My Take on AMAZING - A Piece Of My Mind
For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph - a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting. From The Movie Patton (1970)
Not sure of my place in the world (still up for debate) and not sure what I wanted to do with my life (not really up for debate).--Actor Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger)
This column is called A PIECE OF MY MIND. There are times I will go off on tangents, this is one of those columns. Note this is not a rant as much as it’s Bennet getting on his soapbox and hoping I don't get a nosebleed from the heights.
A few months ago (November 24, 2014), I did a guest appearance on Lori Hays blog talk radio program on Reverie Radio, which aired on the Blog Talk Radio Network. We both had a joyful interplay for ninety minutes with me as solo radio guest. She and I had pure merriment. So much fun that she booked me for a second show, which will be on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm EST (If you missed it, it is archived on Blog Talk Radio). She will chat for another ninety minutes with me as her solo guest...as I told her “Lori, Bring your running shoes...I will run you ragged!”
As a host, Mrs. Hays is talented hostess. If you have not heard her interviews, they are insightful and in depth. She has a great control on her show and her guests, including me! I say this, look her up and listen to her.
The only problem I had with the last show I did with her is the billing she gave me. She promoted the show as “THE AMAZING BENNET POMERANTZ VISITS REVERIE RADIO.” It weird-ed me out slightly. When I hear the term “The Amazing” such and such, I expect a magician who pulls coins outta thin air and rabbits from top hats. Or THE AMZING KRESKIN who pulled information out of your mind. NOT L'il ole me!
I don't perceive myself as an AMAZING man. I think of myself as a Journeyman writer/critic/columnist (with 31 years to my credit), a decent teacher, a fair orator, a good friend, a reasonable man, and a novice radio host (with 15 years of applied knowledge to that craft). I am very good at what I do. Nevertheless I do not have lofty words or ideals to express who I am. I think I am a legend in my own mind (Show me a writer who does not believe that adage...and I will show you a bold faced liar). However I still toil daily in crafts that I love and enjoy. I really, still after all these years, find myself as a square peg that will never really fit into a round hole. I told Lori when I did her show, I would rather be known the HUMAN Bennet Pomerantz. Amazing is a term I cannot wrap around myself.
An actor and screenwriter friend of mine said, “If you love what you do, just keep doing it without a lot of fanfare. Know this, awards are nice. Pats on the back are great. Merits are fun. Perks are enjoyable, but they only last for just so long...but at the end of the day, you have to look yourself in mirror and face yourself. You cannot do that with a swelled head.”
Someone may ask who or what I find amazing? I find the idea of heroes awe-inspiring. A hero does not mean that they are not real or they have not had defeats, troubles and situations in their life. These are people that you look up to, for one reason or another. If you asked me to name a few of mine, such names like Mohammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, Paul Simon, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Bradbury, Mitch Albon, Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams, Jimmy Buffet, John Lennon, George Lucas, President Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Tom Hanks, and Blake Edwards come to mind. I will think of many more after this article is published.
As a writer, I want to seek the truth. I try not to play favorites with my reviews or opinions. I tend to keep my bias to myself. As a radio host, I am a social beast who surround himself with talented co-workers and guests. Before I have any guests on any radio show, I do 'do my research', as any smart host would. I am proud to have these people talk to me. They honor me for coming to talk to me on my shows.
Let me tell you what I perceive as AMAZING. The best idea of that is when someone comes up to me at an appearance and is bold enough to say to me. “You know, Mr. Pomerantz, I disagree with you said on Amazon (or in your Night Owl column) and this is what I think!” It takes courage and it is an impressive thing to watch. An honest dialog is a rare thing, but sometimes it happens.
Let me get off my soapbox now before I get a hemorrhage of some sort. See you all on the radio!
Until next time, reach for the stars!
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org