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I’m really drawn to audio, so this week on Sunday Letters I’d like to offer you a couple reasons why you should get on The Daily Larb Podcast.
Last September I launched the podcast as a weekly show and intended to follow an interview style with an occasional monologue from yours truly.
It was structured and methodically put together.
But enthusiasm waned as a result of a dodgy audio setup and some friction in me regarding my process.
So it eventually came to a halt.
However, at the same time, I discovered Anchor.fm so I signed up.
It had a function whereby I could record and publish audio clips within the app but also push out as a podcast to iTunes.
So, because that was an easier way of publishing I got stuck in – as an experiment.
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Well, it still is easy and so I’m still there creating shows. This weekend the show will be up to Episode #129 and I have no intention of stopping.
I’ve been recording this show since last October and I’ve not shouted too much about it, primarily because I was unsure it would last.
But now I believe that it’s time.
Catching It On The Fly
The process enthuses me.
It has been that way since I started podcasting in 2014 and now recording on the fly really makes it easier for me to get content out there.
You see, I think about stuff all day long
I think deep on things and when I’m on the road and I have an idea come, I like to record that idea right away before it disappears.
Ideas show up at the most inconvenient of times so we’ve got to be in a position to grab them.
Writer Derek Landy told me once that when an idea comes he’s got to pull over and jot it down before its gone.
I suppose I’m borrowing that from him. (I need to catch that man for chats on the show soon).
I heard a story from Author of Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert on a TED Talk recently. She spoke about Tom Waits how as he drove down the motorway an idea for a song came to him.
Waits’ response to his creative spirit was as follows;
“Excuse me. Can you not see that I’m driving? If you’re serious about wanting to exist then I spend eight hours a day in the studio. You’re welcome to come and visit me when I’m sitting at my piano. Otherwise, leave me alone and go bother Leonard Cohen” – Tom Waits
I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but if it were I’d say there were a few expletives in there somewhere.
I get that too. Stuff comes, and if I don’t note it, it’s gone. Even times when I do manage to grab it I can hardly reconnect to it later.
Anyway, I like to catch and share the ideas and using a mobile app like Anchor or Spreaker helps me do that.
Some Recent Episodes From The Daily Larb Podcast
I record a new episode almost daily.
Sometimes I’ll even do two episodes in a single day, but mostly you’ll find that episodes are a day or two apart.
There are 129 episodes as of today. Although the early ones are a bit rough and ready, these days I’ve found a little more pattern and structure.
It was, as I said above, originally an experiment that I wasn’t sure the direction of or in fact the extent.
But given that every other show I’ve started didn’t make it to 20 episodes, I’m pretty pleased with having kept the fire burning under this.
So I’d like to share some of the most popular episodes with you today and invite you to subscribe.
Managing Anxiety & Stress
The Universe Is Not A Binary System
Is All Advice Valuable?
The Merit In Playing The Long Game
Challenging Authority: The Creative Imperative
The Future of the Show & Where To Listen
The Daily Larb Podcast will continue in its current format for the time being although it may change depending on what I’m doing creatively.
I may exhaust that which I am energised by currently, and if I do then something else will catch fire no doubt.
Right now I’m chomping at the bit for The Legend of The Altar Stone – the Irish mythological tale that traverses this world of ours in 2018 and the ancient world of The Túath and The Fomorians.
But The Artist’s Manifesto needs to be finished first methinks.
I intend once I get some time, to combine The Larb and The Daily Larb Podcast into one. I just need to figure that out technically.
So in the meantime here’s where you can catch The Daily Larb