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one of the DEER GOD RADIO moments that really stands out to me as something particularly special was EPISODE 92 that i conducted with my friend VERONIKA about her all-time favorite band: METALLICA. i should start by thanking KRISTIN & TOM from MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC for making it technically possible behind-the-scenes, because VERONIKA was broadcasting remotely from ARGENTINA. which was so cool.
her and i met in VENEZUELA when we both worked at an international school in the petroleum-rich eastern part of the country. i moved there within six months of the demise of HUGO CHAVEZ, at what was the beginning of the disastrous regime of current "president" NICOLAS MADURO. i basically had a front row seat to the economic and political dismantling of a proud country (which in turn prepared me for the same stateside under TRUMP a few years down the road).
the thing that blew me away about VERONIKA (as well as two other local musicians i met) was how they all effectively learned ENGLISH through METALLICA lyrics. the level of PERSISTENCE and RESOURCEFULNESS to pull such off to me is still quite an incredible achievement and showcases a summit of true FANDOM i cant begin to imagine. she even flew alone to BRASIL (first time abroad!) to see them play live in RIO DE JANEIRO.
like a lot of admirers of THRASH METAL, post-CLIFF BURTON era METALLICA is a little suspect especially once they hit the 1990s, but meeting my friend VERONIKA kinda changed my view a bit on the global phenomena behind that celebrated by all-too-often derided band. at the very least i wanted her perspective when presenting their music on my show and im still happy we (and by we i mean KRISTIN & TOM at MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC) were able to pull it off.
in case you were wondering, like many VENEZUELANS with qualifications, VERONIKA was able to leave VENEZUELA in order to find economic prosperity elsewhere on the continent. in the post-CHAVEZ years when VENEZUELA has truly nose-dived POLITICALLY and especially ECONOMICALLY, many have sought refuge in countries such as CHILE, PANAMA, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR and ARGENTINA. i have other friends from VENEZUELA that have even become long-term refugees in GERMANY. its an absolutely disgrace that the UNITED STATES has not done more in this regard.
anyway, definitely check out this special past episode of DEER GOD RADIO co-hosted with my friend VERONIKA. thinking of which, i should probably follow-up and do another show with her...