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Your New Favorite Podcast Should be Thank the Maker: A Star Wars Podcast

There is no doubt that the Star Wars film franchise has millions of fans around the world. This, naturally, results in a large variety of opinions on the subject.

One of my new favorite podcasts is Thank the Maker: A Star Wars Podcast. The podcast is hosted by musicians and Star Wars fans William Ryan Key (Yellowcard), Adam Russell (Story of the Year), and Nick Ghanbarian (Bayside).

The thing that hooked me with this podcast and keeps me hooked is the intelligent (and sometimes eye-opening) conversations between the hosts and the guests. The most recent episode talked about The Phantom Menace. Though I love the franchise as a whole, I loathe the prequels and The Phantom Menace in particular. As both a writer and a fan, these movies fall short of the reputation that was crafted by their predecessors.

One of the topics that were brought up during the most recent episode was the glossing over of midi-chlorians. In laymen’s terms, midi-chlorians are the microscopic-sized life forms that if exist in significant numbers in an individual, give that individual Force abilities.

Writing-wise, the question asked was why midi-chlorian and the role they played in the conception of Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) was not given it’s due. Instead of being a major part of the narrative, it was a throw-away line that only the most ardent Star Wars fan would have noticed.

With most of us locked in our homes nearly 24/7, intelligent conversation seems to be one of those things that we are relying on to keep us sane. I will take any intelligent conversation about Stars Wars, especially these days.

That, dear reader is why Thank the Maker: A Star Wars Podcast is my new favorite podcast and it should be yours as well.

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William Ryan Key Tour Review

When bands breakup, the question of where the individual artists go musically hangs over the head of both the fans and the performers.

Last night, William Ryan Key (former front man of the pop-punk band Yellowcard) performed last night at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Performing songs from his 2018 solo albums, Thirteen and Virtue (in addition to some old Yellowcard classics), stripped back music to what it should be: a band, a mic, instruments and an audience who has as deep affinity for the artists on stage.

Though the performance space is limited in the number fans it can hold, it was the perfect venue for an intimate performance. Instead of the larger concert venues that Key played while in Yellowcard, Baby’s All Right allows Key to have an intimate, one on one conversation with the small group of fans who know him and love him as an artist.

It was one of the best Friday nights I have had in a long time. I recommend the concert and the albums.

 

 

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