Thanksgiving happened. But my fridge is still feeling it. Actually my fridge is the inspiration for this episode. You know that feeling when you open the door and see your fridge packed with good food? We start there.
We have Canadian music royalty for you this episode. After a 15 year hiatus, The Rheostatics have a new album: Here Come the Wolves.
This episode is a live recording of Moon Merge at The Bentway in Toronto on September 14th - the night of the full Harvest Moon.
How to Disappear
The urge to disappear...to shut down the phone and walk away from being ‘social’.
Are you feeling it?
This episode is our second instalment of summer-isms. Because we all can’t get enough of summer. We also can’t get enough time off to enjoy it.
Ready to get sprayed down with joyous music? I sit down with Rich Aucoin.
This episode is built for a summer’s night.
I’m excited to share this episode with you - an interview and music by Donovan Woods.
What does it take to get you to ‘come to your senses’? A whole lot of nothing.
music – Ponderbeat 04
It’s here! The latest Ponderbeat is going to fill your summer of 2019 with a buffet of brand new music.
music – great lake swimmers
Music! Talk! Pondering! Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers and I got together to talk about things that are mostly wordless. Ha!
the great turning
This episode asks whether we are courageous enough to truly see, and feel...what’s happening around us.
Hear my conversation with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. We talk about creativity, flow and sweat. In that order.
From noise to silence
How to talk about what silence does for us in a sound-based medium?
We start with the opposite: noise! This episode moves from noise to silence and from past to present.
There’s a bit of everything on this Pondercast - live interview, recorded tracks and a bit of the performance in the round that Dan gave a group of super fans at the Tiny Record Shop in Toronto.
Remembering back to that agonizing time of trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life.
music – Ponderbeat 03
Explore new music in the third edition of our collaboration with Killbeat Music.
Listening Party – It’s all about the violin in this episode.
Everywhere we go we are asked to register our preference, to make a choice out of an embarrassing number of options available to us.
Listen to 8 things I’ve learned about sex.
lustrating in 2019
Optimum listening time for this Pondercast is Monday December 31, 2018 at 11:51 PM! Here we are again - wrapping up another year and sending it on its way to the history books. See ya 2018!
mothers and daughters
This Pondercast comes from a live performance at The Music Gallery in Toronto, and from the bottom of my heart. Writing about my complicated relationship with my mother was hard - and if you struggle with your mother - you understand why.
Be A tree
Something different this episode. I call this a Grounding. If this past week has left you feeling slightly unmoored - midterm elections come to mind - maybe this will be a good reset for you.
Ah...the smell of a new book. There’s thrill and excitement and anticipation in that intoxicating ink and paper smell.
darwin was wrong
…We Came From the Sea. Built for an east coast audience, Laurie fathoms the unfathomable with musician Joshua Van Tassel creating live sea/soundscapes.
music – Ponderbeat 02
Explore new music in the second edition of our collaboration with Killbeat Music.
Driving – Night Series pt.3
Let’s go for a drive.
I dunno where… let’s just take a drive.
SINGING – Interview
Laurie talks to Choir!Choir!Choir! about their weekly drop-in singing event – listen for a Aretha Franklin covers.
MUSIC – ALTERED STATES
In an emergency – break glass and listen to Altered States: the ultimate chill-out Pondercast.
CALL OF THE WILD – Interview
A conversation about the sounds of nature with 'Surviorman' Les Stroud.
Get angry! It seems to be the emotion of the moment.
(Listening Party) A walk on a dizzying, heart pounding cliff edge.
MUSIC – PONDERBEAT 01
We are pretty darn excited to announce our musical collaboration with Killbeat Music, one of Canada’s premier publicity/media companies.
I ponder my own death, yet again.
This episode was recorded from my bed at 3:00am
Night Series Pt.2 – Let’s head out into the night...
A new Pondercast for your dining and dancing pleasure.
Music – The olympic symphonium
Let’s dive into the beauty in the tension
Making music from the sounds of books
Is 2018 the year you will die?
The longest night of the year
Music - Andrew Judah
Listen to ‘Metanoia’ from Andrew Judah
Life without Gord Downie
music – Find the others
Let’s listen to ‘Empire of Time’ by Find the Others
Can’t Sleep – Hour of the WolF
Pt.1 in our series about the night.
Let’s listen to “Slow Volumes One”