Rhyme & Reason by MMAD

Life stories from musicians and the songs that helped them live to tell them.

Everyone has that song. The one that helped you get out of bed in the morning when nothing else could. The one that inspired you to pursue your dream. On Rhyme & Reason, MMAD (Musicians Making a Difference) get up close and personal with artists and musicians, sharing songs and stories that have shaped them into who they are. Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

On a previous episode we spoke with Eso about his crazy story of Bliss N Eso’s trip to Afghanistan and his journey overcoming alcoholism. On this episode we spend some time talking with Bliss about his experience supporting his mate through that process and his lyrics that came out of that. We also talked about the glitz and glamour of the music industry and how things aren’t always as they seem. In this conversation Bliss opens up about how he manages to stay focused and healthy even in the midst of the alluring — and potentially destructive — lifestyle many musicians fall into. Get your pen and pad ready, there is some absolute gold here to take note of.


Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


Listen to 'Friend Like You' as discussed in this episode here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mezCOcC1Tug


Listen to 'Devil on My Shoulder' as discussed in this episode here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC2Au6PJn54


Host: Will Small

Audio Production and Music: Rohan Parry

Recorded at: The MMAD Studio, Gosford

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Nathan Cavaleri has lived one of those lives that sounds like it could be a work of fiction. At just 6 years old he was diagnosed with leukaemia and began chemotherapy. It was playing his guitar that helped him through this time, and it was his extraordinary skills with that guitar that would see him go on to tour with BB King, record an album with mentors like Jimmy Barnes and Tommy Emmanuel, and get signed to Michael Jackson’s label. There’s been a lot more to Nathan’s story since he was a young prodigy though, and he shared openly about his journey with anxiety, and learning to move beyond fear, and take nothing for granted.


Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


Listen to 'Demons' by Nathan Cavaleri as discussed in this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z03cHNNI-p0


Host: Will Small

Audio Production and Music: Rohan Parry

Recorded at: The MMAD Studio, Gosford

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Our guest on this episode grew up being the class clown, the funniest guy in the room, always able to make people laugh. But he’s not afraid of real talk. He knows what it’s like to fight giants, and he has one of the biggest hearts in the world for helping others to survive the battles they face. Evan Lawrie, AKA the Profit is an incredibly talented and humble emcee, and he’s been a mentor at MMAD who has inspired thousands of young people over the last decade. We speak about the power music has to help heal wounds, and open up hard conversations. If you find it hard to talk about the way you feel — you’re not alone. But there may be something in this conversation that could help you start your own. So listen close and take note.


Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


Listen to 'Down' by The Profit as discussed in this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc7zwlLOGcg&feature=youtu.be


Host: Will Small

Audio Production and Music: Rohan Parry

Recorded at: The MMAD Studio, Gosford

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Can you imagine rocking a show in a warzone, using military vehicles as your stage? When Bliss N Eso did a tour of Afghanistan, Eso was waging an internal war of his own. These guys are known for using their music to speak to real issues. They’ve written lyrics about poverty, politics and climate change, but when we spent some time with Eso he shared about one of the most personal songs he’s ever written. Strap yourself in, this story is an incredible ride. To begin with, we asked Eso to share what life was like for him growing up.


Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


Listen to 'Devil on My Shoulder' by Bliss N Eso as discussed in this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC2Au6PJn54


Host: Will Small

Audio Production and Music: Rohan Parry

Recorded at: The MMAD Studio, Gosford

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There’s nothing like live music is there? But how often do you think about the people who make those experiences what they are for us?


Louise Savileskij is an example of the kind of amazing human who has poured hours of blood, sweat and tears into creating incredible live music experiences — from producing shows in underground caves to running stages at festivals like ‘splendour in the grass’


Lou understands the power of music. It’s the kind of power that can spark up a revolution. Free us from our mental chains. Remind us why we are here. In this episode Lou and I talk about an iconic song that does each one of these things. But first, I asked Lou to share some of her backstory.


Rhyme & Reason is proudly supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


Listen to 'Redemption Song' by Bob Marley as discussed in this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrY9eHkXTa4


Host: Will Small

Audio Production and Music: Rohan Parry

Recorded at: The MMAD Studio, Gosford

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