • 42 min
Peter Himmelman is a “man of many talents and accomplishments who is known to those who have heard of him, but haven’t heard him, as Bob Dylan’s son-in-law.” That said, Peter first got on Rob’s radar not because of his acclaimed song-writing career or the…
37 // Does life happen in Act Two? (feat. Josh Olson)
Jun 26 • 36 min
Josh Olson is a director, videographer and master storyteller based out of Minneapolis. What are the components of a great story? Why should everyone, from a CEO to a cello player, know how story telling plays a critical role in what they do for a living?…
36 // What’s it like being married to a creative when you aren’t one? (feat. Amanda Nephew)
Jun 5 • 85 min
Amanda Nephew is a licensed marriage and family therapist that just so happens to be married to one of my closest friends, Jasper Nephew. What advice does she have for anyone in a relationship with someone who functions differently than you do? Why is…
35 // What if the human brain wasn’t designed for modern noise? (feat. Mike Michel)
May 29 • 104 min
Mike Michel is a award-winning songwriter, guitarist, and music educator who, in 2013, developed a severe case of tinnitus (auditory cortex inflammation) and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity), which threatened to take away his livelihood and…
INTERLUDE: I’ve always been curious about: Quotes (feat. Eric Pierson)
May 15 • 59 min
Eric Pierson is a television, film, voice and commercial actor who recently started showing his prowess in the directing world. He recently worked with the Green Bay Packers, voiced the latest Winfield United campaign, & did his first wire stunt but that…
34 // Can artists manufacture emotion? (feat. Dan Smith)
May 8 • 99 min
Dan Smith is a producer, engineer, musician and songwriter. What does it mean to ‘deliver’ as a musician in a studio session? What is the arch of confidence in the creative journey? Can you be inspired by other artists without comparing yourself to them?…
33 // What is a SWOT analysis for creatives ? (feat. Jordan Walker)
Apr 10 • 40 min
Jordan Walker is a photographer, entrepreneur, musician, creative thinker, and a close friend of mine. He’s the CEO of Narrate Studios and if you’ve been following the podcast, you’ve seen his work because he took all the press and artwork photos for the…
32 // How would a Sommelier pair wine with music? (feat. Leslee Miller)
Mar 27 • 118 min
Leslee Miller is a certified Sommelier and owner of wine consulting firm, Amusée. She’s also the co-founder and owner of one of the first wine clubs in America, Sip Better. In this terroir packed episode we uncork way more than just my curiosity about the…
31 // What’s it like to grow up in Northern Ireland? (feat. Paul Crilly)
Mar 14 • 47 min
Paul Crilly owns one of my favorite Irish pubs in Minneapolis, Morrissey’s. If you know me, you know I love Ireland and Irish culture. I set out to have a fun conversation about St. Patrick’s Day and ended up having a far deeper convo than I was…
30 // What do you call adults who watch My Little Pony? (feat. Kyle Hultquist, Andrew Nelson & Sydney Armstrong)
Mar 6 • 77 min
A year and a half ago, I saw a documentary called “Bronies: The extremely unexpected adult fans of My Little Pony” and ever since I started this podcast, I knew I wanted to sit down someone who considered themselves a Brony. When three of Minnesota’s…
29 // At what point do I magically become confident? (feat. Brett LaCasse)
Feb 20 • 78 min
Brett is an electric guitar slinging friend of mine who, every time we play together, at some moment we find ourselves laughing and having a convo that goes deep. In this episode I convince Brett to sneak into a backstage storage closet between sets to…
28 // Does pretentiousness hurt the world of beer & music? (feat. Kevin Welch)
Feb 6 • 77 min
Kevin Welch is is the owner and head brewer of Minneapolis’ Boom Island Brewing Company. Sound familiar? I interviewed his wife Qiuxia. (Question 26 // Does Craft Beer Belong To White Men?) As a professional french horn player for the Minnesota Orchestra…
27 // What can a 16yr old do about human trafficking? (feat. Kaiya Woller)
Jan 23 • 47 min
My research for this episode began months ago when I heard a statistic saying that the Super Bowl is one of the single largest events where human trafficking happens in the U.S. each year. With the Super Bowl happening [this year] just a few miles from…
INTERLUDE: How do I select my guests?
Jan 17 • 10 min
My thoughts in response to this week’s City Pages article encouraging more diversity on this podcast and my answer to the most frequent question I get in regards to this podcast: “How do you find and select your guests that you have on the show?” The…
26 // Does Craft Beer Belong To White Men? (feat. Qiuxia Welch)
Jan 9 • 63 min
Qiuxia Welch, with her husband Kevin, owns Boom Island Brewing Co in Minneapolis, MN. I sat down over beers (her beers in fact) to hear her tell her life story and to find out what it’s been like to be a female minority in multiple industries. From China…
25 // How can art impact politics? (feat. André Rodriguez)
Nov 28, 2017 • 60 min
There’s a lot of noise out there when it comes to people talking about their political opinions right now, and rightfully so! This has been a crazy year. Unfortunately, half the time (especially when it comes to Facebook and Social Media) it seems like…
24 // How do I compare myself to other people without wanting to quit? (feat. Cory Wong)
Nov 14, 2017 • 71 min
Cory Wong is a “Rhythmic Stratocaster Guitar Player” - The Current called him “The most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of” and I call him a professional. I sat down with Cory in this music heavy episode to see if I could get past…
INTERLUDE: A Bucket List Big Enough To Live In
Nov 7, 2017 • 31 min
I get asked quite a bit about a story some of you have heard me allude to in parts of these interviews about a life “freak out” I had last year when it came to my career in music. Exactly one year later, I’ve decided to sit down and tell the story about a…
23 // Why do we treat life like a game of musical chairs? (feat. Danny Hoyt)
Oct 24, 2017 • 58 min
Danny Hoyt (@dannyhoyt) is a writer, producer and network television host for the likes of National Geographic, Fox, CBS, NFL, while still finding time to make it back home to LA each weekend to live host for the LA Chargers. At least, that’s what anyone…
22 // Can you take your career to the edge of the world and back? (feat. Alex Potter)
Oct 17, 2017 • 49 min
Alex Potter (@alexkpotter) is a photo-journalist working mostly in the Middle East. Her work explores conflict and trust, loss and isolation within communities and relationships and her goal to bridge the gap between the foreign and familiar by creating…
21 // How Do You Measure Success? (feat. Nate Larson)
Oct 10, 2017 • 72 min
Nate Larson (@naterlarson) is an extremely successful photographer. Wait… what the hell does that even mean? What was the first thing that came to mind when you think of someone being successful? The word ‘Success’ and the pursuit of it, determining on…
20 // How’d you land that gig? (feat. Taylor Johnson)
Sep 12, 2017 • 70 min
Taylor Johnson (@wildponytj) is widely known for his work (as a songwriter & electric guitar) with the likes of Lorde, Frank Ocean and Phil Wickham. Take it from me, whether you’re playing music with him on stage or talking soccer in the green-room,…
19 // What can a mortician teach me about living? (feat. Jim Albinson)
Sep 5, 2017 • 70 min
Jim Albinson spent years working as a professional mortician but his creative endeavors span far beyond being “Boxed In” (*cough*… sorry… I had to) by that career. I sat down with Jim on his home patio over iced tea one late summer day to find out what I…
18 // What’s the key to happiness? (feat. Bruce Balgaard)
Aug 29, 2017 • 74 min
Bruce Balgaard is more than a musician and artist… he’s a visionary and mentor. I sat down for the first time with Bruce to find out why so many of the musicians I look up to, look up to him. The conversation that took place ended up being one of my most…
17 // What has your pain gotten you? (feat. Dave Diehl)
Aug 22, 2017 • 85 min
Dave Diehl is… Well… I technically am not allowed to tell you what Dave does for a living. Let’s just say, some of the programs that Dave creates helps keep America’s intel safe so that those of us who like to live a normal life worrying about mundane…
16 // Wait, you can be creative AND have your shit together? Pt.2 (feat. Matt Patrick)
Aug 15, 2017 • 55 min
Matt Patrick (@librarystudio) is a record producer, studio owner, engineer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve had the honor of working with Matt multiple times over the years and every time I do, I feel like I’ve left the session feeling…
15 // Wait, you can be creative AND have your shit together? Pt.1 (feat. Matt Patrick)
Aug 8, 2017 • 71 min
Matt Patrick (@librarystudio) is a record producer, studio owner, engineer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve had the honor of working with Matt multiple times over the years and every time I do, I feel like I’ve left the session feeling…
14 // Is it beautiful? Do I love it? (feat. Elliott Blaufuss)
Jul 25, 2017 • 61 min
Elliott Blaufuss is an artist. Music just happens to be the medium with which he creates his art. You’ve probably seen him singing duets on stage with Kelly Clarkson or Music Directing for Eric Hutchinson. When I was asked to take the position of Music…
13 // Why Should I Give A Damn About Vinegar & Vulnerability? (feat. Scott Dillon)
Jul 18, 2017 • 66 min
Scott Dillon is the owner of a cocktail company called The Twisted Shrub. After a chance meeting in passing, I instantly knew I had to learn more about his story and after reaching out, he was kind enough to sit down with me over drinks. How did He go…
12 // Are we screwing ourselves over by thinking too big? (feat. Eric Pierson)
Jul 11, 2017 • 41 min
Eric Pierson is a television, film and commercial actor who recently started showing his prowess in the directing world. Some of his recent film credits include the Netflix Original Series “Lady Dynamite”, ”Driven By Bacon” and “Wilson” starring Woody…
INTERLUDE: “The Girl Who Married Two Brothers”
Jul 4, 2017 • 17 min
A Seanchaí is a traditional Gaelic storyteller/historian. In Scotland, they were called seanchaidh. I believe that there are Seanchaí hidden all around us in our everyday lives if we’re willing to cultivate a genuine sense of curiosity about other people…
11 // What’s the difference between familiarity and a loss of passion? (feat. Ben Gowell)
Jun 27, 2017 • 68 min
Ben Gowell (@bengowell for all you fellow Instagram junkies) is not only one of the most professional guitarist/producer/mix-engineer/songwriters that I know but he’s also one of the wisest people I’ve ever spent time with. I’ve looked up to Ben for years…
10 // How did Fantasy Novels and Renaissance Festivals teach a touring drummer to embrace his inner nerd? (feat. Nate Babbs)
Jun 20, 2017 • 63 min
Nate Babbs (@soundslikenate) is a good friend of mine that I’m excited to welcome to the podcast for a special NERD EDITION! Sure, Nate graduated from one of the best music schools in the country (Berklee College of Music)… Sure, Nate’s an experienced…
9 // When are you too old to make a career change? (feat. Luke Meek)
Jun 13, 2017 • 71 min
Luke Meek is an internationally touring production manager for the likes of: Lissie, NEEDTOBREATH, Owl City, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tyrone Wells, Stephen Kellogg, The Nadas and the list goes on… Luke became a good friend of mine from our time…
8 // How does a cup of coffee have the power to change the world? (feat. Caleb Garn)
Jun 6, 2017 • 73 min
Take a moment and think of how much in your life that has taken place in a coffee shop… My first hang-out with my now wife Sarah was at a coffee shop. I’ve been kicked out of bands, asked to be IN bands, early mornings, late nights… and the list goes on.…
7 // Did a Backstreet Boy really get you that tattoo at 2am… in a hotel… in Japan? (feat. Tyler Burkum)
May 30, 2017 • 53 min
Tyler Burkum (@tylerburkum) is an internationally touring and studio guitarist (Mat Kearney, Leagues, The Cactus Blossoms, Ingrid Michaelson… just to name a few) He’s a brilliant composer/songwriter too… but I didn’t interview him because of all that…
6 // What makes someone an “influencer”? (feat. Ian Allison)
May 23, 2017 • 66 min
Ian Allison (@ianmartinallison) is known to most as a studio and touring bassist for the likes of Eric Hutchinson, Jeremy Messersmith and many many more but to me, he’s a mentor. I first met Ian in 2004, studying my undergrad in music performance in…
5 // What is a ‘Cocktail Consultant’? (feat. Nick Kosevich)
May 16, 2017 • 59 min
Nick Kosevich (@nickkosevich) is an international ‘Cocktail Consultant’, a world class bartender and the co-founder of Bittercube Bitters. Even though Bittercube can be found at every bar I’ve been to in the Twin Cities, I took notice when I met a…
4 // What Can You Learn From An International Lego Building Champion? (feat. Alex Grahmann)
May 9, 2017 • 72 min
Alex Grahmann (@agrahmann) is a master story teller, an international Lego® building champion and one of the best public speakers I’ve ever heard. In this episode, we talk about: -Green Legos® (you never had them) -National/International Lego®…
3 // What Aren’t We Talking About? (feat. Steve Goold)
May 3, 2017 • 42 min
Steve Goold is known to the public as an internationally touring, session drummer for the likes of: Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector, Paul Baloche, Sara Groves, Owl City (before my time with them) Mat Kearney, Joel Hanson, The Honeydogs, Go Fish, The Blenders…
2 // Can You Retrain Your Brain? (feat. Joel Bowers)
May 3, 2017 • 50 min
Joel Bowers is only a couple of years older than me but I view him as a mentor. As a multi instrumentalist, he’s been around the block a few times when it comes to gigging. As a man with dual citizenship and someone who needed to replace his passport…
1 // How The Hell Did We End Up Here? (feat. DawnL Ojeda)
May 3, 2017 • 37 min
DawnL Ojeda is more than an amazing vocalist. I knew from the moment I heard a portion of her life’s story, while in a green room at a gig no less, that I had to hear ALL of it one on one for myself. It’s a story of a talented young girl surrounded by…
Coming May 2017!
May 1, 2017 • 0 min
Coming May 2017!