Peter Breinholt: The artist is more important than ever


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Peter Breinholt: The artist is more important than ever

Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt is a local legend. He seems to be as popular today as he ever was 20 years ago. When many musicians would relegate to “has been” status, Breinholt is anxiously chomping at the bit to create his greatest work yet, along with keeping up a busy performance schedule.  This is how it’s done, kids.

“The artist has a critical role in the world. Who else is talking about the things the artist talks about: compassion, love, forgiveness… who else is doing that right now? You’re not getting that on the news. The artist is more important now than ever”

“If you’re an honest writer I think who you are is going to come through.”


Marianne Williamson: Moral Outrage Born of Love

I just read… okay I actually LISTENED to one of Marianne’s books, The Divine Law Of Compensation. She sheds some brilliant light the energy of money. What book would you like to listen to? Get a free audiobook and a free 30 day trial of Audible using my promo link below. Enjoy! 

Excerpts from my interview with Marianne Williamson:

Author Marianne Williamson and comedian / podcaster Paul Duane

Author Marianne Williamson being interviewed on The Paul Duane Show in Salt Lake City.

“I don’t even know if William Weld voted for Gary Johnson… ”

“This election was a kind of perfect storm… it did not come out of nowhere…
many of the worst aspects of this campaign and this election were the inevitable result of accumulated transgressions that we perpetrated or acquiesced to on so many levels, making us into a country that sort of lost its mind. ”

“Democracy, and a healthy society, is something you cannot take for granted, but we have taken it for granted for decades. We have in so many ways put economic gain, turned it into our God, put it before considerations of brotherhood, and justice and peace and love and ethics.”

“If people are brought up not knowing what the Bill of Rights says, if they are not brought up knowing how government is supposed to work, how can you expect them to get upset when government does things that are different from how it’s supposed to operate?”

“When the people have… lost the sense that we are in charge – it’s something that’s happened psychologically and emotionally. We have lost , I hope temporarily, – the habits of democracy”

“Like the course in miracles says, you can mismanage your mind but you cannot diminish it’s power.”

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

“The greatest kind of leadership is modeling. The way to be a good leader is to live the best life that you know you can in any given moment. Everybody’s watching.”

“I think there’s a humility to real leadership, which is knowing that you are no better or no less than any anyone else. You have the same responsibilities as everyone, and that’s to rise to the occasion and be the people that we’re capable of being.”
“Real leadership is holding a space for the brilliance of others.”

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

“Disengagement on the part of too many people is what got us into this mess.
Remaining disengaged is not the solution. It’s been way too true of too many people in the higher consciousness community who sometimes use this artificial notion of spirituality almost as a cover for a kind of anti-intellectual strain, for a convenient disengagement from the political process.”

“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon;

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The civil war was over in 1864. It is now 2016 and this is a karmic toxicity we are still dealing with. Generation after generation because we have still not fully atoned. We have not, fully, as a nation, taken responsibility. because people don’t understand the difference between taking responsibility and taking blame.”

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

” [according to Pope John Paul] Atonement, and apologies and amends would purify your memory – and if you did not make those amends, you would be unconscious of the ways that you repeated the sin afterward. And that’s where the United States is. Too many people – This goes back to lack of education – too many Americans aren’t even aware of the racial history of the United States and how many of the transgressions against African Americans today are a legacy of that original sin of slavery. ”

“If you really recognize the historical through line, the idea of reparations… you begin to recognize that reparations is not just an economic issue. There is something about acknowledging to people that they have been wronged that is very very powerful.”

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

Author Marianne Wiliamson being interviewed by Paul Duane, The CrossDressing Mormon Anarchist

“So many Americans today seem to think because the people who fought WWII, because the founders were exceptional, that we get to call ourselves exceptional . This is not only blind, but it’s got to drive citizens from other countries out of their minds!”

“I love that about America – you don’t have to be a proactively good person here. As long as you do not hurt anyone else – that’s what freedom of religion is about. That’s what free speech is about.”

“I think Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are American Heroes”.

“Where is our Don’t Tread On Me spirit?”

“Moral outrage isn’t born of anger, it’s born of love.”

Check out Marianne’s article “Race, Repentance and Reparations”

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Connect with Marianne:

Twitter: @marwilliamson

Instagram: @MarianneWilliamson


Many thanks to my dear friend Nicole for her assistance in putting this interview together and for taking photos while we recorded!

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Steven Wilson in SLC: Hopes, Fears, and Rock Star Fantasies


We live in a world where authenticity is not just a nice thing – but essential to our survival.  To be authentic is to be master over one’s fears. When you boil every human problem down to it’s essence, including the current political situation – fear is at the root.

It’s one thing to face one’s fears and be authentic; it’s quite another when that authenticity is rewarded with success in the real world.  In 2005, I was reading an interview with the drummer of RUSH, Neil Peart. (for those unfamiliar with their back story, RUSH gambled with utter failure as they built their career on a foundation of total authenticity, despite massive pressure to sell out in the name of commercial safety. This gamble paid off and earned them one of the most victorious, lucrative, and artistically free positions in music history).

I digress.

Neil Peart said he only knew of two bands currently working who were making a success on their own terms, as RUSH did.  One of the bands he cited was Porcupine Tree. Short story: I checked them out, it was love at first listen.  Porcupine Tree embodied was a grand mix of rock sensibilities, think of Tool + Pink Floyd. Their ability to co-mingle devastatingly heavy sounds with ethereal, light sounds fascinated me. If the Yin / Yang symbol had a soundtrack, Porcupine Tree was it.  As it turns out, Porcupine Tree was fronted by mastermind musician and producer, Steven Wilson.

Wilson soon put Porcupine Tree on hiatus to pursue a solo career. His solo record have been everything we all loved about Porcupine Tree, but with new levels of nuance brought on by collaborations with other world class musicians.

Wilson is kind of a big deal, though you’d never know it by talking to him. As a producer, he’s been entrusted with remastering the King Crimson, YES, and Jethro Tull catalogs. In the music production world he is highly sought after as an engineer. He’s got other bands and projects, too, such as Blackfield, Storm Corrosion, No-Man, Bass Communion.  This guy is prolific by anyone’s standards.

The 4x Grammy nominated musician – widely regarded as the “King of Prog Rock”, made a tour stop in Salt Lake City, playing to an anxious crowd.  Prior to the show, Steven sat down with us for a candid conversation about his work, his hopes, and fears.

On a very personal note – this interview and concert had extra significance for me.  As a divorced father, I’ve found that the decreased amount of time I get to spend with my kids brings an unexpected blessing: the little things that we bond over become incredibly salient.  A few years ago, I introduced my youngest daughter, Makelle, to Steven Wilson. She immediately felt a connection to his music. Ever since, Wilson’s music has been a part of our father – daughter vocabulary. I was able to bring her along to the concert and the interview as a surprise for her 15th Birthday which is this month. Attending a Steven Wilson show is a great treat. Including my daughter in the whole process was a massive honor.  You’ll hear her in the podcast episode.

Connect with Steven Wilson:

Twitter @StevenWilsonHQ

Instagram @StevenWilsonHQ

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Richard Dutcher: Your Art is Your Vehicle

Filmmaker Richard Dutcher joins us for a candid conversation about the artist’s life. He shared his journey of overcoming a huge fear in the making of his seminal film, “God’s Army”.

“Bad filmmaking is when you think you have the answers. Or storytelling or any art, if you think you have the answers and you’re just out there to tell people the answers, then you’re full of shit. It’s propaganda and it’s going to be bad art. But if you’re using your art to help you explore, to help you find the answers…If you think of yourself less as an artist perhaps and more as an explorer into these realms that you don’t fully understand yet, things that fascinate you but that you don’t really have a grasp on yet, I think that’s really rich and fertile soil to do your work in.”



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