In which I finally get around to sharing my music podcast

In my efforts to overcome my own personal Jonah Complex and define and go after my vocation, I’ve decided to start a music podcast called “Sounds From My Drawers”.

Between growing up as a music fan, and spending a decade in the music industry, I somehow managed to get my hands on about 1800 CDs of all different genres that I find good enough to keep (I am NOT a hoarder, I swear!).  These are all housed in a large cabinet consisting of a bunch of drawers, hence the name. Clever, ain’t I?

I’ve always really enjoyed turning people on to music that they haven’t heard of and end up loving, and this is one of the ways I’d like to scale that up in my day-to-day life.  I’ve created six episodes so far, and I hope that you find them entertaining and useful.

I’ve made a concerted effort to showcase music across the spectrum, from jazz to electronica to pop to hip-hop and even more obscure, because that’s where my tastes lie, and I think that experiencing the unfamiliar in a comfortable setting can lead to new interest and growth.  Some of the music featured includes artists like Suzanne Vega, Orbital, The Residents, Dream Theater, The Three Sounds.  Random. Intentionally so.

As with any creative work, all feedback is so very valuable, especially from those who take the time to read my blog and are a part of my life even in some tiny way.  I would love to hear what you think of my initial foray back into the podcasting world.

There is much more to come, and I’m excited about where my plans are heading, and I look forward to sharing them with all of you!

You can subscribe (Free, of course) to Sounds From My Drawers via iTunes, Zune or RSS, or listen on (more about d/c coming soon)

The story of “The Podcast Guy” (Part 1: The HOW)

In 2001, when I first became aware of the Podcast concept, it was still called Audioblogging, and was very clunky (basically there were no ‘podcast clients’ or iTunes, it was just an RSS feed with an audio enclosure.) The adoption of RSS itself was in its infancy, years before the ubiquitous orange icon became standard on all sites. I was not particularly taken with the format, as there didn’t seem to be any practical use for it beyond re-purposing pre-existing media into a format that didn’t really have any easy way to consume it.

The podcast format didn’t really start to break through until Adam Curry (@adamcurry) began pushing it as an original content format with his Daily Source Code series, still going strong. But it wasn’t until April of 2005 when Apple added native podcast support in iTunes 4.9 that there became any chance of the format growing.

I really started paying attention to the format as a potential channel for compelling original content in 2006, when someone at work introduced me to Joe Vella, a long time jazz new media guy (remember That was him) who found himself wanting to create content for the web that was intimate and told a story in a way that had been lost since the consolidation of radio. We started doing a series for Yo-Yo Ma, continued on to some Broadway titles, and at the moment we’ve got about 100 episodes created ranging from a 28-episode series about Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (which I’m really proud of) to another 25 episodes around Stephen Sondheim.

Stay tuned for Part 2 (which is much more interesting): The WHY.

A Labor of Love of Stories and Music: 60 Second Soundtracks

One of the projects I’ve been working on at Sony is a video series entitled 60 Second Soundtracks. The concept is simple. I work with some of the biggest music geeks I know, but we’re rarely given the opportunity to share our love of music professionally from a personal viewpoint. The series was conceived to give us all a place to talk about our favorite albums and why we love them so much.

There was no direction given as to which albums to choose, other than that they were in the SonyBMG (now Sony Music) catalog.I encouraged people to pick albums from deep in our catalog rather than the obvious choice (I strictly forbid anyone from picking “London Calling,” for example, we have so many Clash fans!)

The result is, I think, a really interesting collection of stories of people’s love of a wide range of albums and songs, and reminiscences of their own personal histories. Nobody picked albums we ‘happened to be working on this quarter’.There was no business reason behind the choices, other than that they felt that these albums needed to be heard by more people.

Thanks to Chris at Etc. Productions and Joe at Vella Interactive for helping to make the vision a reality.

I hope you enjoy them.

This is the part of the blog post where I would embed a YouTube player, except that my companies YouTube strategy is to disable sharing on all the videos that we deliver to them. So you will have to make do with a:

Link: 60 Second Soundtracks on Vimeo

Update: here’s a widget with some of the vids