Meet the Gardener
Photo: Diane Wolkstein (Cloudstone).
Yes, I really should introduce myself, shouldn’t I?
My name is Philip David Morgan, and I often call myself a “child of the media,” having been born during the rise of broadcast television in the United States (there were only three networks back in 1962).
I’ve been a practicing webmaster since 1996, when I created The Diane Wolkstein Pages as part of my personal website (this was before the Web truly became “bigger than big”). The Pages were really little more than an unofficial “fan site” to promote and celebrate the legendary New York City storyteller and author. But Diana (a close friend of mine since 1993) saw potential in being online, and when her official website was launched in 2000, I was brought on board as webmaster — a role I continue to serve even today.
I did more, however, than become Diana’s official webmaster in 2000: That was also the year I (accidentally) became the audio engineer for her feature–length concert video of Inanna (2000, released 2007). And if you’ve seen the 2007 videofilm Diane Wolkstein: A Storyteller’s Story, please note that some of the footage of her telling Eleanor Farjeon’s “Elisie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep” is mine. (Both videos are available for sale as DVD–Rs from her website.)
And then, in 2009, I ended up taking things one step further: I used a Flip Video camcorder to record what would be the first episode of Just One Story…, an ongoing video series devoted to documenting live storytelling in the raw (no special staging, no video EFX, nothing). To create a home of sorts for the series, I also launched a banner called Promenade Digital [Mediaworks] — a mouthful of a name based on my initials, which I decided ultimately was a tad too vain.
Hence, Rosegarden Television (a/k/a Rosegarden Media and Entertainment), with a new homepage on Tumblr — because media production doesn’t pay all the bills (if any). (Which, in turn, is why I have a no–so–glamorous supermarket job. Part–time, by the way.)
I could say more, but I think it will be better to move onward with tending to the newly-planted Garden. I will have more to say about Just One Story… soon, when I will start posting news about the show along with (remastered) episodes.
For now, it’s a pleasure to meet you.