FULL DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER/ATTEMPT AT SELF-AWARENESS AND NOT SELF-INVOLVEMENT: I am merely writing the following for anybody who keeps their eyes on this space and pays attention when we post new things. If you’re one of those people, thanks for reading. The world does not revolve around Shakeytown, but since Shakeytown lives in the world, I just wanted to let you know how our little show is doing since it’s been a while.
Last week was an awful, awful week in America. It got me down, like I’m sure it got you down. For me, this weekend was better, even considering it included a memorial.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? Let me explain.
Pat Sawyer was an editor and producer whose staff I worked for during my first years in L.A. She was amazing, so much nicer to me than someone in her position ever had to be to someone at my lowly level when I began my career. She passed away a couple of weeks ago, and this weekend was her service. I hadn’t seen or talked to her in years, but I have nothing but good things to say. I’m not alone in that, and there were a lot of stories about how Pat lived to the fullest. For a sad evening with a lot of tears, it was actually a fun and life-affirming event. I am ready to tackle this new week with enthusiasm and hope.
However - and this is so not important in the greater scheme of things, but this is a website for a podcast, so I might as well share some info about the show - my attendance resulted in me canceling our usual podcast recording time this weekend, and even without the memorial service, I really doubt that any of us on the Shakeytown team were in a mood to laugh or chat lightheartedly given last week’s events. I mean, I’m sure we wouldn’t have done anything inappropriate, like publish a poem for one of the bombers and retweet sycophants praising us for it, but it still seemed best to give things a rest.
Also, I really want to make sure you all listen to Dylan Brody’s episode. I would totally understand if you didn’t get around to it last Monday. Perhaps you, like me, instead stayed glued to news and social media, waiting to figure out if you should take shelter and wait out another terrorist attack, meanwhile making sure your friends and loved ones in Boston were safe.
Now that the worst appears to be over, I want to make sure Dylan’s humor, stories, words, and fine phrases get the attention they deserve. That, and the aforementioned scheduling circumstances last weekend, is why we are holding off on a new episode this week. When we do return, I doubt we will mention the bombings. There’s nothing funny to say about what happened, and a serious discussion doesn’t have a place on our fun and often silly show. The peripheral stuff, like the aforementioned attention-seeking poem? No guarantees on punches being pulled there. But as far as the actual tragedy, we probably won’t dive into things too directly.
(But you never know - we don’t censor on the show. There’s the occasional personal info that sneaks out on mic, and we edit it out as a courtesy in respect of people’s privacy. But there are things that guests and even hosts on the show have said that made me uncomfortable, and yet I left it in. It’s up to you as the audience to judge, not me to “protect” you from hearing anything you don’t want to. There’s an “EXPLICIT” tag on the show in iTunes and I try to treat it as much as a “live” show as possible. That said, if there’s something any of us ever do that you truly feel does not belong in the greater arena of public discourse, the marketplace of ideas, let us know. We’re not aiming to offend, honestly, and I try to make amends when I owe apology.)
So after a masterpiece of a show with Dylan Brody (a masterpiece because of him, and because of Bob booking him), and some breathing room between the horror show of last week and our next recording effort, what will Shakeytown have in store?
I will give you these clues… a past guest who is one of my favorite people… a recording outside the city limits… and one of my favorite topics that the show frequently covers. I can tell you it will be a minisode, a report filed from the field, a travelogue of sorts. You know how we do.
That will go up next Monday. And then after that, the team will be back in the studio, and we will have new, interesting people to introduce you to, more fun and creative projects to showcase, stories to share and music to enjoy.
It’s good to pause when you have to. But life’s too short to just stop. So on we go…