I am fresh off of 5 hours’ sleep, thanks to a one-hour session at the WBEZ studio that turned into four hours, but it was time worth spending. Local storyteller and all-around good guy Ray Teresi is heading up a storytelling podcast and he invited me in to tell a couple true stories of my own.
In my usual overachieving flare, I wrote out my two stories and revised and revised and rehearsed and rehearsed and when the day finally came to record, Ray and I had so much fun just talking and shooting the breeze, telling off-the-cuff stories, that we didn’t get around to the actual stories I’d written until almost two hours after we started. Apparently, if you put any number of storytellers in a room, you should never expect to stay on any kind of schedule because there are just too many good stories to tell! I had a wonderful time.
Being an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kinda gal, the fact that we didn’t get into recording my stories until after my normal bedtime will either prove to be a brilliant move or a horrible mistake. I am much less inhibited once I start to get tired and punchy, so who knows how they’ll land on a listener’s ear :\
I recorded two stories: I re-wrote the story about Woodrow that I did for Story Club South Side's "Lists" show, and told a new one about my brief (Very brief. Like maybe a few days.) membership on my local Girls' Junior Olympic Volleyball Team when I was 13. That's right, all 4' 11" of me made it onto a JO team. Can you tell I'm still extremely proud of that?
We took a break and poked our heads into another studio where Keith Ecker and Erin Kahoa were working on their project PleasureTown. Earlier in the evening I also got to meet Tess (I didn’t catch her last name), who is a newcomer to the live lit scene and was there to record with Ray in the slot before mine. I look forward to hearing her stuff, Ray says she’s stellar! After all the recording was finished for the night, Colin (station engineer) stopped in to hang for a bit as well. He happened to be the engineer on-hand when John Szymanski and I performed on WBEZ's Morning Shift on Election Day 2012, so it was fun to see him again as well. They had us on as part of John's project: 44 Songs for 44 Presidents, and we performed one about Calvin Coolidge. (Here’s the studio recording of the song we did. I’d link to the Morning Shift podcast, but the song is waaaaay at the end and gets cut for time, so it isn’t very interesting. Still it was fun to perform live on the radio.)
Anyway, it was a truly great evening and I’m very excited to see how Ray’s podcast grows over time.