Interpretations:Cast Your Pod To The Wind (Song)

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I believe that not only is it a song playing on the term 'podcasting', but if you listen to the lyrics, it's mostly about taking your expensive music player, swinging it round your body like a hammer and seeing just how far you can throw it. --MooseBlaster 15:35, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

I agree, Linnell is suggesting we throw our MP3 player as far as we can, "disregard the expense" damn right, iPods are like $300.-- 17:49, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
That was me.--tehbagel ( o ) 17:49, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Although the other interpretations were not lost on me, I also hear the song as being about maple trees losing their seed pods. ~Knud

Sugar maple's winged seed; propellers swinging from the trees -

Seriously, though, I think this is mostly literal, punched up with some fanciful metaphor. The lyric is about podcasting - you make this little pod of sound, do a wind-up, and *whee!* fling it out into the world, let it go free, cast it to the wind. The "disregard the expense" is about the expense of making and distributing the "pod" without remuneration for Them. It also communicates a feeling about how liberating it is to create these little pods, take a breath, and give them away. I also think there is some seed imagery here, or even bird imagery, but it is primarily about the feeling and the idea of podcasting. ~Christina Miller, October 2006

PS - also notice the cool internal vowel sound repeats - spin/limbs/wind and faster/cast and feel/breeze/free and let/speck. Very cool.

The song's title is likely a reference to Vince Guaraldi's hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (from the album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, released 1962). Guaraldi is best known for composing and performing the music to the animated versions of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts." -- Philip Nel, April 2007

OOoo! Good catch, since he's already copped to liking his work! ~Christina Miller, October 2007

This sounds like carnival music. I think its about the nrrator instructing

people to bring a screwdriver to the fair, get on the Whirl-a-Twirl or whatever, and while it's spinning so fast unscrew the screws that hold the car (pod) to the ride. Then the "pod" is launched into the sky with you in it, and it becomes a speck to the people on the ground. Might be because I dunno, the ride is harmful to the enviroment or something? Right? -Not Logged In Homfrog

I like to think of this song as the childish remarks of someone trying to make sense of podcasts. And I'd like to raise a question: Can you really play a clarinet sort of as a rapid-firing rhythm instrument like they do in this song? I had the feeling that it was synthesized--the same feeling I had when I heard the clarinet or whatever horn it was in their song "In the Middle".

It may also mean letting go of your "pod" like a kite; not necessarily a "throwing away", but simple releasing your pod to ride on the freedom of podcasts. Podcasts untether your news, cartoons, and information. This song may be in reference to freedom from your computer given by "casting your pod".

A lovely song about being free. Obviously a play on words of podcasting and in throwing away our I pods. The songs nearest relative in subject matter is the under-rated Rest Awhile which takes the idea of no possessions to a logical and frenetic conclusion - here, Linnell is in a far more whimsical mood and musically its melody has the same lightness that Flying V possesses. An old fashioned Giants song in that it does not fit the indie rock genre it was presumably left off the Else because it didn't fit the overall mood that they were trying to set. A mistake, as this slight but beautiful song sums up everything that makes the Giants so precious. It's lightness would have been a nice antidote to the heavy dance leaden feel that smothers much of the album. (Mr Tuck)

This definitely has something to do with their podcasts. If you look at the songs included in the album of the same name, Cast Your Pod to the Wind (The Else Bonus Disc), most of them were first released through a podcast. In fact, all but three of them were. The title is definitely a reference to the podcast background of the album.

I know the song's about the podcasts but when I hear it I always think about ballet. Especially at the start where it says "Twirl, twirl, twirl, spin" could be a pirouette, and "Extend your limbs" which is what my ballet teacher used to say a lot when I did ballet. Then the rest could be about trying to relax a bit and not think to hard about it and not not worry about making mistakes. So it could be about a ballerina who's going to be in some ballet show and is worried that she'll mess it up so her teacher, the singer I'd imagine, is telling her to relax and forget about her worries. This is probably a strange way to interpret it and it's probably not the intention of the song but this is just what I think. -- 05:03, 5 July 2013 (EDT)