I had a conversation with myself. That is to say – the podcast has reached episode 100 and it was time to look back. I turned on the tape recorder and captured some thoughts about the evolution of the podcast, the hit-and-hope approach starting out and how, well, not a lot has changed.
I ask people if they want to chat. I’m always pleased when they say yes. I totally understand if they say no.
Every conversation has worked out pretty great or very great. If they hadn’t you probably wouldn’t have been given a chance to hear them. I’m still waiting, in some sense, for the great car-crash episode. Perhaps you think it’s already been. Please do share if you have an example.
Most of the conversations have happened in my house, in the wee den that is cluttered with computers and turntables, records and old couches. We sit down for a beer or a coffee or a tea. We talk about music and writing and art, and life. We talk about favourite and not so favourite things, about influences, about artistic timelines. And ways of coping. And reasons for doing it all. And it’s always a great thrill for me. It’s always a challenge – in the very best way.
And so for this episode I’ve chosen a few favourite moments from some of the podcast episodes. We start at episode three and from there we move through episodes 16, 28, 29, 35, 41, 61, 87, 88 and back to 61 to finish. So if you’ve heard those conversations in full you might want to skip this one. Episode 101 will appear next week – at least that’s my aim and always my hope: a new episode each week. And it will be back to the format of a conversation with a single guest.
I talk a bit in-between the excerpts from the previous episodes here. I give a bit of background and context on the guest and the particular conversation. Where it happened, how it was set up – etc.
A huge thanks to my producing partner, Mr. Lo-Fi Sherriff. He mixes and adds and subtracts. He’s a huge support. The podcast wouldn’t happen without him. And my love and thanks to Katy and Oscar, both huge supporters of the podcast and of all I do. (Well, most of it…)
And thank you to you dear reader/listener. Of course to all of the guests across the last 99 episodes. And here’s to many more. Fingers crossed.
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