Hoytus Interruptus is a semi-irregular feature that appears (out of nowhere) during the weekly radio show that my wife Cindy & I do on KVSH here on Vashon Island. In the middle of a song, it’ll appear as though I’ve stepped out of an elevator to tell a story or get something off my chest. I try to infuse these pieces with humor and a bit of attitude. You’ll find a dozen or so other posts on the Story page of this website.
I always try to write down the directions I get from writers and producers when I’m narrating something that I particularly enjoy. In the order of the clips in this video, here is what I was asked to do by the brilliant creatives I worked with in the studio: Quiet satisfaction / Focused determination / Easy and relaxed / A tad sarcastic with an attitude / Bright and conversational / Proud / Aspirational intensity. It’s easy to go where you have to when the words are just right.
I couldn’t have known it at the time but I was introduced into today’s world of ‘alternative facts’ at the tender age of 12. I learned up on the big screen that if you just deny reality long enough, you can break down any resistance you may encounter.
After first pooh-poohing the sport of rowing as an elitist, Ivy League sport, I took it up 17 years ago and promptly fell in love with it. Not only was the workout just what my body needed, but the friends I made on my rowing team are many of the best people I know. I struggled to get past the terminology of the sport, however. It all seemed so…suggestive…when barked at me by an amped-up coxswain. That’s where the idea for Strokin’ came about.