Joel Willson is the violinist of the Baton Rouge chamber folk band, Minos the Saint. He’s also one of the organizers behind Spontaneous Combustion, a live event that creates unique musical experiences and artwork based on the input of the audience. He came on the podcast to discuss his music outlook and his vision for the Twisted Oak Music Festival that he founded three years ago.
The Twisted Oak Music Festival is driven by an idealistic mission statement that aims to rekindle spirituality while encouraging entrepreneurship, serving others, and nurturing a sense of community. This year the festival happens on Friday, November 13 at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge.
In addition to Joel, here’s a list of the other musicians who will be performing:
Hot Club of Baton Rouge
Treble Bass Movement
Amy Willson + Eric Liffmann
LSU Graduate Woodwind Quintet
The festival will also feature the live art of Janene Grodesky, Heather Kenyon, and Neda Parandian.
During my interview with Joel, we discuss why the festival might be a life-changing event, the value of art that aims to make others better, and how to build a sustainable career as an artist.
After the interview I share some thoughts about our conversation. I also reflect on the Mets in the World Series and tie it to some of the big questions that keep me up at night. (Seems an appropriate enough way to end a discussion about an event scheduled for Friday the 13th.)
Listen to the Episode
- The Twisted Oak Music Festival website
- Joel’s recommendations:
- The Minos the Saint’s Kickstarter video
- Norman Mailer’s interview with EW (a notable date for that, right?)
- The podcast episode where I interview the singer from Minos the Saint