As promised, I'm offering readers a chance to promote their own projects—music, writing, business, charitable, whatever. So jump in, and give us your best elevator pitch.
My hobby for the last few years has been transcribing liner notes and reviews of jazz albums. Succinctly put, my goal is for digital listeners to have the same access to knowledge as analog listeners once did. I've found that the best place to publish these notes is at Rate Your Music, a popular music database that's been around for 20+ years. I've learned a lot from typing out the notes, and I've had several people reach out and thank me including someone who was able to use the liner notes in their doctoral dissertation on politics and jazz in the 1960s.
Thanks for the opportunity, Ted.
I'm a huge fan Ted! Yours was one of the first Substacks I paid for. I write a weekly newsletter called Thought Bananas: www.thoughtbananas.substack.com where I cover a lot of different stuff. This is my best stuff so far:
> A Requiem for Sean in D Minor https://thoughtbananas.substack.com/p/requiem-for-sean-in-f-minor This is an essay about friendship, shame, addiction, helping the ones we love, and living with complex regrets. (TW: addiction, suicide)
> A Dirge for Eastern Redwoods https://thoughtbananas.substack.com/p/a-dirge-for-eastern-redwoods A meditation on family and how who came before us shapes who we are, told through the lens of an homage to the extinct tree that built America.
> The Masculine Urge to Visit a Psychic Giraffe in Khartoum https://thoughtbananas.substack.com/p/the-masculine-urge-to-take-marzipan An original short story in the magical realism genre inspired by a Twitter bot.
> Making, Not Finding, Your Way: Review of The Pathless Path by Paul Millerd https://thoughtbananas.substack.com/p/reflections-on-the-pathless-path Are we are jobs? Paul Millerd things not and I'm inclined to agree--but where does this leave us in how we define ourselves, successes, failures, worth, and all?
> What Becoming a Father Taught Me About Self Care https://thoughtbananas.substack.com/p/what-becoming-a-father-taught-me A reflection on how learning to love a child made me re-cast my own role in my life as someone who needs to "take care of himself."
I’d love to share stuff I’m working on — but first and second I want to thank Ted for so many things: sharing his curiosities, erudition, and humor with the world, being an attentive yet seemingly voracious listener, generously giving to others (such as in creating these open mics!).
I’m a jazz pianist and here are some recent fun creations:
T.S. Monk + Chopin mashup — “Ruby, My Hero” — https://youtu.be/6LtTo01bqJc
Travel Poems . Chapter 2 . The night sea (piano solo/trio mixed with soundscapes) — LP at https://album.link/travel
Foot of the Carpathians (photo roman music video, especially for fans of Chris Marker’s La Jetée) — https://youtu.be/QIhPhxYTXUg
Lullabies of the Pleiades (solo piano a.k.a. transcribed exoplanetary musicological research :) — https://ericpan.bandcamp.com/album/lullabies-of-the-pleiades
Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun reimagined for solo piano — https://youtu.be/_dSRPHYdogk
I’m launching a Substack next week, would love to see some of you there! Look forward to seeing everyone’s creations here 🍀☀️
I'm 50-years-old and recently released a debut album ("Timothy Bailey & the Humans") after decades of living under a rock because of serious mental illness. My work revolves around searching for hope amidst that darkness. The record was co-produced by Chad Clark of Beauty Pill, and was made with the generous help of my city's best jazz and rock musicians. Comparisons to Mark Eitzel, Scott Walker.
I'm currently on the lam—running from the Jazz Police!
Album: https://timothybaileyandthehumans.bandcamp.com (You can find it on the streamers, too.)
Hi Ted, thanks for this opportunity. I really enjoy your in-depth essays and analysis!
My Substack newsletter How About This is almost 7 months old.
The tagline is: notebook nerdery, creativity, reading, writing, and realizing, with a dash of current events and pop culture, cooked in a curious Atlantic Canadian sauce.
I recently wrote about a notebook harvest (going through old notebooks and finding the best bits to reuse and expand upon in more detail), at this link: https://howaboutthis.substack.com/p/creative-realizer-a-notebook-harvest
I also wrote about our Moon recently and how large it is compared to the size of the Earth, which is unusual in our solar system: https://howaboutthis.substack.com/p/curious-realizer-origin-moon-creative-work
And finally, I also reminisced about black and white television and it's impact on me (Gen Xer) growing up: https://howaboutthis.substack.com/p/curious-realizer-monochrome-was-the
I publish Juke, an arts journal (poetry/music/essays/art) with dirt in the corners. We're at https://www.juke.press/.
I'm always looking for new contributors, and I love to help promote the work of other Substack writers. Anyone who's interested: check out the page first and then if you think you're a good fit, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Ted, for the thread! And thanks for all the work you put into this page. I've only been reading for a couple months, but I look forward to receiving each of the emails.
I'm running a small press out of my attic, putting out short titles mostly focused on design, art, media and cultural ephemera. These include a collection of over twenty patent designs for educational children's toys of the 1970s and '80s, a collection over 100 logos from independent video stores during the 1980s and '90s, a wallet-sized pocket guide to interpreting discarded playing cards you find while out on a walk, and a directory of over 80 active phone numbers for pre-recorded menu hotlines in hospitals, military bases and community centers across the U.S. It's all here: https://www.birchwoodpalace.com
I wish I were an artist, but my creative endeavor is a nonprofit devoted to helping highly and profoundly gifted kids and their families build community. We are www.BRIGHTLinks.us
I'm one of the co-founders, and we're based in the Triangle NC area. We don't charge more than a teeny yearly fee to cover liability insurance and for that, we host in person events, game days, field trips, clubs, and we teach homeschool classes that most kids could never otherwise get (soldering your own radio kit at 8? Sure! Learning computational linguistics at 11? Yes! Ready for algorithmic game theory at 13? Why not!) and provide support and advocacy for families whose kids are so bright yet struggling to find friends or get their needs met in school.
Considering homeschool but overwhelmed at the prospect? We will help! Want to find another family whose kid is 10 and builds his own drones but can't be bothered to learn to tie his shoes? Btdt! Need a place for your kid to learn special relativity even though she can't remember to stay seated in class and melts down when her pencil breaks? We get it, and we want these kids to succeed.
We do it all for free, and our goal is to help families feel less alone, and for their kids to have the social and emotional growth that comes from finding peers of whatever age. We welcome more families to join us--we don't look at test scores, we trust if your judgment on it have a need for your kids to find peers like us. and we are (sigh) yet again looking for a new location for spring classes--so if you have a lead on space, I'd be forever grateful.
Side note: music is one of the only places these kids are allowed to be challenged to their intellectual level regardless of age. It's so difficult to get most education environments out of the "we serve these ages/grades." But talent and interest in curiosity still matter in music, and it has been such a blessing to find music teachers and bands who support homeschoolers. If you're in the triangle NC area and homeschool, there are music people and orgs to help.
I'm the co-host of Rock Docs, a podcast about music documentaries. This week's episode is, appropriately, about The Last Waltz: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-docs/id1588316475?i=1000587104299
Started by a good friend.
Has a record of amazing accomplishments in boosting public health access in rural places around the world. Publishes up-to-date medical information in dozens of languages. Specializing in training community health workers. All for free.
Punches WAY above its funding rate.
I've been enjoying reading your book as each new chapter appears in my inbox. Thanks for this opportunity to let people know what I've been doing. I've written about music (and other things) for 43 years now, and two or three months ago I got on the substack tip to create Steve Pick's Writing Place. There I post record and song reviews, TV reviews, and book reviews (many about music). The latest post is on RJ Smith's fantastic new Chuck Berry biography. https://stevepick.substack.com/p/i-read-a-book-chuck-berry-an-american
The whole shebang can be accessed at https://stevepick.substack.com/
I'm happy to show some of my music:
A world of music, one song at a time. https://www.eclectico.org/
Hi Ted, thank you for all the work you do! I picked up your book Healing Songs several years ago and am happy to say it has played a major role in my life and career trajectory. I am a recovering ex-public school music teacher. I am currently in pursuit of my master's in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in expressive arts therapies, particularly the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. I am a level 1 Sound Healing practitioner and church choir director. I'm looking to meet and connect with people who value the transformational potential of Music as healing medicine, whether in a clinical, educational, or religious setting.
--and since I missed the last open mic, I have to encourage everyone to explore the music from the band Cloud Cult and also Nahko and Medicine for the People. Both bands affirm the transformative power of music through their lyrics and extra-musical works and mission.
I have a music substack that's mostly just a collection of artists I like... old stuff, new stuff, stuff I'm currently listening to, stuff I used to listen to, etc. I don't do a lot of flowery descriptions or intellectualizing why you should listen to something. It's really just: I like this, maybe you will too.
I have lots of ideas for actual "articles" to write: about topics in certain songs, or surrounding the music industry in general, but I never get around to writing them and wind up posting listicles instead. I'm not really a writer, so the ideas are a lot easier for me to come up with than they are to explain in text.
Assuming I have Ted's attention: I have a post about Y-OTIS... as someone who's not really "into" jazz, I'm wondering what someone with more insight would have to say about it, because I love it: https://flume.substack.com/p/y-otis
hi there, during the first lockdowns in 2020-1 I started an international arts project called (c)ovid’s metamorphoses, with more than 130 awesome participants, such as the late lee scratch perry, arcade fire’s richard reed parry, bill morrison, etc … see
… I’m still looking for funds, but we‘re probably releasing next year: large book with 7 cds and 2 dvds … yay!!! … and kudos to Ted for giving us this opportunity … you‘re incredibly inspiring, Ted!