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The Best of 2016 Let The Music Play Podcast

Dearest music maker,

I am so grateful for you joining me on the journey of making music with our lives. 2016 was a wonderful and beautiful year for Let The Music Play Podcast.

I remember the first time I ever interviewed someone twelve months ago. I didn’t know how to work the recording device and had no idea how much of an art form interviewing someone is. Nevertheless, I kept hitting record and asking my heroes, mystics, authors, artists, sages, and philosophers about the music they make with their life, relationships, and careers.

In this episode you will find a few of the highlights from the past year’s interviews. Enjoy!

And a BIG thank you goes out to Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping At Last for providing the music playing behind all of this wisdom shared!





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Episode 37: The Unexpected Gifts of The Contemplative with Chris Heuertz

Chris Heuertz has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness.

Named one of Outreach magazine’s “30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership,” Chris is a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope, Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism.

In this episode, Chris illuminates three gifts of contemplative spirituality: an awakened sense of our true identity, an acceptance that everything belongs, and an ability to root ourselves in the gifts of community.


Find out more about Chris and his work by visiting GravityCenter.com.

You can also stream or download this episode and all other episodes in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.


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LTMP Episode 18: Fr. Richard Rohr with Ashton Gustafson

Richard Rohr

Hi friends! I am so excited to share with you in Episode 18 at Let The Music Play Podcast one of the finest men that has ever graced our planet, Fr. Richard Rohr.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Simplicity, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond (my personal favorite), and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.

Over the last twelve months I have journeyed through the land of his ideas and insights and consider them some of the finest treasure I have found. Alas, I am overwhelmed with joy to share our conversation with you.

Enjoy! And if any of this dialogue strikes a chord within you, please support his work by visiting the Center for Action and Contemplation.

You can also listen to this episode and subscribe to Let The Music Play Podcast by clicking here for iTunes.

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LTMP Podcast Episode 11: An Autumn Waltz

#12An Autumn waltz

It’s been a while and it’s good to be back!

In this episode we talk about the beauty and the metaphors that can be found in the season of Autumn that is upon us.

You can also subscribe to the #LTMP podcast in iTunes by clicking here.


Find out more about the band, The War On Drugs, on this episode by clicking here. You can also purchase their record, Lost in the Dream, by clicking here in iTunes. Spotify users can find them by clicking here. Please support the artists you love…their work helps us make sense of it all!

Lastly, we discuss three great books in this episode. They can all be found below in the Amazon Store.

Falling Upward – Richard Rohr.

Rising Strong – Brene Brown.

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better – Pema Chodron.

Autumn – By Ashton Gustafson

Ego of the trees burning away,

green to gold to bourbon fade.

Night stays long – the candle’s friend,

a majestic unwind curls spring’s next grin.

So now we may waltz with what sheds in the fall

for there’s no other way to rise through it all.

Grounded  in love and making room for the bloom,

Autumn, the first verse of what’s ‘to be continued’.

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