By: Ken Boone
Before I recorded our first podcast episode, I watched plenty of YouTube videos, read a lot of blogs, and did spent hours online shopping for that next piece of gear that I thought I needed. I even had a name for the first show, “Songs from the Journey”. That was also the name of the CD I produced for Celia in 2010. It’s a rather incredible title, if I say so myself.
It was the summer of 2018, and Celia and I agreed that a podcast was a good way to communicate with our audiences. It was a medium we could use for Celia as a substitute for her seminars on healing from depression and abuse. It was also a means to get our music out there, in the form of a soundtrack for the show.
This idea was greeted enthusiastically by family and trusted friends. It was considered a no-brainer sine we’d been musicians for decades. How hard would it be to talk about our experiences and getting fellow musicians to talk about their challenges and the songs that got them through.
Our friend Beth agreed to record a demo episode, enlisting the help of a friend of hers to banter into microphones for an hour one Saturday afternoon. She was even kind enough to make her world-famous enchiladas for a post-session meal. The stage was set for success! Of all the best laid plans…
Decades ago, I had a reputation of being someone who didn’t finish what he started. “Stick-to-itiveness” was something my mother always said I lacked. After years of trying to defend my decisions to abandon a plan in favor of another, I just threw up my hands and accepted that I was wishy-washy.
We weren’t just jumping on the podcast bandwagon; we were all in! And we had a name – “Songs from the Journey”, and it was going to be hosted by Celia and me. We also planned to release the first episode for the end of October 2018. This was going to be the first of several shows the Descant Music & Media Group was going to create, produce, and release in the coming months.
A free website was created. A paid site to host podcast the podcasts was purchased. Artwork was created. Content was posted on the website, podcast host, Facebook, and Twitter. On all platforms, “Songs from the Journey” was the first show that was announced to drop first. But somehow, I couldn’t fully get my head around the show. Particularly, where do we start?
Celia would always say “… if God has work for you to do, the walls will come down with a gentle push”. When it came to the “Songs” show, I felt like I was beating my head against a wall. It shouldn’t be that hard. Maybe I should watch more videos, read more blogs, or even sign up for an online course. That’s so not me, especially paying for lessons from someone who doesn’t know the difference between a pop filter or a windscreen. Sorry, that was so inside.
Meanwhile, I listened to the playback of Beth’s demo and made the decision to create a show for her. We named it “Let’s Have a Conversation” and launched it October 29, 2018, pushing back the release date of “Songs.” So when will our journey begin?
With the success of Beth’s show, more demands were placed on our time to meet production deadlines. Beth’s schedule was full, and it was getting harder to find the time to record episode segments. Fortunately, Celia was ready, willing, and able to bail me out with voice overs, interviews, and anything else I needed to make the show work!
With a couple of weeks to go before the launch of “Songs,” I realized that Celia is very good behind the microphone! Bright idea – let’s create a new show and call it “ISO Peace & Healing w/Celia Boone”. I’m grateful that she agreed to do the show, because it is by far our most successful podcast. The first episode dropped November 30, 2018, pushing “Songs” back again. So, when will the damn journey begin? Notice a pattern here?
Every time I think, or say, or do something bizarre, Celia asks me “what’s the fear?” What are you talking about? I’ll tell you what she’s talking about. I’m putting everything ahead of my desire to express myself, on a podcast, for posterity. Instead, I started this blog in February 2019. It’s been well-received, but it wasn’t the “Songs” podcast. In April, we launched another show, “Can I Say Something w/Angel.”
Was I afraid of failure? No, because I’m a performance risk taker. I was afraid that my efforts would be met with indifference. Even with Celia serving as co-host and doing most of the heavy lifting. I admit that I really hate being ignored.
Last week, I bit the bullet and released my own podcast “From Grievance to Gratitude”, same as this blog. It will be published weekly, and the episodes will run between 15-20 minutes. Why so short? I’ll go back to another saying that Celia uses: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Sounds disgusting but makes sense.
So, when will “Songs from the Journey w/ Celia and Ken Boone” be recorded and released? When it’s ready. It won’t be us pushing a boulder up a hill, or us banging our heads against that wall. We don’t know if we must march around it for six days, or if we must give it a gentle push. We do know that once we get started, “Songs” will happen, and the journey will be successful!
Celia and I have expended a lot of energy promoting the gifts of others to the detriment of our promoting own talents, even though people have been telling us for decades that our talents are considerable. We will always be supportive of others, but now when doors open for us, we will be gliding on through, just like we are meant to!
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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.