Session #1

When and where

The Tank, NYC - March 22nd and 23rd, 2007 @ 8pm

Who

Produced and directed by Wes Chow. Special thanks to Zoe Moore and the Tank, Giulia Rozzi, David Nadelberg, and Leah Ho.

Notes

whv1_poster_small.jpgThis session was recorded over two nights (March 22 & 23, 2007) at the Tank, a non-profit performing arts space in downtown Manhattan.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote about the “limit of a single sitting” -- where literary works should not overpass a natural length. Poe is as good as any to blame for all of my childhood problems and adult inadequacies, so I’ll point my finger at him now and say, “he made me cut material out of the podcast.” I limited the podcast to the length of a CD -- that is, 80 minutes -- and so some great material sadly didn’t make its way into the final recording. I apologize for this. But also, that’s a reason for you to see a live WHV show.

As far as writing credits go: Eliza wrote her short story in college. Brandy and Giulia selected diary entries from when they were teenagers. Marc, Cariad, and Oli performed their own material. The rest of it was written by myself, which I’ve placed in the Creative Commons with a ShareAlike 2.5 license. What this basically means is that you may take my work and perform it, re-publish it, hack it up, build on it, sell it even, so long as you make your changes available in the same sharing spirit. Mash-ups make me happy. The “Who’s At Starbucks” script, in fact, is a mash-up of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” routine and its historical parent, a turn of the century vaudeville routine called “the Baker Scene,” along with a dose of modern sensibilities/cursing thrown in.

I wish I could write for the show all day. But, as it stands, I’m not blessed with the multiple personalities required to do this, and so I enlist you, gentle listener, to submit your own work and collaborate with us to produce something with more staying power. Even if you write really bad poetry, we’ll find some way to make it work. Until the Internet dies, the best place to get information about submitting is the website: www.wehadvoices.com.

I can’t sign off without mentioning the two fantastic spaces that have molded this show into what it is.

I found the musicians at Rockwood Music Hall, a gem of a bar/music venue that charges zero cover and serves copious amounts of alcohol. It was there that I first thought of putting on a podcast variety show, and where I had my initial talks with musicians.

The other space, of course, is the Tank, who’s mission “is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas.” If this show was uncharted territory for us, then the Tank was that exotic land out there providing us safe landing and a new world.

My only hope is that we didn’t bring smallpox.

Wes Chow April 1, 2007

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