This is part one of an interview James did with author, poet, playwright, kanjam enthusiast, and future lead singer of the Zombies (listen to find out how) Thomas H. Iak. In this episode we get to know Tom a little and talk about his short stories, Farewell Earthlings and Mother May I, and his play…Read more Brontosaurus for a Quarter
We take a special look at a couple traditional ballads and some literary ballads. Works for this episode:"John Henry" traditional ballad performed by Pete Seeger from his Smithsonian Folkways album American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 "Barbary Allen" traditional ballad performed by Jean Ritchie from her Smithsonian Folkways album Jean Ritchie: Ballads from Her Appalachian Family…Read more Apples in Bloom
By James Kibby 19th Century America is one of my favorite periods in American history to study because it was in this century that the U.S. established itself as a superpower and faced it's greatest challenge as a nation: civil war. It's crazy to think about how bloody this war was, how bitter the sentiments…Read more When the Morning Comes (A Civil War Ballad)
In this episode James discusses his approach to songwriting specifically for his album One Man Garage Band. Songs featured from the album are:"Old John Henry""Wake Up From Your Dreams (Open Your Eyes)""Back in the Light" To purchase a copy of James' album as well as learn more about his other projects go to: jrkibbymusic.bandcamp.com Also,…Read more One Man’s Garage…
By Elizabeth Mitchell Her eyes blinked open. Habitually she looked above her grounded nest of moss and grasses for any hawks. Although rarely a threat, the habit was deep within her. Her small flock and mate had already moved on. She gently moved her still healing wing. Perhaps a few more days, and she would…Read more His Eye is On the Sparrow
By Thomas H. Iak Unbeknownst to me, the ghosts of childhood follow as I stepped through the revolving door of the downtown high-rise. The Italian marbled three-story entry screamed opulence, and I asked myself if I belonged here. Yes. Yes, I do. I paused, took a gander at my reflection in the polished elevator door,…Read more Mother, May I?
The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.from The Giver by Lois Lowry Poems for this episode: "Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore" by William Shakespeare"The House on the Hill" by Edwin Arlington Robinson"Song: Memory, hither come"…Read more Back and Back and Back
By James Kibby In 2010 I wrote this for a Media Writing class and wanted to share it. Ten years have gone by and much of what I wrote still holds true. Enjoy!... It's one of the few things we're known for next to chicken wings, a depressing sports history, and Niagara Falls, but when…Read more Old Man Winter Returns Home to Buffalo