about us

something beautiful is a weekly experiment in podcasting, hosted by jonathan blundell, johnny laird, travis mamone and thomas mathie.

  • jonathan blundell
    jonathan blundell
  • johnny laird
    johnny laird
  • travis mamone
    travis mamone
  • thomas mathie
    thomas mathie

we hope it truly becomes stories worth talking about.

stories about God, life, friends, family and why it all matters.

join us as we share why God matters to us all and how it impacts our life.

contribute ::

please join us in our on going conversations by contributing your stories. you can send us your story as text or in audio format (preferably mp3). feel free to send us audio of sermons, music, poetry, or whatever inspires you. send your stories to somethingbeautifulpodcast@gmail.com.

or share your story and comments by calling our listener line at ::
(972) 535-8980 or via skype.

the music ::

each week we try to feature clips of musicians we enjoy. we feature music from independent artists, artists who have given permission and/or waived licensing requirements or have made music available for free public download.

when it’s made available from the record labels, we’ll also feature music from signed artists as part of giveaways and reviews.

if you’d like to have your music featured on the podcast at some point, please feel free to drop us an e-mail or send us a tweet and let us know where we can find your music.

the setup ::

how do you make a podcast work with loads of stories and hosts who live on two separate continents? technology of course!

we’re a low budget podcast for sure and are huge fans of open source software and ideas. here’s a list of the primary software we use for our podcasts:

  • Skype – the primary software we both use to interview our guests who are in various locations around the world. we use their free service which connects Skype users around the world whenever possible or use their low priced VOIP to landline service whenever necessary.
  • Mp3 Skype Recorder – a Skype plug-in that allows PC users (Jonathan) to record Skype conversations with super ease and save the conversations as Mp3 files.
  • Call Recorder – a low-cost option for Mac users (everyone else) to record Skype conversations.
  • Audacity – a great open source Digital Audio Workstation. works on multiple operating systems and lets users combine/edit/record multiple audio tracks.

to publish our podcast we also use additional free resources ::

  • wordpress – if you thought wordrpress was only about blogging – you’re wrong. wordpress is great for content management sites as well as numerous other forms of websites – including ours! wordpress is the engine that we’ve built this site around.
  • blubrry powerpress podcasting plugin – a great plugin for wordpress that basically allows plug-in play podcasting in any wordpress hosted website. simply fill in the basic form with the mp3 URL, the title and any additional info and podpress takes care of the rest.

for more information, check out podpress.org, which includes a number of tips for creating and publishing a podcast.

contact us ::

With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke. When he was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots.
— Mark 4:3-34

The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?” …”That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight.”
— Matthew 13:10, 13 (The Message)