Today you get to be a fly on the wall for a conversation I had with one of my artist peer-heroes: Chris Wesley.
It’s a pretty long conversation — over an hour — and we actually spoke last year, way back in September. The reason it’s taken me so long to publish it is that I originally planned to publish conversations, oh, maybe once a month, but I realized pretty quickly that if I’m going to do any editing, and put together any kind of comprehensive show notes, it is just way faster and easier to do a monologue!
I honestly thought that episodes with guests would be faster — after all, I don’t have to come up with content — the guest provides the content. Our conversation just becomes the content. Whereas with my monologues, I put a lot of time into writing out what I want to talk about.
But after recording, conversations are a lot more work.
In order to create show notes, I have to listen to the entire conversation again and take notes. And honestly, my perfectionist tendencies kinda go wild.
Yes, I’m a card-carrying imperfectionist, but what that really means is that I’m a recovering perfectionist. I am completely transparent about the fact that I am not fully recovered yet!
For my podcast, I had visions of editing my conversation recordings into really tight, streamlined, narrated, This American Life kind of productions.
And that is just crazy time-consuming. Like full-time job time-consuming.
So I have a lot of interviews, recorded conversations, that have just been sitting on my hard drive!
I finally realized the only way to get these recordings out onto the podcast would be to lower my expectations. (Either that or hire an editor, and I just don’t have the funds for that!)
So, I sent my perfectionist gremlins off to get a pedicure, and I decided to publish this conversation with Chris UN-EDITED.
You are truly getting to be a fly on the wall.
And if there are sections that are not interesting to you, you know, that is what the fast-forward button is for!
And if you don’t have time to listen to an hour and ten minutes right now, hey, that’s the beauty of podcasts: you can turn ‘em off and pick right back up where you left off later.
So, without further ado, I want to introduce my friend, Chris Wesley!
Chris Wesley is a real Renaissance guy. I met him at a music conference several years ago, where he read poetry instead of playing his songs. That really perked up my ears.
Turns out in addition to being a musician and a poet, he’s also a killer fiction writer, and a photographer and fine artist. In fact, I think there may be nothing that he doesn’t do!
We have had a number of conversations over the years about being an artist and combining art with the rest of life — making a living, having a relationship, all of that, so when I was planning on starting my podcast, (Which btw, will be exactly ONE YEAR AGO next week!)
So OVER a year ago now, I knew that Chris was someone I wanted to share with you.
So let’s do this. I hope you enjoy being a fly on the wall for my conversation with Chris Wesley — author, fine artist, explorer of the human condition.
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