About Luke Lefler

“Terrible, terrible decisions to make –/The kind of example that you cannot fake.”  This and several scattered lines scribbled down, in a coffee shop that had been located in what used to be called “Vancouver Mall” but is now called something else, in Vancouver, USA, became lyrics for a song that I called “Next To Last.”  Despite its immediately seeming juvenile and awkward this song comes very close to the way I feel a lot of the time.

In fact, when I look at my lyrics in general, I find that they really do capture my honest, persistent feelings.  That’s one reason why I decided to publish all of my lyrics.  The other is that I needed some excuse for website content because I wanted to have one.  Upon reflection it became obvious to me that there is every reason to be true to myself and reveal what I’ve confided in a moment of true expression.

Of course, the songs are not all there is to know about me.

It may be regarded that my great contribution to the cultural pool has been my career in non-commercial radio, beginning in the early 1980s at KUGS-FM in Bellingham, Washington, and then from 1983-1993 at KBOO-FM in Portland, Oregon.  By the time I’d arrived at KBOO I’d settled on “Baron Landscape” as my primary nom de radio.

The program was Baron Landscape’s Broken Hours, and it aired from 1983 to 1993.

This peri-social behavior was carried out during a excruciating parallel career in the hospitality industry, particularly Hotel Food and Beverage.  One is always bussing tables but I advanced to Dining Room Waiter and Room Service Waiter.  Ultimately I became a Room Service Manager and routinely served as Maître d’hôtel.  Burn-out sent me packing off to the electrifying world of legal records management in a corporate law firm, where I stayed for another ten years, lurking in music news groups and writing extended email treatises on file disposition advisement and creative ways to promote bar-coding.

In March of 2007 I broke with the rat-race and began freelancing, first as a part-time copywriter for a widely-known expatriate website and secondarily in the service of selling off my collection on eBay.  I had an interest in web design and also I discovered that I should be podcasting. The eighteen-or-so months which I spent on my own schedule resulted in the pursuits found here. I returned to KBOO for a one-off program in July of 2008 and contributed 40-plus minutes of material to KBOO’s September, 2008 celebration of Dada and Surrealism, began podcasting Show and Tell Gallery Productions events and rolled-out my personal podcast, Baron Landscape’s Broken Hours, employing the incentive of National Podcast Post Month in November, 2008. I have also returned to the workforce in whatever capacity it will absorb me.

Throughout it all I have been an observer and an all-too-infrequent writer of not only songs but also drama and prose and various unruly mutations.

So, this blog will no doubt whine loudly, especially with boredom when unattended.

  • Scott McCulloch

    Small were the hours spent pondering life's absurd journey, led by a Scotsman standing guard over your soul in the downtown Rialto.

    Wishing you well, from an ocean away.

  • Scott McCulloch

    Small were the hours spent pondering life's absurd journey, led by a Scotsman standing guard over your soul in the downtown Rialto.

    Wishing you well, from an ocean away.

  • Scott McCulloch

    Small were the hours spent pondering life's absurd journey, led by a Scotsman standing guard over your soul in the downtown Rialto.

    Wishing you well, from an ocean away.

  • Scott McCulloch

    Small were the hours spent pondering life's absurd journey, led by a Scotsman standing guard over your soul in the downtown Rialto.

    Wishing you well, from an ocean away.

  • Ed Jones

    Hi Baron, Ed Jones writing, from Satyricon. We used to kick it a bit back in the day. I found you because I was doing a search for Portland Poets and landed in your blog. I am a painter now. I have had several art shows at 3 Friends Coffee shop, which is a block from my art studio. You say in your profile that you design websites -What do you charge?

  • Ed Jones

    Hi Baron, Ed Jones writing, from Satyricon. We used to kick it a bit back in the day. I found you because I was doing a search for Portland Poets and landed in your blog. I am a painter now. I have had several art shows at 3 Friends Coffee shop, which is a block from my art studio. You say in your profile that you design websites -What do you charge?

  • michael

    To The Baron,

    I really enjoyed listening to your show, The Broken hours. Your pre-recorded summers were something that i wish i had more of on cassette. I was maybe 14 or 15 and stumbled across your show late one night. That this was just the most outrageous thing. The remix of stuff you played swapped in with all notions of audio clips were very funny.

    I remember as teen listening with my jaw dropped and pillow propped up under my head thinking this was some great kinda pirate radio ;-). Some things i still recall to this day.

    There was a lady who used “Radio as her Bomb”. I'm guessing for social activism.
    For many weeks you declared ” Radio was my Comb” with never explaining just what the heck that was. So i got up the gumption to personally write you a letter. In it you explained her position, but that you used Radio for personal grooming!
    LMAO.. GREAT STUFF!
    Thats when i got more involved and actually called in and had this idea to try Dungeons and Dragons over the radio. O_o.
    Looking back, you never shot me down or said ” hey bad idea”. You in fact kinda encouraged it. Admittedly i never got the details to work, but…

    Just want to say thanks for your show. Good Times!!

    -michael

  • Spau00dfvogel

    What I wouldn’t give to hear those Broken Hours shows again! First place I heard Einsturzende Neubauten, Thrill Kill Kult, or the awesome 12″ remix of Ra Ra Rasputin by I Start Counting. and the gaps filled in with things like a clip about backward masking in a commercial recording session. Such times, such times. You were the Jean Shepherd of Portland.

  • Johnny_zonker

    you suck, luke.

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