Bella Pori Favorite Musical Movies

Bella returns to the podcast to share with Jesse her favorite five musical movies as well as social justice charities that tie into those movies.  Jesse shares his five favorite musical movies as well.

Black Girls Smile, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging positive mental health education, resources and support geared toward young Black girls,
GLITS NYC, a non-profit working on securing stable housing for transgender women in New York. Find them at
Jews For Racial and Economic Justice at and

Favorite Independence Day Song?

There are a lot to choose from but for sure it won’t be Born in the USA. I am always amused by the people who misunderstand the song. We are big fans of the musical 1776 and we always watch it during the holiday. There are some great songs and the story is always inspiring.

I’ve not had the chance to see Hamilton. I’m excited to see it this weekend. I’m sure that it will live up the hype. Once I have seen it, I’m sure I will have new songs I will adore.

However my all time favorite song that we play every 4th of July is Daddy Ray, American the Beautiful by the late great Ray Charles

Of course American Land and This Land is your Land are always in the discussion.

I hope this Independance Day that you are safe, you have good friends and family around you. That you enjoy BBQ, Fireworks and cold beverages. Let’s also remember that no one wins unless we all win and let’s be kind to our siblings out there.

Five Years of Bruce Talk

September 8th, 2020 will be the fifth anniversary of the first episode of Set Lusting Bruce. Five years is a long time in podcast years. I want to do some fun things during September which is also Bruce’s birthday month. If you have any suggestions on what I should do to celebrate or any ideas of episode ideas, please let me know. Post them here or send me an email to

Four Years ago Dale Hosack joins me on the podcast

Four years ago, I had my first visit with Dale Hosack. Dale has been on the podcast many times since. Linda and I were able to meet him, his lovely bride Jo, Jeff and Nancy Calaway for dinner one night (back when we could meet for dinner). He is a great guy and I look forward to having him back on the podcast soon.

Two Years ago ….

Two years ago on June 21, 2018, I released an episode of the podcast where I talked to Terry Smith. We had a great discussion and at the end of the episode, after I had turned of the recording, he asked if I had a few moments. I did and he asked me about starting a podcast where a guest would pick a song from each decade of their lives. I loved it, we did a few pilot episodes on SLB calling them Tea Time with Terry and this resulted in Terry’s great Music Talks podcast. He just celebrated his 1st anniversary and he was kind enough to ask me to be the guest to celebrate the occasion. I thought it might be fun to share his first visit on the podcast to see how it all began…

The Church of Bruce

I have had an on and off relationship with a formal church. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Household with my Grandfather very active in the church. During my High School years, I attended my local church and was very active in youth groups, choir and other functions. The majority of my social life revolved around that community. I had drifted away from attending services. I started dating Linda and she asked me to start going to Mass with her. I enjoyed it and started the conversion process. In 1983, I officially became catholic. Over the years, we both have have drifted away from attending Mass. We both have concerns about some of the Catholic Church’s beliefs and practacies. My faith journey is one that is ever changing and adapting. All that said, if there was a church here in Dallas that had music like this, I would be attending every Sunday. A service filled with Bruce Music and a homily/sermon based on his music, I’m there.