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About the episode

In this episode, Daniel and I explore questions like: The myth of the starving artist, the need for collaborators, and why should anyone pay for or pursue art today.


Daniel Sperry is a cellist, composer, singer, songwriter, poet, spoken-word artist, street musician and community artist, living in Ashland, Oregon. He’s the creator of five albums of instrumental music, featuring his “musical portraits” - pieces composed for individuals as a touchstone for an occasion or passage in people’s lives. He also created three albums of spoken word with musical landscapes, featuring the poetry of Rumi, Kabir, William Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, among others, as well his own work.

His first professional symphony engagement came at 17 and later he played with the Nashville Symphony in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, he joined the band, Skyboat, led by his friend and hit songwriter, Mac Gayden. He has had extensive experience recording as well as playing with the Midwestern eclectic band, Sage, with Krishna Das, Gypsy Soul, and most recently with his current project, in collaboration with Jeffri Lynn Carrington, Tender Gravity.



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