Episode 228 :: BJ Leiderman :: NPR Music, Meditation, and Moving from Sound to Silence

| August 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

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BJ Leiderman

Music composer BJ Leiderman joins us to speak about his meditation practice, and the music world.

Meditation knows no bounds. Its effects can touch us in the workplace, at home, in how we relate to one another and ourselves, and even — or perhaps least surprisingly — in the creative ways we express ourselves. So what does it look like when you have an established music career, and find the silence of meditation?

BJ Leiderman was asked to demo for a new morning program soon to be launched on NPR. Sitting in a friend’s garage, he came up with the melody that Public Radio listeners have been listening to for almost 30 years. Themes for Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk soon followed. New York session trombonist and arranger Jim Pugh arranged many of Leiderman’s best-known Public Radio themes. Leiderman moved to New York City in the mid-80’s where he built a successful jingle career, winning various awards including the Clio Award. Partnering with Art Director Howard Hoffman, Leiderman worked as Creative Director and Copywriter for clients including Nickelodeon, Tyco Toys and Cartoon Network at Bozell Advertising and Grey Advertising. Leiderman currently lives in Virginia Beach, where he is working on his soon-to-be-released DEBUT album, “Life At The Bottom Of The Dial” and “Morning Edition” – an album of solo piano variations on his Public Radio themes. Catch The BJ Leiderman Public Radio Tour, starting this Fall.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Oyama sake.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Jennifer Hawkins Jennifer Hawkins says:

    This is probably the most entertaining episode of the podcast – worth re-listening! I love NPR and agreed with a lot of his thoughts as well. However, I disagree with some of his perceptions of “public music.” For example, I absolutely loved it when Classical South Florida did fireworks to music over the beach. The point wasn’t to drown out the fireworks, but to do something a bit different and to add to the usual display. Nothing is more exhilarating than listening to the War of 1812 or the Superman theme while standing on a beach at night with an excited crowd. As for in restaurants and clubs – I 100% agree with him. I don’t want to lose my voice yelling in order to have a basic conversation.

    Anyways, great episode. Glad he came on. Oh, and what work has he done with Cartoon Network? He should come to Salt Lake Comic Con, lol

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