We had the good fortune of connecting with Lance Ingram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lance, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was in college I had a poetry professor who would tell the most fascinating stories. Every day I looked forward to his class in hopes that he would share another one of his stories with us. The entire class would sit on the edge of their seats as he revisited tales of his life.
It wasn’t long after he’d finished a story that I realized he was telling us some of the most mundane stories. One story involved him misunderstanding a security guard which led him to an existential crisis. Another story was about how he wanted to be a mediocre professional baseball player as a child and that not all dreams have to be dramatic.
From his class, I learned to appreciate the richness of quality storytelling. There’s beauty to be found in the most simplistic stories if they’re told well. We can gleam deeper meanings for our life when we stop to process our emotions and interactions.
I chose a creative career, because I wanted to be able to tell beautiful stories like my poetry professor.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
“Yesterday’s Concert” is a unique love letter to live music. I open the pages of my personal jam journal of more than 750 concerts to take you on a live music odyssey. Part concert review, part memoir, these stories feature thumping bass and screeching guitar riffs that bring the excitement of live music to your podcast feed.
I worked on this project for about four years before it saw any official release. I was very hesitant to tell anyone about it outside of my wife and a handful of trusted cohorts. For the first season, I wrote and rewrote it countless times. Nothing was ever good enough. Finally, I reached a place where I decided I just had to release it. I threw it out into the wild in September 2021. It’s been wonderful to watch something grow organically.
The interesting thing about owning your creativity is the highs are so much higher when it’s yours. You feel a very real sense of accomplishment because you know you wholly earned what was achieved. With that said, the lows are also much lower. It’s hard not to take it personally when you face rejection.
But life is about learning and growing. With every failure, there’s an opportunity to reexamine what went wrong and make it right next time.
I recently had a phone call with a friend because I was experiencing some big lows with the project. He walked me throw my feelings of disappointment and where they stemmed from. Ultimately, he helped me realize that I do this project because I love the creative outlet. It was a huge reset for me. While focusing on the aspects of “Yesterday’s Concert” that I love like revisiting concerts, and creating unique podcast experiences it’s given me a renewed season of work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta has so many great concert venues. You gotta check out the Tabernacle or the Masquerade. The Ameris Bank Amphitheater is one of the best sheds in the southeast and is a wonderful place to see a show, especially Phish since they always give that venue a great one.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Every encounter we have in life leads us to where we are. Big changes in life can happen from simple interactions. That said, I’ll try to keep it simple.
My wife: Thanks for being understanding of my passion for live music and letting me go to 150+ concerts a year.
Alex McDaniel, my former editor at the Daily Mississippian: Thanks for encouraging me to be a better writer and seeing something in me that I still don’t see.
Jake Brennan (Host of Disgraceland): Thanks for creating your podcast and being a huge inspiration to what I do.
Stu Kelly & Mohsin Hussain (my old roommates): Thanks for being my biggest cheerleaders in this project!