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Poems, Guitar and Meditations

Poems, Guitar and Meditations

By Jonah Hall
Sometimes piano, sometimes poetry, sometimes guitar, sometimes spoken meditation, sometimes elderly characters who talk about the NBA.

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Meditations with Jonah, Ep 11 (Lost Ball)

Poems, Guitar and Meditations

Meditations with Jonah, Ep 11 (Lost Ball)

Poems, Guitar and Meditations

Meditations with Jonah, Ep 42 (After the Madness)
Thoughts on yesterday's DC chaos and the onward stroll of time.
January 7, 2021
November 2020 Poems and Instrumentals
Words and Music, November 2020
December 2, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 40 (Election Dust Slowly Settling)
It's Wednesday and it's looking like we might know some things about the next four years.
November 4, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 39 (Almost Election)
Two days from the election...or will it be the beginning of the limbo of unknown results?
November 2, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 38 (Sleepyhead)
Sleep is necessary. Without it, we are off-balance and foggy.
October 13, 2020
Unknowns. Three new instrumentals: piano, tongue drum, acoustic guitar
No words needed this time.
October 11, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 37 (Amygdala)
Thoughts on dealing with our amygdalas, parenting and our views of others.
October 5, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 36 (Redemption)
Thoughts while waiting in a line of cars to redeem nine months worth of aluminum cans (mostly sparkling water).
September 21, 2020
2020 NBA Playoffs: East Finals Preview of Celtics-Heat and Eight Years Later
An audio version of a recent Medium post on the NBA Playoffs and the Boston Celtics
September 14, 2020
"Decent Man" and guitar interludes
Vocals and guitar.
September 10, 2020
"Get in the Blue Car and Go"
Casio and voice and 3 year-old accompaniment with ukelele.
August 21, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 35 (New School Year)
School without a school. Digging for gratitude.
August 20, 2020
"Out of This" and other guitar tracks.
How long until November? A few weeks? A year? It's all relative with time these days. And more guitar.
August 3, 2020
Guitar Melodies (Instrumental Guitar)
Three new melodies. One feels like it might turn into a song given more attention.
July 10, 2020
Meditations with Jonah (Holding Pattern)
More breathing.
July 5, 2020
Gone (A Meditative Reflection on Impermanence)
An audio version of a short meditation on reality and the self, titled "Gone" followed by three short musical tracks.
July 1, 2020
Tongue Drum Trials
Playing a new steel drum, called a tongue drum. Calming.
June 21, 2020
Attempting Space Flight (working on a Space Oddity by Bowie)
Space Oddity, the first two parts.
June 11, 2020
New Poems: "In The Shade" "Spark" "Almost (Never) Finished" "Sleep Lab" and "Urine Nation"
Audio versions of poems from the last month.
June 10, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 33 (Long Nights)
A walking meditation on the impossibility of finding balance during these days.
June 2, 2020
New Covers: Patience, My Darling
A slowed down version of Guns n Roses' "Patience" and Wilco's "My Darling"
May 27, 2020
Poems From the Timeless Present
Also available with more songs as an album. These poems and instrumental piano pieces were written and recorded between March and May, 2020. Sometimes we need words to keep us going. I do.
May 19, 2020
Four Songs: Guitar and Voice and Shelter in Ploice
"Another Week" "Whose Turn" "Lemons" and " Trying"
May 12, 2020
A New Song: "Love You Too Much" and more instrumentals for letting thoughts drift in the sunshine.
A song that came out of RH's encounter with a bee, and more guitar instrumentals.
May 7, 2020
Society: An Appraisal
Piano and an audio poem about how we arrived here.
April 30, 2020
More Instrumental Guitar
One day at a time.
April 27, 2020
More Instrumentals: Lines, Hopscotch, Waves
Piano and synth.
April 8, 2020
Instrumentals for Meditation or Quieting Your Mind
With all this sheltering-in-place and anxiety in the air, quieting your mind becomes even more necessary.
March 31, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 32 (What Changes and What Stays the Same)
Meditating on staying balanced in an unbalanced tilt-a-whirl world.
March 27, 2020
Guitar Fragments
Maybe words will be added later. Maybe not.
March 24, 2020
Synthesized Shelter
Instrumentals with a sustain pedal for times when you might notice the walls a bit too often.
March 19, 2020
Instrumentals for Sleep
Short guitar instrumentals for relaxation or sleep.
February 15, 2020
Kalimba Float
Fun with Kalimba
February 10, 2020
Meditations with Jonah, Episode 31 (Driving Meditation)
Thinking about breathing, attention, phones, reading, politics, and driving. Also, breathing.
February 6, 2020
Hoops Talk with Saul! (Episode 7: Memories)
NBA fans and general citizens of the world call in to discuss their memories .
February 1, 2020
My Roommate at a Silent Retreat: a Fictional Memoir. Episode 1 (Check-In)
Please enjoy this first episode of what might become a 10-epislde journey into the experience of one hobbled British man in California at a silent retreat. Please share it with anyone who has even a mild senae of humor.
January 27, 2020
Hoops Talk with Saul! (Ep 6: Clippers and Sixers, Midseason Malaise)
Elderly hoops aficionado Saul J Morgenstern discusses the Clippers and Sixers and the winter slog portion of the NBA season.
January 7, 2020
Piano repetitions and improvisations.
January 4, 2020
Hoops Talk! With Saul (Episode 5: Holiday Update)
Elderly hoops aficionado Saul j Morgenstern discusses the trends of the NBA season and responds to callers from around the globe.
December 17, 2019
Fortunate Cookies (short essay read by Peter the British fellow)
This was a recently publishee short essay, but ai enjoyed the Text-to-Speech audio voice Peter on, which I showed in class tonight, so I thought I'd have Peter read this essay for your audio pleasure.
December 11, 2019
Hoops Talk with Saul! Ep 4 (Celtics Hot Start)
This epispde of Hoops Talk with Saul! gets an assist from Boston‐based voice artist Andy Robichaud.
November 6, 2019
Hoops Talk with Saul! Ep. 3 (Wiz, Heat, Magic)
Elderly Hoops aficionado Saul Morgenstern talks about the upcoming NBA season with his elderly cousin, his nephew and a stranger from Orlando named Rico.
October 19, 2019
Hoops Talk with Saul! (Ep 2: Fantasy Hoops History)
Elderly NBA aficionado Saul J Morgenstern reminisces about his fantasy hoops history, dating back to 1955.
October 14, 2019
Hoops Talk with Saul! (Episode 1)
Elderly hoops aficionado Saul J. Morgenstern takes calls from NBA fans!
October 10, 2019
Guitar Instrumentals
Four instrumental tracks.
October 7, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 30 (After the Rain)
Thoughts on the difference a year makes. Parenting a 2 yr old compared with parenting a 1 yr old. Also, after the rain.
September 16, 2019
Road Trip Audio with Mikey
Driving south toward San Diego, trying not to lose our minds.
September 6, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 29 (Acceptance and Improvisation)
On dropping RH at new preschool and accepting and improvising.
September 5, 2019
Man Survives Red Sox Road Trip in California Despite Stomach Virus
An audio version of a short essay I wrote for Splice Today about friendship, illness and baseball.
September 3, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 28 (Roses, Thorns, Back Doors)
A brief meditation on clearing the wilderness and appreciating the smell of roses.
August 2, 2019
"My Darling (Wilco cover)" and other musical experiments
Thanks to Luke for edits on My Darling.
July 19, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 27 (Summer Morning Walk)
Walk uphill with one lazy dog, one older dog, and a 2 yr old.
July 2, 2019
2019 NBA Free-Agent Educated Guesses (Audio version with Scottish accent)
Why not take something you've written and make a Scottish male robot voice say it out loud? Here are your Top 20 2019 NBA Free-Agents and their destinations.
June 29, 2019
Get On the Bus (Two Year-Old Adventures)
She's been in love with buses for about 6 months now. About time we boarded one and headed to the park.
June 17, 2019
Heatwave Watering Can (Odds and Ends)
99 Degrees. Plants in danger. Stay inside. Celebrate air conditioning.
June 10, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 26 (illness)
Daily life changes with a stomach flu that lasts for 10 days.
June 3, 2019
Rain Drive, Part Two
Two recent poems. Driving in the rain, protesting midday naps, preparing for near future, jobs, preschool, coping with time.
May 23, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 25 (The Stool)
The strangest thing happened last night, while teaching.
May 16, 2019
Sound Washes
This is a collection of more experimental recordings. The last one is from a friend who took a poem I recorded and reimagined it with a vocoder. Thanks, Luke!
April 20, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 24 (Anxiety Clings to All Surfaces)
A brief reflection on dealing with the anxiety of others and then a chime, and some toddler and guitar sounds.
April 17, 2019
The Clearing (Guitar Tracks)
Guitar lines.
April 16, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 23 (Animal Sounds and Strums)
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 23 (Animal Sounds and Strums)
March 27, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 22 (Not Wonderful Tuesday)
Some days are not so smooth or wonderful...this Tuesday was one of those.
March 5, 2019
Variations (Piano)
Piano wanderings with reverb. 
February 26, 2019
Roundabout (instrumental piano)
Solo piano wanderings.
February 25, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 21 (Sunshine)
This episode begins with an audio version of "Alexa is Killing Us" a story I wrote recently for Splice Today, about humans, technology, politics and psychology. It continues with a reflection on my birthday and parenting and pre-school futures. It concludes with two instrumental guitar tracks. Enjoy.
February 20, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 20 (54 Degrees and Showers)
Everyone is going through something. This week, we're dealing with atmospheric inundation, molar pain, and sleep-deprivation. And we've made it to Friday. Happy weekend.
February 15, 2019
Meditation Poems (Four Poems of Rainy Winter)
Young Old Man, Winter Walk. Days, Rain Drive.
February 11, 2019
Little Girl Ditty
Guitar and falsetto: Jonah. Backing vocals: Rebelle Harmony
February 8, 2019
Meditation Poems: Week's End to Weekend and Refraction of Self
Two poems on the abstraction of time.
February 2, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 19 (The Self and The Weeds)
Ep 19: The Self and The Weeds.
January 29, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 18 (Compilation: A Longer Listen)\u000A
This episode is a compilation of 9 previously published episodes, and several musical interludes. If you enjoy this, please consider my book of collected poems: The Spirit In: Poems from the First Year of Fatherhood. $4 e-book, $10 paperback. In addition, you can support the podcast via Anchor (as low as $1 per month)  or one-time only directly via PayPal. Thanks for listening. Keep breathing.
January 26, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 17 (Rain Instrumental)
Sometimes all your ears need is rain.
January 18, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 16 (Rainy Traffic)
Backing vocals by RH
January 16, 2019
Monday Rhythm
Tapping on doors and ovens.
January 14, 2019
Back to Work (instrumental)
This is a three chord sequence I played a lot when I was teaching myself the basics. Funny how it puts me right back in 2002.
January 6, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 15 (New Year)
New Year, Vacation Cold
January 3, 2019
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 14 (No Sponsor)
4 minutes of Early Morning Breathing with Toddler.
December 28, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep. 12 (Air and Time)
Breathing deliberately keeps us calm, but sometimes the air ia filled with harmful particles from horrific fires.
November 16, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 11 (Lost Ball)
Sometimes the ball is lost for ten minutes, sometimes the ball is lost forever.
November 14, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 10 (Everything)
Sometimes, you just make it through to Friday.
November 14, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 9 (Habit of Meditation)
5 minutes on spending 10 minutes meditation. Meta-meditation.
October 12, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep. 8 (Teaching)
5 minutes in the car.
October 12, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Ep 6 (Teeth)
5 minutes of bliss with panting dogs.
September 26, 2018
Meditations with Jonah, Episode 4 (Toddler Mornings)
5 minutes of early morning bliss with toddler.
September 19, 2018
Meditations with Jonah: Episode 3 (Traffic)
5-minutes of bliss while you sit in gridlock.
September 18, 2018
Meditations with Jonah: Episode 2 (Bath)
Enjoy a 5-minute meditation in the bathtub.
September 17, 2018
Episode 1: Meditating with Jonah (Initial Meditation Experiment)
A 5-minute meditation to cleanse your mind from all pollutants.
September 16, 2018
Jazz chords with toddler background flourishes.
August 28, 2018
Wandering Sun
The sun wanders.
August 3, 2018
Experiments with Effects
Playing with Reverb.
March 7, 2018
Thursday Rain Loops
Piano, looped with reverb.
March 2, 2018
Thursday morning rain nap
Thursday morning rain nap (piano)
March 1, 2018
Minor Slant
Jazz Guitar chord experiments
February 22, 2018
Stretch With RH
February 20, 2018
Harmonic Vocals
hamonics • hamonics • harmonics
February 17, 2018
Babajaba 8 Months
BabaJaba Sounds
February 13, 2018
Feb 2, 2018
"Solitude's Glory"
February 2, 2018
Moment of Light
"Moment of Light" • "Moment of Light" (no background track)
February 1, 2018
January's End
"January's End"
January 29, 2018
"Cascading With Harmony"
"Cascading (with RH)"
January 23, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 11 (End/Begin)
"Bluster" \u2022 "88th Percentile" \u2022 "Observer in the Cart" \u2022 "High Chair" \u2022 "At the Ready" \u2022 "Independence Night"
January 19, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 10 (Patience)
"Required Imaginings" (What If?) • "Floating Fur" • "Patience" • "Uncle Mark" (Two Coasts) • "Overtaken" • "Midday Protest"
January 15, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 9 (Hoop Women)
"Wobble" • "Hoop Women" • "Truth, In Pure Form" • "Floods, Fire & Chaos: A Love Poem"
January 12, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 8 (Tiny Dresses)
"Tiny Dresses" • "Between" • "Miles Beneath" • "New Hands"
January 11, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 7 (Late August)
"Provisions" • "A Day's Plans" • "Clear Signals" • "Chapter's End"
January 10, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 6 (New Therapy)
"Baseball Bath" • "Carried In, Carried Out" • "Therapist Not Available"
January 6, 2018
Spirit In, Pt 5: Time & Change
"Futureyear" • "No Poem Number One" • "Monday" • "Sleeping Alone" (Eight Weeks)
January 5, 2018
Spirit In, Part 4 (August)
"Boumie at Middle Age" • "August" (Seven Weeks) • "Unlocked" • "The Spirit In" (An Open Audience)
January 4, 2018
Spirit In, Part 3 (late July)
"Fog Drive" • "The Battle" (Three Types of Tears) • "Part Universe" (Six Weeks)
January 3, 2018
The Spirit In, Part 2 (July)
"It Becomes Real" (Four Weeks) • "Beginning of Tears" (Five Weeks) • "Ride Home With the Girls"
January 2, 2018
The Spirit In: Poems. Part 1
Introducing: The Spirit In, "One Week In" • "Learning How to Sleep" (Two Weeks) • "Visitation" (Three Weeks)
January 1, 2018