Hello. This is John Rhodes. I've decided to attempt to make this a free podcast novel again with the free podomatic hosting although it will be sort of telephone quality sound. I will test it and maybe boost the quality. For full quality sound go to: http://littlebirdtoldme.blip.tv. That site will eventually have all my 23 chapters posted there for free. Please consider buying my book though as a donation to the author.
This is a far-out hip, San Francisco audio book and podcast novel by John Rhodes that takes place in San Francisco, in the Haight called, "Little Bird Told Me". It is an Avant Garde story told in the 90's. Peace and love are main topics in the book just like with the hippies.
I also live in the Haight and have an audio/video Haight Street open mike poetry podcast called: Mystic Babylon at http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com , which is also run as a free local TV show on the cable access Comcast channels. Please listen in, but just as people support Public Broadcasting, You can buy my 3 books in text from www.authorhouse.com and one book from audible.com .Please tell a friend! Note: also visit: http://www.rhodespoetry.com .
Note: There was some glitches the 29th of April or so because I was hasty and was redirecting you in audio to my poetry site instead of my podcast novel site. I have since corrected this error.
Chapter 1: Little Bird Told Me: A Mystic Podcast Novel and Free Audiobook
This is the first chapter of the Audiobook and Podcast Novel, Little Bird Told Me.
I, John Rhodes, started producing this podcast almost back to when the first podcast novel came out produced by Scott Sigler. We would go to the same Podcast Meetup.
This first chapter is entitled, Leaving Home. It deals with parental control much like it is portrayed in its watered down version in the characters of Edith and Archie Bunker. I make you ask the question…if a parent isn’t a mentor or a guide, are they actually holding their child hostage to an unfriendly world, almost as if kidnapped? You be the judge. I hope you enjoy this first chapter.
Please visit my poetry podcast/tv show too, at http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com .
It is beginning to run nationally on Public access channels all over the U.S. Enjoy.
Chapter 2: Little Bird Told Me; A Mystic Podcast Novel and Free Audio Book
Hello. This is the second chapter of the free serial audio book, and podcast novel: Little Bird Told Me. I got a good response from you people for the first two weeks. I got about 1500 listens. Please tell your friends about it if you can, and help me launch my mystic book podcast to real success. If you have a blog, write about it, if you have a myspace page, mention it. It will be greatly appreciated. May I remind you that can also buy 3 books in the text version from: www.authorhouse.com .
Enough said. About this chapter, entitled: “Arriving in San Francisco and Meeting Maria’. You might know that I live in San Francisco and know a lot of its ins and outs. It has left its mark on me and that is why I placed a lot of the book in this city. I work in a small hotel in San Francisco in the poor section of town much like Steve in the story might have stayed at, after he had saved up some money from his washing dishes and playing music for money in the streets. There is a part in the plot where I mention a Catholic ritual of burying a Statue of St. Joseph upside down. That is not totally made up. Catholics actually have been known to do this for certain reasons. That’s all I want to give away of the plot at this point. A friend of mine I grew up with named Seth Morgan who was going to marry Janis Joplin, lived in these lonely streets, and died about ten years ago after falling off a motorcycle down south. He lived here at the same time I did, but oddly I never saw him the whole time he was here. Very strange. You can Google Janis’s and Seth’s story. Seth wrote a book about these streets called: Home Boy.
Please remember I am also a poet, I have a poetry podcast at: http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com , and I have a poetry book out entitled: Spirits of Bondage and Inherent Transcendence. Charles Dickens produced his books serially to attempt to gain notoriety. Please hope for me that I succeed like he did. Enjoy.
Chapter 3: Little Bird Told Me: A Mystic Podcast Novel and Free Audio Book
Hello. This is the 3rd chapter of my San Francisco podcast novel and free audio book: Little Bird Told Me. The chapter is entitled: Looking for Accompaniment. In this chapter the main character there, a musician named John, was inspired partially from my experience of hearing beautiful old antiquated hymns in churches in the poor section of town in San Francisco, and also, the satirical part about his first therapist was my take on the inefficiency of psychological care in the world today. There are good therapists in the world today, as you will see towards the end of the chapter, but therapist number one is a classic block of ignorance. Please also visit my poetry podcast at: http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com , and buy my 1rst poetry book: Spirits of Bondage and Inherent Transcendence, or my second poetry book,”Mystic Babylon Revisited” I guess that’s about it. Peace and Haight.
Chapter 4: Little Bird Told Me: An Avant Garde Serial Podcast Novel
Hello. This is John Rhodes with the fourth chapter of my San Francisco podcast novel and free audio book, “Little Bird Told Me”, entitled: “Indian Ritual”. This chapter discusses a peyote ritual.
Let me tell you a little about my background. I lived in Guadalajara, in Mexico, in the sixties, and, in a little town near Guadalajara, there are many Huichol Indians who live there who have permits from the government to eat peyote because it is part of their religion. They are mainly known by the public for the invention of the colorful yarn cross that people call the “God’s Eye”. The Huichol Indians have no swear words in their language and are generally known to be pacifists at heart.
I don’t myself recommend the liberal use of peyote, and think that if society was allowed to use psychedelics, including marijuana, they should have to submit to regular psychoanalysis to prove that they wouldn’t become psychotic on the drugs, and also I feel they should only be distributed by strict prescription. I think the amount of people who eventually have psychotic experiences with these drugs is a lot higher than anyone had imagined. I don’t want my discussing psychedelics in this book to sound like a straight endorsement of their use, even though many people like Aldous Huxley have met the Godhead through their use. Remember; keep one foot in the world.
Please also visit my open mike poetry podcast at http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com , and please buy my books if you can. There are banners in, and on, all my sites so you can buy them. Remember, the ascetic taste vinegar, is good but not something that you can really live on, so please try to supplement my nourishment with your purchases of my works. I hope you cautiously enjoy this chapter. The image above is a picture of a God’s Eye.
Chapter 5: Little Bird Told Me: A Mystic Podcast Novel and Free Audio Book
Hello. This is John Rhodes with the 5th chapter of the free San Franciscan serial version of my podcast novel and free audio book: “Little Bird Told Me”. This chapter discusses rebirth in its psychological, spiritual, and physical sense, in relation to acceptance of our small demeanor in this world, as in: “The small becoming great”. The “Little Bird” in us all, can tell us of greater things, much like Little Bird, the Indian named Mike does with Steve and Maria. Also visit my Mystic Babylon Open Mike Poetry Podcast at http://mysticbabylon.podomatic.com , and buy my poetry books, “Spirits of Bondage and Inherent Transcendence”, and also: "Mystic Babylon Revisited". My books in text are available from www.authorhouse.com .
Chapter 6: Little Bird Told Me: A Mystic Serial Podcast Novel and Audio Book
Hello. This is the author, John Rhodes, and this is the sixth chapter of my San Francisco podcast novel and free audio book: “Little Bird Told Me”, entitled “Amateur Telescopes”. For a period in my life I used to build amateur telescopes and that is what inspired this chapter. The bit about the Hubble Space Telescope not being parabolized, and most amateur telescope makers knowing better than to not parabolize their mirrors is absolutely true. I made two telescopes, both of which I parabolized. This story is not biographical per se, but I used my life as a stage on which I launched my writings. I have talked to very few writers who didn’t use some plots or characters from their own lives in their writings. You’ll have to kill me to get the real truth out of me though.It is 23 chapters, so it will be a while before you get to the end on this podcast. If you don’t buy it, please pay for it by telling as many friends as you can about it. What ever you do, enjoy. If I know how to read my audio editing software right, it is about eight minutes. Peace.