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April 11, 2015

mad men


friends,

 

episode 444 is here a bit early this week, and features music from kris hauch, his band norway house, and some thoughts inspired by the soap opera called mad men.

 

as mentioned, you can find the album snorway house - at bandcamp.

 

i hope you'll listen!

 

love,

russell

April 05, 2015

comedy


friends,

 

as mentioned in episode 443, i went to my first-ever comedy club this past friday night. which sent me down a weird introverted rabbit hole.

 

i wish i wasn't shy. but i do like comedy. and, yes, i'm a fan of kristee ono and dat phan.

 

you should check their links below.

 

comedian - kristee ono

read more at - rabidpixie.tumblr.com

be a fan at - facebook

 

comedian - dat phan

find more at - datphan.com

be a fan at - facebook

 

i failed to mention david nguyen, but he is also quite funny.

 

this week's music is from kris hauch and his band norway house.

 

you're invited to listen. i hope you will.

 

love,

russell

March 29, 2015

the mirror ball


friends,

 

this week's podcast was inspired by the 2014 religious-themed film "god's not dead." while the movie itself is quite awful, i also found it thought provoking, and, oddly, entertaining. it's a funny reaction, i know. strange.

 

overall, i'm interested in the conflation of truth with culture. and how experience shapes our vision of ourselves, others, the world, life itself. the movie doesn't explicitly talk about these things. rather, it hints at the process of a particular view for particular people in a particular place and time. which is kind of fascinating.

 

episode 442 is about these things. i hope you'll listen!

 

related links:

- see - the trailer

- film synopsis from - wikipedia

- film status on - rottentomatoes.com

- a thoughtful review - from the catholic perspective

- an interesting - philosophical analysis

- see atheists - watch the movie

- see - a christian review

- read - a christian analysis

 

love,

russell

March 22, 2015

dedication


friends,

 

episode 441 is here, along with two new demo songs, and a feeling that failure somehow holds a potential for inspiration within it. i realize i've said many similar things before, and that i haven't said it right here, yet again. so. maybe trying is all we'll ever have? perhaps.


either way, i'm curious about, and humbled by, our shared experience of struggle - how none of us escapes it - the ambivalences of survival, how we seek satisfaction, can't find it, and how it might very well be better that way.

 

which brings me to nick cave, and this quote from the great w.h. auden:

 

"the so-called traumatic experience is not an accident, but the opportunity for which the child has been patiently waiting - had it not occurred, it would have found another - in order that its life become a serious matter." - w.h. auden

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

- the musician - nick cave

- find more at - nickcave.com

- nick cave's lecture - the secret life of the love song

- the poet - w.h. auden

 

love,

russell

March 15, 2015

being alone


dear friends,

 

episode 440 is inspired by a radio interview i stumbled upon last week with the author fenton johnson. it was one of those rare moments for me - where i felt a strange/instant blend of familiarity and connection that's hard to explain. i'm curious where those feelings come from. simple reflection? longing? maybe. i wonder.

 

it feels good to hear others talk about their lives in ways that make sense to ours - to have company, even if at a distance - to know there are others struggling with similar things, working with similar problems, trapped in similar ways. surviving. making something beautiful of it. it feels good just to feel ok sometimes.

if you have time, i hope you'll listen.

 

more:

- music from kris hauch/norway house - at bandcamp

- the interview with fenton johnson - at npr.org

- the - fenton johnson wiki

- more at - fentonjohnson.com

- the author/musician/actor - henry rollins

- the - henry rollins wiki

- the interview with henry rollins - at nerdist.com

 

love,

russell


March 08, 2015

empathy


friends,

 

this week's podcast is here - episode 439! tonight finds me wondering about how insecurity and openness interrelate, inspired from this tweet by the writer alain de botton:

 

"we become kinder the more our own lives grow prone to unkind interpretations."

 

i like this sentiment quite a lot. and it feels true. there's a sense in which the problems of the world are beyond all of us, and a parallel one in which we're each individually responsible for them. the venn diagram of this fascinates me.

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

- find music from ryan (aka dwayne hoover) - at bandcamp

- find music from kris (aka norway house) - at bandcamp

- find more from - alain de botton

- find more about - the school of life

 

love,

russell

March 01, 2015

a simple q


friends,

 

episode 438 finds me with a handful of new songs. it's a simple podcast. me + a guitar + a feeling related to love, change, loss, and so on. i hope you'll listen.

 

the songs are:

- swiss vacation

- a simple q

- yes yes yes

- moon

- doubled

 

love,

russell