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From The Booth – Shakespeare – Hidden Agendas

Today’s wisdom comes from The Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare who has all kinds of wisdom cleverly implanted in his many works of comedy, tragedy, history and poetry. The quote is “The devil can cite scripture of his purpose”.

It’s the classic wolf in sheep’s clothing scenario. Beware of hidden agendas and be aware of those who see the world through convenient filters in that they tend to justify behavior under the guise of belief systems.

We should be equally aware of these filters in ourselves. Sometimes, what we take on faith or mistake for fact can be a lack of intellectual honesty and authenticity.

The full quote from The Merchant of Venice as uttered by the character Antonio:

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

To be or not to be? Matter vs. antimatter

In Stanislaw Lem’s classic sci-fi/philosophy novel “Solaris”, scientists on a space station studying the titular planet receive “visitors”. The sub-atomic particles neutrinos are mentioned and theories are postulated (sorry so vague, no spoilers). It all invites many rabbit hole dives into the nature of the mind (the human one), perception and the matter/antimatter relationship. How can they co-exist? Technically, they can’t, but this video talks about the notion that matter gained an edge when this nutty ol’ universe was but a wee toddler. Check it out. And happy rabbit holing.

Stanislaw Lem on Wikipedia

Solaris on Good Reads

Solaris on Amazon

Old Petty Playlist for WRIR

An old playlist from show prep for an End Of The Century episode on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio.

These are songs the same year that new Tom Petty songs came out. Not all are included on the playlist.

This was not long after he passed.

End of the Century
10-07-17

1976
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)
-Hits: Breakdown, American Girl-

DAVID BOWIE – STATION TO STATION
Stay

EARTH WIND AND FIRE – SPIRIT
Getaway

FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – SHAKE SOME ACTION
I Can’t Hide

1978
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – YOU’RE GONNA GET IT
When The Time Comes
-Hits: Listen To Her Heart, I Need To Know

WIRE – CHAIRS MISSING
I Am The Fly

ACE FREHLEY – ACE FREHLEY
Snow Blind

KRAFTWERK – MAN MACHINE
Metropolis

1979
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – DAMN THE TOPEDOES
You Tell Me
-Hits: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, Even The Losers, Don’t Do Me Like That,

AC DC – HIGHWAY TO HELL
Walk All Over You

THE SPECIALS – THE SPECIALS
A Message To Rudy

JOE JACKSON – LOOK SHARP!
Got The Time

1981
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – HARD PROMISES
Something Big
-Hits: The Waiting, A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)
-Tom demanded that the label charge less than the label wanted to charge given his new A-list status after the success of Damn The Topedoes.

RICK JAMES – STREET SONGS
Ghetto Life

IRON MAIDEN – KILLERS
Wratchild

MISSION OF BURMA – SIGNALS, CALLS AND MARCHES
Academy Fight Song

1982
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – LONG AFTER DARK
The Same Old You
-Hits: You Got Lucky, Deliver Me, Change of Heart

ROXY MUSIC – AVALON
More Than This

X – UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN

Under The Big Black Sun

GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE – THE MESSAGE
The Message

1985
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – SOUTHERN ACCENTS
Spike
-Hits: Don’t Come Around Here No More

TOM WAITS – RAIN DOGS
Downtown Train

THE REPLACEMENTS – TIM
Hold My Life

ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE EGYPTIANS – Fegmania!
My Wife and My Dead Wife

1987
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – LET ME UP (I’VE HAD ENOUGH)
Let Me Up (Ive Had Enough)
-Hits: Jammin’ Me, Runaway Trains, Think About Me
-spent most of ’86 as Bob Dylan’s backing band – turned them back to towards more of a roots rock approach after the slick Southern Accents

JOHN HIATT – BRING THE FAMILY
Have A Little Faith In Me

PIXIES – COME ON PILGRIM
Caribou

ANTHRAX – AMONG THE LIVING
Among The Living

1989
TOM PETTY – FULL MOON FEVER
Feel A Whole Lot Better
-Hits: Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Love Is A Long Road, Yer So Bad, A Face In The Crowd
-produced by Jeff Lynne

BOB MOULD – WORKBOOK
Wishing Well

MINISTRY – A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO TASTE
Burning Inside

SICK OF IT ALL – BLOOD, SWEAT AND NO TEARS
My Life

1991
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN
All Or Nothin’
-Hits: Learning To Fly, Kings Highway, Into The Great Wide Open
-one of 8 songs co-written with Jeff Lynne

SLINT – SPIDERLAND
Breadcrumb Trail

THE ORB – ADVENTURES BEYOND THE UNDERWORLD
Earth (Gaia)

TEENAGE FANCLUB – BANDWAGONESQUE
What You Do To Me

1994
TOM PETTY – WILDFLOWERS
Hard On Me
-Hits: Wildflowers, You Don’t Know How It Feels, You Wreck Me, It’s Good To Be King, Honey Bee
-produced by Rick Rubin

PAVEMENT – CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN
Elevate Me Later

PORTISHEAD – DUMMY
Sour Times

R.L. BURNSIDE – TOO BAD JIM
Shake ‘Em On Down

SOUL COUGHING – RUBY VROOM
Blueeyed Devil

KEPONE – UGLY DANCE
Leadbreath

1996
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – SOUNDTRACK FROM “SHE’S THE ONE”
Walls (Circus)
-harmony vocals by Lindsey Buckingham

STEREOLAB – EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP
Metronomic Underground

NEUROSIS – THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD
Eye

STEVE EARLE – I FEEL ALRIGHT
Feel Alright

1999
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – ECHO
Swingin’
-Hit: You’re A Free Girl Now

SPARKLEHORSE – GOOD MORNING SPIDER
Pain Birds

THE APPLES IN STEREO – HER WALLPAPER REVERIE
Strawberryfire

AT THE DRIVE-IN – VAYA
Metronome Arthritis

XBox Game Trailer – Jay Smack VO

I love doing gaming vo – characters, trailers, Kickstarter campaigns, ALL of it. As a voice actor you get to stretch out and inhabit a fantastic domain. You’re very aware of the community, the creativity, the producers, designers, writers, composers, coders – it’s an amazing world and one of the most important and fastest-growing genres of voiceover.

Musical and visual tribute to science fiction writer and philosopher Stanislaw Lem – Jay Smack VO

Sometimes you get to play a small part in a big deal.
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Highest gratitude and respect to composer Norbert Palej, whose breathtaking composition “Return From The Stars” provides the emotional foundation for this production and informed the narration.
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About the piece: This beautiful tribute to science fiction writer and philosopher Stanislaw Lem is presented by the Polish Science Fiction Foundation in collaboration with Ars Activa. It features footage from the European Space Agency and an introduction from the International Space Station by astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
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Shout out my voice acting coach Nancy Wolfson. We’ve worked on vo for this exact type of production in which the goal is to serve the images and the music and remain (almost literally) invisible. I still find voice acting, every aspect, fascinating, and I try hard not to get in the way, but rather do justice to the vision of the writers and producers.

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