My dreams have come true.
Long espousing hatred of standard radio (with the exception of KEXP and NPR, of course) and a lover of thought-provoking audio, I maintain that the podcast has stripped the boredom out of the most tedious of road trips. Gone are the days of searching the dial and here are the days of podcast overload: how will we find the time to listen to them all? First world problems at their worst.
One show that should be at the top of everyone’s list is The Moth. I discovered The Moth when I was teaching in NH a little over 5 years ago and have been a devotee since. Centered on story telling that is “live, on stage, without notes”, The Moth brings the most incredible stories from the most skilled story tellers that live among us.
Rooted firmly in the big cities of New York and LA, the show does periodical traveling tours to other parts of the country, but I had long waited for a permanent foothold in Seattle. Lo and behold, they’ve been here since October!
I had the opportunity to take in my first Moth Story Slam this evening at The Fremont Abbey, and it was every bit as good as the edited show. The stories were raw, sometimes unpolished, and the crowd was loving and supportive. Seats fill up fast, and many of us (note…us, not people) were forced to stand. But I have no complaints–they’re finally here, and I couldn’t be happier.
Moth Story Slams take place at The Fremont Abbey the first Thursday of every month at 8pm (doors at 7), with tickets on sale the week before on www.themoth.org.