The Beasts and Beloveds project was Inspired by . . . Written by Tony Kendrew . . . Read by Tony Kendrew and Alexis Johansing. Recorded by Neil Harvey . . . Designed by Michael R . . . Printed and produced by Disc Makers. And supported by . . . Return to home page.
. . . encounters with people and animals, and by places and events in the natural world.
. . . between 1999 and 2008.
Tony tries to use words to express the inexpressible. He knows this is futile, but forgets, and finds himself with pen and paper again. He was always writing pieces and poems, long before he knew what inexpressible meant. Those were years of wandering - educational, geographical and spiritual - but his biography is best read in these poems and the words on the inspiration page.
Alexis was born in San Diego, California, at the beginning of the Reagan era to parents Gere Johansing, grandson of B-52 Bomber and Flying Wing inventor Jack Northrop, and Kathleen Clapp, a Yankee-Scottish-French-Canadian-Iroquois writer with a yarn addiction. To say the least, her upbringing was at times eccentric and always bohemian. She shares a birthday with Jake Gylenhaal. He could be her soul-twin.
Alexis hates the suburbs and loves urban and rural environments. Her favorite sitcoms are Weeds and Northern Exposure. Her favorite film is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. She adores Jenny Lewis, Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Regina Spektor and Joanna Newsom - big fan of female singer/songwriters. She is a music fest junkie and has attended: Coachella, Burning Man, Earthdance, Tribal Stomp, Outside Lands, and will attend JazzFest this year.
Her career has spanned such interesting positions as: young author and illustrator, artist, UCLA art department dropout, college adviser and tour guide, actress, film production crew, make-up artist, art department assistant, dancer, singer and para-educator for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). She currently resides in Hyampom, CA, and works with GATE students and creative kids at Hayfork Elementary School. She performs as a singer with Amanzar of Trinity County and recently sat in with The Big Money in Jazz Band of Berkeley. This project is her first foray into voice acting (except for that silly indie she did V.O. which she'd rather forget). She is currently working on a children's book and her first self-produced album of original songs.
She avidly listens to KHUM "radio without the rules." She loves that slogan.
She thinks Tony Kendrew is one of the sweetest and most innocently natural poets she has ever known. He is a generous and loving soul with the ability to dredge up emotional depth and remain lighthearted. She is grateful for the experience of working with him, and for all the vegetables he shared from his garden.
. . . in Hyampom, California, July 20th 2008.
Neil has been an independent radio producer for 20 years.
He is Senior Producer and Host of the award winning radio series Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature which is heard in over 250 communities in the U.S., Canada and abroad. He was editor for the California Indian Radio Project and is now the audio archivist for the California Indian Storytelling Association. He Co-produced the CISA radio special When the Ancestors Whisper . . . Stories From Native California. As Senior Producer for New Dimensions Radio he produced several award winning special series including The Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Monticello Dialogues which feature anticipatory design architect William McDonough, and the 13-hour Deep Ecology For The 21st Century.
Early in his career he produced a number of radio features for NPR's Morning Edition, was Associate Producer for the nationally distributed series Music From the Hearts of Space, and served as Host and Producer for The Love of Wisdom with Alan Watts. As a sound engineer he has worked in Sweden, Austria, India, Nepal, Mexico and Israel. He works from his home at the feet of the Trinity Alps in a small mountain community in far Northern California. A self described celebrant, his passions include gardening, wine making, painting, poetics and petanques.
. . . a quiet genius, who did more than he admits here.
Hello, this is Michael writing. I helped with this project by taking Tony's design ideas and turning them into the computery files required by the compact disc manufacturer. These days I am working on my own projects, as well as doing a few odd jobs. I also do even jobs and prime number jobs. I enjoy making all sorts of things, and I'm currently (December 2008) trying to finish my custom electric guitar project. To see some of my recent projects, check out my website, http://www.kasploosh.com.
The good people of Hyampom,
Shekh and Jean-Pierre and Christine with the loan of musical instruments,
Warren "Rockman" Phinney, aka Yank Hawlin, who liked my poems and sang them and let me read them during his concerts, who died so fast and too soon in Hyampom on July 29 2008,
and A1 Free Sound Effects who supplied the gunshot . . .
to all of whom many thanks.
Inspired by . . .
Written by Tony Kendrew . . .
Read by Tony Kendrew and Alexis Johansing.
Recorded by Neil Harvey . . .
Designed by Michael R . . .
Printed and produced by Disc Makers.
And supported by . . .
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