The marvel and wonder that is Wyoming’s musical gem and best kept secret, The Oyster Ridge Music Festival. Great fun, outstanding talent from across the country, and the kindest people you’ve ever met, all in Kemmerer, WY!
Lastly, we come to the realization that J’s sister, Brenda, has great TV recommendations. She made us watch Queer Eye and now we can’t stop. Yes, it’s still reality television, but let’s talk about what it has to say!
We’re back at it again folks, dayjob exhaustion has delayed the release of some of our episodes and that just bums me out! Alas, here we have a great conversation Maddie and I had before taking off for the music festival. I’m actually quite proud of myself: As we evaluate where we can focus our attention and energy in our lives, Maddie and I concluded that we need to let the podcast breathe and not over edit each episode into the ground. While I have the hardest time letting go of the edit, I have to practice restraint and tonight, I am pleased to report I did the least amount of cuts I’ve ever done on this podcast. We cram a lot of good stuff in a short amount of time and it turned out to be a fun episode. Come join us!
It’s been a grueling week so far, as I anticipate being gone Friday and Monday for Oyster Ridge, but progress has been made. I’m learning so much at work and feel that the procedures I’m working under are starting to make sense to me. It’s like buying a new pair of shoes, and letting them mold and shape around your feet. It takes time. I’m at the mercy of that constant warning. Don’t get overzealous, don’t be too hard on yourself. Hoping to ease my mind yesterday, I finally buckled and stayed up for a few hours to hash out the latest episode of Our Kid’s Asleep. It’s episode 20!
It may not seem like much, but given our work/life transitions in the last two months, Maddie and I are thrilled to keep working on this show! Shout out to our amazing friends/guests Brad, Teresa, and Steve.
Here’s what it sounds like when friends come over! We’re lucky to have had Steve, Teresa, and Brad come over and celebrate the 20th episode with us in this low-key conversation about Steve’s time in the Air Force, our feel-good movies growing up, and some thoughts on the Simpsons.
Yes, it’s late, but there are times one must go the extra mile and offer something to the cause. I just wrapped up on this quick promo a few minutes ago, since the festival is just four days away, every little bit helps to keep spreading the word! Oyster Ridge has given me so much in the last few years, and it does so much for the Wyoming arts community that it’s only right I try to bring as much awareness to this festival as possible. Producing web content for the festival has given me so much reward and joy, I can’t help but think of this project year-round. I’ll try to document a bit as I go, but as the festival takes hold, it’s hard to do anything but record and enjoy. Four more days!
In podcast world, Madd and I got back to podcasting on Saturday and should have a new episode this week as well. I had a big editing stumble the last few weeks, so I apologize to our dear friends who came on for episode 20. That episode will be coming out in the coming days! We cover some great movies and have a good time goofing around. For now, checkout the last episode we published, it might be one of our best yet:
On a personal note, I learned a lot this weekend. Sometimes irrational or poorly timed goals lead to a frenzy of time wasted, and energy spent on the wrong things. I tend to follow this pattern often, but a conversation this weekend led me to a helpful observation: It’s tough to get out of your head. Tough to see things from a vantage point other than your own. More importantly, it’s tough to meet the needs of friends and family if you aren’t actively listening. On my best days, I can be a great listener. Attentive and caring, generous. I have fallen short of that standard because thinking about myself and my distractions is more important. It sounds awful as I think this thought and lay it on display for all to see. This is however, the truth. I carry with me what I call, The Delusion: A powerful, intoxicating drug that drives me to fixate on a specific creative project because if I don’t finish it, a part of me will cease to exist. Rinse and repeat. Sadly, I’ve held this thinking for a long time, and its volatile nature has mangled my more healthy behaviors of relationship building and communicating. I firmly believe there is a healthier balance to be found between my creative pursuits and the relationships I hold dear: They must enrich and nurture each other. The secret is in clarity and communication.
I am vowing to be present, to actively listen, and to be proactive in my own life by making choices. I am rejecting complacency and embracing love and selflessness. I don’t know what the hell that means yet, but alas, this is a late night work in progress. Now the work begins.
So it’s hard to believe I blinked and the month of June ceased to be. I have been trying to edit this episode for I kid you not, THREE WEEKS. However, Life called with plans of its own and I opted to go after it. It hasn’t been necessarily tumultuous but I’m glad I finally found an extra hour to wrap up what I had started so long ago. This month was a lesson in time management for sure, and I will make sure I find a better system so the podcast continues to be delivered consistently! So here it is, what might be our most proficient episode so far highlighting some of our favorite things:
It’s FOMO time! J goes on an intermittent social media blackout and we discuss the repercussions of leaving social media for even a day. Let’s discuss how linked to the system we really are!
We finally get to have our long-awaited conversation about HBO’s superb new miniseries, Chernobyl. While we tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum, please consider watching the show before listening to this episode.
And then it’s Tenacious D! On this throwback segment, Madd and I return to one of the bands that defined the coming of age of a generation. Specifically, we focus on their self-titled debut album. Hilarious, foul-mouthed, genius. Hope you join us on this one!
Really happy with the way this episode came out! Come join me as I ruminate on making do with the time we have and the adjustments I am hoping to make to my schedule. It’s all about staying creative! Shoutout to my pal Dust Jones for his mic contribution to the show!
This time around, we welcome to the living room friend of the show and expert on internet things, Catty G: Twitch Streamer extraordinaire. We discuss an app we didn’t know existed called Tik Tok, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. That theme song is coming soon.
In other podcast related news, I have finalized my setup for Creative Drive! For all those moments when I’m freezing my ass off in the basement and I want to keep warm by sharing and reciting your short work, I’m keeping it pretty basic, but I did go with my dynamic mic to fend off the horrible sounds of my furnace and space heater. Oh to live in the frozen beauty of Wyoming! Happy Friday friends,
Just wrapped up the editing of this one. I don’t know what took me so long. Maybe it’s our cats ruining the recording with their noise, or maybe it’s the insane cold weather we are having here in the Old West. I guess it’s our turn…
This time around we cover Maddie’s 30 day yoga challenge, Andy King Memes (of Fyre Fest fame), and our new voicemail line for friends to leave us messages! If you want to let us know what you have stumbled upon on the internet, let us know! Leave a voice message at 307 228 4353.
Long week so far, but we’re getting there! Before I went on a work trip, I whipped out the trusty Zoom H1 to record the latest episode of Creative Drive. I thought it would be a good opportunity to polish the audio and see if it held up to the Audio-Technica we’re using for the other shows. I must say, I’m pretty impressed! In an effort to do these podcasts with the gear I already have, this will be a great tool to start using on the go!
On this episode of Creative Drive, it’s me flying solo as I try to reason with my lack of focus at the office these last few days, the worth of our efforts at work and home, and a big announcement about the new content coming to this site! (Maddie will most likely be joining me with some Book/Media recommendations next time around). Hope you enjoy!
My 2019 days have been filled with upward stumbles in the creative department and good cheer. I hope the rest of the year follows this trend!
I had the pleasure of revamping my tentative podcast experiment known as Creative Drive into a proper podcast production with the help of my awesome wife, Maddie! It’s so nice to be able to find something that we can do together that’s not only fun to do, but a good opportunity to learn as we go. So far, we have two episodes to our credit and it feels right. Creative Drive started to sate the need to document and produce content on the regular. As we come upon the one year anniversary of this podcast experiment, I wanted to start investing more time and energy into something that I know will yield a positive message for us, and for anyone listening. In a nutshell, this iteration of the show will still cover my trial and error process of maintaining a decent work/life/creativity balance, as well as a brief conversation with Maddie on book and other content recommendations. I’ll still be doing some mini pep talks for working class creatives as well, all packaged in a short pod under thirty minutes. we have a lot to learn, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the first two episodes.
Coming from the exhausting nature of wedding videography, I am cautiously building new routines and I don’t want to overwork myself. It’s not about that right now. I don’t want to bite more than I can chew, I want this new goal to grow organically. It’s taken us so long to get into a comfortable work/life balance, the last thing I want to do is have the podcast or any new project upset the order of things. Let’s ease the creativity into the mix and we’ll go from there.
There’s never been a better time to do this. So here I am, trying to make this shit work. It’s not much, but the little increments inspire me to do more. I am free but overwhelmed, tired but leaping with joy, longing and aiming. Most of all, I’m desperately trying to be here, in the present, loving every goddamn second. It’s late and I have to get up early.
Don’t forget to get started on your happiness. We got this.