What’s new at 6630? Part X of N

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? 6630 Productions has new podcasts, new visual art, and we’re trying to get new attitudes. Here are some of our latest projects.

Marooned Tunes

Vince Friel was checking out the garage sale section of REI. While trying on a pair of those nifty hiking slacks with zippers on the legs in the fitting room, he accidentally fell through a dimensional gateway. He woke up on a deserted island, somewhere in the South Pacific (maybe). Fortunately, not only does the island have a full podcast recording studio, an extensive library of vinyl record albums, and an unpredictable wi-fi connection, it also has his friends, Jennifer Carbin, Ruth Dubb, and Ian Williams. As we all know, when you’re stuck on a deserted tropical island with recording equipment and a lot of time on your hands, there’s only one thing to do. You make a podcast.

The first two episodes are available now, you can find them on Spotify and other podcast listening apps, or you can listen here:

BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS SMILE Marooned Tunes

It’s the 2000’s, and Brian Wilson is having a bit of a renaissance. With so much attention to Pet Sounds and the lives shows surrounding them, he decided to revisit the nadir of his career.  In 1966 “Smile” was to be to The Beach Boys what “Sgt. Pepper “was to the Beatles, an artistic statement and triumph, but it never happened. Due to drug use, mental collapse, and pushback from the record company and certain band members, Brian went into a tailspin that he could never pull out of.  In 2004 Brian Wilson, with the help of Van Dyke Parks and members of The Wondermints Wilson returned to Smile and completed it. Was it worth the wait? Listen and hear what we think.   The Writer: Lindsay Harris-Friel The Classical Musician: Ruth Dubb The Rock Guitarist: Vincent Friel The Pun Addict: Ian Williams And special guest star Symone the Wonderpup. Concept created by Vincent Friel and Brendan Carr.  Sound design, title music, and engineering by Vincent Friel. For more information, visit our website at https://6630productions.com/marooned-tunes Don't forget to use our Libsyn code M-A-R-O-O-N-E-D to get up to two months of free podcasting services, excellent audio, and unlimited bandwidth.https://libsyn.com/   If you enjoyed this show, write a review so we'll know what you think, and others will, too: RateThisPodcast.com/maroonedtunes. Copyright 2021-2022 6630 Productions https://signup.libsyn.com/?promo_code=MAROONED
  1. BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS SMILE
  2. KASENETZ-KATZ SINGING ORCHESTRAL CIRCUS & THE TURTLES PRESENT THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS
  3. Donald Fagen / The Nightfly
  4. XTC / SKYLARKING
  5. THE WHO – SELL OUT

I really hope he gets home soon.

Ted’s Art: Horror Business, Seasons of Gratitude, and more

Ted’s been a very busy bee this fall. His painting, “Jekyll and Hyde,” was part of the Horror Business show at Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Ted Harris and his painting, "Jekyll & Hyde," in the juried exhibition Horror Business at Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA.
Ted Harris and his painting, “Jekyll & Hyde,” in the juried exhibition Horror Business at Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA.

He donated some paintings to the silent auction for Merakey’s 18th annual “Leading The Way” awards gala. The theme was Seasons of Gratitude.

Ted and one of the paintings he donated for Merakey's 18th annual gala and silent auction.
Ted and one of the paintings he donated for Merakey’s 18th annual gala and silent auction.

Right now, he’s working on some paintings for a private commission. You can still buy his art on t-shirts, mugs, and more at our Teepublic store.

What’s Lindsay been up to?

I just seem okay. I’ve got as much pandemic trauma as the rest of us. I’ve been coping with a lot of audio books, learning Norwegian on Duolingo, and learning to knit socks. I’m slowly and carefully working on the second season of ADWIT, The Audio Drama Writers’ Toolkit. Really. I promise I am.

In fact, I might have a little bit of a book problem. I went completely nuts and joined Literati over the summer. I’m in Austin Kleon’s “Read Like An Artist” book club, and honestly can’t keep up with the pace. Not only do I like between two libraries, I also live within walking distance of Ivy Ridge Books, a lovingly curated used and vintage book store with a generous take-a-book-leave-a-book selection on its front porch. Plus, there are more little free libraries around here than I can shake a stick at. I might have to start posting book reviews so I can make my habit have use for others, instead of just piles around my house.

I knit a lot of hats and scarves, but I wanted to develop the skills to knit something that’s useful for more of the year and doesn’t take up much room. Plus, if you make a pair of socks for someone, and they appreciate the thought, even if it’s not perfect, they can still wear them without embarrassing themselves in public. Crazy Sock Lady is the only person who has been able to explain sock knitting to me in a way that made sense.

I started with DK weight sock yarn and size 4 needles. This is bigger than recommended, but easier for me to see the stitches. Result: one giant prototype sock that could probably fit a T-Rex. That’s okay, though. Mission somewhat accomplished. Then I tried again, with a couple of balls of Knit Picks’ Felici and a nickel plated fixed circular needle. Voilá:

My first pair of hand-knit socks, in Knit Picks’ Felicia. The color way is called Vampire Vibes.

Socks! They’re big and flawed and beautiful and I love them, and I learned a lot and now I can make more.

So, now I have a sock problem and a book problem. My grandmother could read and knit at the same time, holding a paperback open on her lap while knitting. I have to figure out how to do that.

Or, maybe I should get back to writing another audio drama podcast?

if you’ve made it all the way to the end, thank you. Listen to Marooned Tunes, and let us know what you think.

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  1. Hello from the Pocono Mountains (Sky Top).
    It is lovely to see your socks ready!🤗 And I wanted to let you and Vincent know that it was very nice to meeting you both. It was a little crazy to try to carry a conversation in the bar and do so many other things, and I apologize for that. I also wish I had a chance to say goodbye (I went to grab some stuff downstairs and when I came back you guys were gone). I hope see you guys again. For now, I will be following both through your podcasts.

    Abraço,
    (That’s how we end a letter or email in Portuguese)

    Neia Leiva

    1. I am so sorry I didn’t get back in touch with you! It’s been so long. This is what I get for thinking, “nobody ever comments on our website.” I hope you’re doing well! We should be back up your way sometime soon, at least we owe it to ourselves to come up there. Thank you!

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