Mountain Rain

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Mountain Rain[1]
Somewhere Out There
Original Broadcast Date
June 9, 1996
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Serious Monologue, Absurd Lists, 1 hour
Preceded by: Lost Soul
Followed by: Escape From Paradise

""My father was a very, very popular and wonderful teacher.""

Mountain Rain is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Somewhere Out There. It was originally broadcast on June 9, 1996.

This program was originally broadcast on KCRW in 1996. The entire hour is composed of a monologue spoken by Joe over music loops.


  • Joe watches his wonderful and respected father painfully wasting away.
  • A grisly car accident occurs outside his hospital window. Joe's father is near death.
  • Joe prays for his father, who then dies a horrible, agonizing, graceless death while the attending nurse is in another room copulating with a patient.
  • Joe's ex calls in the middle of this chaos to demand alimony.
  • The funeral: Joe's mother falls apart and dies; now it's a funeral for two.
  • The cortege gets lost: a collapsed bridge, more chaos.
  • At the cemetery: flooding and unearthed human remains are everywhere.
  • A lovely hillside church nearby explodes. A lovely pair of children appears, only to hurl objects at Joe.
  • "And it was then that I came to the realization that the world is evil."
  • A recurring dream of an angel, then seeing glimpses of her in real life. Actually encountering her at a restaurant. "Who are you?"
  • They get acquainted, go out on a superficial date and shop at a drug store (silly list), she leaves without giving him her number.
  • Flashback to an evening with his parents at a resort. His parents dancing alone in the rain, the most peaceful moment of Joe's life.
  • A dream: at a restaurant with a beautiful woman. They can't seem to communicate. He sees her later from a bus on the street, lactating from atop a ladder.
  • Flashback to age 19 in the village meeting a woman. She takes him home and seduces him. Joe objects that he doesn't know her, so she impatiently shows him some pictures and tells him the basic facts of her life. "OK, now you know me." They spend the night. They argue over a poster of the earth.
  • Climing K2. "And so we had a prodigiously psychedelic experience."



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I thought the descriptions of the angel in his dreams were quite touching. The last 30 minutes or so of this program describe the K2 ascent, a hysterical account of a hapless attempt to climb a nearly impossible mountain. "And so we had a prodigiously psychedelic experience." There's an absurd list of provisions in the K2 monologue.

Somewhere Out There

Arena (remix) | At the Dark End of the Bar | Bible Salesman | Bible Stories | Black Light | Blues Singer | Call in the Night, A (remix) | Death in the Family, A (remix) | Enterprising Man, An | Escape from Paradise | Eye in the Sky | Fat Man Down | Five Part Dissonance (remix) | God Only Knows | I'm Not Crazy (remix) | Joe Frank Live - Women Police Officers | Journal | Just Get Me Out of Here | Justine | Last Show | Lost Soul | Loved One, The (remix) | Mountain Rain | O.J. Chronicles, The | Obsessions | Other Side, The | Pathology | Philosophy | Phone Therapy | Policemen's Ball, The (remix) | Red Sea | Rent a Family (remix) | Reprise | River, The | Road to Calvary, The | Sacred, The | Soul Mate (remix) | Talk to Me | Three Shingles | White Moon