Who’d Believe It? | Digital Flotsam

Who’d Believe It? | Digital Flotsam

PW Fenton

You are hearing this story for the first time. No one in my family has heard this story before either. I don’t know why. I just never told it.

Most of the music is by The Beau Hunks, those wonderful purveyors of glorious music from the past.

And there is a bit of music by Randy Newman from the film “Avalon“.
And of course the theme music comes from my favorite band “3 Blind Mice“.

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Stendhal Syndrome | Digital Flotsam

Stendhal Syndrome | Digital Flotsam

PW Fenton

Another of the “Lost Episodes”. Originally published a couple of years ago it was taken off line because of rights issues. Now it’s back, with new music, and it’s better than ever.

You will hear…

The classical music of Giacomo Puccini is featured most, and one aria “O mio babbino caro” most of all. Hard to recommend one particular recording.

Statue Got Me High” by They Might Be Giants

Tourist” by Jacob, from the CD “Just A Tourist Here

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The Death Wish Edition | Digital Flotsam

The Death Wish Edition | Digital Flotsam

The ways I tried to hold my life to less than a decade. It’s a wonder I am still here.

Some fine folks, living and dead, contributed to the making of this episode…


Theme Music – 3 Blind Mice
“Chicken Half” by Sugarman Three
“Blues Garden” by F11
“What! Not Another Greasy Spoon” by Hank Marr
“Dangerous” by The Moot
“LS 06-17-05″ by Larry Seyer
Gregorian Chants (700 AD)

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Isn’t Life A Moment? | Digital Flotsam

Isn’t Life A Moment? | Digital Flotsam

PW Fenton

I’ve returned to an older way of creating shows. When I first started doing them, I would just start putting something together. I would decide when it was nearing completion if it had any kind of unifying theme. Usually it did. That’s when I would add the intro and outro. The whole show would seem like it was more planned than it actually was. The idea of “themes” was so successful the cart slowly passed the horse, and it evolved into a process where I would first come up with a theme and then struggle to support it with content. That made it much more difficult, and was one of the things that slowed down the frequency of releases. So I’m going to try and do them the original way. Maybe it will improve the rate at which they get done.

Today’s show contains lotsa cool independent music, and even a bit of “old media” music that I used sparingly under the “fair use doctrine” as in illustrative example.

“Message In A Bottle” (snippet) by The Police
“Rocker In A Rocker” by Dr. Oakroot
“Two Sisters” by Fiction Plane
“What! Not Another Greasy Spoon” by Hank Marr
“Someone Is Crazy” by Jonathan Coulton
“Derek Malone” by 3 Blind Mice

…and of course, as always, thanks to 3 Blind Mice for the great theme music.

The photograph attached to this episode was taken by Susan Bonkowski. The picture shows her then 99 year old grandfather playing his mandolin on the patio. My story about “The Police” made me think of him. He was my grandfather-in-law.

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Pipe Dreams | Digital Flotsam

Pipe Dreams | Digital Flotsam

Consummate storyteller PW Fenton nostalgically rewinds to the sex, drugs, and rocknroll of his youth in the 1960s. Or, at least the sex and rocknroll…

“Pipe Dreams is the true story of a breakthrough of sorts in my early efforts to get “high” on marijuana. It’s the story of failure and success and failure.

The picture you see above was taken of me at the very time this episode takes place. In fact…. the door you see behind me (yes that’s me) belongs to our friend Peter, mentioned in the show.”

There was some great music in this episode. Roughly in order of first appearance:

“Digital Flotsam Theme” by 3 Blind Mice
“I Wish I Was Stoned” by Stoat
“Rinel Rilke” by Santare
“Boody Call” by Antonin Bastian
“Aguamala” by Carne Cruda
“What! Not Anther Greasy Spoon” by Hank Marr
Movie clip from obscure late 30s movie.
“Sly Bone” by Larry Seyer
“Too Stoned” by The Undercover Hippy
Tiny excerpt from “In C” by Terry Riley

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