The Real Congregation :: Fifth Anniversary Episode :: 10/21/14
October 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm #43075Ice AbyzzParticipant
So… wow. What an episode. I recommend listening to it before joining this thread, it’s very heavy.
I guess this is kind of a goodbye thread for the Real Congregation, I was not expecting this but the sad music that started playing at the end gave me this foreboding feeling, add Caps message at the end and Marc’s little speech and I got a little chocked up. I’ll admit, I’m very sad to see the Real Congregation end, there hasn’t been a single episode I didn’t enjoy even if some became background noise during difficult work days, I still always smiled when I saw it on my phone. Just, wow, you are not one for fanfare are you @marcwithac? Acting like everything was normal and then BAM! Straight to the feels.
On the other part of the episode, it was a good one. It was very fun listening to Marc fill with pride at two mentions at the Menthol album, he was like a father that never had to beat his kid for listening to One Direction. When he played The Beards I had to stop working for a little while, turn up the volume and rock out. I love taking “smoke breaks” when amazing songs start playing. I’m also very glad to finally know the story behind the intro track, that was a cool little treat.
Good episode Marc, this is one for the archives… stay awesome you dam grown up.October 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm #43095CatKeymaster
We should hold a candlelight vigil… I’ll start.October 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm #43113
I am not a real appreciater of music, i was was a main sstream guy, only listening to whatever was on the radio. It was the war of the worlds crossover that I decided to give the real congregation a chance. I have been listening to it from the most recent to November of last year so far and I am loving it. Marc really got me looking towards the unconventional with eagerness. I can’t wait to hear it all.
Marc as a short time listener I thank you for all the hard work and passion you put into the show. I look forward to hearing you from time to time maybe catch a show at the geek easy.
But most of all 8 thank you for playing Johnathan Richmond’s morning of our lives. Both your example and that song might be the real shove to start achieving something that I thought I didn’t have the skill for. Even if in the end it turns out i didn’t have the skills i will still be thankful for your unconscious act of helping someone like me.
enjoy whatever it is you will do. Cherish the time with your family and keep on smiling.October 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm #43115DelphiParticipant
The Episode itself first. That was beautiful. It was really cool to hear so many fans and friends come on to say their piece about how great the show’s been, and although the song selection didn’t exactly flow the way a normal episode would, seeing as it reflected the feelings of several people rather than just one, it truly was a collection of some of the best things to make it on to the show. If things could end on a higher note, it would be one only dogs could hear.
Now the announcement. Wow, that kind of hit me for a loop. I had gotten a change-is-coming pit in the bottom of my stomach reading the intro, mostly from the past tense in the final sentance, feeling before anything was even said that this was leading up to an announcement of some kind. I was hoping for something like moving to a different group or network, maybe a prolonged hiatus, something that was momentous, but ultimately small for devoted listeners. What we got was the end of an era. As my initial shock started to numb though, paranoia began to set in. How long had this been planned? Did it have anything to do with the fact that The Real Congregation didn’t seem to be showing up on Soundcloud? I had noticed for awhile now that the episodes weren’t being hosted there, instead still using the old mp3 system from before Nerdy Show made the switch. Even now the only episode of the Real Congregation to be uploaded on Soundcloud is the Menthol episode, the last episode before the change was made, and right before a month long hiatus of the show. The episode after the hiatus? Flatline Attitude, where Marc expressed a general ennui that seemed to carry on into subsequent episodes, even the Origins of Squiddy, despite it being a recording from his original show many years ago. So when was this decision made? Before, after or during the hiatus?
Conspiracy theories started swirling around, and then I sat back, listened to Marc’s goodbye again, and realized that no matter what the answers to those questions were, it wouldn’t bring the show back, and it wouldn’t make me love the Nerdy Show Network any less. Marc, we’ll miss hearing you regularly, but I wish you all the best. My only regret is not knowing the irony of all those well wishes for a long show run during the call-in portion. But then again, if we had known what was to come, I don’t think a single one of us could have made a recording without choking up.
I think I need a tissue now.October 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm #43132
Yeah @marcfi, you definitely Shyamalan’d me with that announcement. I can think of a few reasons why the show had to go the way of the buffalo, and I can certainly relate to the time commitment pressures, but I’ll miss it for sure. I’ve really only been keeping up with the Prime episodes, DnD, the Nerd Groove, and the real congregation, so losing this one will be a bummer. I don’t know where I’m going to get my strange records of the week now…October 26, 2014 at 11:40 am #43252
Wait, @marcwithac are you still on the journey? Will you be chronicling it somewhere?October 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm #43301
It’s been about a week since the episode was released, so I thought I’d start responding to things all in one big go-round.
I know, I know, twist ending. It felt better to me going out with the actual congregation representing themselves rather than a big wind-up about “OMG LAST SHOW EVER”. A bunch of things in my career are ending, and I was a little sick of making a big deal of that sort of thing. Also, if everyone knew the show was ending, why bother listening? You could see a headline and simply keep scrolling. I announced it in the episode, because the end of the show only mattered to listeners. Hope that makes sense.
@Ice Abyzz: Thank you. When I received Cap’s speech via voice mail, it was the first time that I got choked up about the end of the show. A fact that may not be widely known about me is that when I’m making something – a song, a show, etc – I’m “all business” to a fault. I become very “eyes on the prize” about the end result and often leave emotion completely out of it. Cap’s comments reminded me of why I wanted to do the show in the first place and really touched my heart.
@Armadon: Those words mean so much to me. I’m touched that through the show, you felt motivated and had your horizons broadened. I’m still on “the journey” but being very busy had led me to skipping days at a time. When I don’t have time to listen to and fixate on at least one record per day, you know that’s a heavy sort of busy, right? So yes, but I won’t be chronicling it. That being said, Cap and I have discussed the possibility of doing the odd “special edition” of TRC here and there on the network, but nothing is etched in stone. The show is dead as a going concern for right now, but there is a possibility of one-shots in the future.
@delphi: Wow. You’ve really opened up a Pandora’s Box of questions and emotions. I’ll do my best to satiate your curiosity. I’m not sure how much I can say here, and if I hit on something that’s a little too “in the know”, @cap should feel free to come in and edit those things out. What you’d noticed about TRC’s absence from Soundcloud is pretty on the money. The decision to end TRC was made much earlier this year than you probably anticipated, and it truly was a product of a mixture between the following:
-the new distribution model not being terribly conducive to TRC’s format
-TRC was increasingly not making sense on the network (in my eyes, at least)
-I was swamped with other projects and didn’t feel able to fully devote myself to the show any longer.
Any ennui from me that you may have noticed probably had more to do with an overall attitude and certainly not one directed at TRC or Nerdy Show. I love the show, the network and will still be around when I’m able and needed.
@max: Thank you so much for listening to and supporting the show. If you truly find yourself in the depths of despair without “strange records”, I can point you in the direction of some websites that may satiate you. You’ll just have to wade through them to find the “cream of the crap”, which can be arduous and off-putting. Take it from someone who knows.
Thank you all so much for letting me into your eardrums. “Marc With a C” as an entity will continue unabated, it’s just that some of the things I do are being pared down a bit. It’s been an honor to entertain you here. I’ll be around 🙂October 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm #43302
I assume that means Filmation’s The Fake Congregation starring @Cap with a Blackard is probably also dead and gone?October 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm #43305
As are the Audrey controlled episodesOctober 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm #43309
I can’t speak for what Cap will do in the future, but I’m pretty sure that Audrey thinks that the network is beneath her by now.October 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm #43313CatKeymaster
I have at least five TFCs I’ve been developing and wanting to record (if only there was time). But if they’ll be actually show’s called “The Fake Congregation”, I couldn’t say. If TRC was still happening there’d be no question – it’s a great format and our iTunes feed for TRC is still open, but I wouldn’t want to be disrespectful to TRC or the listenership by doing a *Fake* Congregation after Marc so eloquently closed the show. But I do want to do more shows, I just couldn’t say how or when.October 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm #43319
@marcwithac it’s good to hear you are still on the journey, sorry to hear about not getting updates I was just curious how long did you think it will take you. I mean it was 2 years to get you to D if I am not mistaken.
As for Audrey I guess your right. May our future overlord remember her origins and show us listeners kindness under her rule.
I have to say @cap you were pretty comfortable in that chair of the Fake congregation. whenever you should find the time to do it i know i will enjoy it. Unless it is terrible then i will just listen out of habit but i am sure it’ll be fine.October 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm #43341
Seriously. I’m only up to The Descendents at this point. For all I know, I may not make it to the end in this lifetime.October 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm #43342November 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm #43457
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