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Of Music and Men

Author: Kayona Ebony Brown

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Meet Kenya Shaw, a single, young entrepreneur struggling to build an independent record label, while navigating the country's worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.
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In the is episode, Kayona skips art and entertainment to talk about the protests currently going on in the aspiring great nation of America, Black Lives Matter (and why), and what non-Black allies can do to support the erasure of racism in America. The transcript for this episode is available at patron.com/ofmusicandmen Nick wright @getnickwright Killer Mike @killermike Anti-racism resource
Bonus - Coming back...

Bonus - Coming back...

2020-05-2728:19

We'll be coming back soon! In this update episode, I give you some insight on progress I'm making with the project and how I plan to move forward to produce new episodes for you soon. Remember, episode two of the novella, "Nothing But A Number," is available on the website for digital download now. Go to https://ofmusicandmen.com/ep2-number/ to learn more. Music by Sro
In this bonus update episode, I talk about my goal for this project: Of music and men inspire a generation of women to take risks and not wait for permission or perfection before doing something they know is great. I also discuss making a new logline for the show: After dropping out of college less than a year in, an ambitious young woman tries to succeed as an entrepreneur helming her own indie record company while navigating bachelorettehood; the only problem is, she's in the wrong place for entertainment pursuits, not to mention, the country's worst city for single women: Washington, DC. I talk about "diversity" (real LIFE) on the page versus diversity on the screen--and the word "diversity". I explore this through making Tk a lesbian woman instead of keeping that character as it was first made in male form because I wasn't doing a good job of giving the LGBTQIA community enough representation in this story. And I have fun revealing the females characters' personality types using 16personalities.com as reference. Visit our Pinterest for more on their style. • Tk - Kenya's artist, started as male, changed to female (diversity is not just race) - wanted to show a different type of female friendship, from Baltimore but has lived in DC since after college and UMD, is married with a kid (artsy upbringing, was never "in") - ISTJ • Ty - divorcing when we meet, post-doc to become psychologist, Ivy league educated (Princeton), comes from very old money (african), liberal heart but conservative in most ways (religious), southern sensibilities, mature/grownup - INFJ • J - beauty is your first thought, Latina (El Salvador/DR), knows her roots but grew up being seen as American Black in Chicago, Howard summa cum laude, journalist for a female lifestyle mag (arts and culture), sex-positive (gets to know people through sex) - ESTP • Kenya - defined by her ambition (most likely to succeed), college dropout of Prince Hall U (like NYU, private, top-tier), only one of the girls from DC (like most people here), has unique interests (various interests) and finds it difficult to connect with most men because of this, not easily distracted - ENFJ Music for this episode is "Weightless" by LIQWYD
Update - May 12

Update - May 12

2020-05-1346:50

I wanted to give a quick update about what's been going on since I haven't been producing proper episodes. Don't worry, I'm getting back to it soon. In this episode, I talk a little about working on HBO's VEEP as an intern, recently meeting one of my heroes, Tanya Saracho (creator of Vida on Starz network), writing a new TV pilot during Covid, how I'm navigating trying to promote the new novella, and I give you a peek into what's going on with the novellas, and some writer-insights and things I've been learning over the last few months. Music for this episode is provided by my Swedish friends, Le Gang. The song is "Come On, Let's Go."
Crowdcast Q&A [part 2]

Crowdcast Q&A [part 2]

2020-05-0641:43

So you've made it to part two of the Crowdcast interview! But I have a few notes before we start again... I've got some good news: You can now go onto the site, ofmusicandmen.com, and be among the first to get the novella for episode two by pre-ordering before its official release date. Due to the recent pandemic, the traditional ways of doing things have gone out the window. I know that entertainment is not an "essential product," so I want to make sure anyone who wants access to my art can get it... whether you can return the favor by paying for it or not. I'M MAKING IT SUPER EASY TO GET THE DIGITAL VERSION OF EPISODE TWO OF THE NOVELLA SERIES, NOTHING BUT A NUMBER. If you can afford to give $1 or more, great. Click the "Give what you can" button. But if you still want to read but cannot support me right now, that's fine as well. Just click the "Read now, give later" button. As mentioned in the last few podcast episodes, as an artistic entrepreneur, the unending of everything around us has altered my normal way of going about things,, but I am certainly not complaining. Financial struggles aside, I've personally welcome this as an opportunity to focus on gratitude and completely readjust what's considered "normal." Anyway, here's part two of another recent conversation about the of music and men project. This is a two-parter, so if you didn't hear the beginning, just go back and listen to episode before this one. Now, my people on Patreon have already gotten this full interview and they received it in video format, but for my regular podcast listener, the audio-only was broken up into two parts. Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show. Music: Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space
Crowdcast Q&A [part 1]

Crowdcast Q&A [part 1]

2020-04-2934:41

Hey, Kayona here. So I've got some good news: You can now go onto the site, ofmusicandmen.com, and be among the first to get the novella for episode two by pre-ordering before its official release date. Due to the recent pandemic, the traditional ways of doing things have gone out the window. I know that entertainment is not an "essential product," so I want to make sure anyone who wants access to my art can get it... whether you can return the favor by paying for it or not. I'M MAKING IT SUPER EASY TO GET THE DIGITAL VERSION OF EPISODE TWO OF THE NOVELLA SERIES, NOTHING BUT A NUMBER. If you can afford to give $1 or more, great. Click the "Give what you can" button. But if you still want to read but cannot support me right now, that's fine as well. Just click the "Read now, give later" button. As mentioned in the last few podcast episodes, as an artistic entrepreneur, the unending of everything around us has altered my normal way of going about things,, but I am certainly not complaining. Financial struggles aside, I've personally welcome this as an opportunity to focus on gratitude and completely readjust what's considered "normal." Anyway, here's another recent conversation about the Of Music and Men project. Like the last two podcast episodes, this is a two-parter. Now, my people on Patreon have already gotten this full interview and they received it in video format, but for my regular podcast listener, the audio-only will be broken up into two parts. You'll get the second part next week. Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show. Music: Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space
If you're new, this is a story, so it's best to start at episode one. Hi, Kayona here. Here's part two of last week's interview with Sovereign Noir Publications. I hope you've been enjoying the podcast so far, as I've really enjoyed bringing it to you. Episode 2.7 (the last FULL episode you heard) was the completion of book two, or if this were the TV show, it would've been episode two of that. With this global crisis, we've all been affected, and all of us in different ways. Personally, things have been quite hard for me financially, as I am a small business owner who has made money through artistic gig work over the last few year, which is a double edged sword. It allows me the opportunity to work on my art more consistently, but it's subject to the whims of people who need you when they need you, and when they don't need you, then they don't need you--hence, no income for you. This is especially difficult for me right now as I'm trying to get the next novella (episode two of the series) out to you. Now of course, you just listened to it here with these last 7 episodes of the podcast but the book is a different experience. It was supposed to come out April 2020, but considering everything that's happening, I've had to delay its release. However, I will be making it available to you digitally (on our website, ofmusicandmen.com) within the next few weeks. I'll let you know here when you can get it. But of course, members of our Patreon club get it free and early as part of their membership. If you're not a Patron but would like to become one--and honestly, doing so really helps me to make this show every week--you can learn more about it at Patreon.com/ofmusicandmen Anyway, I must take a brief hiatus for the next few weeks to get my mind right and get resources straight, in order to continue producing this podcast. But don't worry, I'm still going to release shows; it just won't be proper episodes from the story like you're normally used to. I'll be giving you a few Q&As and talks about the project to keep you in the loop. Since I'm doing this project alone, I have to turn my attention to some other aspects that I simply haven't been able to focus on whilst also focusing on the art--namely, trying to figure out how to grow the audience. Anyway, here's part two of a recent interview I did with the Chief Operator of Sovereign Noir Publications, who incidentally will be publishing the next book for you. Thanks for continuing to tune in, and enjoy the show. Ascent by Mona Wonderlick Free download: http://bit.ly/ascent-download Subscribe to Mona Wonderlick's YouTube Channel and Soundcloud Bad Circus by Unminus
Hi, Kayona here. I hope you've been enjoying the podcast so far, as I've really enjoyed bringing it to you. Episode 2.7 (the last episode you heard) was the completion of book two, or if this were the TV show, it would've been episode two of that. With this global crisis, we've all been affected, and all of us in different ways. Personally, things have been quite hard for me financially, as I am a small business owner who has made money through artistic gig work over the last few year, which is a double edged sword. It allows me the opportunity to work on my art more consistently, but it's subject to the whims of people who need you when they need you, and when they don't need you, then they don't need you--hence, no income for you. This is especially difficult for me right now as I'm trying to get the next novella (episode two of the series) out to you. Now of course, you just listened to it here with these last 7 episodes of the podcast but the book is a different experience. It was supposed to come out April 2020, but considering everything that's happening, I've had to delay its release. However, I will be making it available to you digitally (on our website, ofmusicandmen.com) within the next few weeks. I'll let you know here when you can get it. But of course, members of our Patreon club get it free and early as part of their membership. If you're not a Patron but would like to become one--and honestly, doing so really helps me to make this show every week--you can learn more about it at Patreon.com/ofmusicandmen Anyway, I must take a brief hiatus for the next few weeks to get my mind right and get resources straight, in order to continue producing this podcast. But don't worry, I'm still going to release shows; it just won't be proper episodes from the story like you're normally used to. I'll be giving you a few Q&As and talks about the project to keep you in the loop. Since I'm doing this project alone, I have to turn my attention to some other aspects that I simply haven't been able to focus on whilst also focusing on the art--namely, trying to figure out how to grow the audience. Anyway, here's a recent interview I did with the Chief Operator of Sovereign Noir Publications, who incidentally will be publishing the next book for you. Thanks for continuing to tune in, and enjoy the show. Music by Atch https://soundcloud.com/atch_music https://www.instagram.com/atchmusic/
Thank you for taking the time during this world crisis to still include this program in your daily life. We usually jump right into the episodes, but i just wanted to take a moment to say that your time is greatly appreciated, and if you or a loved one are trying to find ways to find your way back to good health, just know that you're always in my heart. My hope is that this brings you joy, entertainment, and a much needed escape during your forced solitude. Thank you again, and enjoy the show... Kenya stops avoiding it and finally commits to meeting her father's new love interest-the 33 y/o. And later, she helps Tk to make a life-changing decision about what's most important-continuing to "act her age", or for once, live her dream for true happiness. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-7-life-is-what-happens CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE Bisiesto by Hiracutch Hidden Trails by Broke in Summer Undone by Mona Wonderlick - YouTube: bit.ly/youtube-monawonderlick - Soundcloud: bit.ly/soundcloud-monawonderlick - Instagram: bit.ly/instagram-monawonderlick - Facebook: bit.ly/facebook-mona-wonderlick Look To The Future by Mike Leite @mikeleite YouTube: goo.gl/7vyqYG Facebook: goo.gl/tuZdv9 Soundcloud: goo.gl/x2f58E Borealis by Scott Buckley Call Me by LIQWYD YOUTUBE: Music by LiQWYD Free download: bit.ly/call-me-free-download INSTAGRAM: Music by @LiQWYD Word of the episode: Valiant by JayJen & Pratzapp Free Download / Stream: fanlink.to/ValiantJP Follow JayJen: Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/6TfL85JmbPDrdo4wueM5a7 YouTube: www.youtube.com/jayjenmusic SoundCloud: @jayjenmusic Instagram: www.instagram.com/jayjenmusic/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/jayjenmusic Follow Pratzapp: Instagram: instagram.com/pratzapp YouTube: youtube.com/pratzapp Soundcloud: @pratzapp Enquiries/Licensing: jayjenmusic@gmail.com
As Kenya helps nurse Lucas back from illness, she realizes that she has to draw a line. They are business partners, not parent and child. Meanwhile, both J and Ty experience the impressions that younger men can have--good and bad. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-6-of-age-yet CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE Reveal by Ikson Stream/buy Ikson music: - Spotify: goo.gl/GSvyMN - Soundcloud: @ikson - iTunes: itunes.apple.com/se/artist/ikson/id533041587 Zdarmania by @Niwel Wasted Years by @Inossi Relax, man by Le Gang Le Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegang Le Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1 Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8M Le Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7E Sunflower by @Soybmusic Track: Sunflower - Soyb [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: youtu.be/dG1U3NuR9Pk Free Download / Stream: alplus.io/sunflower Childhood by @ScottBuckley Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to http://ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Kenya's date with the older guy starts out great--a @BalkanBeatBox show and pancakes at The Diner--but a 20 year age difference quickly reveals some differences in how they see their futures (and present, for that matter). For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-5-the-great-compromise CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE Chillin in the 70s by Studio Monkey Get The Balkan Party Started by @Soundroll Things by @LiQWYD & @thisisLeGang : Music by LiQWYD & Le Gang - Free download: bit.ly/things-free-download INSTAGRAM: Music by @LiQWYD & @thisislegang Balkan Partizoni By @Soundroll Strange by Aden @musicbyaden Quirky Latin by Pink Zebra Escape by @Niwel Music for the Word of the episode: Undertow by @ScottBuckley Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Kenya's job overseeing the careers of musicians often blur the lines between professional and parental, when Lucas needs more from her than she can give. And Tk is forced to make a big decision about her music and her day-job. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-4-when-to-start CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona KIDS by @MonaWonderlick Mona Wonderlick on Spotify: bit.ly/spotify-mona-wonderlick Mona Wonderlick on Apple Music: bit.ly/applemusic-monawonderlick I'm Up In The Clouds by Le Gang Le Gang - "Lo-Fi Beats & Chill" (Album) out on Spotify & Apple Music. Le Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegang Le Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1 Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8M Le Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7E Music for the Word of the episode: Horizons by @ScottBuckley Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Kenya agrees to go out with a man in his 40s, although she has second thoughts, when she hangs out with her longtime male friend who's her age, she starts to wonder if older men might be better. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-3-men-certain-age Click here for more info on Don't Mute DC or go to the credits page. CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona Sad Circus x Unminus (Free download) Music for the Word of the episode: Soar by Scott Buckley Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
While hanging out with J and Ty, the topic of age comes up, and when Kenya reveals that her father is dating someone 33-years-old, she has to admit that she's not handling this like an adult. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: http://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-2-where-timeline CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio (free download) Music for the Word of the episode: A New Year by Scott Buckley Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Kenya realizes that there are some similarities between being a grown-up and being an entrepreneur--neither of which she's gotten any good at yet. Meanwhile, Tk finds that despite what she thinks, Hip Hop has no age limit. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-1-no-time-for-biding CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona Come On, Let's Go by Le Gang Le Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegang Le Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1 Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8M Le Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7E Pillow by Mona Wonderlick Free download: bit.ly/pillow-download - YouTube: bit.ly/youtube-monawonderlick - Soundcloud: bit.ly/soundcloud-mona-wonderlick - Instagram: bit.ly/instagram-monawonderlick Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Quick reminder

Quick reminder

2020-02-1901:21

Make sure to continue supporting the show by going to patreon.com/ofmusicandmen and helping us out by becoming a Patron. We'll be back next week with all new episodes.
Recap one

Recap one

2020-02-1202:10:57

This is a recap of episode one (first eight podcast episodes). Of Music and Men was created to be a television series. Still working toward that, this project continues to grow. I decided to turn each of the those television episodes into its own novella. For this podcast, you're hearing those novellas broken up into sub-episodes that you get each week. The last eight podcast-episodes that you've heard make up the pilot for the TV show (and for that matter, the first novella). For credits on each of the episodes that make up this bonus, visit our episode archive page: https://ofmusicandmen.com/archives/ Please support us at Patreon.com/ofmusicandmen
Q&A: E1

Q&A: E1

2020-02-0548:13

In this Q&A episode, Kayona answers questions about Of Music and Men, talks about her heroes Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Issa Rae, gives insight about the goal for the project, and provides details about how we got to this point. 1. What is the goal for this approach to the project? 2. Tell us how the podcast differs from the novellas, how the novellas differ from the TV scripts, but what they all have in common. 3. You start each episode with what you call a "cold open". How or why did you want to do this? 4. How would you describe your writing style? 5. The music is very important. Tell us about the journey (past, present, and future) of the music. 6. What can we expect moving forward? If you have a question, email us at contact@ofmusicandmen.com Of Music and Men was created to be a television series. Still working toward that, this project continues to grow. I decided to turn each of the those television episodes into its own novella. For this podcast, you're hearing those novellas broken up into sub-episodes that you get each week. The last eight podcast-episodes that you've heard make up the pilot for the TV show (and for that matter, the first novella). Confused yet? lol For credits on each of the episodes that make up this bonus, visit our episode archive page: https://ofmusicandmen.com/archives/ Please support us at Patreon.com/ofmusicandmen
Determined to get her artist to perform at 9:30 Club, Kenya gives it one more try. But with this new plan, even if she strikes out, she'll still win the game. UPDATE!!! Since the recording of this episode, Barry Farm has received its Landmark Status. Learn more on the credits page for this episode. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-8-little-miss-nobody CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona Stomp Clap Slap by Leon Felekyan Niña by Mona Wonderlick (Free Download): http://bit.ly/nina-download (Look out) She's America by Otis McDonald Credits music: Quarter Past Six by Le Gang by Le Gang Word of the episode: I Saw A Ghost Last Night by Leonell Cassio Sound effects: Audio Blocks Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud and Filmstro To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
Kenya and Tk show up for their big radio break, but things go different than planned. And we finally meet Lucas, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, the other artist on Kenya's burgeoning record label, and evidence that youth-and talent-is wasted on the young. For full credits and sources on this episode, go to: https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-7-never-say-never CREDITS Narration Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Episode Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC MUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODE All music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by Kayona Made in Japan by HUSH Lv Who by Seth Power Credits music: I Don't Need You to Say Anything by Le Gang Word of the episode: Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet by Kevin MacLeod Sound effects: Audio Blocks Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud and Filmstro To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.
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