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The Holland Patent Postal Union

Drifting Off with Joe Pera

Joe Pera

Ryan Dann, Music, Mary Lattimore, Michael Nau, Joe Pera, Dan Deacon, Julianna Barwick, Drift Off, Society & Culture, Comedy, Interview, Sleep, Tv & Film, Film Interviews, Meditation, Sleep Podcast, History, Relax

51.2K Ratings

🗓️ 4 April 2024

⏱️ 12 minutes

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As you may have heard, Drifting Off is on a brief hiatus. But in the meantime, here's the first episode of Ryan's new project - the Holland Patent Postal Union. The 2nd episode is also live everywhere you get your podcasts. 

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/3EVtibpTN4cNun9t0Hn3vd

Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holland-patent-postal-union/id1730609828 

Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/@HollandPatentPostalUnion

Hey Drifters,

Ryan here. Drifting Off is on hiatus, but I want to keep making stuff. So I’m starting an audio project I’ve wanted to do for a while called the Holland Patent Postal Union in which I write audio letters to people. It might not put you to sleep, but if you’ve enjoyed the music and sound design aspect of Drifting Off, the Holland Patent Postal Union is going to dig a little deeper in that direction.

Joe, Grant, and I appreciate all the support you’ve given us this past year, and personally it was some of my favorite work. If you like what you hear and want to hear more, consider signing up over at the Patreon (link below) for early access and exclusive stuff or keep an eye out for episodes at the usual podcast spots in a few weeks. Thanks for listening!



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Dear listener. So, drifting off is on hiatus, but I still have all these toys.


But, I still have all these toys. And since I have all this extra free time, I'd like to keep making things.


So, I'm going to start writing letters. Oh, Oh, Just before the pandemic, my sister had a kid and when everyone went into lockdown my nephew was only two.


Now this is a very crucial age to solidify your role as the favorite uncle, and I was losing


valuable face-to-face time.


So I figured I would write him a letter with my voice so that he knew it was me,


something special from me to him, to put me in first place.


He had just discovered the drum set in my parents basement and naturally his toddler mind was


completely steamrolled by how cool it was to hit a drum as hard as you can.


So I included in the letter a bunch of fun drum sounds.


And I also explained what a letter was and then I sent it.


My sister sent me a video of the first time that they played the letter for my nephew.


And he looked completely confused.


I knew he had heard children's songs before and I really thought he'd be able to figure this out.


But I don't have kids and I guess I don't understand two-year-olds.


But I had fun and I wanted to write more because I figured he would catch up eventually


But then the lockdown ended and I got to go visit him and I just I never got around to it and I sort of shelved the letter writing idea.


For what it's worth I do think I'm the favorite uncle now, and even if he didn't understand


it, maybe the letter did its job. All that to say I like letters.


When you write, when you're a writer, it seems like you're a writer.


It seems like you're supposed to write to a lot of people all at once.


You're supposed to envision a large crowd of people and then listen very closely until you can hear something. I'm not going to be able to


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