Open Notes

Podcast: On a Call with Composer Joel Goodman

On a Call With ... was an informal kind of podcast that I did the mode of a phone call. Like, you know, a phone call. No video. Minimal editing. Underscore, promos, and stings: None. It’s more notebook than book, more jam than song, more sketchbook than a painting. As a listener, you get inside the minds of creative people and hear their stories in their own words.

Joel answers my questions about how he starts his workday, why bike rides are important, his sources of inspiration, where creativity comes from, and why he loves composing music. Creative work is life-affirming for him. The podcast is eleven minutes long, suitable for listening to while you are waiting for brunch to start.


Joel has scored more than a hundred films and TV productions that have received five Oscar nominations, 20 Emmy Awards, and 30 Emmy nominations. His music is in my podcast drama Privacy Pod, which, by the way, is casting now. You can experience Joel’s music in films like Being Elmo, many episodes of American Masters and American Experience, Obit, and also Outside the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi.