Produced by Hans Anderson
Other pieces by Hans Anderson
Posted on July 06, 2005 at 06:47 AM
A local station played this a few weeks ago, on father's day. I listen to public radio in my car, and a good piece is one that will leave me in my driveway, or in the parking lot at a store until it finishes. This piece accomplished that. I had to listen to the whole thing.
Posted on June 01, 2005 at 09:13 PM
This is just so fabulous.
Everything about it, from the musical bed to the seemingly stream of consciousness playfulness... and the kicker. Oh man, the kicker is great.
Posted on April 04, 2005 at 03:34 PM
This is one of the few pieces that have caught my attention in a while. And the most interesting thing is that it uses pretty simple resources… some good editing techniques, great writing and a good sense on rhythm. I would say it is a must listen if you are looking for challenging radio.
R. Tyler Mack
Posted on March 28, 2005 at 06:20 PM
Mr. Anderson uses interesting editing that both moves the story and, after time, mildly irritates. The audience must struggle to catch every detail, but the payoff is well worth it to the attentive listener. What Mr. Anderson accomplishes with the fact-paced no-pause cuts is a train-of-thought that moves about as fast as a brain does (or as fast as a mouth can imitate it), and the story matches that idea: God is telling the narrator to do a daisy-chain of things that lead to an eventual, endearing ending. The result is an hour's worth of material in a sprightly nin-and-a-half minutes. If I were a station, this isthe type of piece I would run, but not make a habit of running, as some listeners may not like its quick style.
D. Cameron Lawrence
Posted on March 25, 2005 at 12:55 AM
This innovative piece has both mystery and humor. We know it’s fiction – yet is it? The producer uses quirky, unusual editing to almost superimpose his comments – removing the “breathing” - keeping this bit of radio art moving quickly, pulling us in and creating dramatic tension. An oddly driving and amusing music bed is both commentary and mood.
The fellow in this piece goes on an interesting, circuitous adventure as God talks to him and helps him to his goal.
I love hearing this kind of innovative radio interspersed with traditional documentary work and newsmagazine solidity to keep my ear jumping and me aware of where radio can go.
Posted on March 20, 2005 at 05:35 AM
Great work. The rhythm makes the piece.
Posted on March 14, 2005 at 10:40 AM
At the beginning of the piece, I found myself breathing in time with the rhythm of the music in the background and the cadence of Anderson's voice. Then toward the middle, I unconsciously began holding my breath, which I only discovered at the end of the piece, when I breathed out a sigh of relief. It is a riveting nine minutes well spent. This piece is much more than the trite cliche' that comes to mind: God works in mysterious ways. This piece is clever, funny and original. This would be a good piece to play around Father's Day. Good job.
Posted on February 04, 2005 at 07:53 AM
I liked the way the phrases were super-imposed over one another rivetting my ears to the tale and accelerating the pace of the story.
The banter between the author, God and his own reflections were very amusing making me think maybe God enjoys us.
Posted on October 28, 2004 at 06:47 AM
Great story and story telling. I was drawn in from the begining and listened intently throughout (I even made my wife listen). The mix of humor and "it could happen" circumstances make the listener think, while keeping them intertained. The discourse between God and storyteller is well done.
Posted on October 23, 2004 at 11:23 AM
Excellent story line, but audio work was too complicated-- too much two track overlay. Again, great story.
Posted on July 07, 2004 at 12:47 PM
well i got to admit that this was not what i expected when i signed up to listen. I am a radio programer looking for unique material to run on our station and stumbled onto this site. I will check a few more titles but if this title was the only one good enough for the station...its been worth it. I watched another worker listen to the same piece and we both had same reaction..its good...more than good enough to run...keep up the good work
Posted on July 05, 2004 at 12:03 AM
This really draws you right in from the start, unfolding with an almost rythmic stream-of-conscious quality layered into a smooth soundtrack. The storyline itself is presented in a style reminiscent of Joe Frank's "The Other Side," appealing to similar senses of humor and introspection. It's type of thing that'd be really cool to listen to while late-night driving through a bustling city.
Posted on June 28, 2004 at 08:57 AM
A funny story with a good ending. I like the overdrive pace, but you have to listen close to pick up everything.
Posted on June 13, 2004 at 06:56 PM
Posted on June 13, 2004 at 09:12 AM
Edgy and artful and funny and provocative and compelling. Sean Cole's review is dead on. But where can it air? This is not your father's Father's Day special -- and I hope its fate will be something more than being just an underground hit for audioheads. It would make a great pick for any station that does an audio showcase. And the first AAA station that dares to broadcast this piece during music programming, even if late at night, should get the PRX medal of valor.
Posted on June 11, 2004 at 08:42 PM
This piece is exhausting to listen to, but in a good way. I didn't catch every word, but that is part of the point, and the important (and very funny) parts were clear and made for a very amusing, well-written and well-presented piece of storytelling. If I had to describe what this is 'about', I am not sure I would be able to do so. I'd just say, listen to it and find out yourself. I would love to hear this on the radio, anytime.
Posted on June 11, 2004 at 12:04 PM
This piece is just stunning, very surprising both in its production and its narrative. I don't think I've ever heard anything like it. There are shades of Joe Frank but that's pretty much the only comparison I can draw. Like Chelsea I don't want to spoil anything. Essentially, if you want your listeners to experience a serious "driveway moment" I can't recommend "God Is Talking To Me" more highly. I practically had a driveway moment myself and I was listening to it here at my desk.
Posted on June 08, 2004 at 11:47 AM
In all of his pieces Hans Anderson creates a world that you love spending time in. And as much as you want to linger there when your time is up you leave not necessarily wanting more but relishing what you've had. In this piece you find yourself in a world that is both magical and mundane-- In fact in this piece one really can't exist without the other. Without giving too much away the protagonist finds himself asking God to help him track down his father and he ends up having an ongoing conversation with God. God sends him on a series of random missions--but of course they aren't random as God is orchestrating all this. Well, what you get is this wonderful mix of action, inner monologues, philosophical digressions, and analyses of human behavior. There is also a narrative arc that gives this piece its momentum. Broadcast this wherever you have a 10 minute block—this could also be used for pledge drives (see Jackson Braider’s Review of Hans Anderson’s “Book”) You should also seriously consider this for Father’s Day.