By Ken Boone
It's an overcast day here in Huntersville, NC but my mood couldn't be sunnier. I woke up the fact that I have another podcast out there on the internet! And this one is special, because it was set out to be of benefit to others!
It's not that the first podcast I hosted, "From Grievance to Gratitude" didn't end up being a self-serving vehicle for endless venting. No... it started out that way. It wasn't that I wanted the world to know what pissed me off, because I didn't expect anyone to listen to the show. Or read this blog for that matter.
Things were progressing nicely. What started as a 75% grievance vs. 25% gratitude split to one where I had to dig deep to find anything to gripe about. In others words, I had a theme show that was running out of things to talk about!
A benefit of doing 35 episodes of a show with a small following is that I can work out all of the kinks in relative anonymity. That means I got very comfortable talking into a microphone, and was able to tolerate the sound of my voice.
When they announced the Covid-19 pandemic, I knew that I was going to have to do something to help my fellow man cope with this new normal. It made perfect sense that I could use the skills I developed in podcasting to give voice to freelancers who have suddenly found their livelihoods threatened.
I quickly recorded three episodes with plan to release one every two weeks until things were back to some semblance of order. I was overjoyed when just about everyone I reached out to was ready, willing, and able to share their stories of survival.
During the recording of the interviews, I noticed a couple of themes emerging. One was that these are a resourceful group of people. They've already started deploying their own Plan Bs, so none of them are starving. They also weren't willing to complain about their misfortunes. They were too busy counting their blessings to gripe. That's a lesson I'm glad that I've learned, at long last.
Well, the first episode, featuring my brother, musician and educator, Mike Boone was released to the world this Friday. He generously shared his story with our audience. So far, the reaction has been positive. Again, nothing for me to gripe about.
In two weeks, I'll be releasing and episode featuring my wife, Celia, interviewing our dear friend, videographer and musician George Don Denis of Thredd Media. That was another compelling discussion and I can't wait for my listeners to hear it. I'm sure it too will be well-received. If not, I still won't gripe about it.
Celia and I are in another one of life's transition periods. Things are uncertain, but Celia is an excellent planner, and I'm a pretty good dreamer. The combination will facilitate a smooth move from where we are now to where we're going to be three months from now. If things don't occur exactly as planned, that's cool. That's because gratitude lives here ~ and there's no place for self-centered griping. You see, I cancelled that show last month!
But wait... there's more!
About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.