Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 33: JB Eckl

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I’m at my home in Los Angeles talking with my dear friend and musician, JB Eckl. JB’s worked on countless musical projects including The Badasht Project which he is widely known for in Baha’i circles. He tells me how he ended up in a rock band in Mexico as a teen, why we need music and the arts in everything we do, and why he loves Bob Marley so much. We also talk about dieting, guitar solos, how the arts can translate complex ideas, and the importance of empathy. He also shares one of my favorite songs at the end, so hit play and listen in the conversation!

To find out more about JB Eckl and some of the things we covered in this podcast, check out the following links:

  • Check out JB Eckl’s website:
  • Check out JB Eckl’s album Sparks.
  • Check out JB Eckl’s band Dig Infinity.
  • JB talks about the conference of Badasht which you can learn more about here.
  • Check out the albums from ‘The Badasht Project’ here:
  • Badasht Vol. I: While The City Sleeps
    Badasht Vol. II: Raise Me Up
    Badasht Vol. III: Visionaries

  • Read Baha’i Blog’s interview with JB Eckl about The Badasht Project here: Visionaries: An Interview with JB Eckl of Badasht
  • JB mentions Eric Dozier, musician and cofounder of The Badasht Project, and who is also featured on Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions: “Unity Prayer” by Eric Dozier.
  • JB mentions Rachael Price, lead singer of Lake Street Dive.
  • We talk about Nader Saiedi and his books Gate of the Heart and Logos and Civilization. You can also listen to Nader Saiedi’s interview on the Baha’i Blogcast here.
  • I mention the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • JB mentions the book Baha’u’llah and the New Era by J.E. Esslemont.
  • JB quotes Rumi: “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
  • JB mentions singer Yosi Mesbah, who was interviewed here on Baha’i Blog as well: Cellar and Sky: An Album by Yosi Mesbah
  • At the end of the podcast, JB sings the song ‘New Creation’, which can be found on the album Badasht Vol. III: Visionaries
  • You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    About the Author

    Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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    Discussion 3 Comments

    1. One of “the 27” 😉 , an American pioneer in Hungary, 68 years young, I really enjoyed hanging with you and JB this Friday eve – a welcome respite at the end of another almost impossibly busy week as a bilingual HS native English teacher. This conversation reminded me a lot of my own complex Bahá’í journey of Faith – at times incandescent and for longer stretches slowly recalibrating – now leaving me increasingly contented with my overall steady personal growth through service to this Cause here in Gödöllő, where we are now on the cusp of forming a Spiritual Assembly – a big step forward. Your exhilarating disquisition on the transcendental love-energy nature of God, Rainn, and your reminder, JB, of the elegant presentation of the core elements of the Báb’s Revelation in Nader Saeidi’s The Gate of the Heart, which I’ve also read with great fulfillment, somehow synched with the comments expressed in our community devotional this evening, touching on a line in a prayer of ‘Abdu’l Bahá’s about how the pure light of unity connects all of our hearts – that same force “to which hath testified all created things” in the Long Obligatory Prayer…Suffice it to say, I’m really glad I’ve discovered this blogcast site and hope to make time listen all the way through more of them – especially the interview with Saeidi. And I also plan to order and read Sapiens – thanks for that tip, Rainn!

    2. PS: I’ve written (or rather channelled) a concrete poem titled Beachcombing, touching on the divine, musical evolutionary force of nature and the stewardship role of humankind, in the context of a supportive, nature-appreciating community I was and am still deeply involved with in Abu Dhabi for many years–incorporating a few apt quotations from the Bahá’í Writings towards the end. If you’re interested, I’ll be happy to pass along the link to the blogpost where it was published.

    3. Wonderful podcast. Great to see a Saskatoon boy doing so much for the Faith with his music. Inspiring to hear about the use of music and the arts in the Bahá’í community.

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