Friday, October 09, 2020

A Shaggy Passage to India


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Hey Dude, I ramble about my "fans" in Pakistan back in the year 2000 and my excitement about my new surge of listeners in India. 

PEOPLE: George Clooney, Joseph Campbell

PLACES: Pakistan, England, Europe, Scotland, Canada, Los Angeles Valley College, India

THINGS: This American Life, 9/11, FBI, DHS, Department of Justice, comparative religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hero with a 1000 Faces.

SOUNDS: wind, footsteps, gravel path, Laguna Sawdust Cowbell Chimes, birds, train, car horn, whistle, Eagles, helicopter, plane 

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Hotel Burbank" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: October 7, 2020 in the new "Wawona Lawn Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California 

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Our Dinner with Woody

Hey Dude, I called to riff about recording my Uncle Woody's fantastic stories and to geek the enduring influence of the film My Dinner with Andre. 

PEOPLE: Bob Dylan, Howard Hughes, Blayney F. Matthews, Jack L. Warner, Al Matthews, Caryl Chessman, Barbara Graham, Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert, Ed Masry, Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich, Danny Wolf

PLACES: Los Angeles, Venice, The Gas House, Angeles National Forest, Altadena

THINGS: Theme Time Radio Hour, SiriusXM, Heaven's Door, Outlaw Country, 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, FBI, "My Dinner with Andre", U.S. Navy, "Erin Brockovich", Bobcat Fire

SOUNDS: wind, footsteps, gravel path, Laguna Sawdust Cowbell Chimes, birds, train, muscle car, crow 

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Wallace and Andre" via Google shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: September 21, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California 

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.


Friday, August 14, 2020

Yosemite Fool's Gold


Hey Dude, I riff and ramble about the time my dad and I dodged a bullet up in California Gold Rush country.


PEOPLE: Tom Bopp

PLACES: Zane Grey Estate, Yukon, Alaska, California Gold Rush Country, Yosemite, Mariposa, Oakhurst, Wawona, Central Valley

THINGS: Yukon Gold, El Capitan, Half Dome, California State Route 49, California State Route 140, California State Route 41, Ozark

SOUNDS: cat drinking fountain

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Gateway to Yosemite" via Google shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: August 13, 2020 in the new "Bohemian Bootleg Studio" in Altadena, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder internal microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Marc of the Joker



Hey Dude, I finally watched Joker, so now I can belatedly make amends to "podcast pioneer" Marc Maron for not coming to his defense against the comic book geeks.

QUOTE: "Some people aren't in on the joke. That applies to their lives too."

PEOPLE: Johnny Cash, Andy Kaufman, Steven Wright, Brother Theodore, Sandra Bernhard, David Letterman

FILMMAKERS: Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, John Williams, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, River Phoenix, James Dean, Keanu Reeves, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Lewis, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Woody Allen

FILMS/TV: Joker, The Dark Knight, Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Superman, Batman, The Passenger, I Walk the Line, Running on Empty, My Own Private Idaho, The Matrix, The Master, The King of Comedy, Taxi Driver, GLOW, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

PLACES: Cinerama Dome, Claremont

THINGS: Batman logo, WTF Podcast, KCRW, recovery, drive-in, comedy clubs

SOUNDS: birds, wind, footsteps, Laguna Sawdust Cowbell Chimes, airplanes

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Marc of The Joker Googled" via Google shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: July 15, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Trump's Hair, Revisited



Hey Dude, I rant about how Trump's hair alone was enough to disqualify him to be president.

QUOTE: "My haystacks weren't tied down and I was beginning to fear the wind." - Bob Dylan (Chronicles Volume One)

PEOPLE: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan

PLACES: The Grove, CBS Television City, Fairfax District, Fairfax High School, Washington, D.C.

THINGS: The Kennedy Assassination, Air Force One, "Oh Mercy", The Apprentice

SOUNDS: birds, footsteps, Laguna Cowbell Chimes, airplanes

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Trump's Hair Blowin' in the Wind" via Google

RECORDED: May 30, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

Monday, May 18, 2020

D.J. Bonebrake, Susan Sontag (and Bobby Doran)



Hey Dude, while standing in the rain, I riff about three towering North Hollywood Huskies: musician D.J. Bonebrake, writer Susan Sontag, and artist Bobby Doran.

PEOPLE: X, Erin Moran, John Williams, Garry Marshall, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye

PLACES: North Hollywood High School

THINGS: "Alphabetland", "On Photography", Facebook, YouTube

SOUNDS: rain, footsteps, "Laguna Cowbell Chimes", airplane, birds

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "DJ, Susan and Bobby" shot by D.J. Bonebrake

RECORDED: May 18, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Video (Almost) Killed the Audio Star



Hey Dude, I riff about my internal conflict between recording audio versus video. Plus I rant about bad pedestrians and Dylan's new song.

PEOPLE: Ken Dougherty, Chef Todd Payden, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Bob Dylan

PLACES: Glendale, Burbank, Theatre Row

THINGS: tiny living, Ralphs, "Murder Most Foul"

SOUNDS: birds, wind, palm trees

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Twin Palm Flowers" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: April 19, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Sunday, April 05, 2020

You Do You for 90 Seconds



Anyways Dude, I riff about telling stories on video again, inspired by Story Salon. Then I trip on my cheap new voice recorder and the challenges of recording outdoors.

PEOPLE: Captain Crozier, Spalding Gray, Casey Stengel, Dean Sharp

PLACES: China, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, Altadena

THINGS: Sony, buffs, Survivor, bandana, coronavirus, Story Salon, 90 Second Stories, janitorial, stand-up comedy, "That Thing You Do", Home with Dean

SOUNDS: birds, chimes, sirens, lawn trimmer, wind, palm trees, airplane, dogs

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Keystone Garden Studio (Backstage)" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: April 3, 2020 in the new "Keystone Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Monday, March 30, 2020

Garden Studio in the Time of Covid-19



Hey Dude, in my new garden studio, I ramble about everything from coronavirus to nudism. I also riff on Dean Sharp, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, the Beats and bidets.

PEOPLE: Dean Sharp, Patti Smith, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lee Harvey Oswald, James Baldwin

PLACES: Burbank, Laguna Beach, Oregon, Washington, Calistoga, Napa County, California, New York, Hotel Chelsea

THINGS: Sawdust Art Festival, Covid-19, St. Patrick's Day, the 5, the 405, the 101, Home with Dean, nudist colony,Lysol wipes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon Face Value, tiny living, composting toilet, bidet, "Just Kids", the Beats,"Murder Most Foul", Kennedy Assassination, spoken word, Civil Rights Movement, March on Washington.

SOUNDS: chimes, birds, crow, wind, freeway

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Keystone Garden Studio" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: March 28, 2020 in the new "Garden Studio" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sheltering in Burbank



Hey Dude, I check-in from my new pad, where I'm hunkered down for who knows how long. I also riff on my plan to gather and share my family's trippy stories.

PEOPLE: Joan Anderson, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Zane Grey

PLACES: California, Burbank, Mt. Olympus, Sunset Boulevard, Laurel Canyon, Warner Bros.

THINGS: The Handmaid's Tale, Pulitzer, Peabody Award, S-Town, podcast novel, Beat, FBI, artsy-fartsy

SOUNDS: birds, airplanes, wind, palm trees

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Twin Palms" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: March 21, 2020 under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Zane's Last Stand



Hey Dude, I finally say goodbye to the Zane Grey Estate with a wistful tear in my eye. I also riff on moving my stuff, cats, Tim Coyne and Grant Baciocco

PEOPLE: Zane Grey, Tom Mix, John Wayne, Dan Klass, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Jimi Hendrix

PLACES: Zane Grey Estate, University of Cambridge

THINGS: Talkies, The Hollywood Podcast, Craigslist, Ancient Aliens, Bigfoot, "All Along the Watchtower", John Wesley Harding, Saturday Morning Media

SOUNDS: dogs, wind, cars, motorcycle, rain, birds

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Zane's Back" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: February 21, 2020 on the observation deck at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Flea the Fearless Frogman



Ah Dude, the impending move from the Zane Grey Estate inspired a trippy dream featuring Flea and his shape shifting boogie board.

CHARACTERS: Zane Grey, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Individual 1

MUSICIANS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Patti Smith

LOCATIONS: Oakwood Apartments, San Pedro

BOOKS: Acid for the Children, Chronicles: Volume One, Lady Sings the Blues, Born to Run, Life, M Train, Year of the Monkey

STUFF: beach cruiser, boogie board, clown car, frogman

SONG: Things Have Changed

SOUNDS: breathing, dogs, beard, birds

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Flea and the Frogman Keychains" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: January 19, 2020 on the observation deck at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie


Friday, January 10, 2020

Elvis, Bowie and Nicky



Hey Dude, my old friend Nicky reminded me that she shares a birthday with Elvis and David Bowie, so I recall my abstract connections to all three rockers.

CHARACTERS: Zane Grey, Orson Welles, Jeff Slate, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Debbie Harry, Alex Trebek, The Gluey Brothers

LOCATIONS: New York City, Burbank, Notre Dame High School, Corvallis High School, Laurel Canyon

MUSIC: Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", omnichord , "America", "Heroes", "The Hash House Line"

TV/MOVIES: The Ed Sullivan Show, Saturday Night Live, Concert for New York City, Jeopardy!

STUFF: January 8, jumpsuit, record player, mime, 1977, "going postal", 9/11, lotus position, OP shirt, corduroy, feathered hair

SOUNDS: garbage truck, wind

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Nicky's Birthday Boys" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: January 8, 2020 on the observation deck at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Tiny Sparks of Joy



Hey Dude, our impending move from Zane's forces us into a deep dive of downsizing. Only the sparks of joy are spared as we hatch our plan to ride the climate change wave in a tiny home.

CHARACTERS: Zane Grey, Bryce Langston, Marie Kondo, David Letterman, Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, Dan Klass

LOCATIONS: Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Saigon, New Zealand, Las Vegas, Australia, Full Circle Thrift Shop, Echo Mountain, Mount Lowe

MEDIA: Living Big in a Tiny Home, podcasting, Serial, Survivor, Tinder, podcast feed

STUFF: Rose Bowl Parade, Rose Bowl Game, B-2 Stealth Bomber, Goodyear Blimp, tiny homes, container homes, Lego,2014, 2004, climate change, tinder, half moon, migration, 19th century, 20th century

SOUNDS: coyote, dogs

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Above The Rose Bowl Game" shot on my "new" iPhone6

RECORDED: January 3, 2020 on the observation deck at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena, California

GEAR: Marantz Solid State Recorder PMD670, Sennheiser MD 46 microphone

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.

HYPE/SWIPE: "Don't call me dude." - John Lurie