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Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Dec 6, 2017

I talk about clearing out non-beneficial aspects of my life to make room for the important things.

Nov 22, 2017

Three things I'm thankful for.

Nov 8, 2017

In this episode, I'll tell you about how I'm trying to learn how not to sweat the small stuff, a four year old's idea of good YouTube content, and a road trip my wife and I took north to Lake Erie.

Oct 18, 2017

Dave Jackson from www.schoolofpodcasting.com plays heavily in this episode as I explain why he is the reason I've discovered a way to revive the continuity of this podcast and why he would probably hate this podcast. Well, "hate" may be too strong a word, but "not care for it at all" might fit. He critiques and gives his first impression of podcasts at www.podcastrodeo.com and I have been known to do most of the things that get under his skin in this show. Here's the rub: I think he's right about all of it and he's been a big help as I try to put on big boy podcasting britches. In between all that, you can hear all about how I think scheduling a Disney vacation right after Christmas may not have been the smartest move.

Jun 26, 2017

The part of my life that this episode will recall was a quick, but disjointed time. It seems fitting that this episode became fraught with trouble from technical problems that caused a few audio issues I’m not happy with, to heavy rain and dead cell phone batteries. While I toyed with the idea of deleting the whole shebang, I ultimately decided that life is messy and I want to be authentic. So here is episode 76, warts and all. I quit working at the radio station in Anderson, SC to become a part of what was supposed to be a traveling Broadway Revue troup. It didn’t turn out that way, but during the course of this forgettable “life lesson”, I did a short stint with Terminix pest control. Enjoy the story.

Jun 6, 2017

I talk about my late start releasing this episode, Guys And Dolls, My Ebook, and my YouTube channel ... all on my way to Tennessee to collect money that is owed to me.

May 8, 2017

If you are a long time listener to the show, you know I’ve had some ups and downs as far as whether to keep it going or not. Somewhere around episodes in the 20s range, I set an ultimatum for listener contact, but then decided I was being childish and continued all the way through episode 68. Then I killed the show. I was tired, I was burned out (“burnt”, as we say in the south), and I decided it was time to end it. After all, I was developing a couple of other shows, too, and figured they might garner more listeners.

But then I spent a couple of months without the Road Noise Podcast and realized something I should have figured out earlier on: I just love doing it, whether or not 10 people listen, or 2000. I realized also, that the solution to the burn out was several things, but mainly that it was okay to take a break from it from time to time – a hiatus, if you will – and recharge my batteries. If you listen to past episodes, that’s a theme that is mentioned more than once, but I failed to take my own advice.

I also realized that I was over-complicating things. The original idea for the show was for it to be a life journal podcast; something to leave for my future generations, but for you to enjoy if you like being invited into other people’s real lives. Sadly, I fell into the trap so many content creators do and listened to others who said there was a certain way to do it to be taken seriously, which caused me to change the format from something I enjoyed and felt “honest”, to trying to be the counselor for everything my listeners were going through. I thought that would bring more listeners.

Now, I understand that to be true to the listener and myself, is to go back to the way I planned to do it all along. It may not be as inviting to someone looking for quick fixes to a certain problem or to those looking to learn more about starting a business, etc. However, the people it WILL entice are those who just need a friend to go on a road trip with; someone who is willing to do all the talking in order to let you just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride while getting to know a stranger. And it’s about building that relationship. I forgot that. I got frustrated when you didn’t write in and contribute to the conversation when that was supposed to be the idea all along.

You’re still invited to join in and I encourage it. But if you just want to listen and sit silently in the passenger seat beside me, you’re welcome to do so.

I’m going to tell you what’s going on with me and some things I’ve learned from those experiences that maybe you can parlay into your own world. That’s how we will, together, learn to live one mile at a time.

A couple of new segments in the show will be:

The Stuff To Do Review – No more only positive reviews because really, life isn’t all roses and there are things I want to warn you about. I just love you that much.

The Question For Discussion – A new question in every episode for you to ponder. You’re invite to contact me with your thoughts and I’ll discuss it on the show. There’s no deadline to answer. I’ll discuss them as they come in, so if you’re listening to an older episode, just reference the episode number when you send in your response.

The Stuff To Do Review:

There are two. One good, one bad, and they’re both movies.

La La Land. (Emma Stone / Ryan Gosling) The musical story of two people trying to live out their dreams in Hollywood, but running into real life – and each other – instead. I absolutely LOVED this film. It has become my number one favorite of all time and I’ve watched it in its entirety on several occasions. Watson and Gosling have amazing chemistry and you fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other.

The Circle. (Emma Watson / Tom Hanks) A young, brilliant woman finds herself employed by the biggest social media giant in the world. It seems to be a Eutopia at first, but soon, when the privacy line is crossed, events escalate into tragedy and eye opening discoveries. This could have been a fun film, but it was poorly written, plotted, and acted at times. The ending was the most anticlimactic I’ve ever experienced and left both me and my wife looking at each other confused and disappointed. Emma Watson was good, but her character was written in a very unlikable way. I was surprised Tom Hanks, with his cinematic background, agreed to do the film at all.

Want to email me? Easy. It's feedback@michaelblackston.com

Want to call me? Easy. It's 706-408-7456

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Jan 1, 2017
My 2016 Year In Review - RN 064

It's 2017 and looking back on the past year, my life has had both blessings and bumps in the road. Here is my look at 2016 in review:

 Highlights:

Finished my comedy play, Friends Like You

Wrote the first draft of a novel, Mr. Long Said Nothing

Played Gomez in The Addams Family musical

Went to Disney World with my family

Went to (and fell in love with) Savannah and Tybee Island with Kayla

Bought a new keyboard and digital studio

Made strides in my battle with pornography

Got a little farther out of debt

 Hard pills to swallow:

Mom was diagnosed with cancer

My skin cancer treatments

Bad tooth extraction experience

The Buick gave out

My high blood pressure diagnosis

 

My plans for 2017:

Get 1 to 2 ebooks ready for market

Finish the final draft of dialogue and lyrics for The Right Song

Launch the Everything Arts podcast

Set up a studio and rebrand my business to Everything Arts

 

This week’s Positive Review:

Shure SM58 microphone

Dec 30, 2016

Not an episode, but just a quick word to let you know that episode 64 will be coming shortly after Jan. 1.

Jun 27, 2016
Our Trip To Disney World - RN 037

Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a magical experience. Here's the run down of our four days in the parks:

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Not as hot as I had expected a June trip to mid-Florida would be

Waited for 30-45 minutes to get on the ferry. The monorail, which is faster, was not going at the time

As soon as we got into the park, Merida got to meet Snow White. I wanted to get intros from park cast members, but was afraid it might get them in trouble

Next, we waited in line to meet Merida, the princess our daughter was named after

Then we caught the Festival of Fantasy Parade

Carousel – Kayla laid down on a shady part of the pavement like a hobo

It’s A Small World - Merida slept through the whole thing

Waited in long lines all during the day to meet various characters

Noah insisted on riding Splash Mountain with me and Evan in the hopes of getting soaked - barely got sprinkled

Met back with family for the light parade, then headed to the castle for the fireworks show. Merida peed on me.

We lost Evan, but got to see the laser show on the castle while we searched for him

Merida said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”

 

Day 2: EPCOT

Again, not as hot as expected

At this recording, parking at all parks is $20 for a regular car

First was Spaceship Earth

Next, Me, Noah, Evan, and Mike (AKA PA-PA) rode Mission Space 

Next was the World Showcase. I wanted to eat at the Mexican restaurant in the Aztec temple because I remembered loving the food there 9 years ago. The restaurant was closed to change over to dinner service. We went to the pick-up window Mexican restaurant next door for lunch. Noah hated his food. Kayla and I loved our empanadas.

More waiting in line to meet characters and princesses

Kayla, Noah, Evan, and I split off from everyone else to walk around the World Showcase and that took the rest of the day. It was too hot to really spend much time in one place and our feet were killing us, so we did the express version.

Merida looked up at me with those blue eyes and said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”

We ate a late supper at Denny’s afterward. Merida peed on me.

 

 Day 3: Hollywood Studios

Dear God, it feels like we’re melting outside. That’s the heat we were expecting.

Didn’t take any audio at Hollywood Studios because there was so much to get done. Our half of the family left out a little earlier than the rest. We met up after deciding that my mom needed to have a wheelchair. The past two days had nearly killed her.

Lots more line waiting to meet characters

Epcot had not had as many people, but Hollywood Studios was elbow to elbow

Star Tours was first in the Star Wars area of the park because my wife is a Star Wars fanatic and this was what she was there to experience

Main attractions we wanted to experience were the FROZEN show, DISNEY JR show, the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST show, the TOWER OF TERROR, ROCKIN' ROLLER COASTER, and FANTASMIC (the light show).

Nothing disappointed. However, the FROZEN show stood out to me above all of them. It is a CAN’T MISS if you go to Hollywood Studios. The combination of live performance, video, and effects partnered with the sing-along aspect is simply the purest form of Disney magic

On a negative note about our FROZEN experience, Noah’s phone slipped out of his pocket and was nowhere to be found when we went back to look.

On a positive note, the cast member who found it, turned it in and we were able to get it back at the end of the night.

Merida turned her angel face toward me and said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”

 

Day 4: The Magic Kingdom (Part 2)

A prayer to start the day: Dear Heavenly Father … please forgive us for whatever we did that sent us to the firey depths of hell. The sun is actually baking my eyeballs through my shades.

Carousel of Progress was first

Space Mountain: We had fast passes for four of us to ride twice. Kayla determined after the first go-round that roller coasters are now off the menu for her. She didn’t attend the second ride. Here’s a clip from Space Mountain.

More long waiting lines to meet characters

We watched the Festival of Fantasy parade again, then headed to the Peter Pan ride. We weren’t overly impressed with that one. However, coming out of Peter Pan, Merida needed a change.

Merida, Noah, and I rode Dumbo

Then we were off to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

We ended our final night at Disney World with Aladdin’s Carpet ride and the Jungle Cruise

We were afraid Merida would not want to leave, but we got lucky and she fell asleep on the way out

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

We’ve decided that not only will Kayla and I take a romantic trip back to Disney World hopefully in January, but that we would like to come back every couple of years if possible … Just not when it’s so infernally hot

 NOTES:            Lizards

                        Snails

                        And Frogs … oh my!

Mar 1, 2016
Let's Be Frank - RN 021

"It is not stress that kills us. It is our reaction to it." - Hans Selye

I had hoped to never have to set an ultimatum for the listeners of this podcast, especially so soon after its inception. But I have felt the need to do just that. I have since regretted taking that action and the podcast lives on.

Jan 15, 2016
Goodbye C1G, Maybe I'll Do A VLOG, & Dutchy - RN 016

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure." - Ernie Harwell

How do you say goodbye?

After a year, a podcast I host with Toni King, CUE ONE GO - The Theatre Show, has come to an end. It's bitter-sweet, but there are good things over the horizon. I have decided to get into the VLOG game as I give my twice weekly blog all around availability through the written word, audio, and now video. And "Dutchy" is not just the name our local theatre has given an awards ceremony. There is an interesting historical aspect to Dutchy; just who he is and why he was resurrected a century after his demise.

Dec 18, 2015
The Artist Brainstorm, Positive Feedback, & My Sister and Me - RN 012
"An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too." - Pam Brown

What's better than an awesome sister?

I'm planning a new podcast to help artists find their courage and steps moving forward toward making money with their craft. I believe a little bit of positive feedback goes a long way. And my sister and I have a great relationship, so I want to tell a few interesting stories that involve her.

Visit the website: www.roadnoisepodcast.com

 

 

Nov 27, 2015
TSO, Don't Let The Devil Get You Down, & Make Something With Your Hands - RN 009

"Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head." - Andy Rooney

What can you give as a great Christmas gift?

It's that time of year again! The Trans-Siberian Orchestra rolls into town bringing their unique hard rockin' take on the Christmas music we know and love. I'll give my run down of the latest experience as well as providing some encouragement for when the devil would have you down. And I'll wax poetic on the benefits of making Christmas presents when it's not so easy to buy them.

Nov 20, 2015
My Little Girl May Be An Artist, Be Ambitious But Careful, & Santa Claus Taught Me To Broadcast - RN 008

(Let me apologize in advance if the sound seems just a little bit "crunchy".)

"Ambition is is a dream with a V8 engine." - Elvis Presley

I realized my daughter may be destined to follow in her father's footsteps, this week I had to reign in my ambition a tad, and it occurred to me that I have a very cool history with Santa Claus ... He taught me the ways of broadcasting. If you want to take another ride with me, then jump in the passenger seat. I'll do all the talking and driving.

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