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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory: Conclusion (Monti GrandSLAM Story Video)

April 8th, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally finished my multi-part story of high school band geekdom that began as an audio podcast (Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 1) that never got finished because I started intensive chemo for my cancer.

Last night I got to finally put an ending on this story, and in front of a live audience! As one of eight winners of StorySLAM storytelling evenings put on by The Monti, a NC Triangle-local organization, I competed last night in the 2011 Monti GrandSLAM. Though wasn’t crowned GrandSLAMPion in the end, I had a great time delivering this story to a sold out crowd of 350 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. Enjoy…and “go for legend!”

Listen to the audio version of this story from the beginning

BONUS! Here is a photo from my high school year book of the stage band in this story. That’s me, second from right, standing holding my bone. Trombone, that is. Unfortunately, Alan Helm (not his real name), the “hero” of my story, is not in this photo.

Podcast #6: Geeks, Nerds and Cockroaches

August 10th, 2010

League of Inveterate Poets PodcastA brief hiatus from our story of high school band guts and glory, in which our hero sacrifices himself for science to become the Jane Goodall of the geek/nerd kingdom, if only for four days. Listen to the podcast using the link at the bottom of this post.

To find past episodes of this podcast, click the Podcast tab at the top of this page.

Listen to the podcast using the player below, or use the link provided to download it to your computer.

From My Photos from Lego Brick Fair DC

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Theme music: “This Year” by The Mountain Goats

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Podcast #5: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 3

July 18th, 2010

League of Inveterate Poets PodcastIn Part 3 of this story, we follow our hero back into the murky recesses of the school band farm team system, where his fate is about to be decided without his knowledge, as is the wont of fates.

Listen to Part 1 of this story | Listen to Part 2 of this story

Listen to the podcast using the player below, or use the link provided to download it to your computer.

Subscribe to The League of Inveterate Poets Podcast on iTunes by clicking here. If you like what you’re hearing, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Thanks! (It may be 24 hours or more after this post was published before this episode shows up in iTunes.)

Theme music: “This Year” by The Mountain Goats
Other music: “Hora Nuca” by Gipsyork (source site). Licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

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Podcast #4: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 2

July 13th, 2010

League of Inveterate Poets PodcastIn Part 2 of this story, our hero finds marching band as a secure, if only seasonal, safe haven in the social storms of high school. His contentment only lasts until he hears of a further Promised Land just over the horizon. It’s a story of how a marching band geek became a rock star, if only for one brief but happy moment.

Listen to Part 1 of this story | Listen to Part 3 of this story

Listen to the podcast using the player below, or use the link provided to download it to your computer.

Subscribe to The League of Inveterate Poets Podcast on iTunes by clicking here. If you like what you’re hearing, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Thanks! (It may be 24 hours or more after this post was published before this episode shows up in iTunes.)

Theme music: “This Year” by The Mountain Goats
Other music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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