Podcast the First

Hello and welcome to the first PB Podcast. I hope you enjoy the music I’ve put together for you. I am still working out some kinks in broadcasting, and have been away from the mike for too long. I hope to improve on my speaking skills.

Today’s podcast starts with a set about mornings. The second is about sunrise, while the last two are songs I wanted to hear. I don’t really have an overall theme – the goal of the podcast isn’t to have one them for the hour (I’m not trying to continue Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour, and I certainly don’t have Eddie Gorodetsky as my producer).

I have some new songs that have been on my playlist – 2014 has started out well for new music. I also have dipped back into the 1960s’ and 70’s for some tunes – I think they all go together pretty well.

I’ll hide the playlist at the end of the blog – I think it’s better to listen to the music without knowing what will be played next. I put the playlist out so you can track down the music you like. I hope that there will be some songs and bands that I can introduce to you.

So enjoy the morning with today’s Patrick Podcast.

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Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

What is America?

In 1960, at the age of 58, John Steinbeck set out on a quixotic journey to search for America. Having lived in New York City for the last ten years, he felt that he had lost touch with what “the people” of America was like. Although he said his plan was “clear, concise, and reasonable,” naming his vehicle Rocinante after Don Quixote’s horse gave a truer sense of what he thought lay ahead. The discoveries he made 54 years ago still resonate today.

One of Mr. Steinbeck’s first observations was that people were losing their accents, and that as a culture we were becoming homogenized through radio and television. “Communications must destroy localness, by a slow, inevitable process.” He longed to travel the back roads rather than the interstates, where the surrounding areas were a blur, but he could not escape the highways.

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