New TTDWS Merch Out Now

New TTDWS Merch Out Now

By Mark Aldrich
(Visit our store today: The The Ding Wrong Show Storefront.)

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Meghan Jenkins added several new items that feature catchphrases and group solidarity moments from the The The Ding Wrong Show to the show’s gear and garb store this week, which she knows viewers will enjoy.

There are several coffee mugs, each for the great price of $15.99. Each one reflects a different aspect of the show, from the Meghan Jenkins-designed and -painted logo of The The Ding Wrong Show itself, to Panda’s portrait by Meghan, to slogans the show has started to make popular: “Explode on the World,” one declares, and the opening lines from the beloved Bill Withers hit song “Lean on Me,” which finds its way into every episode of the show as every participant joins in singing it. (Or reciting it, in my non-musical case.—Mark.)
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Oh, Christmas Tree

Oh, Christmas Tree

By Mark Aldrich

How (not) to cut down your own Christmas tree.

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Tree trimming was my least favorite type of trimming when I was young. I still lack the eye-hand coordination required to decorate a tree correctly; in fact, I believe that almost every tree I have attempted to decorate was quietly fixed upon my departure from the vicinity of the tree.

A beloved girlfriend one Christmas credited me with the expansion of her notions of tree decoration. She said, “You’re the first person I’ve known who does not put all the decorations on the ends of the branches,” which is true, I sometimes place them on the middle or sometimes closer to the trunk; and second: We found that I had overloaded one section of the Christmas tree with the same color ornament (albeit at different depths on the branches!) and this needed to be quietly fixed.

Christmas can be a challenge for someone so rarely festive, like me.

One winter’s day long ago, a dear friend enlisted me in a project to cut down a real live Christmas tree from a local Christmas tree farm so that her son could experience a Christmas just like the one she and I had never, ever, ever, never had.
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Meghan’s New Album Out Now

Meghan’s New Album Out Now

By Mark Aldrich and Meghan Jenkins

Panda’s Dance Party, Meghan Jenkins’ debut album, is now available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform. A collection of sixteen EDM tracks, the album visits many styles, from techno, trance, 2-step, electro and beyond in its thirty-plus minutes.

Music has always been a part of what Meghan Jenkins brings to her projects. She sings on her shows and received some training in drumming and piano, so an album debut in any style is not a surprise to her fans.

It’s a party album, and true to that concept, anyone who listens to it will look for a party at which they can put this on the sound system. The value in the collection is in how I (Mark) respond to it; because this is an entire world of music that I know very little about and pay attention to less, my first reaction to Meghan dropping this album this week was limited to, “I’ll listen to it because she’s my friend and collaborator.” I’m happy to report that I love this album, from its more meditative tracks (“Nah”) to its anthemic workouts (“Some People Are Bad Influences.”)

Panda’s Dance Party is available from these fine music services: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

My interview with Meghan Jenkins below:
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Bring Back the ABCs

Bring Back the ABCs

By Mark Aldrich
Oh, sweet honey and the rock, that’s awful, but most of the solutions to the “X Challenge” are awful …

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About twenty years ago, some friends and I started to exchange by email these twenty-six-word-long alphabetical prose-poems which one of us started to call “abecedarians,” because—as it turns out—this is what writers have always called them.

In Merriam-Webster, an abecedarian (noun) is a novice who has not yet mastered the rudiments, the beginning steps, of something. (Just think: How does one learn the alphabet from scratch?) As an adjective, it means, “of or related to the alphabet.” My friends and I had turned an adjective into a noun: an “abecedarian sequence” is a set of things arranged alphabetically; we were writing abecedarians, twenty-six-word alphabetical paragraphs that sometimes almost meant something. It was our own invention. Or so we thought.

It was not. Many writers taken a turn or two at the abecedarian form. Robert Pinsky, the former poet laureate, wrote an ABC poem that he rather appropriately titled “ABC”:

Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

 
Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

 
Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:
X=your zenith.

And he found a terrible solution to the “X Challenge,” which confronts each and every pursuer of the perfect abecedarian. “X=your zenith.” Oh, sweet honey and the rock, that’s awful, but most of the solutions to the “X Challenge” are. See mine, below.
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TTDWS Merch Available NOW

TTDWS Merch Available NOW

By Mark Aldrich
(Visit our store today: The The Ding Wrong Show Bonfire Storefront.)

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With the success of Meghan Jenkins’ weekly comedy/improv/talk-show/singalong YouTube show, The The Ding Wrong Show, came the demand for swag, for merch, for articles of clothing and items that fans could purchase and wear to display their devotion.

A couple months ago, TTDWS opened an online store to meet this need as it grows: THE THE DING WRONG SHOW STORE. Meghan and Panda have regularly added designs and new products ever since. New this week is a face mask that features the iconic “Silence Please” sign one can see on the set of TTDWS:

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