Podcast: Things To Listen To


Things To Listen To logo: Not to be taken orally

Things To Listen To: Not to be taken orally

I said a while ago that I’d make a podcast of the various songs and poems I’ve recorded. Well, I finally got around to working around the bugs of the podcast hosting system I planned to use, and I now have a working podcast. It’s called Things To Listen To, with each word beginning with a capital letter, because it  looked funny with one ‘To’ and one ‘to’, and it didn’t seem right to make half a phrasal verb lowercase. As the name implies, Things To Listen To is an audio-only podcast. I might create a separate video podcast later, but I will not add video to this podcast.

For now Things To Listen To has the three recordings I made during the Writing Cards and Letters project: Pretender, You’ve Gotta Be Happy, and Fork and Tongs. Let’s pretend the recording of me singing My Favourite Strings never existed, shall we? Perhaps I’ll add Code Monkey Like though.

The Writing Cards and Letters project, by the way, is what used to be known as Thing A Week. I will soon change this blog title to something more general.

The podcast will also turn into something more general. Here are some things it is likely to contain:

  • Robot choir recordings of the poems from Writing Cards and Letters which have tunes.
  • Robot choir covers and remixes of other people’s songs, most likely Jonathan Coulton‘s because the licensing and availability of source tracks makes it easier.
  • More recordings of me reading my poems and prose.
  • Any recordings I manage to obtain of actual singers or voice actors performing my work. Feel free to volunteer.
  • Things not covered by this list.

You can subscribe to the podcast here. If you find any technical problems with it, or even just details which could be improved, let me know. Although I’ve listened to tens of thousands of podcasts, this is the first one I’ve made, and I’m sure to have done something wrong.


  1. #1 by Grace on June 16, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Tens of thousands! My goodness. So that’s where all your time has gone.
    I have never listened to a podcast and I still wonder where it goes!


  2. #2 by Angela Brett on June 16, 2009 - 12:46 am

    It doesn’t take any extra time at all! I listen to them whenever my eyes and body are occupied (so I can’t read) but my ears and attention are not. Waiting for buses, standing on buses (I have noise-isolating earphones so I don’t have to turn it up to ear-damaging levels to drown out background noise) walking (even from the bus stop to my home or office), doing housework (not that I do much of that) add up to at least half an hour a day, usually more. Most of my daily exposure to French comes from podcasts, mainly from Swiss radio stations; I could barely understand them when I started, and now I understand everything. I also learn a lot about all sorts of things, and hear a lot of comedy.

    Video, on the other hand, I don’t know where I’d find the time for… that requires eyes, posture and computer as well; time when I could be reading, writing, coding, recording things to listen to, who knows?


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