• Episode 6: A Discussion on Confidence, the Contagious Nature of Anxiety, Composure and Edgy Performance Banter, and the Benefits of Sincere Compliments with the Reverend Merrill Wade.

    Aug 26 2021

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, the Reverend Merrill Wade joins Matt to discuss

    • tactful delivery and the art of remaining composed during a performance or presentation,
    • finding faith in the ability to build confidence,
    • how to discern and manage anxious environments and communication, and
    • the necessity and benefits of sincere compliments.

     (The Reverend) Merrill Wade is a recently retired Episcopal priest living in Austin, Texas. Raised on Air Force bases in Florida, Morocco, and Kansas, his family settled in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1960s. Merrill graduated from the University of Texas in 1976. He worked in the oil and gas industry for the next nine years, the last six years as a petroleum land manager in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1986 he made a career change, and after having attended and graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City, he was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1989. Merrill served three congregations in Mississippi (Vicksburg, Long Beach, and Meridian) over the next 13 years. In 2002 he and his wife Crystal and their two young children were called to Austin, Texas, where Merrill served as the Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church for 17 years, retiring in the Fall of 2019. A music lover, Merrill and St. Matthew’s launched a singer-songwriter series in Austin called the Soul of a Musician Series in 2013. The Soul Series affectionately focused on the heart and soul of the musicians seeking to honor their creativity and vocation. Merrill has spoken on music issues at the South by Southwest Music Conference four times and, on occasion, is interviewed on local “sports talk” radio as an informed live music curator. Merrill is excited about offering his 31 years of non-profit leadership experience in the South and Southwest in support of the staff and board of This is Noteworthy. 

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.

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    1 hr and 21 mins
  • Episode 5: How To Manage Valuable Resources and Frustration Tolerance, The Four Steps To Learning, and an In-Depth Discussion on How vs. Why with Debbie Stanley

    Jul 30 2021

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt's book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Debbie joins Matt to discuss

    • the 4-part sequence to learning, 
    • identifying Learned Helplessness and Imposter Syndrome, 
    • how to identify and allocate your most valuable resources,
    • identifying and managing Frustration Tolerance,
    • strategies for managing difficult team members, bandmates, and associates, and 
    • how and when to establish professional and personal boundaries. 

    A licensed mental health counselor and organizational psychologist with extensive field experience, Debbie has advised individual and corporate clients across all industries and established herself as a speaker, instructor, and author since founding her company, Thoughts In Order, in 1997. In 2012 she moved to Austin, Texas, and sharpened her focus to the music industry, digging into the systems that drive every aspect of a music career, including booking, touring, production, marketing and promotion, recording and distribution, copyright and royalties, and the wellbeing and protection of artists and their creative gifts. Her past and current project portfolio range from large-scale conference and festival production to one-on-one consultation and coaching of music creators and industry professionals. Her educational background includes an MS in mental health counseling, MA in industrial/organizational psychology, and BFA in journalism.​

    ​Debbie's latest book, The Organized Musician, helps independent artists around the world to get their act together and live their dream of a career in music. Well-received as the basis of her South by Southwest presentation "Time Management for Musicians," The Organized Musician has become a workbook, touchstone, and traveling companion for artists throughout the U.S. and beyond. Her next book, Modern Music Patronage, will teach music fans how to give substantive support to the artists they love in the post-pandemic age of independent music. 

    Debbie has offered books and courses for her organizing and productivity-industry peers for over twenty years as an educator. She is the author of books including Newbie Pitfalls and Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers; the developer and instructor of "Fundamental Organizing and Productivity Principles," a flagship course of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, as well as other courses in the NAPO curriculum; and a frequent conference presenter. Debbie is also honored to be a curator of the Austin Public Library's Electric Lady Bird streaming music catalog, a South By Southwest Music Conference Advisory Board member, and a Professional Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the "Piano Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony-award-winning musical Movin' Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 


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    1 hr and 52 mins
  • Episode 4: Reprograming with Rickey Getwood Jr

    Jul 14 2021

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Rickey joins Matt to discuss

    • Reprogramming our minds for better preparation and performance,
    • How to choose excitement over anxiety and depression,
    • How to use experience as a resource, and
    • How to apply the Opportunity Reaction Management System to future endeavors.

    THE ULTIMATE “MR. HAPPY,” Rickey Paul Getwood, Jr is a Professional Fitness Trainer, Certified Jay Shetty Life & Success Coach, Drummer, and Author of the best-selling book, “Reprogram Your Happiness.” Rickey has taken communities by storm with his captivating aura of happiness, high-energy inspirations, and life-altering awareness messaging. Affectionately coined with the name “Mr. Happy,” Rickey’s story and coaching sessions continue to impact hundreds of individuals all across the world.

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony-award winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in the area of Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes.

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 

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    56 mins
  • Episode 3: Barrister to Broadway. How Matthew Friedman Pursued His Dream of Becoming A Full-Time Musician and Landed a Role in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Musical, Movin' Out.

    Jun 29 2021

    Focusing on Hook #47 in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Matthew Friedman shares how he transformed from practicing law in New York City to playing the role of the Piano Man in Movin’ Out on Broadway. A tale complete with rockstar encounters, overcoming naysayers, building skill and confidence, witnessing tragedy, and years of waiting and hoping, Matthew’s story exemplifies the patience and persistence needed to pursue a dream and greater purpose.

    Matthew Friedman is a singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist from New York, NY. Matthew was “The Piano Man” for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd National Tours of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony Award-winning musical, Movin’ Out, performing across the United States, Canada, and Japan. He was one of only eleven people to hold this position, dating back to the show’s premiere in 2002. He also played keyboards for Jersey Boys on Broadway for more than eight years and the guitar/keyboard chair for the most recent production of Smoky Joe’s Cafe. Matthew leads his corporate event band, Stiletto, which covers the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, and other classic rock greats. He also performs dueling pianos all over the eastern seaboard. In 2019, he was invited to play the part of “The Piano Man” once again—this time for the legendary Lords of 52nd Street, Billy Joel’s original band.

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 

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    56 mins
  • Episode 2: How to Regulate Emotions and Maintain Perspective Onstage and in Life with Therapist Nicole Brogdon, LPC

    Jun 16 2021

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Nicole Brogdon (MAC,LPC,LMFT) joins Matt to discuss:

    • How to regulate emotions onstage and within relationships,

    • How to maintain perspective during significant changes and moments,

    • How to apply a process-oriented approach to performance and life. 

    Nicole Brogdon is a licensed professional counselor in Austin, TX. She treats professional musicians through the Sims Foundation, which provides low-cost therapy for local music industry professionals. Nicole works with those facing anxiety, depression, trauma, and assimilation issues and is particularly interested in creativity. Early mornings, she writes —and occasionally publishes— stories and poems. Supportive of strugglers and artists everywhere, Nicole feels that her calling is” to help you tell your story!”

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 




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    1 hr and 7 mins
  • Episode 1: Strategies for Mental Preparation and Controlled Performance with Professional Baseball Player Darrell May

    May 26 2021

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt's book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Darrell and Matt tell a few stories, discuss tools and techniques, and share strategies anyone can use to prepare mentally and consistently deliver in high-pressure performance situations.  

    Darrell May is a former MLB player with over 16 years at the professional level. Darrell started his pro career with the Atlanta Braves when he was drafted at age 20. During his career he played for the Pirates, the Angels, the Royals, the Padres, the Yankees, the Twins, the Reds and two teams in Japan. He was a member of the 1995 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, as well as other post season teams. While playing in Japan, he was an All-Star and won a Japan World Series with the Tokyo Giants. After retiring Darrell went to MLB Scouting school and has spent his time since developing, coaching and mentoring young athletes. Currently, he works with a California-based sports agency as Vice President of Player Development, and head of the Texas division. Darrell is also an advisor to the MLB RBI program in Austin and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. He lives in central Austin with his wife of 20 years, Heather, and his two daughters, Grace a rising senior, and Brynley a rising freshman, both at SMCA.

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony-award winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in the area of Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 

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    54 mins