Have you listened to the brand new podcast Memory Motel yet? It's really good. The show is created, produced, and hosted by Terence Mickey, a writer and expert storyteller. He calls it a sonic love letter to memory. Only one episode has dropped so far, but it's got me really excited about what's to come.
From the show's website, here's the gist: "Memory is not fixed. It's an imaginative act. Nothing stays the same, why should memory? Drawing on history, science, literature, personal stories, and fiction, Terence Mickey sets out to understand how dependent we are on memory to understand our lives. And with the slippery nature of memory, how do we be OK with not always knowing? If you're curious, welcome to Memory Motel."
The first episode, Eyes of Another [March 13, 29 minutes], is fantastic. It tells Rachel Stephenson's story. She was just five years old when her mother passed away suddenly. Adults told her she was sick, but years later, she found out that wasn't true at all. Rachel describes her memories of the night she passed away and of the way her relationship with her father grew more distant after it.
The two never spoke of the night her mother died even though Rachel craved her father's memories of it more than anything. It's not until his funeral decades later that she finally finds what she desperately sought. Eyes of Another tells such an intimate and heartbreaking story, and it beautifully illustrates the healing power of shared memories.
After hearing episode one, I'm really looking forward what's next from the great new show. In a recent Reddit AMA, Terence gave a taste of the episodes that are on their way -- one featuring an unexpected Alzheimer's twist, and one about an LSD trip that ended on the film set of Rude Awakening. The second episode should be dropping in just a few days, and I'm really excited to hear it.
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Memory Motel's first upload, Eyes of Another. And if you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts!