Cris Cohen: From what I read, your first love is music, but your second love is counseling. And you are even in the process… or finished getting your degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Counseling. Is there any way that your work in music has influenced how you are as a counselor?
Barrett Smith of Steep Canyon Rangers: Definitely. No question. I'm a lifelong musician. I've been pursuing that really heavily since I was probably 14 or 15. When I was studying counseling in school, there was a lot about music that informed the way that I approached that. I'd say most importantly, that I've been teaching music lessons. I've been doing that since I was probably 20 years old. It was generally a weekly session with a person, one-on-one. That person is sitting in a chair, I'm sitting in a chair, and we hang out for an hour. And then it's like, “Alright, I'll see you next week.” And when I started really looking at the counseling session, the way it tended to go, where it should flow, I realized I've been doing some form of that this whole time with some students who came along. It was in a way as much counseling as it was music. You start digging into "Why do you want to do this? What does this mean to you?" All that.
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