This post is written as part of our series The Chalkboard Remembers, where we're taking time to reflect on some of our favorite episodes in the history of The Chalkboard Podcast. This post is about Nostalgia Ain't What It Used to Be.
One of my favorite episodes is “Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be,” the second episode Micah and I did. There was just a huge quality jump from episode one to episode two. At the time we still had our friend Ian making each episode sound good before he gave me a crash course in production. When I look back on the early episodes I feel like number two has a similar vibe to what we are doing now. The elements of nostalgia and pop culture mixed with two friends just hanging out really is the framework of a lot of our episodes, be it our interview with Mark from the Buzz or even the time we talked about Friday Night Lights.
What I remember most, even though it was early, is that it was just exciting that the podcast was actually happening. Micah and I had been wanting to do it for years. I even remember back in 2015 sitting in Micah’s in-law’s basement and recording the first episode that never saw the light of day. I think there may be an Instagram post on my account that had a caption that just says “stay tuned.” Episode Two of The Chalkboard Podcast happening made it all just feel official, like we were doing it for real and we were going to keep doing it.
If I could compare the beginning of The Chalkboard Podcast to any piece of culture it would be the invisible bridge scene in “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade”. In this scene Indiana Jones must make a leap of faith by stepping out on an invisible bridge. The build up is incredible and when Indy makes the first step he lands on seemingly nothing but air. The camera pans around and there is now a bridge in place to help him cross. Episode one was a lot like this anxious time before the first step. We didn’t know if anyone would listen, we didn’t know if this was just a thing that we would try once and feel like it was too much work and quit. Honestly, we didn’t know anything, and that is a crazy place to be in. It required a lot of risk and a lot of trust. Episode two felt like the moment after Indy had taken his first step and landed on this invisible bridge. The path was starting to become visible and we really were just having a good time with it.
My favorite part of the episode is that Micah says we will post on a link to a book on our Tumblr. I don’t think we ever made Tumblr, and probably never will. My fondest memory of the whole experience of episode two has to be making the episode image. I was able to use an old photo of my Pappaw, who was a big influence on me in my life. Using this old handsome photo of a man I think about often seemed really fitting for an episode on nostalgia.