A Conversation About Art and Soul

A while back, I wrote you about a great new podcast here in our area, called Art and Soul of North Texas. I’m writing you about it again today because I was the featured artist for March. Because of our vacation, we didn’t get the interview done until late in the month, and I wanted to have this notice displayed on the April page of this blog, so it would get more visibility for a longer time. So, I waited until today to mention it to you…

I’m inviting you to give it a listen. Art and Soul is created and produced by my friend, Shelly Niebhur, who is herself quite an accomplished musician and painter. Check out her own website here.

I have been interviewed for “radio” many times. But I have to say –with all due respect to the interviews that have come before– this is the best one, hands down. The podcast format allows us lots of time to explore the issues, and have a true dialogue, and not just “canned” responses.

Here’s how Shelly describes the interview:
Eric Folkerth is in studio today. A prolific singer/songwriter, minister, and blogger, Eric’s intelligent songwriting and skillful guitar playing have earned him a loyal and large fan base in our area. You’ll get to hear songs from his upcoming CD, along with songs from his first CD “Songs for the Time Being”. And, you’ll hear about a new love in his life, his Santa Cruz guitar.

You can listen online by clicking right here.

Once you’re there, you can also “subscribe” to the podcast too, which allows it to be automatically downloaded into your iPod.

Many thanks to Shelly for asking me to be a guest. I hope you’ll all take the time to give this interview a listen.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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