Tuesday, March 22, 2011

all that's sacred #78

With all the chatter of movies and DVDs, I thought it was an opportune time to revisit an idea we first explored just over a year ago: the many musical contributions to film soundtracks by Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, and various side projects. Granted, this is kind of an easy theme but it felt right and even somewhat topical. Most importantly, it was already almost completely sketched out in my show ideas file. Regardless, it's a nice representation of PJ's influence on the movie-going experience over the last 20 years and I thought it came together well.

Friendly reminder: this weekend is the Wishlist Team McCready Global Fundraiser! Please check for one in your neighborhood and come hang with your fellow PJ freaks for a good cause. If you are anywhere near Seattle, attendance is MANDATORY!

See you there and hope you enjoy #78.

Cheers! Donny


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

all that's sacred #77

One thing I love about music is its ability to inspire a myriad of emotions: happiness, excitement, affection, anger, resolve, you could go on and on... But I think the one thing that sets music apart from all other artforms is its ability to heal and empathize when you are struggling and in a dark place. Somehow knowing that another has walked a similar path can be of great comfort.

Today's ATS was motivated by a letter from an old friend congratulating me on my return to the podcast and commiserating about the current job market. At one point in the letter, he joked that maybe I should do an unemployment-themed podcast someday. Given the origins of ATS, I thought this was an idea worth pursuing. These musical expressions on #77 have always helped me process things mentally and emotionally and have been great friends to me over the years.

Cheers! Donny