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Alone (you’re not, though)

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

                "You come into the world alone And you go out of the world alone But in between, there's you and me" Trampled By Turtles, "Alone"   The opening chords and lyrics are slow, methodical, like a morning alarm clock building the momentum [...]

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Shot Of Soul Java

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction|

"When the Empath & Narcissist enter into a relationship together, it creates a magnetic, yet dysfunctional union because the Empath gives to the point of complete & utter exhaustion. Profoundly disoriented, the Empath is often destroyed by the relationship. This experience is painful & overwhelming but ultimately the Empath undergoes [...]

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Walkens Welcome

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"never half-ass two things; whole ass one thing" ron swanson, "parks & Rec" One of many marvelous aspects of being a lunatic on a creative tear is that you can come up with all kinds of ideas that make sense to no one else but are crystal clear to your [...]

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Drawn To The Fire

February 5th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"How do you always get the best of me?/ I'm out here living in a fantasy/ I can't enjoy a goddamn thing" Jason Isbell, "Anxiety" New firehouse, new crew, new shift and yet another new chapter in life. The last 19 months in the last fire station were a mellow [...]

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Third Gear

January 26th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

"You and I both know that the house is haunted/ and you and I both know that the ghost is me" -Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed"   "You're actually getting in better shape. What are you doing different?" These words from a friend at the gym who has known me long [...]

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Dry Me A River

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

“I don't see you through the windshield/  I don't see you in faces looking back at me/  Alcohol doesn't have much that matters to say/  Can't imagine where you and time to kill will stay” -Uncle Tupelo,  “Still Be Around” The holidays have come and gone, and in a dozen [...]

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December 1st, 2017|Categories: Less Lardass|

"Who are you if not the one I met?"  -Jason Isbell, "The Life You Chose" From a long list of gibberish I utter about living authentically, one of the most often employed is "we teach people how to treat us." It's a great one from the quiver, and it's usually [...]

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A Split Second Of Grace

November 18th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs|

  "Death keeps no calendar"  (English proverb) Scared? I've never been so scared. I have never been so scared in 17 years on the department. I have never been so scared in all my life. Today, I found out just how scared I can get. We say "I almost died [...]

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The Best Of You

November 12th, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Eight months. It's been eight long months since last I wrote you, and even then the posts have been about the crazyscary aspects of The Job, and very little about the soul. Essays from times in the recent past have focused on the hard journey towards love (like these old [...]

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  • Bumblin' Around With Butler
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    In today's installment of the show I'm joined by Jeff Butler where we meander around a wide range of subjects from the recent Roe v. Wade turmoil to Ukraine to our wildly different opinions of a band. All of this takes place over some SBC and Trophy Brewing beers, so you know it's gonna be a good time. Enjoy the show! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • "Don't Be The Story"....The Jonah Kaplan Interview
    by Uli Gulje on May 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Way back in the day I had the privilege of meeting Jonah Kaplan on the hockey rink when he was drafted to the Firefighter's team. He had moved to Springfield to work at KSPR as a reporter, one rung on the ladder of a news journalist's journey. He has interviewed the likes of President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and countless others on his way to winning multiple awards. Most recently he was reporting from North Carolina, and before he begins the next chapter he offered up some of his time to catch up. I've missed my friend, and even from a distance, it was so good to catch up. Please enjoy the show! If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • "My Card Got Declined At The Therapist"....a quick chat with Britt
    by Uli Gulje on April 19, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Brittney Lumos is the host of the podcast "Bitchin' With Brittney" and also one of my close friends who's currently living up in Kansas City. She was down in the 417 for Easter and we ended up recording a half hour of our mutual idiocy and thoughts on different shows, pet peeves and the like. Tune in for a short time, if at least a good time! If you'd like to support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • A Front Of House Personality.....A Conversation With Matt Tignor
    by Uli Gulje on April 16, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    "Everything is just a little bit sweeter" in Springfield, says today's guest, Mr. Matt Tignor, and this conversation is a great indicator of that. Matt embodies the kind of kindness and worldview that this world needs more of, and while his journey has taken him all over the country, he calls the 417 home and we're better off for it. From his time in the Navy to his time in Ohio, we cover a lot of ground in a hour, and have a blast with it. Speaking of Ohio, the musical interlude is from local musician Mike Henderson, an original titled "Cleveland". Enjoy the show! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • Nekkid & Netflix....A Conversation With 6' Katie The Shady Lady
    by Uli Gulje on April 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    In a too-rare take, my dear friend Six Foot Katie The Shady Lady and I decided to just record one of our regular conversations. Over some thunderstorms and delicious coffee, we cover the gamut from an Elton John concert to morning mimosas to how we're gonna move into a 55+ community together soon. Enjoy some random babbling and time with a wonderful woman. 

  • "No Wrong Notes, Just Wrong Places To Put 'Em"...A Conversation With Stevie Newman
    by Uli Gulje on April 8, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    How do you decipher the language of music from someone who speaks it beautifully and fluently? Well, talk to my friend, Mr. Stevie Newman to start. In a fun interview interspersed with music from two of his bands (The Stevie Newman Band) and (The Domino Kings), Stevie breaks down his particular style of playing and his journey while we enjoy some Crazy For Swayze Hazys and Greene Dragons from SBC. Enjoy the show! Music: 1. Domino Kings "The Only Thing She Left" 00:00-03:00 2. Stevie Newman Band "What I Did" 34:20-37:13 3. Domino Kings "How Does Gone Feel" 1:08:04-1:10:49 If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks a lot!

  • Musical Minutiae With A Gentle Giant....The Mike Evans Interview
    by Uli Gulje on March 30, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    When you cross paths with someone as kind, thoughtful and warm as Mike Evans it is a lucky day, indeed. He's the man behind SBC's The Cellar here in Springfield, my neighbor and one helluva talented musician, so it made absolute sense that we would delve into a great conversation. I cannot say enough good things about this gentle giant who's kindness radiates throughout and gives one wonderful interview. Please enjoy!

  • The Luckiest Sonofabitch On The Planet.....Mr. Geoffrey Mark
    by Uli Gulje on March 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    "Why ask for the moon when we have the stars?"  And so begins your introduction to a man of many talents, adventures and witness to history: Mr. Geoffrey Mark. A whimsical series of sequences allowed me to spend a wonderful hour and a half with the man described at the "walking encyclopedia of show business history", and it's easy to understand why. He's authored books on Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald and Lucille Ball and is currently working on three more. A stand-up comic, singer and all around entertainer, Geoffrey has borne witness to some truly significant moments in history and here he shares a few highlights. Please enjoy this fresh turn of the page with a remarkable man! If you'd like to support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • A Monologue For Those Of Us Wondering
    by Uli Gulje on March 12, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Once in a while we feel lost, stuck or left behind, and I know I'm not the only one left at the station; here's a brief message of hope, couched between some beautiful original songs from Dallas Jones and Dane Page. Please enjoy, and enjoy your weekend....take care of yourselves, and we'll be back to interviews next week. 

  • An Update On Ukraine With Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on March 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    With all of the current events surrounding Russia's invasion of Ukraine, I thought Jeff Butler could give us a well-nuanced update on what he sees happening in these world-changing times. Enjoy an hour with a well-informed friend. 

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