BY LAND & BY SEA. A conversation with Dave Koz: Meaning Making, Mortality & Medicine (a Breathing Wind podcast mini-series)

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Episode 33: By Land and By Sea

“My parents have actually been a bigger part of my life since they've both departed this plane than when they were here.”

Dave Koz

This episode is part of a Breathing Wind miniseries titled Meaning Making, Mortality and Medicine, hosted by Ken Breniman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified yoga therapist, plant medicine integration specialist and a thanatologist. Ken’s miniseries explores finding ways to bring meaning in our grief journeys, making sense of being mortal and and making the most out of life, and healing medicines, which he defines as “what we create for healing in our grief journey.”

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How might we form our unique and continuing bond with our parents who’ve passed away? In this episode, Dave Koz, accomplished saxophonist and entrepreneur, and mini-series host Ken Breniman from Season One (ep 08) talk about Dave’s relationship with the saxophone, rites of passage, and how he and his siblings have honored their parents.

Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. 

Dave and Ken talk about:

  • Dave’s relationship with the saxophone over the years and how he views music as a form of healing, both as a performer and player

  • The unique way Dave and his siblings have honored their parents

  • How ayahuasca opened Dave’s heart

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