Story Salon Podcast The Official Podcast of Story Salon, Southern California's Longest Running, Regularly Performing Live Storytelling Ensemble.
"Off the top of my head"
"Off the top of my head" Tony Figueora hosting The performers...Dan Farren ( 90 second story)Donna Allen FigueoraCarrie SpechtDan TirmanBeverly Mickins (singing Blue Blue Blue - John Fogherty)Featured guest storyteller Rueben PadillaAnd John O'kennedy as musical director. Image by Dan Farren 43:45 / 40.2 MB / Rated: PG-13
"Planes, Trains & Automobiles"
Stories of travel featuring Tony Figueroa. "Home On The Range" performed by Beverly Mickins with an arrangement and guitar by John O'Kennedy... "Tony's Journal" shot by Dan Farren with his iPhone. 44:58 / 41.3 MB / Rated PG-13 (Some Adult Content)
Rules of Engagement
Stories by Dan Tirman, Shelby Lee Jenkins, Kate McHugh, Dylan Brody and featured storyteller Geoffrey Tozer (also on bongos). 37:37 / 34.6 MB / Rated PG-13
"May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot..."
"May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot..." 90 Second Story by David Yontz Storytellers: Ruben Padilla, Lila Silvern, Winn Goulden, Katitdid Langrock Featured Storyteller is Your Host Dan Farren... Beverly Mickins & John O'Kennedy perform "Things we said today" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney... "Brownie M&M" shot by Lance Anderson... 43:54 / 40.4 MB / Rated PG-13 (Some Adult Themes)
Tales of "Dramatic Changes" as told by Kurt Brown, David Kaufman, Donna Allen Figueroa and featuring Lance Anderson... "Everybody Got to Change Sometime" by Sleepy John Estes performed by Beverly Mickins and John O'Kennedy... "Kurt and John" shot by Lance Anderson... 48:51 / 45.9 MB / Rated: R (Some Adult Themes and Language) "Thanks for the download"
Thoughts and reflections on fall, baseball and life itself. Stories by Dan Farren, Ruben Padilla, Kate McHugh, Lance Anderson and our featured performer Lisa K. Wyatt. "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley performed by Beverly Mickins and John O'Kennedy... "Lisa and John" shot by Lance Anderson... 40:41 / 37.5 MB / Rated: R (Some Adult Themes and Language) "Thanks for the download"
Uneven stories in need of better editing.
The stories range from very moving to very boring. They are all in need of better editing to tighten up their pace and tension. I find myself thinking, "hurry up and stop meandering over irrelevent details" as I'm listening. The hosts are very annoying because they ramble and then introduce each storyteller with hyperboles-- this one is "the best storyteller in the world," and every single storyteller is either "amazing" or "wonderful." Unfortunately the hyperbolic introductions set up the listener for disappoinment since most of the storytellers are only adequate. I realize that Story Salon wants to be nurturing, but when does being nurture equal filling everyone with hyperbole?
I'm a big fan of The Moth, based in New York City, and now I understand why NYC is the literary capital of the U.S.: the Moth storytellers tell tight, well-edited stories. I say this sadly as a Los Angeles native.
There's not enought time in this short life to listen to these meandering, verbose stories.
Personal stories told in an intimate setting, shared with the world. Highly recommended.