Summary: A romantic experience of podsafe music accentuated by poetry.
Day 12's entry is a little unusual. I was trying to parody the famous scene from Charlie Brown's Christmas where Linus explains the meaning of Christmas, but more in the way a modern child would explain it. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay12/ppcc12.mp3 I'm getting this up a little early today, although I usually try to wait until at least 6pm before posting next day's podcast. This is the one for Saturday, Dec. 12. I finally finished up recording and assembling the last show today, so now it's just a matter of posting them. Although I've still got to get started on the New Year's show, but I've got weeks before that. For the previous two years that I've done them, the New Year's shows have been about an hour long. I don't know if that will be the case this year. I'm not going to worry about writing poetry for it since I'm doing something different, but I've still got some writing to do. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 11 deals with Christmas lights. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay11/ppcc11.mp3 It just happens that both the poem and music are ones I've used before. But as far as I can tell it's the only time it happens. For the songs I've used before I try to have new poems and for the few poems I've used before I try to have new songs. I've replaced a number of the older songs I was going to use with new ones, so I think I only have about seven old songs out of the twenty-five. "Festival of Lights" is a song fairly different than most Christmas songs. In areas that don't get snow, light shows have replaced snow displays. Of course lights are still popular in places where they do get snow, but non-snow areas can get more elaborate since it's easier to use the front lawn. And with LED lights now becoming the standard, one doesn't have to be an electrical engineer to set up an impressive display. And of course it just doesn't seem like Christmas without watching this display at least once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgf60CI_ks Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 10. "The Bells!" http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay10/ppcc10.mp3 Didn't get the work done on the podcast today as I expected. I spent a good part of it clearing slush. But I should be able to finish it by the end of the week. I've got too much else to work on. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 9. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendar9/ppcc09.mp3 I've got just one show left to finish up. Once I write the poem it won't take long to record and edit it together. It's just a matter of writing it and hopefully I'll do that tomorrow. I noticed the audio quality on my recordings isn't all that great, but there wasn't really time to re-record them, nor do I really feel up to it. Most of it comes from recording at too low a level then having to amplify the recording, along with the noise. I don't have a great mic, but I think something is off in the settings. I seemed to get clearer recordings the first time I used it. Maybe I'm just not talking loud enough. I did get into a habit of shouting with the old mics just to get anything decent. I'll play around with the mic and settings to try and get the best results. It could simply be that I've been using Windows 7 (the 7100RC that will start acting up in a few months) instead of the XP the computer came with. But that won't be until next year. Once this podcast is put together I've got to work on a New Year's show. But I might not get into that until the end of the month. I've thought of a few things I'd like to have in it and that probably means more writing. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 8 deals with the yummy part of Christmas. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay8/ppcc08.mp3 I managed to get a fair bit done the past couple days. I've still got one more poem to write, a bit of recording and four more episodes to edit together. But I've now about two weeks to finish it before I use up what I've finished. I should be able to finish the rest tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest. I don't expect to get much if anything out during January. I've got some ideas, including one for a new podcast, but I'll have to see how things go. I will get an anniversary episode out for Blue Hot Gossip which should be some time in January. I may also do another 13 Days of Halloween next year, although those would be as Blue Hot Gossip episodes. And it also depends upon the amount of material available. I will at least do a Halloween episode of Blue Hot Gossip if I don't do the 13 Days. The problem right now is that I've got a lot of ideas and only so much time. So if I decide to work on one thing something else has to get put aside. As a result I often have to choose either the easier stuff or at least the more popular stuff. And right now Podcast Ping isn't as popular as Blue Hot Gossip. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 7. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay7/ppcc07.mp3 The first week ends. I think I'm going to be spending most of this week dealing with presents. This is also when many shows go in to repeats or are pre-empted for specials. Although I usually don't find TV getting very dry until January, mostly because of the specials. And I'm always falling behind in my viewing, so it helps to have the time to catch up. I've noticed a growing trend lately with many animated specials. There are more and more special related to animated movies, particularly CG movies. "Shrek the Halls" was probably the first, and now there's a "Madagascar" special. There was also a "Monsters Vs Aliens" Halloween special. I expect this trend to continue. In the old days we mostly were treated to Rankin Bass specials and Dr. Suess cartoons. And of course the Charlie Brown specials. And we really didn't care if we had seen them before. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 6 deals with the depression many go through at Christmas. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay6/ppcc06.mp3 I probably should have redone the poem since I feel I rushed it and didn't give it the proper pacing. But there's only so much time worth devoting to the podcast and I've still got more work left. Had I not done the Halloween shows I probably would have had the time to perfect the Christmas shows. And because I had to write scripts, I probably did more writing for the thirteen Halloween shows than I'm doing for the twenty-five Christmas shows. Although I am writing much more longer show notes. I also feel I'm coming down with a cold. Fortunately, recording poetry doesn't require the vocal dexterity the Blue Hot Gossip Comedy Show does because I use my own voice. But I've only got five more to record (and write) and more than a week to get them done, so I don't think it will be a problem. That's one of the reasons I wanted to get the shows finished early. I'll have to push at it the next couple days to finish things up. With Christmas coming there's enough to do. I'm going to have to set a New Year's resolution to not keep any games on my computer. Although as it is I don't keep them; I remove them as soon as I've finished playing them. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 5. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay5/ppcc05.mp3 I didn't get as much done this week as I hoped; I still have five more poems to write. But I've got episodes finished up to the 17th so I've got a couple weeks to finish up. I do have poems for the last two days, and music for all days, so if I really get stuck I'll just skip the poetry for a few days. But I doubt it will be a problem. It's just not all that big a priority at the moment. The release of the Calendar just happened to come about a week after Mininova decided to drop it's illegal torrents. Since mine were all legal it wasn't a problem. In fact I've seen a jump in overall downloads as a result, although individual downloads seem about the same so far. I've now passed a collective total of half-a-million downloads on Mininova (helped a great deal with the sudden surge in downloads). Since I don't know what the numbers are for other torrent files at other sites I can't be sure what the overall total is. The torrents have done far better than the podcast feed and made the work worthwhile. I have found one other site with some torrent numbers that total about three hundred and twenty-five thousand, but they're incomplete and I'm not sure how those numbers were arrived at. So I could have passed the million mark and don't know it, but I can only work with justifiable counts which means I can only rely upon the Mininova count. And I am going for the million mark. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 4. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay4/ppcc04.mp3 Three weeks left until Christmas. Growing up Catholic, Christmas for me is first and foremost a religious holiday. (Even though I would have ranked getting gifts above going to church.) So I do have some religious content in the calendar. And Christmas itself it too closely tied to Christianity to completely eliminate it. But I've tried to keep it general enough to interest those who aren't Christian. And there's no reason a non-Christian can't enjoy Christian music. I will admit that a large amount of it is bad. This is usually because everyone it too polite to tell the artists how bad it is. But there is some talent and every now and then an artist who isn't part of the Christian music scene will do something suited to that genre. Ayla Brown (who I didn't know about because I never watch American Idol) would probably consider herself mainstream. Despite the AI connection, she does have a good voice. I happen to also have another of her songs later on in the Calendar. This is one song that could fit with Contemporary Christian music. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.
Day 3. http://www.archive.org/download/PodcastPingsChristmasCalendarDay3/ppcc03.mp3 In comparison with the last two days I'm a tiny bit late, however this is being posted the night before so even if I didn't get it posted until the morning I really wouldn't be late. I just got caught up in stuff tonight. I find I tend to use rhyme in my poetry more often when I'm trying to push it or when I'm restless. When I'm relaxed I can write prose poetry easier. And then there's those poems that just happen to come to me and I have to write them down, which are usually rhymes. "Snow and Sullen" is a rhyming poem but I'm using a slightly less common rhyming scheme of a,b,c, a,b,c. Even when I do rhyming poetry I try to avoid doing the same rhythm and meter for the same theme otherwise I feel I'm just writing an extension of a previous poem. Although when I'm really pressed I'll often just use the cliche a,b,c,b pattern. Of course in that case a rhyme isn't really necessary since it does nothing for the poem. Still, I have written some good poems using it because the important aspect of the poem is the theme. I'll also often use it for humorous poems. However I try to avoid using it too often. I feel a good poet can work in any form. While I tend to favor rhyme, I've also written a number of non-rhyming poems. I find that having to work within a framework gives me more of a challenge. Of course posting twenty-five episodes of Podcast Ping in a month is also a bit of a challenge. And if I get the New Year's show done it will be twenty-six. But I've got to finish the Christmas episodes first. Podcast Ping is licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0. My online toy shop can be found at http://patrickjmcnamara.webs.com.