Eh Buh Beh Eh Bob Bergen

I’ve learned so much about voice acting from Bob Bergen. His training and guidance have made a huge difference in my career. Here he’s talking about his job security!

Source: “I Know That Voice” documentary

He is rich who owns the day…

Jonathan Murphy's New Website

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to my new website and a brand new day! It’s the best day of the year…
until tomorrow.

Star Trek-HMS Pinafore, The Next Gen in Theater

OK, who thought of this? A blend of pop culture and classic Gilbert & Sullivan. HMS Pinafore, The Next Generation…brilliant!

HMS Pinafore Star Trek Style!


Geek Club Books Lit Pick: Wildwood Series by Colin Meloy

Geek Club Books Lit Pick

A Creative Life…Holly, a popular lifestyle blogger

Many of Jonathan Murphy’s friends and family LIVE a creative life! Here’s a look at…

Holly W., the Healthy Everythingtarian.

Holly is another one of Jonathan’s many second-cousins from the Minnesota Strong clan. She writes a blog where she puts her view of life, eating, personal issues, and passions out there for all of us to read. Her style is open, honest, witty, and fun. She “lets her freak flag fly” to empower us to do the same, and she shares how she works towards living a healthy, balanced life.

“I’m a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, fruititarian, pescatarian and raw foodist all rolled into one. I’m an Everythingtarian, yo.”

Curious? Find more at Holly, The Healthy Everythingtarian.

Images from The Healthy Everythingtarian

Express Yourself

The Shadow
By Ben Loory

Once there was a man who was afraid of his own shadow.

Then he met it.

Now he glows in the dark.

This story is from “Stories for Nighttime, And Some for the Day,” by Ben Loory

A Creative Life…John A and Joan Dieball

Many of Jonathan Murphy’s friends and family LIVE a creative life! Here’s a look at…

John A and Joan Dieball, Jonathan’s grandparents and his source of creative inspiration, unconditional love and support.

To many, it seems that John Dieball is a true left brainer, strategic thinker, and number cruncher. He graduated from Pepperdine University, got his CPA, and eventually founded his own tech and security companies. But John (or John A as we like to call him), played the piano on early television and in ballet classes, pizza pubs, theater variety shows…anywhere he could make some money to get himself through college.

John Dieball (far right) entertaining a crowd.

Joan Dieball is a force of nature! She’s got a larger than life personality and has a vibrant, always-on-the-move energy. When she was just 3 or 4 years old, her mother would take her on the riverboats to sing and eventually her cute little self could be heard on WCCO radio in Minneapolis. She donned little bo peep and sailor costumes and sang patriot songs and clever (?) tunes, such as “My Mommie told me If I be goodie that she would buy me a rubber dolly.”

Joan and her rubber dolly.

John A and Joan have carved out a grand life together! In addition to family and career, their creative spirits still shine bright.

John Dieball founded and produced the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival with partners Connie and Larry Baker. For 12 years, they’ve kept Costa Mesa hoppin’ to the tunes of Fats Waller, et al, and played an integral role in introducing America’s rich musical heritage to new generations.

Joan Dieball has recently written and illustrated her first children’s book, “Sparky’s World,” based upon a real life, lovable, yellow lab she encounters while on her four mile walks! (We did mention that she has unstoppable energy.)

A Creative Life…Uncle Frank and Jack Benny

Many of Jonathan Murphy’s friends and family LIVE a creative life! Here’s a look at…

Frank Remley, a guitarist, performer for, and best buds with the legendary Jack Benny.

Frank was Jonathan’s great, great uncle who played in the famous Phil Harris (a.k.a Disney’s Baloo!) Band and was a part of the orchestra for the Jack Benny Television Show. He and Benny, and their wives, traveled the world together. Jonathan’s family recently discovered that the Boston Library had several letters in their archives between Jack and Frank, who corresponded regularly. Frank was one of the few people who could make Jack laugh!

A fun bit of Wiki-trivia: “A popular running gag on Benny’s show concerned the social habits of Benny’s on-air orchestra, who were consistently portrayed as a bunch of drunken ne’er-do-wells. Led first by Phil Harris and later by Bob Crosby, the orchestra, and in particular band member Frank Remley, were jokingly portrayed as often being too drunk to play properly, using an overturned bass drum to play cards on just minutes before a show, and so enamored by liquor that the sight of a glass of milk would make them sick. Remley was portrayed in various unflattering situations, such as being thrown into a garbage can by a road sweeper who had found him passed out in the street at 4 am, and on a wanted poster at the Beverly Hills police station.”

The insider’s truth: Frank Remley rarely drank alcohol. He preferred buttermilk.

Here’s one of the few clips from the Jack Benny Show with “Frankie:”


A Creative Life…Mike Brindley, Poet and Performer

Many of Jonathan Murphy’s friends and family LIVE a creative life! Here’s a look at…

Mike Brindley, an extraordinary poet and theater performer.

Jonathan has tons of cousins…first cousins, second cousins, first-cousins once removed…yep, there’s a lot of them! Mike, a cousin from the Minnesota Strong clan, is quite the creative guy. He’s written over 3,000 poems and he’s published some of his favorites on Here’s a beautiful example…

Here take my lovely warm hanky
Just wipe your tears out

I’m standing next to you sweet loving angel
He said to her chin up
Here take my lovely warm hanky just wipe
Your tears out she said to him you are

So romantic person he put his one hand on your
Cheek he smiled and the boy said
I always see you cry your tears was warm and gentle
I seen that smile of yours very soft and cuddly

And the girl said to him well I like that you just said
To me and the boy he was in love
He came closer touching her warm baby face and he
Kissed her twenty minutes long

Mike is also an Interact actor, performing on stage in productions at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis. You can see him and his fellow performers in this short rehearsal clip from Life is Sweet.


Their current production, JOY, A Holiday Cabaret, is getting rave reviews! If you live in Minneapolis, there’s still time to check it out. You’re guaranteed to leave with a good dose of the Christmas spirit!

Poem taken from from Mike Brindley’s Falling in Love is Worth Wild
Images of Mike by Carrie Brindley

A Creative Life…Chen Neeman and the Muppets

Many of Jonathan Murphy’s friends and family LIVE a creative life! Here’s a look at…

Chen Neeman. Remember that name! His star is rising in Hollywood as a hot young composer for television and movies. His credits include soundtracks and songs for Hannah Montana, Princess and the Frog, and loads of Disney Channel productions. His latest song, “Pictures in My Head” is sung by Kermit the Frog in The Muppets, a tune that will surely touch your heart.


Music and lyrics by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman