Radio Debut and XMALIA

Last Thursday was a cool day. I got an unexpected phone call from Sara Kendall, over at the WGXC Radio station. She asked me if I wanted to come in that evening and talk a bit about my forthcoming book and read something.  Of course I ran over. I got to talk with a red haired radio master from Vermont named Antoine. I was quite nervous at first but he made me feel calm and we had a fun chat and laughed a lot.  I read some unpublished work and also some published. A storm went through though–and we got knocked off the air for a bit. It’s still not archived–I think for that reason. Oh well–I might go back in sometime again this month.

Then I went to the performance XMALIA at Club Helsinki. XMALIA is a show featuring songs about extinct animals such as the Tasmanian Tiger, the Pyrenean Ibex the Xerces Butterfly, plus a Dodo-trapeze act. This entertaining tragedy is hosted by a lonely mortician, who summons the animals back to life for her Graveyard Cabaret.

It was very interesting for me to see, because the “lonely mortician” who created XMALIA is a neighbor of mine, an artist, named Ryder Cooley. This was the first time I got to see her talent. I was mesmerized.

She is also the strongest and most sinewy woman I know.

Ryder singing in a ghost town.

My father debuted on the hurdy-gurdy with the musician Yukari Roja and opened for the show:

That’s all for now! Thanks for tuning in.




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