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Ben Tibbetts @BenTibbetts

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Pianist and composer

Massachusetts, USA

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Posted by BenTibbetts - 2 weeks ago

Hello, Newgrounds! I hope you are well. It was great to log in the other day and see a new Salad Fingers here. What a disturbing series. I'm glad David Firth is continuing the Salad Fingers character and continuing to create strangely compelling art.

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In September, I continued to play music for ballet classes at Ballet Austin, improvising music for dance exercises; and I continued to teach piano lessons at Premier Music Academy and Armstrong Community Music School.

I also performed a concert with local pianist and composer Graham Yates. Graham was great to work with. We played four hands music by Stravinsky and Gershwin, as well as my arrangement of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again". The video of this concert is available on my website. We'll be doing another concert this month on October 23 at 1pm (again at Premier Music Academy).

This past month I wrote a new track for my audio store, which is intended to be a musical resource for people making digital content. Music in the audio store is free for listening. But if you want to use it in your audio, video, or game you need to subscribe at $4 a month. I also experimented with filming my composition process, making a video that shows how I create music. If you're a subscriber, log in to the exclusive page and look under "work logs" to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this newest track, "Forest Forever".

Finally, there is a new piece on the website archive for SATB choir and piano, called "Speed of Light". It's a half-spoken, half-sung piece lasting about six minutes. In "Speed of Light", I tried to depict some trippy scientific concepts surrounding how objects behave when they're moving extremely fast. To get a recording of it, I sang it myself, recording each of the parts ten times and layering them over each other.

In October I'll be working with local composer Keith Allegretti on his opera "Good Country", performing it at the Draylen Mason Music Studio on October 17 at 5 pm. I'm really looking forward to this. I'll be playing the piano as part of the ensemble and assisting the singers in rehearsals. If you're in the area, come on by to see some new music being performed. Keith is extremely talented. The opera features a trans character as its protagonist, which is not something that you see every day. This is a cool project and I'm excited to play the music.

As always, thank you for listening! Until next time.

New Content for Subscribers at BenTibbetts.net:

  • Speed of Light (sheet music)
  • Forest Forever (audio store)
  • Forest Forever: Behind The Scenes (video)

Performances in October:

  • October 17 - Good Country opera at the Draylen Mason Music Studio at 5 pm
  • October 23 - Four Hands Piano Music concert with Graham Yates at Premier Music Academy at 1 pm



Posted by BenTibbetts - September 8th, 2021

When I moved to the Austin area in June, I took a day job at a hotel to smooth over the transition. I think that was a good call. It made it easier to settle in, especially because I didn't have many connections to the area. But I gave my notice at the beginning of August, and left the job at the end of the month. I also moved from Round Rock to Austin.

Now that I've left the day job, I'm ramping up my music work. I'm now employed by Ballet Austin, where I'm playing the piano for classes. I improvise music to help students work through their dance exercises. I'm still teaching at Premier Music Academy in Round Rock, and I've begun teaching at the Armstrong Community Music School. I'm looking for more students at both schools.

I'm also producing musical audio for content creators. I finished a soundtrack for a short animation last month, and I'm beginning another one today. As potential clients reach out, this kind of work comes and goes. In general I want as many of these opportunities as possible. Making music for movies and games is what I dreamed of doing when I was a kid. It's creative and fulfilling, and it's related to storytelling, which is close to my heart. If you're watching this and you are a content creator--videos, podcasts, games, whatever--I'd like to help you tell your story. It's difficult to break into this industry, but I'm trying. I'm eager to improve and I'm committed to providing a professional service.

This past month, I updated a couple things for subscribers to my website. I spent a lot of time on a new track for the audio store, called "El Baile de los Muertos" ("the dance of the dead"). It's a creepy, exciting dance for violin, piano, bass, and drum set. I released sheet music for my piano four-hands arrangement of Willie Nelson's song "On The Road Again", and I re-released a short album of background solo piano music called "Reveries". A subscription to my website is $4 a month. Subscribers have access to a library of exclusive content including sheet music and royalty-free audio. This month, I'm thinking of making "work logs" too, little films in which I talk about writing music and show my work flow.

Later this month I'll be performing a piano four-hands concert with the local pianist Graham Yates, of the North Austin Piano Studio (www.northaustinpiano.com). If you're in town, please stop by. It's at Premier Music Academy in Round Rock, on September 25 at 2pm. It will be a small free concert in which we play some Gershwin and Stravinsky, as well as the just-released arrangement of "On The Road Again".

In September, I hope to get more students, maybe as many as twenty. I also hope to find more freelance work, and produce more content for the subscribers on my website.



Posted by BenTibbetts - August 6th, 2021

Personal Life

July was busy. I've been juggling a day job and a full musical life, working around 60-80 hours a week. That situation won't last forever, but I'm grateful for the work. It makes me admire people who pursue passion projects while working a full time job. This last month had that character for me.

I remember talking with a professor at UMass when I started accompanying there. When I started to complain about being too busy, he stopped me and said, "Good for you." He reminded me to be grateful for the music work I had, and not to complain about it, because I was doing what I wanted to do. He was right. I've worked hard to be able to work hard...

Concert on September 25

I've been preparing for a four hands concert with local pianist Graham Yates. The concert will be on September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Premier Music Academy in Round Rock. We will be performing music by Ravel, Stravinsky, Gershwin, and P.D.Q. Bach. We'll also be premiering an arrangement I did of "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson.

Audio Store

I released a new track on my audio store in July: Search Below The Earth

My audio store is a growing resource for media and content producers. The music there is free to listen to and enjoy. To use the music there in your video or audio product, subscribe to the website at $4/month.

Mull of Kintyre

My piano student ML released a new track on my website this July: her own piano arrangement of Paul McCartney's Mull of Kintyre. Please go check it out and support her!

I'm very happy to be able to share this. It seems like many of my students have been drawn to composing and arranging. I love to create new music, so that works out well.

Dynamo Dream

Ian Hubert recently used one of my tracks in his science fiction web series, Dynamo Dream.

Ian Hubert is a very talented digital artist who I interviewed for my website in 2012. I've known about his work since 2004 when I followed him on the site Renderosity.com. This video is the first Dynamo Dream episode, "Salad Mug". It uses my piece "Bittersweet Romance" in the credits.

Ian is a master at creating futuristic landscapes and detail-rich, lovingly crafted environments. I love his work and he's spent years on this video, so it's great to see that it's getting an extremely positive reception on YouTube.


Thank you for your interest in my work! I appreciate your support. To follow my various endeavors, visit www.bentibbetts.net.


Posted by BenTibbetts - July 1st, 2021

Personal Life

I recently moved to Texas. I came to the Austin area around June 5 with a buddy of mine who helped me move in. I got a day job. I'm also teaching some piano lessons in Round Rock and writing music for media. All is well. I'm happy to be making music with people in person again, which feels really good. If you're in the area, feel free to hit me up over at Premier Music Academy, where I'm teaching lessons. It looks like I'll be teaching lessons at a school in Austin as well.

Mosh Lab

I just released a new album of music I wrote for a very creative animation called "Smosh Mosh", which I've mentioned before. Smosh Mosh by Janina Putzker is an animated miniseries for adults. This is not a show for kids; it contains nudity, sexual content, and adult language. Janina and her team are working on the pilot right now, which I wrote music for. I think it's coming out great.

Because I wrote more music than necessary for Smosh Mosh, I decided to release all the tracks as an album called "Mosh Lab". Some of them didn't make it into the episode, and they would have just sat on my hard drive but it seemed worthwhile to release them. Go here to download the album.

Audio Store

I uploaded a new item to the audio store this month: Cloud City, a gentle, looping piece of music for solo harp.

The audio store is designed for people who produce Internet content like videos and podcasts. Royalty free libraries provide audio for content producers, generally selling items individually. By contrast, my audio store offers an unlimited license to anyone who subscribes to my site. For $4 a month you get unlimited, no-restrictions access to everything in the store. It's still a small library, but I'm adding to it regularly. My goal is to create and maintain a valuable, affordable resource for creators online.

Christmas Album

For those of you currently going through a heat wave here in the U.S., Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind, but...this month I re-released an old Christmas album, offering it to subscribers. You can view it here.

This album offers solo piano versions of some Christmas hymns, sometimes with elements of improvisation. It explores familiar old chestnuts (e.g. O Come, All Ye Faithful), but also more obscure gems (e.g. How A Rose E'er Blooming). It was a pleasure to revisit this beautiful, lesser-known music.

To subscribe, go to this page.

Scroll down and click "subscribe". It's $4 a month. You'll need an email address and a credit card. Once you're signed up I'll send you a password, which you can use to log in and get the exclusive content mentioned in this update.


As always, I'm grateful to everyone who supports and enjoys my work, and especially to those who have reached out expressing kind words. It's a privilege to make music and I don't take it for granted.

Take care and stay cool out there.



Posted by BenTibbetts - May 31st, 2021

Personal Life

As I mentioned in my last update, I'm moving to Austin, Texas in June. This past month was about preparing for that. I spent May 1-10 finishing up my caregiving for Donald (he's with our parents now and doing great). After that I drove to Austin and back, from May 15-25. I had a great time. I'll be driving down again on June 1 (tomorrow). I'm excited to move there, and especially excited to make music in person again.

Audio Store

I updated the audio store this month with some new music. My audio store is a collection of tracks for people who are producing media (videos, audio, and games). I'm trying to produce useful, high-quality audio that reflects my style and artistic preferences. I hope to add many more tracks over time. The new tracks this month were Caveman Cafe, Postcard Shuffle, and Water Mill.

Music in the audio store is free for listening. I've set up videos so you can follow the sheet music while the music plays. Just click the "play" icons on the website to see the sheet music.

If you're a content creator and you'd like to use this music in your work, you can subscribe to the website for unlimited access.

The Cutting Room Floor

I've increasingly noticed that my approach to composition generates much more material than necessary. Only a small percentage of my music actually makes it out of the studio. To change this, I've created a space for releasing unused sketches, scraps, and musical fragments that aren't completely fleshed out. I'm calling this page the "cutting room floor".

The material on this page occupies a weird in-between space; it doesn't really reflect my output professionally, but I think some people might enjoy it anyway. To start things off, I uploaded a couple short chiptunes. (A chiptune is a piece of video game music that evokes a classic or retro aesthetic. Imagine an arcade in the 80's or 90's, or a home console like the Atari 2600 or Super Nintendo.)


If you like what I'm doing and wish to support my work, you can subscribe to my website. Subscriptions enable me to create more original music and content. A subscription is $4 a month. Subscribers receive access to exclusive content like sheet music, the "Music and Ideas" podcast, and an unlimited license for music in the audio store.

To subscribe, you only have to sign up once, and then it's automatically billed every month. You can unsubscribe anytime. Subscriptions are safely and securely handled through PayPal, which is a large and reputable company. However, you do not need a PayPal account to subscribe. You just need an email address and a credit card. The process is similar to buying something off of Amazon, and I walk through it in this video: https://youtu.be/ekpnynYDqSw?t=552


I enjoy a support network that includes family, friends, students, collaborators, and supporters. That is a privilege I do not take for granted! Thank you for being part of that.

Take care, and see you next month. I'll wear a cowboy hat.



Posted by BenTibbetts - April 30th, 2021

Hello, Newgrounds! I've started a mailing list to update people on my creative work, which is always posted on bentibbetts.net. If you'd like to join it, let me know and send me your email address. I plan on sending an update once a month. Here's the message I sent this afternoon. And here's a video version in case you'd prefer that format:

Personal Life

I'm preparing for a move I'll be making in early June, probably to Austin, Texas. It will be an adventure. Austin appears to be growing and it's a hub for live music. I like the idea of being around lots of other musicians. I've also never lived in a large city, which sounds fun and interesting. In mid-May I'll be taking a road trip down there to check it out.

Other than that, things are mostly the same. I'm still caregiving for my brother Donald up here in central Maine. He's doing great. He just celebrated his thirtieth birthday. We're having a good time. I'll conclude caregiving for him on May 10. That's when our parents come home from Florida and take over that work for the summer.

It's good that the COVID situation is changing. People are coming out and being in company again, which is heartwarming to see. It's also good news for me as a musician. I look forward to resuming in-person performances soon.


My website has a lot of free content, but it's also a place where you can support me if you wish.

If you enjoy my music and want to support me, please subscribe to my website. It is $4 a month. The transactions are handled securely through PayPal. In return you'll receive access to subscriber-only content, including the following:

If you subscribe, you'll also receive reduced rates on services such as lessons and piano accompaniment. Just contact me to negotiate the details.

Someday, I'd love to make a living from a subscription-style model like this, because it seems to offer both creative freedom and a direct connection to my audience.

"Child's Game"

This past month, I had a piece recorded by the tuba player Tyler Woodbury: Child's Game is for tuba and harpsichord, which is just about the weirdest combination I can think of.

Tyler was a student at UMass who I worked with for a number of years. He's a talented, disciplined musician. At one point a while back Tyler and I tried to record this piece in person. Unfortunately, that day the harpsichord was tuned to Baroque tuning. Putting that with a modern tuba, let's just say it sounded...bad.

Thankfully this new recording sounds wonderful. You can hear it for free and sheet music is available to subscribers.

Donald Plays "Minuet in G"

This month, I uploaded another video of Donald playing the piano. Donald was my first piano student, back in high school. Every so often he'll finish a piece and we'll record a video of it. Recently he learned an arrangement of Minuet in G by Beethoven. The video is about a minute and a half and it's available for download on the students page.

It's really good to see Donald still playing the piano. I'm proud of him; he works hard to learn these pieces.

New Items in the Audio Store

The Audio Store is for people who make media. If you make videos, games, etc. that need music, these items are available for license. Basically, if you're willing to subscribe regularly for $4 a month then you can do anything you want with this music. There's no limit or fine print on royalties or exclusivity, you can use the audio as many times as you want, and $4 gets you access to everything in the store. That includes stems (different versions of the tracks featuring certain instruments or components of the original). The only thing I ask is that you don't pass it off as your own work; please credit me as the composer.

I've uploaded two new items to the store. The first is called "Magical Breeze", and it's a fantasy-style piece featuring harp, strings, and flute. The other is called "Near Infinite Tenderness" and it's a very soft, gentle piano performance.

I wrote a few more tracks this month, but I'm holding off on releasing them for now. Sometimes it's useful to take a break after composing something. Getting space before listening again helps me be more objective. Occasionally I'll think something is great, then I'll listen again a week or two later and say, "What was I thinking? This is garbage..." Anyway, those tracks will probably be released in May (unless they're garbage).


It's amazing to reflect and feel grateful for the positive relationships in my life. Whether you're a friend, family, colleague, or acquaintance, thank you for your support and interest in my work. If there's something I can do to support you in return please feel free to ask.

I think the next time I write one of these it will be from the road! I'll probably be in a hotel room or something.

Take care and thanks for reading!



Posted by BenTibbetts - March 27th, 2021

Hello, Newgrounds! I've started a mailing list to update people on my creative work. If you'd like to join it, let me know and send me your email address. I plan on sending an update once a month. Here's the email I sent last night.

Hello! If you're reading this, then you are on my mailing list.

I'm using this list to update people on my latest creative work, which is always posted on www.bentibbetts.net. I plan to send one of these emails every month.

This first email will likely be the longest, since it attempts to cover a backlog of previously unreleased material. I personally hate reading long emails, so in case any of you are like me I've created a video version of this message which you can watch here:

If you'd prefer not to be on this mailing list, please reply and let me know. Thank you!

Personal Life

I currently live in rural Maine and work as a caregiver for my brother. I'm playing piano, making music, and having fun. I'll be here in Maine until mid-May. After that, I'll be moving someplace, possibly to Austin. I'm experiencing wanderlust, like many of us after being cooped up during the recent pandemic.

New Website

BenTibbetts.net is kind of a professional-and-personal website, rolled into one. I revamped it this month, and this email will cover some of the new content.

I've added a page outlining my professional services. Basically I do piano performance, working with sheet music, producing musical audio, and teaching private lessons. If you know someone for whom any of this would be useful, feel free to pass on my information. (Except no new students right now, since I'm probably moving soon.)

I've also added an archive which gathers most of my content in one place.

Montague Falls and Prayer in A Major

Montague Falls and Prayer in A Major were two short pieces I composed last year and released together. Prayer is for violin and piano, and Montague Falls is for solo piano.

Nocturne by Baize Liu

I recently recorded Baize Liu's Nocturne, which he kindly composed for me after I left UMass last year. I got to know Baize through weekly meetings at UMass with student composers, during sessions we called "Composers in a Classroom Getting Coffee". (The name was obviously inspired by Jerry Seinfeld's show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", which I recommend.)

Orchard Covenant Church Preludes

From June 2019 to March 2020, I recorded most of the preludes I performed at Orchard Covenant Church. Those are now available on the website. These musical fantasies were improvised using material from the services.

Music and Ideas

Music and Ideas is a podcast I did last year. The idea was to talk about music and composers I liked and then perform improvisations based on them. The last episode, which is on The Godfather and Fortunella, is available for free. The other episodes are available to subscribers.


I'm using a subscription-based model for access to some of the content on my website. A subscription is $4/month. If you sign up you get access to anything I put behind that paywall. Right now, that's the Music and Ideas podcast, sheet music for my compositions, free copies of anything I put in the store, and a series of "work logs" where I (informally) show my working process. Subscribers also receive reduced rates on services such as commissions and piano accompaniment.

I hope to build this library of subscriber-only content over time. Someday, it would be wonderful to be fully supported by these subscriptions. I think that would give me a lot of autonomy and creative freedom. I could compose and produce content full-time without answering to anybody except my audience.

UMass Recitals

I've posted most of the UMass student recitals I worked on from 2018 to 2020.

Four Seasons

There is a newly released collection of four saxophone sonatas which depict the four seasons. There's one for summer (baritone sax), autumn (tenor), winter (soprano), and spring (alto). They were beautifully recorded by Nick Suosso and Peter Da Silva. That was a large, very satisfying project and I'm grateful to Nick and Peter for their hard work on these pieces.

Smosh Mosh Animated Miniseries

I've been writing music for a new animated miniseries, Smosh Mosh. I have to issue a warning here that Smosh Mosh contains mature-/adult-themed material including sexual content and nudity.

I have loved working with its creator, Janina Putzker, who is a delightful and passionate collaborator. We've almost finished the music for the pilot episode, but we still meet regularly to discuss and tweak the music. She hired a singer recently to record some of the cues I wrote. At one point I even sang music for the show myself, so I actually have a vocal performance in this pilot episode...what a crazy, fun project! (Hey Jani, if you're reading this: you're awesome, and thank you for hiring me. <3)

Student Recordings

I've posted several new recordings of my students playing the piano. Recently my brother Donald's performed a few pieces. Donald was my first piano student back in high school.


If you got all the way down to this sentence...well, you made it! This is the end.

And in the end, the love you take is equal the love you make.

Thanks for reading.



Posted by BenTibbetts - October 14th, 2019

Hey Newgrounds! It's been a while and I'm very happy to check back in here, loving the creepy wall art by VonGrimsworth I'm seeing on the site right now. I have some time this morning so I thought I'd write a little about what I've been up to.

My professional life recently has been intense and mostly enjoyable. The last few years I've settled into a career of mostly piano accompaniment with the rest of the time spent on other music freelance work. I would say the time split overall has been around 70% / 30%, with 70% being piano accompaniment gigs, especially at UMass Amherst where I work as a staff accompanist for the music department.

I feel like I'm growing a lot as a musician, working with lots of players I admire and getting their feedback on my playing and writing. I'm sitting on a lot of recordings and original music that I need to sift through and share online at some point. The downsides have been that it's exhausting and not very lucrative, frankly. I'm supporting myself totally through my musical work, especially through playing the piano, but there is a lot of truth to the stereotype of the starving artist. At least there has been for me so far. I'm certainly not starving but looking ahead, I hope to boost both my income and my output, shifting more to projects that are close to my heart, without doing 100 hour work weeks or anything like that. That said, unlike a lot of freelancers I definitely wouldn't say I'm looking for more work. I have lots of musical work in my area, which I'm grateful for. I'm just looking to eventually shift the type of work a little bit, perhaps to more audio production (?). I'm really not sure, I'll just have to see how those things shake out as I move forward and collaborate with other people. I will say that for me the absolute best thing about making music is doing it with other people, feeling that energy, hearing how they think and going to creative places that I would never have thought of trying.

Anyway, those are some candid thoughts on my professional life at the moment--mostly very happy with how things are going and proud of the music I'm making with college students, ensembles and other collaborators. I haven't been uploading much at all to Newgrounds, though. Sorry about that! I did upload a couple of things since my blog post in late 2018, though. If you've followed my work here in the past, you should take a look at my latest audio to hear a podcast I did with my friend Mike Foster, a weird and not-very-successful experiment with Virtual Singer, and some video game music I had a lot of fun tinkering with. I'm especially proud of the podcast, which is about the split-brain syndrome.

Lots of thanks and appreciation as always to Newgrounds, to Tom Fulp for creating this weird and lovely place to share bizarre and beautiful things! I plan on continuing to support this site, and if you're a regular here and you have the means I would encourage you to support it too by going to newgrounds.com/supporter. I really don't think Newgrounds will ever be like YouTube or anything like that, but it's cool that it exists. Even if most of my own work is mainstream and SFW, I really appreciate some of the out-there things that have come from Newgrounds over the years. Like the Salad Fingers series, which I think is ingenious, or even that disturbing/surreal animation by Jaime-R that came out last month. There always need to be spaces where people can experiment and try things out and not worry too much about being disgusting or breaking taboos.

Best wishes to the Newgrounds community, I'll see you guys around. And feel free to reach out if you'd like to use my music in an animation or another project. My email is contact@bentibbetts.net and that's probably the best way to reach me these days.


Posted by BenTibbetts - November 20th, 2018


Hello, Newgrounds! I hope you are well. Just wanted to pop in and post a recording I made of "Earth" by Takatsugu Muramatsu. This recording features flutist Emily Kaplan (and me, on piano). Also releasing a music video created for this track by Maruki, a talented pixel artist I noticed here on Newgrounds.



Visit Maruki on Twitter and Patreon. Find Emily on Instgram and help Kickstart her current project, disemBODY. And as always, if you enjoy my work visit my website to see new releases and follow this account to be notified of new posts. Cheers!



Posted by BenTibbetts - August 29th, 2018

Hello, Newgroundsers! It's been a while. How are you? I haven't been regularly posting updates, but I do check this site somewhat frequently. As usual it's been great to see and hear beautiful work shared here. Since I just updated my profile picture, I felt I ought to pop in and write a little about what I've been doing these past few months.

As I wrote in my previous post, this appears to be a time in my life when I've had many opportunities to make live music. I've rediscovered a drive within me to play the piano and connect with musicians. It's been great, but definitely a detour from most of the things I do online (hence my silence on Newgrounds). The truth is I've felt for several years like there's been a disconnect between my different personal and professional interests. Making video game-y audio is a different vibe than playing Respighi, which is a different vibe from transcribing recordings, which is a different vibe from teaching lessons...I feel like my career is sort of a patchwork quilt. I don't know that there's much talk about there except to say that I enjoy doing all these things and find these activities fulfilling. I've discovered that I can get gigs playing the piano in ensembles and accompanying people, so that's what I'm spending most of my time doing these days. This summer I also spent a lot of time traveling and spending time with family and friends, which I'm grateful to be able to do.

Once the academic year starts up, I'll be doing a lot of work at UMass Amherst. As I've prepared for the fall semester and attempted to tie up various summer projects, I've had time to reflect on how things have come together for me and how I might like to spend my time in the future. My feeling is that the more autonomy I have in my professional life, the better. I want to be able to choose the work I take on and the pace at which I progress. Having the freedom to work hard on a project that might not be profitable is really valuable to me. I want to experiment and tackle creative projects that make me excited and curious, not just what people tell me to do because it pays the bills. That's the sort of thing I've been thinking about lately.

The most recent big project I've finished is a huge batch of audio and art content I just uploaded to www.bentibbetts.net. That includes an exclusive content section for subscribers to the site, which is my way of saying thank you to anyone generous enough to donate. I'm really proud of the content on my site; please go check it out if you like my work. I'll also be posting some of the best stuff to Newgrounds. And coming up, I'll be working on playing a lot more piano, editing some videos of myself playing with a talented flutist named Emily Kaplan, and creating another episode of the podcast (overdue!).

Thank you so much for checking in. Until next time :)