Oh, would that wine tasting were more like a game! BUT WAIT: in the newest episode of Not About Wine -- available today -- we unveil a more game like format.
If you've listened to the show before, you'll recognize most of the good stuff hopefully -- funny stories! sounds of wine being poured! -- and a tightening up of structure. At least that's what I am attempting to do.
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Previous episodes of the show have had one over-arching theme -- Memories from Middle School say, or Jobs You've Had. I found that a lot of my guests struggled to use that theme for the whole tasting. So in this episode I'm modifying the tasting a little. Rather than one theme, each aspect of the tasting -- Color, Nose, Taste, Body, Finish -- has its own small topic chosen randomly from a hat.
It goes without saying, but this show is an experiment. And in a lot of ways, each show is a failed experiment. I have a hypothesis - there is an interesting show in doing a wine tasting/conversation this way - and I have my lab results - I'm not 100% thrilled with each show.
Sometimes my hosting is way too pushy and I laugh too much at my own jokes and I breath weird. Sometimes the recording is too echoey and I have to spend way too much time adding compression and gain and other audio terms which I have learned recently to deal with my echoey recordings. And always always: the recording is too long and requires too much editing. Which means it takes a lot of time to get out.
OH AND: the less said about my singing interludes: probably the better.
And so I keep experimenting. I honestly and painfully hope that these experiments aren't wearing out their welcome and that the show is getting better. I have two shows coming out soon that I am very excited about. I am bringing bottles of wine to some comedy heroes of mine: first, Rob Baedeker from Kasper Hauser; and Scott Simpson from You Look Nice Today. If you don't know either of those names - GET ON THE GOOGLE. I am punching above my weight.
You can listen to episode 8 of Not About Wine streaming here; and you can also subscribe in iTunes