What Now with Simo

by Simo Sakari Aaltonen

A freeform, wide-ranging podcast by writer and composer Simo Sakari Aaltonen on any topics foremost on his mind at the time of recording. The seasons are also collected in book form. Some favourite topics include creativity and all the arts — music, films, screenplays, fiction, poetry, comics, games, comedy, and everything in between. Messages from listeners welcomed for possible inclusion in an episode. Note that sending a rec... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • S04 E09 - 4.9 2nd Anniversary Special

    S04 E09 - 4.9 2nd Anniversary Special

    “Season 4 Theme — 2nd Anniversary Opening Version” (@ 0:00) — Two years from recording the first episode at Hótel Vellir in Iceland — My mother’s passing — My parents — “2nd Anniversary Lyre” (@ 1:52) — New leather couch from Denm...

    53:59
  • S04 E08 - 4.8 Northern Lights, Op. 2 No. 1: “A Beginning Is a Difficult Place to End”

    S04 E08 - 4.8 Northern Lights, Op. 2 No. 1: “A Beginning Is a Difficult Place to End”

    Northern Lights, Op. 2 No. 1 for Lap Steel Guitar: “A Beginning Is a Difficult Place to End” (@ 0:00)© 2022 Simo Sakari Aaltonen. All rights reserved.

    03:28
  • S04 E07 - 4.7 Notes to Self, Plastic People, and Symphonies Then and Now

    S04 E07 - 4.7 Notes to Self, Plastic People, and Symphonies Then and Now

    “Notes to Self” (@ 0:25) — Backlog — Some individual points — Line by Rod Serling — “What are you, some kind of sadist?” — Nicholas Meyer on specificity and universality — The very picture of a violinist — Sir Yehudi Menuhin — Pos...

    12:55
  • S04 E06 - 4.6 Warmth, Light, and Freedom of Expression

    S04 E06 - 4.6 Warmth, Light, and Freedom of Expression

    Year 2022 — On a train — Warmth — Finland has two great festivals of light and warmth — Midsummer and Christmas — Human warmth is a miracle — The most difficult thing to get across in art — Harder than comedy — Everything needs to...

    13:36
  • S04 E05 - 4.5 A Christmas Song

    S04 E05 - 4.5 A Christmas Song

    Finnish Christmas song: "Varpunen jouluaamuna" ("Sparrow on Christmas Morning")

    03:16