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Scott Ritcher’s credits include songwriting, publishing, and losing elections. Now the Kentucky-born American-Swede is producing a series of one-minute audio adventures.

Here's the Tower Scott Ritcher

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Scott Ritcher’s credits include songwriting, publishing, and losing elections. Now the Kentucky-born American-Swede is producing a series of one-minute audio adventures.

    November Leap

    November Leap

    Episode 85

    For today’s episode, I’d like to invite you to get your best headphones or speakers and turn it up.

    I have explored a few different musical experiments with you on Here’s the Tower.

    Whether it has been a piano piece that requires three hands to play, an unusual set of beats that somehow fit together nicely, an acoustic guitar adaptation of my favorite Rihanna song, or a singalong chorus that relentlessly doesn’t stop modulating up to higher keys, I have tried a few new things musically and I’ve asked you to come along… everybody.

    Today’s episode is a dive into musical notes and how they make me feel. I explored how the different notes I chose can weave in and out of each other to create different combinations, and how can different instruments and melodies can twist together and spread apart.

    I have always been a big fan of dissonance and the unease it can create or convey. I especially appreciate how liberating it can feel when that dissonance subsides into harmony or resolves into opening itself up.

    This musical experiment is nearly 10 minutes long. With more than 20 instrument tracks, it has more tracks than any episode I have done before. (There’s a more info about how I build episodes in this post on Patreon, available to folks who have stopped wasting their money on food and have instead become members of Tower Nation.)

    I began writing today’s music on my iPad in mid-October, outside on a balcony, when the weather occasionally allowed things like that to be done comfortably. This was just days after I returned to Sweden, after spending all of the rather unique year of 2020 – up to that point – in Louisville.

    I didn’t have the joy of working with actual cellists, violinists, drummers, et cetera, on this – like I did back in 2016 on my record Simple Orbits – so to complete this piece I moved the original phrases out of the iPad and then on to two Macs with input devices that were more capable of enabling me to do what I wanted to do.

    A lot of listening to revisions and note taking for this episode happened during walks to and from three different lakes near my apartment in Stockholm’s south suburbs. The accompanying photo above shows the crystal clear water and forest-lined shores of Flaten, one of these nearby lakes.

    The sounds I put together here capture the way I have been feeling since returning and being essentially isolated from society, as we all have been.

    I was not crazy about my south Stockholm apartment when I took off last year for America. I really didn’t expect that I would come back and live in it again. I expected to perhaps return to clean out my belongings, transport them to Louisville, build the next phase of my life around my bourbon business, and let the apartment go.

    But 2020 threw all manner of unexpectedness at all of us. I find myself now somewhat content in this apartment. It is quiet, close to nature, and fairly well suited for everything from recording to keeping one’s self away from other people and their aerosol transmissions of a certain virus.

    I have been lucky (and annoyingly diligent) enough to stay healthy and fed through it all so far, as has my family, and I hope you have had the same good fortune.

    Being isolated from physical contact with the world doesn’t have to be all bad. The isolation has given me time to invest in things like this.

    • 9 min
    Your Hands Are Everything

    Your Hands Are Everything

    Episode 84







    Your hands are everything and you need dexterity to live your best life. But arthritis pain can get in the way.







    Whether you’re a concert pianist or a senior who lives alone – or an exciting new character we’re welcoming to Tower Nation this week – Moticillin gives you back the flexibility you had years ago.







    Guest voices:Narrator: Dawn McLelland Concert pianist: Kim Wood Senior citizen: R. E. Harter 







    Music: “Hopeful Freedom” by Asher Fulero







    Associate producer: Betsy McClimans 

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    • 1 min
    Views on the News: How to Talk to Your Pets About Coronavirus

    Views on the News: How to Talk to Your Pets About Coronavirus

    Episode 83







    Coming up in the next hour, Gary’s guest is Dr. Ron Dean Silent who will answer your tough questions about how to prepare your pets for when you eventually leave the house again. But first, Randy is calling in with some straight talk about the coronavirus.







    Associate producer: Betsy McClimans

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    • 2 min
    Twenty Years Since Everybody Was On Earth

    Twenty Years Since Everybody Was On Earth

     

    Episode 82

    One of my favorite bookmarked websites is a very uncomplicated page called howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com.

    This site simply displays a number, usually between 3 and 6, that tells you how many people are in space at the moment and it provides links to the Wikipedia pages of those people.

    As I record this, right now there are three people in space.

    Since NASA’s Space Shuttle program ended in 2012, most of the people in space at any given moment have been living and working at the International Space Station. This research outpost hangs 250 miles above the surface of the Earth (that’s 400 km) and orbits the planet once every 93 minutes. That gives its occupants more than 15 sunrises and sunsets every day.

    Assembly of the Station began in space in 1998 and the first resident crew arrived in late 2000.

    Because the International Space Station has been continuously occupied for the two decades since then, that date twenty years ago – November 2, 2000 – is generally considered to be the last time that all living humans were on Earth.

    If you’d like to get technical about it, that first resident crew left Earth on October 31st, 2000, two days before they arrived at the Station. They were already in space on October 31st – so technically not “on Earth” – but most people who care about things like these start counting from their arrival on November 2nd. 

    Regardless of which particular day you’d like to mark as the beginning, sometime around this week is the twentieth anniversary of the last time that all the living humans were on Earth.

    In those past 20 years, 241 people from 19 countries have visited the Station. 129 of them have been more than once, including 44 who have been three or more times, and two people who have stayed there five times each. 

    There’s so much crazy shit going on in the world that it’s easy to forget that people are capable of incredible things together. It’s easy to take it for granted, but some of those bad ass m***********s pass over our heads 15 times a day. 

    Here’s a toast to this milestone anniversary: Twenty Years Since Everybody Was On Earth. 

    For more information about the International Space Station and life on Earth, visit your local library.

    Associate producer: Betsy McClimans

    Music: “Walking” by Scott Ritcher ➸ Get exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff and personalized rewards for just a few bucks when you become an Official Member of Tower Nation. Join today at patreon.com/tower.Become a PatronCategoriesHere's the Tower

    • 3 min
    What Will Life Be Like In the Future?

    What Will Life Be Like In the Future?

    Episode 81

    Today we’re talking with some wide-eyed children from the 1950s who have a lot of questions about life in the future. They want to know if there will be flying cars and home computers in the year 2000. Let’s find out.

    Guest voices: I would love to credit the kids who appear in this episode because their performances are fantastic, but for their protection, they should remain anonymous. In case there is any doubt, I should make it clear that they are voice actors who performed remotely, were recorded by their parents and worked from scripts that contained only their own lines. I went to great lengths to protect them from this hilarious nonsense.

    Music: “Gaiety in the Golden Age” by Aaron Kenny

    Associate producer: Betsy McClimans

    Source photo: Bell Telephone’s Picturephone on display at the 1964 World’s Fair ➸ Get exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff and personalized rewards for just a few bucks when you become an Official Member of Tower Nation. Join today at patreon.com/tower.Become a PatronCategoriesHere's the Tower

    • 3 min
    October Surprise: Tower Nation Update

    October Surprise: Tower Nation Update

    This is a quick reminder that you have less than two weeks left to submit your Fantasy Cabinet bracket.

    All entries must be received before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on November 2, 2020. That’s the day before the civil war… I mean, the day before Election Day. 

    If you want to have a chance to win that luxurious Here’s the Tower coffee mug – and otherwise have some sort of distraction to get you through the upcoming long, dark winter of of our discontent – head on over to kcomposite.com/cabinet to fill in your Fantasy Cabinet bracket.

    If you don’t know what that is, listen to Episode 80: Fantasy Cabinet.

    Some people have already entered but it’s only fun for you if you play.

    Thanks.

    …but wait! There are more updates!

    Since I started Here’s the Tower back in 2018, the episodes have been grouped into seasons. That means you’d hear a new one every Wednesday for, say 13 weeks in a row, and then there would be nothing new to hear for lots of weeks. 

    On balance, there has been a new episode on most of the Wednesdays since May 2018. But the results of a recent survey of my Patreon benefactors were clear: people don’t really care for the empty time between seasons. 

    I’m not really into that down time either. I’m usually working on new episodes and when one is finished, I typically don’t want I wait too long for people to hear it. 

    So as Ernest Tubb would say, there’s gonna be some changes made around here. Starting next Wednesday, October 28, 2020, new episodes of Here’s the Tower will appear in your podcast app on most Wednesdays year ’round. There will be no more long breaks between seasons. 

    And another big change is also coming next week.

    Earlier this year, I launched a Patreon program for Here’s the Tower. I have been – how do you say – psyched that people actually got on board and are supporting the show. Thanks. 

    One of the bonuses that patrons have enjoyed has been exclusive access to the full archive of more than 75 episodes, not just the latest 36 episodes that have been available free in all podcast apps

    But you are one of those patrons, you know that setting up the private podcast feed to access all those episodes is a huge pain in the ass, and it doesn’t even work at all for people who use Spotify to listen to their podcasts. (Thanks, Obama.) So I’m gonna change the rewards system a little bit as well.

    Starting October 28, 2020, the full episode archive will be free again for everybody! No more special feeds or passwords to set up.

    Now, I understand. If gaining access to the full episode archive was the reason you became a patron and now that it’s free you don’t want to renew your monthly Patreon pledge, that’s totally fine. You can simply cancel your patronage. No hard feelings. I want you to get what you want. I want everybody to be happy. I’m not doing this for the money anyway (although the money does help me make the show better).

    Of course, members will still get all the other benefits that come with their tier of patronage, including behind-the-scenes access, exclusive polls to decide stuff like which characters might make return appearances, personalized rewards like having your voice in an upcoming episode, your name used as the name of a character, producer credits, and great stuff like that.

    So there are still lots of great reasons to become an Official Member of Tower Nation at patreon.com/tower if you’re not on board yet.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

j woolard ,

I think I want to hear more tower, probably

This seems to be an unpopular opinion, but I wish they were longer?

_lishylou_ ,

A plus plus plus plus!

Keeping my review short and sweet just like this podcast. Pssssht ✋

Charles Dubs ,

This isn’t a podcast, this is art

I don’t listen to podcasts but I can tell that this isn’t a podcast. This is art or something.

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