I recorded this in summer 2016 during a solo road trip on my cell phone driving towards Knoxville, TN, on I-40. It is not studio-quality sound, but it struck me as pretty decent — you will note I keep turning the car stereo up and down (!)
I hesitated to put this out 2 yrs ago because I was a bit angry at points during it. Does the world need more anger? I even had this thought during the Obama administration! Occasionally, here, I bristle into flat negativy and a brief judge-fest. Ah, well.
Today (Sept 1, 2018) is this album’s 30-year anniversary. Wow. So.. somebody’s gotta do SOMETHING (ahem). I met Smitty once at the 1991 NBA All-Star game weekend in Miami, Florida. He was leading a small, public chapel service in a tucked-away ballroom on I think the Sunday morning of the weekend. I was 15 years old and with my dad, a friend, and brother Aaron. It wasn’t that well attended, maybe 50 folks. Not many seemed to realize a mega-star keyboardist and singer was playing for them. Good thing I was there to give him the prayer service applause he didn’t know he needed.
The story gets weirder — Michael Jordan’s mom quietly sat by herself in the back during the hour-long service. I knew her face from a Wheaties commercial (I think that was the one). I quietly said hello to her after the service — and that she was really good on the tv ad. She was so humble about it. When someone else bent down and said to her in passing, “nice to see you here, Mrs. Jordan,” she replied, “Oh, I need it.”
A clip of me performing a character, Lipreader Guy, at a club The Pond in Franklin, TN (Brad Sativa was host). This was last May. I was one of a handful of bucket list performers between more established local acts. I write standup material and enjoy performing that, but have the most fun when I can be a nut on my own terms. This guy was some sort of dweebed out single dad.
A field recording of the stand-up set of Geoff Little at the Wild Goose Festival (Hot Springs, NC) from July 14, 2017.
This is my conversation with Nashvillians Todd Colburn, Eddy Boer, and Andy Harding. I’ve known them since I first moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University in 1993. We met within the first two weeks of showing up – all four of us from different states beyond Tennessee. For reasons both clear and then also somewhat mysterious (and still unfolding) – after August 1993, we’ve never not been close. I love these guys.
This is a personal episode – and I believe it holds stories worth sharing. This interview focuses primarily on our earliest memories of arriving at Belmont and living in Nashville as young men.
More information on this episode’s guests. Each are worth checking out.
It was my pleasure to recently sit down with Jen Shinall.
She is a Hot Yoga Plus yoga instructor and assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School (from where she also graduated with a dual JD-PhD Law and Economics program degree).
I’d taken many yoga classes from Jen over the last few years. I appreciated her many insights as a yoga teacher, but found myself curious about additional elements of her life experience. I asked if she might want to put a podcast interview together. She graciously agreed. We chatted it out last week on an especially hot Nashville summer afternoon. (You know it’s hot when the hot yoga instructor is commenting on the heat.)
Topics of our talk included: her yogic journey (in addition to regular instruction at the studio, she is a featured workshops leader around the city), the trouble with barbecue in Boston (when you are a Memphis native), and Jen’s acclaimed research on labor practices in the United States pertaining to obesity discrimination in women (she has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and many other popular and academic publications).
So enjoyed this conversation. As I might have predicted, I learned a lot.
To go directly to the podcast file, click here.
Also available in iTunes under The Attentionist podcast.
On Sunday, June 21st, 2015, my mother and I sat down in the family home in Chesapeake, Virginia, and talked about some of my favorite stories she’d told over the years. She kindly let me record a bit of her recollections. I hope you enjoy this chance to hear my mother in her own words.
Chris Boeskool was my guest. He is one of Nashville’s finest bloggers – find him at www.theboeskool.com – where he weighs in with great sharpness and humor on a variety of issues and ideas. Chris’ writing has been picked up and near and far, including regular appearances in the Huffington Post.
A true hyphenate, he’s doing it all. During the school year Chris can be found at work in Davidson County’s public schools with the Kids On The Block component of the STARS program. Meanwhile, he is forever crushing a couple shifts weekly as a server in one of Nashville’s best Italian restaurants. He is also a devoted husband and proud father of three young children – two girls and a boy.
Do you not already love him?
Podcast is also in iTunes under The Attentionist
Chris’ Twitter handle is @theboeskool