Podcast Rec :: The Truth

I’ve been thinking about podcast recommendations lately and there are just so many good ones. Hopefully, I will get to all my favorites. But I’m also trying to rotate between my favorite genres: True Crime, Interviews, Horror, Radio Drama, Self-help/Education, Lifestyle, Sleep help, Paranormal, and Comedy. It might be easier to list the genres I am not into. Anyway, I’m trying to balance it all out.

So it looks like we’re due for a Radio Drama. So today I recommend to you, The Truth. I just listened to the two most recent episodes this morning and they were both very good! But I’ve heard them all. This is one of the few podcasts that I am up to date on and look forward to the new releases.
This podcast is a collection of short fictional stories, performed by a reoccurring group of actors. Most of the stories are written by the same talented group of people.

The Truth Podcast

Some of my favorite episodes.

  • Wonderworld U.S.A.
  • The Saint of Machine
  • The Unremarkables
  • The Curse of Numb

Wyvern Lingo: New song

A band I featured a few weeks ago, Wyvern Lingo has a new song out now!
Wyvern Lingo
Here’s what they say:

Don’t Say It is a rather sad song about an inevitable end but musically we wanted this song to have movement and capture our live sound. We are so happy with the end result, and hope you guys love it as much as we do.

Listen here
Wyvern Lingo on CS





Catching my breath! Updates

Happy Friday everyone!
I’ve been busy this week behind the scenes at Collected Sounds. Some of the stuff I’m working on:

Last week I published the Collected Sounds event calendar, but I did it with little fanfare in case I mucked it up. But I think it’s good now, so head over to the calendar and you can see all the livestreams that I know about. Feel free to let me know if I’ve missed any good ones! The link will also permanently reside on the right hand navigation bar.

I’ve reopened the original Facebook GROUP for Collected Sounds. It’s private and will remain that way (Facebook won’t let you go back once you’ve made it private and I did that years ago). But you can request to join! Please do, that way we can all talk to each other, share ideas, etc. I’m really hoping for support and input from you all in what you want Collected Sounds to be. I’m all ears!

I created a virtual bookstore on the site. I saw that Tori Amos had a new book out which made me think of all the other books that musicians have written, and I thought it might be nice to have them all in a collection. (see, I like to “collect” things). The link will also permanently reside on the right hand navigation bar on the site.

I’m also working on redoing the logo. I rediscovered my Café Press shop and wow that branding is out of date! So I’m re-creating the logo. It will be a similar graphic, just a little prettier, (and I will NOT be using Comic Sans font. Oh, what a naïve dumb baby I was in the late 90s!)

I took a 2-day writing seminar. I have always considered myself kind of a grammar nerd but sheesh, there’s a lot I don’t know or fully understand. How does ANYONE learn this language if they didn’t grow up with it? It’s very hard!

I also took a seminar on starting a podcast. More on that in the future.

So that was my week! What have you guys been up to!?

Natalie Merchant releases two digital albums!

Natalie Merchant is releasing two albums. Both of these were previously released in 2017 but only as part of a box set of all her solo albums.
She’s now releasing them separately.

The first is Butterfly. The album is made up of 10 songs, both new and previously released, all arranged for string quintet. She says 4 of the songs on here she believes to be her best writing work yet.

The other is Rarities. In her words:

“After weeks of combing my archive, I put together a collection including: collaborations with David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, The Chieftains and Cowboy Junkies, live performances, studio outtakes, and unreleased covers by songwriters, Katell Keineg, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Buddy Holly, and Joel Zoss.”

Now these are both available to stream and purchase!



See the trailer for the records here.

Azam Ali new song

Back in 2006 and 2008 I reviewed some albums by Azam Ali’s band Niyaz and her solo work too. I always loved her sound. It’s very peaceful. And who couldn’t use a little of that right now?

I got an email announcing the new song by Azam Ali. The text was so wonderful that I didn’t think I could paraphrase it right for the blog, so here it is. In it’s entirety.

azam ali

“My lifelong journey into the metaphysics of music began with hearing this 12th century piece “O Euchari” composed by visionary Christian mystic Abbess Hildegard Von Bingen. It awakened me to the ancient philosophy of “The Music of the Spheres.” That if the human body is made entirely of elements forged by stars, then indeed we are celestial bodies & the cosmos is within us. If the rotation of heavenly spheres produce tones & harmony, then they must resonate within us. Thus, music in its most sublime form, is our participation in the harmony of the universe. That we may bring some harmony to our souls in our longing to return to our celestial home.

With great pleasure I share with you all my live studio recording/performance of one of the most important pieces of music in my life. Those of you who are fans of my 2002 album “Portals of Grace” will be happy. Most of you don’t know this but I never set out to be a singer. I always wanted to be an instrumentalist. One day when I was in my apartment listening to the radio at 18 years old, this song came on & I simply froze. I will never be able to describe what I felt in that moment except that reality as I knew it was shattered & something indescribable awoke inside me. This was the first song I ever taught myself to sing & I suppose the rest is history.
Abbess Hildergard Von Bingen is one of my greatest inspirations & a true female icon. I am honored to have known & performed her sublime music in my lifetime. Let the music of the spiritual spheres ring.
Love- Azam”

Listen/watch here:
You know what? just let it play auto. I listened the whole time I was putting this together and heard some beautiful work.

Niyaz by Niyaz / 2006
[Buy at Amazon]

Elysium for the Brave by Azam Ali / 2006
[Buy at Amazon]

Portals of Grace by Azam Ali/ 2002
[Buy at Amazon]

Nine Heavens by Niyaz / 2008
[Buy at Amazon]

Charlotte Martin Revival and Live Stream (Saturday) – again!

Charlotte Martin has been a Collected Sounds favorite and friend from almost the beginning of the site. She’s been busy raising kids and teaching voice lessons (you can catch some on Instagram) but she’s found time to release an EP, Revival.
Charlotte Martin's Revival
She says, “I originally wrote these songs as part of Eve Ensler’s “Stop the Violence Campaign” and feel compelled to formerly release them to a wider audience right now.”

The EP consists of 3 songs, “Revival”, “Grave Clothes”, and “Overcome”.

Listen and order the music from Bandcamp

She is also performing a live stream on Saturday, June 27th at 1pm Central.
Buy tickets through Stageit