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August 21, 2016

song lab


friends,

 

this week's podcast finds me in recording mode once again, midway through the handful of remaining songs for my little 2016 homemade project.

 

it's episode 512. i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

August 14, 2016

holy and broken


friends,

 

episode 511 is inspired by malcolm gladwell's recent podcast, "hallelujah," which explores creativity through the specific lens of an iconic song, and how it got that way, slowly... i'm interested by the twists and turns of fandom and fame, how they mix with desire, how beauty and love are related, and how they're not at all, too, etc.

 

songs feel especially prone to (or are maybe just good metaphors for?) the peculiarities of time and perspective in this sense. art as an emotional artifact, perhaps.

 

i'm not saying it well, i know.

 

but i hope you'll listen.

 

more - malcolm gladwell

his podcast - revisionist history

listen to the - hallelujah podcast

 

on the topic of - narrative oversimplification

 

more - leonard cohen

this is - hallelujah (1984 album version)

this is - the 1988 live album version (my personal favorite)

see - a related 1988 performance

this is - the john cale version

the majestic - jeff buckley version

 

the book - the holy or the broken

joshua mcnall's article - how genius happens

 

love,

russell

 

p.s. - for the record, sad neil diamond is pretty great.

August 07, 2016

free and clear


friends,

 

this week brings us to episode 510. it's me + three songs + a bit of rambling around thoughts of altruism, disappointment, and the thin high wire between them.

 

growing up is hard for us all, i expect.

 

i'm overwhelmed and very very thankful.

 

and hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

July 31, 2016

perils at sea


friends,

 

episode 509 is here! it's just me, admist pieces of evolving songs, and the joy/humility of suddenly discovering something beautiful. i don't know how or why i missed it before, but i'm very thankful to find it now.

 

i hope you'll take a listen, and discover the links:

 

this is - mark kozelek

this is - the album

the song - gustavo

the song - you missed my heart

the song - by the time that i awoke

the song - somehow the wonder of life prevails

 

love,

russell

July 24, 2016

how to survive


friends,

 

episode 508 features two songs - one is an oldie from the golden years of my analog recording days (how to survive), and the other is a current song in-process (planet of rock). my typical rambling fills the spaces between... wondering, reflecting, in circles, etc.

 

it's all a bit embarrassing, no doubt. which only makes your charity more uncommon, and deeply appreciated.

 

thank you for being here.

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

personally,

russell

July 17, 2016

our little sister


friends,

 

episode 507 finds me appreciating hirokazu kore-eda's film our little sister. i've been anticipating the film since its 2015 release at cannes, and it's now (finally!) out in limited u.s. distribution. i've seen it twice now, and very happily recommend it for your consideration.

 

i hope you'll listen and visit the links below!

 

see - the trailer

see - the 2015 cannes press conference

a fascinating - interview

 

the director - terrency malick

the film - tree of life

the director - mike leigh

the film - another year

 

kore-eda's interview (linked above) reminded me of my failure to mention yasujiro ozu, who, if you don't know already, is, one of the greatest-ever filmmakers. bar none. specifically, ozu's tokyo twilight, and the end of summer, feel quite relevant.

 

thank you for being here, sincerely.

 

love,

russell

July 10, 2016

planet of rock


friends,

 

tonight's podcast revolves around a new song, an old(er) song, and the sentimental experiencing of remembering life and music with other people. it's episode 506.

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

July 03, 2016

indie


friends,

 

along with independence day in the u.s., tonight brings us to episode 505. it's a podcast inspired by the concept of freedom, as reflected through creativity, love, and their commensurate regrets.

 

as mentioned, astrophysicist neil degrasse tyson, his podcast startalk, the musican david byrne, and the psychologist daniel gilbert, are each deserving of your attention.

 

startalk with david byrne - is here

and this is the book - stumbling on happiness

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell