I went to visit my inlaws this weekend. The drive to their house is almost 4 hours so I took the opportunity to share the Tropical Moon podcast with my wife. I have been a bit obsessed with Tropical Moon as of late. I have been listening to it while drawing so the context may be influencing my feelings. I wanted to get another opinion before writing about it. My wife listens to podcasts too but she favors the true crime and advice variety so I wasn’t sure how she would feel about Tropical Moon.
Tropical Moon is a lovely podcast. Whenever I start to think about it the word “lovely” always comes to mind. There are so many little things that add up to make it a fantastic show. The writing is superb. The world is rich with different characters, flora and fauna. The reason why I wanted to get someone else’s opinion is because the stories are… well they are hard to describe. I would say they are devoid of conflict but that isn’t true. Each story follows a person on their normal day, but because Tropical Moon is in no way normal, neither is their day. The narrator, Mr. Butchstansangur, does a marvelous job of describing the wonder of Tropical Moon. A simple story about friends going out for an evening becomes a rich experience detailing the unique place that is Tropical Moon. The unique nature of Tropical Moon requires extensive descriptions so to keep the narrative interesting they often use clever asides. For example, when describing Technicolor Lake Mr. Butchstansangur will say, “Technicolor Lake, which is neither technicolor, nor a lake…” These asides add to the richness of the story and often foreshadow future stories. An aside about the depressed whales that inhabit the moon gives insight into the human(?) inhabitants and several episodes later their influence changes Tropical Moon in a rather significant way.
While mulling over why I like the podcast I realized that it reminds me alot of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It jumps around and has some crazy settings but still contains insightful ideas about life and the wonder that is actually all around us. Speaking of, is it just me or are there more Monarch Butterflies around this year? Perhaps I’m mistaken but it seems like there are alot more flying about.