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Options July 17, 2019: It Can Be Simple (witnessing) (Show #662) | Download MP3

New! Everything easier, long drones, a story monologue, collage play near end.

With: Pythagoron, Brian Eno, Seconds, True Romance, Stars of the Lid, Leyland Kirby, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ken.

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Pythagoron™  Untitled (1)   Options Pythagoron  1977    0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pythagoron™  Untitled (2)   Options Pythagoron  1977    0:20:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  So simple today   Options   2019    0:40:33 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014    0:41:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Young lovers monologue   Options   2019  Everywhere I go, people are talking. They're just talking. I'm not sure if they're talking about anything.

Last night, they talked and talked, up into an almost frenzied anxiety. And suddenly, there wasn't any talking. Suddenly, it was very sudden, no talking at all.

I thought maybe I heard...liquidy sounds...touching, sticking, rubbing...sounds of contact... It cast the talking in a new light. Maybe they didn't want to be talking at all.

I wondered what that transitional moment looked like. Who began it? And had that been the plan all along? Or was it just a plan for one of them? Maybe one of them really wanted to talk. The other one just wanted to feel. So they implicitly agreed to do both, take turns.

They closed the door. Not for very long. It wasn't much longer. And then she showed him to the door, and said goodnight. I didn't notice that he said anything. It didn't seem like they talked about it. I'm not sure how they felt. Satisfied, tired, desirous, in a trance, finished, infinite.

They've been here for about 20 years. Maybe they'll be here for another 60 more. I wonder what else they'll find to talk about. And what ways they'll find to move together. And who else they'll find out that they are. And how often will they feel complete, how often will they be striving, how often will they feel infinite. Maybe everything they know will be gone. And they'll be learning anew. They'll be adapting. And they'll be regressing. They'll be playing games, designed to keep them comfortable, and to relive their childhood, to relive their twentyhood. Maybe they'll always remember this night. Maybe he'll remember everything that was said. Maybe she'll remember everything that was felt. Or maybe only you'll remember.

I'm waiting up for you. I'm sitting around the corners. I'm off in the edges. I'm just waiting quietly. And I'm witnessing with curiosity, with kindness. I'm also trying to figure it all out. Maybe I'll be here for 60 more years. And maybe I'll remember this, and what was said, and what was felt.

Thank you for witnessing.
 
0:41:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Identification (waiting right around the edge)   Options   2019  I'll keep going until I'm done.  0:49:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014    0:51:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Find the way to make everything easier. It can be simple. You can decide.   Options   2019  Just a few things, just a few people, just what's right around you right now.  1:00:29 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Identification   Options   2019    1:01:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014    1:05:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Carly Rae Jepsen  Call Me Maybe (pitch and speed shifted)   Options     Layered with Brian Eno  1:32:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014    1:40:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Constrasts to simplicity. Up all night waiting in the shadows   Options   2019  I said good morning as she came from her morning run with her dog. The sun was behind her, rising. She glistened. She'd been running in the morning heat with her dog, as I headed off towards bed, up all night waiting in the shadows.  1:40:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  What else is left to do?   Options   2019  The alarm goes off. All the time's up. And then it goes quiet again. What else could I do? What else is left to do? There's nothing. Just nothing. There's nothing left.  1:42:26 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Will Geer, Rock Hudson (actors), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), David Ely (novel), John Frankenheimer (director)  I sure hoped you'd made it, find your dream come true   Options Seconds  1966  (Maybe I never had a dream.) Life is built on wishes, and you've gotta keep plugging away at them. You can't give up, and you can't let the mistakes jeopardize the dream.  1:45:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stars of the Lid  Another Ballad for Heavy Lids   Options       1:49:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  This is the Story of Paradise Lost   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars  2011  (Possibly No Longer Distance)  1:49:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Murray Hamilton (written by Lewis John Carlino, David Ely)  I had to find out where I went wrong (it's going to be different from now on)   Options Seconds  1966    1:50:37 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  No Longer Distance Than Death   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars  2011  (Possibly This is the Story)  1:51:50 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  It's almost too late to start   Options   2019    1:53:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Patricia Arquette (actor), Quentin Tarantino (writer), Hans Zimmer (music), Tony Scott (director)  Sometimes it goes the other way, too   Options True Romance  1993  Amid the chaos of that day  1:53:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  That's it; as disjoint as reality   Options   2019    1:55:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  No Longer Distance Than Death   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars    (Possibly This is the Story)  1:56:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
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Listener comments!

Avatar Tue. 7/16/19 11:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Listen now, check in below, or come back for the live playlist party, today 5-7pm ET.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 7:50am Rand al'Thor:

Checking in now since I will probably forget to check in this evening.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 4:54pm chresti:

Hello!
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Well come
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Well come™
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:08pm fred:

Hello Ken and all, it's been a while
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:12pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm singing along with this catchy drone.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Repetitive hooks before coining of "earworm"
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hiya, Henry, fred, chresti, and forgetting Rand.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 5:16pm Linda Lee:

just what i needed, frankly! hello.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

What we need
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:21pm Rich in Washington:

Get your Pythagor on!
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I should've named this episode Untitled (0)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:22pm Webhamster Henry:

Untitled (null pointer exception)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:23pm listener james from westwood:

Been in since the start but was snowed under with work; hello, Ken and all!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:26pm chresti:

I hope this tone drives away mosquitos.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Tone loc
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi, Linda, Rich, and james!
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Warning: Something else will happen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 5:43pm Webhamster Henry:

I wonder if Pythagoron was using David Rayna's oscillators.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 5:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh you mean Pythagoron™?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:00pm Michael 98145:

ah
ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:02pm Rand al'Thor:

I remembered to check in. Hello all.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

mi
chael
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Enosophication !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:13pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Kenzo & last ever people
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Never Remember, Revo+coela.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Too many notes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:25pm Ike:

Nothing lasts, nothing's first. Who's on nothing?
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

There I go, back on third again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:35pm Michael 98145:

- maybe -
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Reference to my Feb. 11, 2001 show on the Lower East Side, at the C.O.M.A. Winter 2001 Benefit for ABC No-Rio, where I played Britney Spears really really slowly for the high-browed experimental audience, very gradually bringing it up into disappointingly recognizable range.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:37pm Linda Lee:

fabulous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hah.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

You know Eno's down...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Call me Eno.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

A little PaulStretch on Carly might have been appropriate.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:42pm Rand al'Thor:

Eno call me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

me a clone
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I think I'm a clone now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:46pm Ike:

Are we firing anybody else today? Let's all fire away. Pow pow pow!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:47pm chresti:

haha Ike@6:25
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Gosh so obviously an inspiration for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Life is built on wishes, and you've gotta keep plugging away at them. You can't give up, and you can't let the mistakes jeopardize the dream.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:48pm Rich in Washington:

I finally just saw this film for the first time last month.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

"So you won't fall off" line also appears in Return to Oz gurney scene.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich, did you survive it?
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:49pm Rich in Washington:

It occurred to me that they should've ended Mad Men the same way.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

As mentioned before, this monologue suspiciously similar to one in THX 1138 5 years later.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:52pm Rich in Washington:

Walter Murch directed Return to Oz.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Walter Murch, takin' all the ideas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:53pm Michael 98145:

ciao, all
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:56pm chresti:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Heeeeeey where ya goin. There's nothing
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks thanks love and care and experiments
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 6:56pm Rand al'Thor:

Thank you for the show, Kenzo!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:56pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Kenzo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 6:59pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Kenzo - nice to have a listen to the legendary Pythagoron™! and now I have to see SECONDS.
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 7:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Beware, harrowing. The Requiem for a Dream of its time
Avatar Wed. 7/17/19 7:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(while also having a lot of slow parts)
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 7/17/19 7:00pm Rich in Washington:

It's quite good, Webhamster Henry. You won't be sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 7:01pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 7:02pm coelacanth∅:

(zo)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/17/19 7:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

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