The Continuing Adventures of Potpourri

So it’s Saturday morning. Mrs. M is off to the sauna, the Hound of the Basketballs is snoozing on the sofa, and the Spawn is claiming her teenager’s right to sleep in. Clearly this calls for some potpourri.


Alternating feet status report: I’m taking the weekend off after four straight days, and will resume Monday. I completed a 10K this week (some assembly required) with a little to spare. Average speed was a bit better than the 3.1 mph that seems to be the human industry standard, with a 10- to 12-minute section each day that goes a little faster than the standard US military march (which is 3.4 mph, if you’re keeping score at home.) The Roman legions reportedly had a standard pace of about 4 mph, and while I might be there eventually, I’m not yet. I’m OK with that, given my current level of dilapidation. The blister didn’t break, but it went down some, and I’m glad I didn’t stop.

I don’t know how long this will last on my part — I’ve never seen tenacity as one of my gifts, and that may be a reason I tend to write short stories and unfinished novels. Of course, I never thought I’d continue a blog either, yet here we are. So we’ll see.


I’m honestly a little embarrassed to talk about the walking. I have friends who do triathlons, for heaven’s sake, and I’d be thrilled to complete a 5K in under an hour. As I tell folks, there’s a reason they race thoroughbreds rather than Percherons. But this blog is a continuing report on the view from Mondoville, so I talk about this stuff. I’m an organism that produces writing.


Speaking of writing, I’m pleased to report that in a bit less than a month, the Spawn and I will be guests on a Father’s Day-related episode of Pam Stack’s Authors on the Air podcast. We’ll be live on 15 June, and I’ll give further updates as I have them.


It also appears quite likely that I’ll be appearing on a panel at Noircon in Philadelphia this October, and I’ll have a story in the program as well. “How can I access such wonders?” I hear you ask (LEAVE ME MY ILLUSIONS!). It’s quite simple: Start by visiting Noircon’s website, right here.


One of my favorite current songwriters (and the Spawn’s as well) is a guy named P.T. Walkley. He makes his living scoring films, TV shows, commercials and such, but over the years, he has put out quite a few albums and EPs, several of which I own on CD. However, since he says he wrote those songs to be heard, he is now giving away free downloads of all those albums and EPs at his website. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of his offer. As one of his lyrics says, “This is the sound of your life getting better.”


Another of my favorite songwriters has been at work as well. Robert Harrison is best known for his work with Austin-based psych-pop geniuses Cotton Mather, and has done cool work with Future Clouds and Radar in recent years. His latest project, which involves both bands, is a set of 64 songs based on the hexagrams of the I Ching. He’s releasing the songs in real time, with commentaries, at his latest website. I listened to the first batch this morning — they’re worthy of your attention.


And on top of that, my lifelong friend Carl Groves has a new project at the intersection of faith and progressive rock. It’s called The Lazarus Trio, and you can learn about them here.


“Wow — that’s a lot of music, Mondo.” Indeed it is, but I’ll leave you with just a couple more before I close. Although they never had the success I think they deserve, I’m a big fan of New Jersey’s The Smithereens. I’ve played in bands that covered them on several occasions over the years, and their brand of brooding 60s-flavored rock is right in the Berries’ wheelhouse as well. This song isn’t one of their better known ones, but from the first time I heard it, I knew it would be a favorite of mine. So far, that holds true, and I’ll share it with you. From their Especially for You album, this is a lovely piece of storytelling called “Cigarette.”

And at the opposite extreme, this one has been popping up here and there on my facebook and I find it running through my head quite often as I walk in the mornings. I sent it earlier this week to a friend of mine who is recovering from some medical work. Her response was “Ha ha ha ow.” Clearly I have served my purpose. Anyway, here are Danish loonies Powersolo. You’ll likely figure out the title, and yes, those guys are brothers.

See you soon!


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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One Response to The Continuing Adventures of Potpourri

  1. Jeff S. says:

    Love that Smithereens album. Back then, despite the ubiquity of Bruce Springsteen, that album was the real proof to some of us in Central Jersey that we could exist in the eyes of the rest of the world.

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