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STORY JAM // music + stories

WELCOME TO STORY JAM! We offer entertaining personal stories and original songs written for each story. Each podcast episode presents one story and its accompanying custom song plus a brief interview with the storyteller. At Story Jam, we believe stories are powerful enough to change lives and influence people to develop compassion and connection. We aim to inspire our audience through the sharing of diverse voices. The Story Jam podcast is lovingly produced in Chicago by Story Jam creator/producer Stephanie Rogers and music director/engineer Danny Shaffer. If you'd like to become a supporter or a sponsor of the Story Jam podcast, please visit us at storyjamshow.com and come see our live show online or in person. Thank you for listening!

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Ciao Bella Man

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In this episode, we hear a personal story by Margaret Ghielmetti followed by a song written for the story, then a brief conversation with Margaret and producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. CIAO BELLA MAN I was a foolish girl in FlorencePanting along the river after youYou were a dark and sexy ItalianWhom I’d my keys and papers and panties toWell Florence is in ItalyWith a smile like that you could sucker meI don’t have a backup planCiao Bella manCome sucker me againI was captivated cold by your swaggerSmitten by the way you said "Prego"Then you drove right off in my FIATI just sat and watched your stick shift goWell Florence is in ItalyWith a smile like that you could sucker meI don’t have a backup planCiao Bella manCome sucker me Oh Florence is in ItalyWith a smile like that you could sucker meI don’t have a backup planCiao Bella manCome sucker me again...Credits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Music Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Margaret Ghielmetti"Ciao Bella Man" music & lyrics by Stephanie RogersBand:Bass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Gerald DowdGuitar: Danny ShafferFiddle: Anne HarrisVocals: Sarah Marie YoungVocals: Stephanie RogersSupport our podcast  by becoming a Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

18mins

19 Dec 2020

Rank #1

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I Voted

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In this episode, we hear a personal story by Nestor Gomez followed by a song written for the story and a brief conversation with Nestor and producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. Credits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Music Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Nestor Gomez"I Voted" music & lyrics by Liam Davis & Stephanie RogersBand:Guitar/Vocals: Liam DavisBass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Gerald DowdGuitar: Danny ShafferPiano: Fred SimonSax: John BowesVocals: Kari NelsonVocals: Stephanie RogersSupport Story Jam by joining our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

19mins

28 Oct 2020

Rank #2

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A Very Dangerous Person

TRIGGER WARNING: THE SUBJECT MATTER IN THIS STORY MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME PEOPLE.Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In this first episode of season two, we hear a personal story by Paul Teodo followed by song written for the story and a brief conversation with Paul and Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. MIRACLEEverybody says run before the trouble comesOn the road in the darkEverybody lays low through the afterglowTo avoid any harmIt would take a miracle to save youBounty of angels or some light shining throughMust be a glow in the deepest darkHeat in the coldest heartLeading the way for a fallen soulWhen we have lost all hopeIt would take a miracle to save youBounty of angels or some light shining throughEverybody says run when the trouble comesOn the road in the darkEverybody lays low through the afterglowTo avoid  harmCredits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Music Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Paul Teodo"Miracle" music & lyrics by Stephanie RogersSong arrangement by Danny ShafferBand:Vocals: Stephanie RogersGuitars: Danny ShafferViolin: Anne HarrisSupport Story Jam by joining our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

14mins

23 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Grandma Saves the Day

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In our sixth episode, we hear a personal story by Kimmy F. followed by a special song written for the story and a conversation with Kimmy and Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. GRANDMA SAVES THE DAYDad’s not straight but he’ll deployAgainst the claim bisexualAnd your mama’s just annoyedWhen you sing “My Immortal” - “But they won’t leave me aloneThese wounds don’t seem to healThis pain is just too real…”Think you’re immune to TitanicWhen you’re chatting AIMEverybody gets aroused By a naked Kate Winslet(as Celine Dion) “Near  far wherever you are”  But Grandma knows what’s upShe’s hip and cool as fuck Grandma loves you any wayCause Grandma saves the day...Credits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Kimmy F."Grandma Saves the Day" music/lyrics by Stephanie RogersBand:Vocals: Stephanie RogersGuitars: Danny ShafferBass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Chris MiskelPiano: Fred SimonVocals: Cheryl WilsonSupport Story Jam by joining our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

18mins

7 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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Disney Latino Princess

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers, and original songs written for each story. In our 5th episode, we feature the unstoppable Nestor Gomez. Nestor is a nationally renowned storyteller who has won countless slams, and he produces his own podcast and show, "80 Minutes Around The World: Immigration Stories."We'll hear a story from Nestor, then a sweet song written for Nestor's story, followed by a conversation with Nestor and Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM or our artists and offerings, please visit our website. BADASS DISNEY LATINO PRINCESSWhen will Disney make princesses male In crowns and jewels and sporting ponytailsAnd turn their white skin brownPut them in a gorgeous gownMake parents tolerant in every town  He moved out to the San Fran north west And I hope he doesn’t let it get the best of himHe’s Hispanic and he’s gayLet’s pray the world will sayBoys look real great in royal lingerieMy ex-wife thinks Jehovah knows bestWe’re not rich or very fancy dressedBut we love our son and we’re oh so blessedCause he’s a badass Disney Latino princess…I remember he was nervous to confessHe’d like to claim the throne in a long dressProne to glitter and BarbieAnd anything DisneySomeday he will make a lovely queenMy ex-wife thinks Jehovah knows bestWe’re not rich or very fancy dressedWe love our son and we’re oh so blessedCause he’s a badass Disney Latino princess Yes he’s a badass Disney Latino princessCredits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Nestor Gomez"Badass Disney Latino Princess" music/lyrics by Stephanie RogersBand:Vocal: Stephanie RogersSlide guitar: Danny ShafferPiano: Fred SimonFlute: John BowesViolin: Anne HarrisGet cool stuff! Join our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

17mins

17 Jul 2020

Rank #5

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Boy Scout

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In our 4th episode, we feature Detroit teller Shannon Cason. We'll hear a story from Shannon, then a rocking song written for Shannon's story, followed by a conversation with Shannon and Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. BOY SCOUTWhen I grew up in my townSpecial ops and forces were all aroundThey don’t need a reason to convict your ass of treasonThey’re hunting all the bad guys downYou’ll be locked up in jailWith no horse or hiking trail You’ll be struckThere’s no doubt They’ll throw all your pancakes outWhen you’re a boy scout If you leave that neckerchief at homeThey don’t care if you can sail or tie a ropeYou know it’s getting sadderWhen pre-teens are batteredBy the guys from DRAYN-ohYou’ll be locked up in jailWith no horse or hiking trail You’ll be struckThey'll call you outYou're guilty without a doubt They'll draw bloodRip you to shredsTake your virtue and badgesThey've got gunsRacist laws tooThey'll fire at anyone that movesThey’ll throw all your pancakes outWhen you’re a boy scout Watch your back when camping outWhen you're catching your sea bass or troutThey’re turning on black brothers againAiming at innocents...And they’ll win (SOLO)You’ll be locked up in jailWith no horse or hiking trail You’ll be struckThey'll call you outYou're guilty without a doubt They'll draw bloodRip you to shredsTake your virtue and badgesThey've got gunsRacist laws tooThey'll fire at anyone that movesYou're a boy scoutYou're a boy scoutA boy scoutIn AmericaCredits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Shannon Cason"Boy Scout" music/lyrics by Stephanie RogersBand:Vocals: Stephanie RogersGuitars: Danny ShafferBass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Gerald DowdViolin: Anne HarrisB3 organ: Fred SimonSupport Story Jam by joining our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storyjampodcast. 

21mins

26 Jun 2020

Rank #6

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The N Word

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story.In our third episode, we feature Chicago diva Lynne Jordan's story about racism, followed by a catchy song written for her story, and a conversation with Lynne and Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. PHIL DONAHUEPhil Donahue your son’s a racistAnd I bet you didn’t even know itYou're a liberal everybody lovesBut you spawned an asshole Stevie Wonder has estranged kidsAnd Joni Mitchell has a daughterWho’s been in jail and hooked on heroinAnd tried to steal her moneyWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sad, that’s so sadWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sadMartin Sheen is an activistWho played POTUS on Sorkin's West WingThen there's Charlie, his abusive sonTo sully his good nameWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sad, that’s so sadWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sadPhil Donahue your son’s a racistAnd I bet you didn’t even know itWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sad, that’s so sadWhen you don’t live up to your mom and dad that’s so sadCredits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Lynne JordanSong: "When You Don't Live Up" music/lyrics by Stephanie RogersBand:Lead vocal: Stephanie RogersBackground vocals: Sarah Marie YoungGuitars: Danny ShafferBass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Gerald DowdKeys: Fred Simon

27mins

12 Jun 2020

Rank #7

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Niagara Falls

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features top storytellers and original songs written for each story. In our second episode, we feature the delightful Josh Zagoren, followed by a psychedelic song written for the story and a brief conversation with Josh and producer Stephanie Rogers.  For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. NIAGARA FALLSTaking a hit on the open roadBeta Band on the stereoA Cheech and Chong zombie apocalypseIn a Chevrolet you cannot missWe skipped classWe drove too fastHearing the siren callWe never made it to Niagra FallsNobody drunk no sign of disorderAt the Canada borderWatch the turns you take too hastilyCould wind up in the penitentiaryWe skipped classWe drove too fastHearing the siren callWe never made it to Niagra FallsWhen you are floating inside a peace dreamRevel in mechanic technologyWe skipped classWe drove too fast Credits: Producer: Stephanie Rogers Audio Mix/Production: Danny Shaffer Theme music: Craig J Snider Intro: Kenny Burroughs Story: Josh Zagoren "Niagara Falls" words & music by Stephanie RogersBand: Bass: Rafe Bradford Drums: Chris Miskel Keys: Fred Simon Guitar: Dave HiltebrandGuitar: Danny ShafferFlute: John Bowes Vocals: Stephanie Rogers

17mins

29 May 2020

Rank #8

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Science vs. Keanu Reeves

Story Jam is a music and storytelling show that features great storytellers and original songs written for each story.In our inaugural episode, we'll hear a funny story by Archy Jamjun, a sassy little song written for his story, and a brief conversation with Archy and Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers. Story Jam is based in Chicago, IL. Story Jam Studio provides online and in-person classes and workshop on the art of storytelling. For more information about STORY JAM, please visit our website. SCIENTISTYou can be a model if you’re prettyRepresent a beer or underwearUse Noxzema skin cream when you are dirtySun-in when you want caucasian hairBut it’s very likely that…you suck at mathScientist, you'll never be a scientistYou can barely even pass a testin high school Chemincidentally, why bother getting a degree?Coiffing adorably is time better spent It isn’t very nice to state the obviousKeanu only knows one kind of PiIt isn’t too correct to be a brainy snobWe all know nerds are smarter than hot guysBut it’s very likely that…those guys can’t addScientist, you'll never be a scientistYou can barely even pass a testin high school Chemincidentally, why bother getting a degree?Coiffing adorably is time better spent You can be a model if you’re prettyRepresent a beer or underwearUse Noxzema skin cream when you are dirtySun-in when you want caucasian hairCredits:Producer: Stephanie RogersAudio Mix/Production: Danny ShafferTheme music: Craig J SniderVoiceover: Kenny BurroughsStory: Archy Jamjun"Scientist" words/music by Stephanie RogersBand:Bass: Rafe BradfordDrums: Gerald DowdKeys: Fred SimonSynthesizer: Craig SniderGuitar: Danny ShafferVocals: Stephanie RogersSupport Story Jam!

14mins

14 May 2020

Rank #9