#14 Judy Collins & Ari Hest Interview: Silver Skies Blue

Judy Collins & Ari Hest Interview: Silver Skies Blue

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, and I’m your host, Paul Vogelzang.

Earl Nightingale, a recording artist, writer and radio personality said:

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” 

That phrase truly encapsulates my guests today.  Judy Collins, who The New York Times has dubbed “The Ageless Wild Angel of Pop,” and singer, songwriter Ari Hest.  Of course the audience of The Not Old Better Show, and the world, knows Judy Collins.  Judy’s ethereal, stunning voice has informed our lives since 1967. That was when her classic album, Wildflowers, zoomed up the album charts with her Top 10 hit single, the Joni Mitchell-penned “Both Sides Now.”  Ari Hest is, of course, newer to the scene, but over 15 years has established himself as an innovative, creative, “do it all” recording artist.  Ari has released 8 albums, and over the course of a year, Ari wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday, for his brilliantly artistic, imaginative project entitled “52.”  Every week for a year, releasing a new song, and on Mondays, no less.  You can find out more about that project at Ari’s web site, AriHest.com.

As audience of The Not Old Better Show you know that I spoke to Judy Collins not too long ago about her most recent tour, so it was with giddy frisson that I approached the assignment of speaking with Judy Collins again just now about her new album with Ari Hest, “Silver Skies Blue,” and how wonderful this album is, with the great variety of music, and her process of finding exciting projects.

The album, again, “Silver Skies Blue,” features new music written by Judy Collins and Ari Hest, and is out now, available everywhere you can buy music, including Amazon and iTunes, and you’ll hear more from the album during today’s interview.  Ari Hest is one of Judy’s favorite singer songwriters, and the two have appeared on stage together, reuniting for Judy’s “Strangers Again” album, and now in true collaborative form, for Silver Skies Blue.”

Still on stage, Judy Collins and her new musical partner Ari Hest are now in the midst of a national tour.  Of course you can find out more about the tour, Judy’s music and her social media expertise at JudyCollins.com, but please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, Judy Collins and Ari Hest.