481 PABL – Boston Underground Soundseeing Tour

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 27, 2010

in The Old Pursing A Balanced Life Podcast

One of my favorite things about visiting cities like Boston is the subway. I actually look for reasons to take the subway to get from one place to another within the city. It's just a great deal more fun and efficient than driving everywhere.

Have you every played a game of Whac A Mole before? It's a game you typically find at an arcade and you are given a rubber mallet and there are several holes where moles will randomly pop up and the goal is to whack the mole before he goes back underground.

In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I invite you to join myself and Erik Fisher on a fun game that I made up called Boston Whac A Mole. I had this idea that we would get on the subway trains and randomly, without any rhyme or reason, choose to pop up above ground to look around that portion of Boston.

Early in the episode, I mentioned that this episode may not be all that exciting and that it might not be very entertaining content. However, by the end of the episode, I felt as though this may have been a better sound seeing tour of Boston than I had actually planned it ahead of time.

If anything, it demonstrates just how many wonderful things can be found just wondering around the streets and subway stations of Boston.

Somewhere near the end of our journey, we ran into Dan Blakeslee. You can check out his website here. Dan is a musician playing some really great music in the Park Street Red Line station.

After attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Blakeslee ventured to Boston. He toiled with his acoustic in the smoke-laden subways before slowly rolling his influences (Leonard Cohen, Red House Painters, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Vic Chestnut, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash) into his own eclectic blend of music with chameleon-like appeal.

I enjoyed his music so much that I went over and purchased one of his CD's. He may have inspired me to fire up the recording for another episode of Musically Challenged.

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