What a perfect moment in time to be a novelist…

Almost two years into a global pandemic. Trump once again on the prowl. Supply chains everywhere reeling. Climate catastrophe squarely upon us. China posturing in the Taiwan Strait. North Korea threatening to blow everyone’s house down. Afghanistan in chaos (as usual). 

 

And otherwise apparently perfectly intelligent people taking ludicrous positions on what should be non-controversial matters of fact.

 

I could go on, but you get the drift — in fact, if you’re reading this in the autumn of 2021, you’re living it. 

 

If there’s an upside to all of this, it’s the fact that it’s precisely times like these when it totally rocks to be a novelist.

 

“You can’t make shit like this up?”

 

Oh, yes you can. And even better — and perhaps more importantly — writers can extrapolate. They can look around the corner, make educated guesses, take leaps of faith (or stumbles based on lack thereof). 

 

They can look back and give us a sense of how in the hell we got here. They can look ahead and predict how this whole mess is likely to pan out. Unfettered by the need to pay attention to logic, fact, or good taste. 

 

I know, I know — you’re thinking to yourself, “he’s just described half the people on the planet, right there.”

 

Ah, but the difference is  writers know they’re making shit up. They’re doing it on purpose — and for a reason. Plus, if we’re lucky, they’re able to string a few words together. Articulately. Movingly. Compellingly. Inspirationally, Hilariously. 

 

If ever there was a time when we need more of that — more good writing, writing that helps us pull our collective head out of our collective ass, writing that informs and inspires — this surely is it.

 

On balance, this is a helluva great time to be a novelist.

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, April 24, 2020

RADIO FREE KASLO host Randy Morse is joined by Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival Executive Director, Paul Hinrichs, to discuss the decision to cancel this year’s version of the renowned festival with its signature floating stage, and what the future may hold in store for the event. The podcast also features songs by some of the artists who had been scheduled to perform in Kaslo this summer. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, April 17, 2020

Host Randy Morse chats with husband-wife team, Carolyn Schmidt and Cian Dalton, owners of Vancouver’s The Stretch Space, who are poised to launch the 30-Day Mobility Challenge — an opportunity to enhance your useable mobility, shape better body awareness, build better breath patterns, come away with a toolbox of exercises, and move toward creating a body that can do more things — for life!

 

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, April 10, 2020

Under the rubric, “We’re All In This Together,” RADIO FREE KASLO host Randy Morse interviews Kaslo Food Security Coordinator, Patrick Steiner on today’s podcast. The Kaslo Food Cupboard is bursting with food, and is an amazing resource for anyone in the North Kootenay Lake region affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just give them a call, at (250) 353-7120, or email (erincarr@nklcss.org) to arrange a time to swing by and stock up on two weeks’-worth of nutritious food — and it’s absolutely free!

 

 

 

 

The Hobbit — an audiobook from us to you

This quaint reading of J.R.R. Tolkein’s THE HOBBIT was recorded in late March/early April, 2020, during the global coronavirus pandemic. It was performed by eight old friends in the tiny mountain village of Kaslo, British Columbia, in the hope it would bring pleasure and a bit of respite from the fear and isolation caused by the virus’ spread among listeners, young (most especially) and old alike.

Performers include:

Margaret Ann Winn
Susan Mulkey
Jill Holland
Steve Anderson
Lynn van Deursen
Paul van Deursen
Janet Mayfield
Randy Morse (who also produced the recording)

 

Be brave — and be well!

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, April 3, 2020

On today’s Kootenay Co-op Radio’s RADIO FREE KASLO podcast, host Randy Morse plays songs featuring Simon & Garfunkle, Bonnie Raitt, Canned Heat, Charles Aznavour & Edith Piaf, Alexandra Whittingham, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, and Emmy Lou Harris. A perfect listing lineup for a physically isolated Friday — or weekend, or any day of the week — especially for those of you out there on the front lines, risking your health for the sake of others. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, March 27, 2020

Host Randy Morse features tunes from the Playing for Change project, bringing together amazing musicians — some, are familiar names, like Robbie Robertson, Taj Mahal, and Ringo Starr — but most you’ll never have heard of, fantastic players and singers from, literally, every corner of the earth. Perfect for listening while hunkered down in splendid isolation!

 

 

 

 

Radio Free Kaslo, March 20, 2020

On today’s RADIO FREE KASLO podcast, host Randy Morse talks about what’s happening right now re. COVID-19 in Canada generally, and the tiny BC village of Kaslo specifically. Underscoring that we’re ALL in this together, he also gives a shout out to family & friends around the world — and plays a few lovely tunes!