The podcast for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show, featuring an interview with Will Powers, is up and available at the bottom of this post. Will is actually Lynn Goldsmith, the brilliant world-class photographer and director who brought us the album Dancing for Mental Health, which is currently available on CD Baby.
Goldsmith made state-of-the-art videos for three singles: “Adventures in Success,” “Smile,” and “Kissing With Confidence.” The latter was a U.K. chart hit featuring Carly Simon on lead vocals. We talk about Will Powers’ origins, evolution and the future of the Will Powers Institute. Goldsmith found the character to be a truly inspirational one for many as it took off on its own international Adventure in Success.
For the Will Powers project, Goldsmith had help from several friends in the music industry who wanted to be a part of it including Simon, Todd Rundgren, Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey and Steve Winwood. Also, during the interview, Lynn Goldsmith and I talk about:
- How she decided to present the Will Powers idea at a session in NYC
- The technology behind the Will Powers videos
- Will Powers philosophies and inspirational affirmations
- Why Goldsmith used a vocoder for the Will Powers voice instead of her natural one
- Plans for the future of Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute
- More on her photography and upcoming shows and exhibits includingr Lynn’s “Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery, in Manhattan October 2-November 25.
The interview with Will Powers kicks off the second hour of the show. We also feature music from several other artists including The Time Bandits, Kate Bush, Squeeze and Blancmange.
Our guest for this Friday night’s broadcast/podcast of Revenge of the 80s Radio will be Will Powers, who is really Lynn Goldsmith, world-renowned photographer and director who is the brains, voice and driving force behind Will Powers and The Will Powers Institute.
Lynn talks about the beginnings of Will Powers as an idea of hers she gained the confidence to present one night at a session with some great musicians and producers. Soon, Lynn produced Dancing For Mental Health and put her overall plan for Will Powers in place.
From the album, Goldsmith released three singles with videos: “Adventures In Success,” “Smile,” and “Kissing With Confidence” (the latter featured Carly Simon on lead vocals and charted in the U.K). Each project was technologically ahead of their time with the use of computer imaging, choreography and charming but meaningful self-help messages. Dancing Form Mental Health has recently been re-released and is available through CD Baby.
The Will Powers Institute is still around; the website can be found here, which includes a blog with musings and inspiring messages from Will. During the interview, Goldsmith talks about her future plans for the Powers character.
We also talked about some upcoming photography shows for Lynn, including her “Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery, in Manhattan October 2-November 25.
Our Will Powers interview will lead off the second hour of the next Revenge of the 80s Radio Show (check your local radio affiliate for times); the live webcast/broadcast will be this Friday night 7-9pm Eastern US time; our podcast will be available on this website starting Saturday morning.