Welcome, welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to proudly introduce the very first episode of Lives of Adventure. As I mention in the episode itself, this is an experiment. I have some hypotheses that I’m trying to prove but in order to do so I need your help! I need Feedback. I’ve capitalized “Feedback” to remind everyone that good Feedback isn’t cheerleading, it’s not about playing nice and hearing your mother’s voice in your head (“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”). If you have any suggestions on how I can improve this podcast, guests that I should talk to, or if you just hate the sound of my voice please let me know. Remember, I’m conducting an experiment. You won’t hurt my feelings. I promise.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the episode. I hope you enjoy it.
John Gardner, better known as Common Jack these days, is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, composer, dancer, and all around nice guy. John graduated from Ithaca College and immediately landed a coveted spot on the Off Broadway production of Once and spent the next 2 years on the road across the US, Canada, and Japan. More recently John’s sometimes solo sometimes band Common Jack has released two albums, Bowl, Holland and Strange New State. In this wide-ranging discussion we talk about everything from growing up under the same roof (he’s my brother after all), how to tip the odds in your favor for tough auditions, and his recent transition from acting to being a singer-songwriter and making a go of the music business.