A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 9: The LOVE Episode

I knew this episode was going to air on Valentine's Day proper, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the show somehow, but I wasn't gonna play a bunch of crappy love songs. So I took a stroll through my vinyl collection, and began to find a common theme within my soundtrack section. Easily, I found nine completely different soundtracks that all had one obvious similarity; they were all love stories. And within them, every single one had a song with the word "love" in it. I had so much fun discovering this, and a blast putting everything together for this episode, I hope you enjoy it.



This episode is a little different from the previous 8 in that it's alllll about the music. That's no surprise, as music is and always has been my first love, and I wanted to showcase it within this episode all about love.

Below is a shot of all the soundtracks featured in this episode, and I couldn't recommend each and every one of them highly enough. Feel the love, yo!


Stay tuned for episode TEN (holy crap, already??) where I hopefully, finally, will premiere my first guest episode. Thanks as always for listening!

A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 8: Ghost World

This film appeals to many different people on many different levels, I think. Whether you're a punk-spirited youth or a cranky, middle aged record collector, there's something to connect to in this dark comedy. Enter into episode 8 and Ghost World...



As I mention in the podcast, this film resonates with me in a lot of ways, and judging by the amount of interaction my Instagram pic got when I posted about the film, it resonates with A LOT of people, and I really like that. It's what prompted me to feature the film in its own episode. And if it prompts someone out there to watch the film if they haven't previously seen it, then my job is done.

Below is a shot of the books I talk about in the episode. I confess I'm not really a comic book or graphic novel reader, but I pulled out a few gems that might keep me from getting kicked out of the cool kids club.


I hope you enjoy this episode, I had great fun pulling the audio clips of my favorite parts (sorry for the less than stellar audio on them, I did my best!) and playing a few songs from the soundtrack. I only wish the soundtrack had gotten a vinyl release in time for this episode, but I'll let you in on a little secret...it's coming!

Episode 9 has an air date of VALENTINE'S DAY and I have something really special planned for it, so I hope you'll tune in. Thanks for listening!

Book Review: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

  If you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know how much I love (and talk about) Neil Gaiman; writer, dreamer, human. He inspires the writer in me unlike anyone else--although Stephen King is a close second. Which is why I am unabashedly dedicating yet another blog post to him and his most recent of books (for me, anyway) with The View from the Cheap Seats.

Now full disclosure, I only received this book yesterday, and yet with the dozen or so entries I have read thus far, I know like I know like I know this is most definitely going to be my most favorite book I've read of his to date. I have said before in previous posts and in the podcast that although I am more a fan of the man Neil Gaiman than I am of his works, this in no way means I don't enjoy his writing because I most certainly do. I am enamored of his generosity as a gifted writer in the way that he offers help and insight to us fellow writers, but also the generosity of his truth in his non-fiction works--which by the way, The View from the Cheap Seats is a collection of non-fiction by way of essays, book introductions he was asked to write, personal observations and articles written for various and sundry magazines, newspapers and such. It is absolutely enthralling.

So far, I've only read one essay that didn't resonate with me, and I'm sure there will be others, but that's simply a matter of taste (i.e; I'm not a comic book reader or a Tori Amos fan), however I suspect I will still find lines of interest within these brief essays/articles/intros. And not that I want to sway your opinion on the pieces I have read, but I have found the following especially poignant and touching: (note that I am currently reading this book in no particular order)

The Dresden Dolls: Halloween 2010
The View from the Cheap Seats (about his evening at the Oscars)
Make Good Art (which I previously bought when it was published as a standalone piece)
Harlan Ellison: The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
Banging the Drum for Harlan Ellison
On Stephen King for The Sunday Times
and many more...

Normally I would not write a book review about a book I had not finished reading, but I promise you now, if you are any level of a Neil Gaiman fan, you will greatly enjoy this wonderful collection. It came out over a year ago, but I always have to wait for a softcover edition, which I prefer. The above links will take you to the softcover edition, but the hardback is available there too. Hell, buy 'em both. Enjoy.