Putting Creativity In Motion: Jeff Boudreau of Jeff’s Musical Car – No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep 31
When I first heard about a guy who invites musicians into his car so that he can conduct a quick interview, have them perform a song, and then create a video episode of each encounter, I was immediately intrigued.
I also had a lot of question about how he got the idea and how he was making it happen.
Jeff Boudreau is the creator and host of the fabulously creative web video series, “Jeff’s Musical Car.” Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Jeff has produced over 250 episodes at the time we recorded this podcast, ranging from local artists from the Moncton music scene all the way to Internationally renowned talents such guitarist, Jesse Cook.
Jeff has chauffeured a few of the musicians that easily fall into my top ten of any list of my favourite music, including Colin & John-Angus MacDonald from The Trews, David Francey and The Fortunate Ones, though I’ve yet to see an episode where I wasn’t impressed by the musicianship of Jeff’s companion for that particular video.
I’m a firm believer that if you just keep doing something and building it up, good things will happen.
– Jeff Boudreau, “Jeff’s Musical Car”
- Where did the idea come from?
- What did he have to do to get started and how long did it take?
- How did artists initially react when he asked if they would perform in a car?
- How does he get some of the more established artists to agree to do it?
- How does he know exactly where to drive & what route to take?
- How does he limit the noise from outside the car?
We addressed all of those questions and a lot more, and also uncovered all kinds of fun stories that Jeff has lived in the course of creating the catalogue of episodes for “Jeff’s Musical Car.”
Jeff’s story is a terrific example of the power of an idea and the fuel that genuine passion gives to it. I continue to be amazed by what people can do when they’re acting from their heart and allowing themselves to learn as they go while enjoying the process. Jeff Boudreau and his Musical Car are an exceptional positive example for the rest of us in that regard.
Some of the key takeaways I got from Jeff’s “Musical Car” Journey:
- The gratification that comes from pursuing an idea and allowing yourself to figure it out and get better as you go. As Jeff puts it, “There’s no guidebook on how to record bands in vehicles.”
- The value of building relationships & power of networking with patience and good intentions.
- Expressing and encouraging creativity is its own reward, and the value of real connection and human experience are gifts the process will present to you.
It’s about experiences. How many people can say they picked up The Trews at the airport, grabbed a coffee with them and then drove them to their hotel?
– Jeff Boudreau, Jeff’s Musical Car
This was a lot of fun, talking to Jeff and hearing about his journey so far. Enjoy!
Podcast Episode Links:
Connect with Jeff Boudreau
Jeff’s Musical Car Episodes
Direct links to some of Musical Car episodes referred to in the podcast discussion:
Crystal Kirk (The first episode)
Jenn Grant (Jeff told the story of having to drive her back to his house to get his guitar for her)
KASHKA (His son was in the back seat)
Madison Rivers (Episode where Jeff plays the guitar)
The Regal Beagle Band (They played through an ambulance going by)
Magneta Lane (They have sparklers in the car and drive by a police car right at the end)
60 LPs ( With the necks of the bass & acoustic guitars leaning out the window)
The Steady Swagger (A full band, including a stand-up bass and a full drum kit that gave Jeff ringing in his ears for a week afterward)
Colter Wall (The young phenom Jeff referred to near the end of the podcast)
Comments: Who Should Be Next in the Musical Car?
What artist would you love most to see perform in Jeff’s Musical Car? And have you ever had a crazy, creative idea like Jeff had in starting the Musical Car series? Did you pursue it? what happened?
Please add your thoughts to the Comments Section, below.
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