Sun, 25 July 2010
This is my annual music show; recorded (as always) while I’m on vacation. This time I’m on the Norwegian Cruise Ship Spirit traveling from Boston to Bermuda with my family as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of my parents wedding!
In addition to listening to podcasts, I love to run to music! It helps me keep my cadence in check and fills my head with positive images as I get my miles in. The songs on this episode are all from previous Phedippidations shows; so I hope you enjoy them!
Please support the artists by purchasing their music and following them on the various social media networks on the “tubes of the internets”.
Summertime by Brother Love at http://www.brotherloverocks.com
Broken Heart by Black Lab at http://blacklabworld.com
Sweat by Darren Geffre at http://www.myspace.com/darrengeffre
Dare to Dream by Adam Ilami at http://www.myspace.com/adamilami
If This Geek Ruled the World by Geoff Smith at http://thegeoffsmith.com
Talking Bout my Dogs by Boo Boo Davis at http://www.booboodavis.com
Move Your Feet by Dogman Joe at http://www.dogmanjoemusic.com
Say Hey I love You by Michael Franti and Spearhead at http://michaelfranti.com
Tickle Cove Pond by Great Big Sea at http://www.greatbigsea.com
And Die Alone by Ingrid Michaelson at http://www.ingridmichaelson.com
Thank you John Wall for 5 great years of The M Show http://themshow.com
Sun, 11 July 2010
Why Cook Well.
We eat because we have to.
Civilization is nothing more than a ten thousand year old human experiment to test the freakish theory that mankind could eat without being eaten. Four million years earlier, our australopithecine ancestors crawled down from some God-forsaken trees to run with sweaty persistence after the meaty goodness left for scavenger animals.
This, they called a meal.
The world we have inherited is only a savannah away from that prehistoric reality. We have to eat to survive, but it’s what we eat and the quality of that food which gives our lives pleasure and meaning.
The question our human experiment should answer is “Why should we cook well?”
If survival is the purpose of culinary consumption then what benefit is served by eating food of higher quality, flavor and beauty? Would not our human condition be sufficiently served through the daily ingestion of ground chicken speckled cheese spread sprayed from a can?
We eat because we have to, we cook because we care.
Through trial and tribulation (and falling out of trees) modern man has come to understand that a meal is much more than a life sustaining substance. A meal is a celebration of life: it is an expression of art and love and a way to communicate through preparation, presentation and sharing.
We eat because we have to, we cook because we care, we share a meal because a meal is a manifestation of our passion for life and each other.
To cook well is to take a food source of vegetable or meaty goodness and convert it into something of pleasing sensations of taste, smell, and texture. It is an act of purest altruism, a performance of sincerity and joy.
Why would a self diagnosed intelligent species take the time and energy to prepare food for the culinary delight of others? Why bother with the triviality of recipes and technique when rawhide shoved into pile of burning coals would sufficiently make food more digestible and a better energy source?
Because we know, instinctually, that life is short, though long enough. We understand that our mortality is wondrous thing, allowing us the luxury of savoring the good things brought before us.
The art of preparing food, and creating from it a meal goes beyond the act of cutting, slicing, baking, boiling or frying: it is the culmination of a ten thousand year in progress experiment where mankind is learning that he might not only eat without being eaten, but that he can cook and care, share and love and live our lives to the top.
We eat because we want to, we cook because we love.
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Sun, 4 July 2010
Podcasting is a media so perfectly suited for the running lifestyle. Just as we schedule our runs in advance, we can schedule what we listen to ON those runs, in advance.
We can multi-task the time we spend out on the roads and by listening to a podcast, exercise our brains and feel a camaraderie with the podcast host or producer: especially hosts and producers who are fellow runners like the podcasters you just heard: real people with a shared passion for this sport we love so well.
When I first started producing this goofy little podcast about running, five years ago, the idea of clipping on a microphone and apparently talking to yourself while out on a long run seemed like a ridiculous idea; but today there are over 70 running podcasts listed on the runningpodcasts.org directory! This idea of recording a podcast and listening to other podcasters completes a mode of communication and conversation not possible with traditional old media; such as radio (for example).
The other really cool thing about podcasting is that it allows for the artistic expression of thoughts, opinions, and observations of our lives. You know me as a middle aged, middle of the pack, slightly asthmatic runner from New England who appreciates good wine, like Bordeaux, Malbec and Cab Franc, who enjoy’s a great baseball game with the Worcester Tornadoes or my beloved Boston Red Sox, and likes to rock out to amazing music, like that from Great Big Sea, Jim Fidler, Matthew Ebel or the amazing Paul Durham and Black Lab…these are all elements of my life that you’ve heard on this show: when I’m tasting or talking about wine and telling you about the grapes I’m trying to grow, when you hear me at the old ball park singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” or when I present for you some amazing creative commons pod-safe music on every episode of this show.
I think that’s one of the things I most appreciate about running podcasts; that they’re NOT always just about running: they’re about the lives each of the podcasters are living: it’s better than so called reality TV because there’s no pretense involved: we are who we are, for better or worse: but we have this one thing in common: a love for running and for living our lives to the top.
These podcasts we produce are a permanent record of these lives we are living; audio files that will be heard long after you and I have run our last road race, and shuffled off this mortal coil. They are important because they document the way to live as the good animals we were meant to be; and it sets a good example to anyone who listens now, and in the far future: of how to live a life of meaningful joy.
That’s why we produce these shows…because I’m telling you this fellow runner: something you already know deep in your heart but something that we have somehow GOT to get across to others, be it through personal examples or a moving pictures expert group dash 1 audio layer 3 standard digital encoding formatted file downloaded to your iPod:
Life is short, but it should be long enough and to take to the roads and become a runner is one certain way to live that life to the top: which is exactly what is expected of us all.
The song “The Real You” was by Black Lab at http://blacklabworld.com