Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, California, produces the annual Young Writers Project, sending writers to coach high school students, selecting shows for production, then giving them their premiere on the Theatre of NOTE stage. Student writers are involved in casting from a pool of professional, working actors. Directors work with the writers as needed during the rehearsal process. Kids get to speak their minds, and you might be surprised by what you hear. This episode explores some of that journey, but mostly our shared journey. (Hint: It may be more shared than you think.)
Here's the link to iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lifelabnotes/id1191581962?mt=2
And a couple of links mentioned in the episode. A few more will follow in the next couple of days.
If you look up images about "letting go," you get a lot of sky and ocean shots. Also, birds, balloons, and dandelions. That makes perfect sense to me. The sky, the ocean, birds, balloons, and where those dandelion feathery-leaves go all point to the unknown, the utter lack of control. It is hard to let go, whether it's a good thing or person, or not-so-good, or truly awful.
That's what this episode is about. It's written and performed by me, Silvie Zamora, with beautiful underscoring by Phil Ward. The Life Lab Notes podcast theme is also by Phil Ward.
Here are the helpful and interesting links I promised. Scout around. Don't be afraid. Or, go ahead and feel what you feel, but explore anyway.
This website is FULL of cool stuff:
And so is this one. This one is a headier website, with so many book recommendations on lots of fascinating and deep subjects, and just browsing the quotes is very cool. This link is to one article, but do look around.
And finally, this one, in honour of my Mom:
I just invented that phrase. Feel free to use it!
The Life Lab Notes podcast, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts are all grooving along, so it's a good time to look back to the first podcast of the new year. See, first, we produced the 2016 Audio Advent Calendar, then got the fun idea to go year-round. Here's where it started:
We're tickled pink to announce we've begun our year-round podcast! Here's a link to our inaugural episode, a comedy sketch about beginnings:
“Happy New Year! Love, The Old Year.”
Life Lab Notes is produced by Silvie Zamora. The Life Lab Notes podcast theme was created by Phil Ward. Today's piece was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Keith Ferguson.
We'd love for you to follow @LifeLabNotes on Instagram and Twitter. We're on Facebook, too.
I cannot feel guilty about posting the podcast in honour of Black History Month at 10:30pm on the day before the last day of Black History Month.
I can't feel guilty because we should really be celebrating the history and contributions of our brothers and sisters all year long. We should because we CAN. Celebrating one group does not diminish the celebration of another. It just makes more celebrating.
Please have a listen to The Boy, The Train, and The Mom Who Knew What To Do. Let it help you celebrate, enjoy, think, mourn, and hope. Here's the link to it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lifelabnotes/id1191581962?mt=2
Many thanks to Emanuel Collins for this interview. I loved every minute!
Talk to people about your new podcast, and you will find yourself spending a fair amount of time explaining what your podcast is not.
Life Lab Notes:
It's funny, but not stand-up.
It's heartwarming, but not sappy.
It looks at humanity, but isn't removed from it, like a textbook might be.
It's a podcast, but it's not an hour-long interview.
Podcasts are as diverse as TV, film, music, books, and people are. I highly recommend "The Infinite Monkey Cage" for a funny and fascinating look at science, "The Allusionist" for you word-lovers, and "The Memory Palace" for historical story-telling that will sometimes break your heart, always in all the right ways. Oh, and the BBC Radio 4 Comedy of the Week is always fun - sometimes sketch comedy, sometimes stand-up, sometimes personal storytelling, sometimes audio fiction. See?
You can listen to podcasts in the car, at the gym, on a walk, or while you're doing dishes. You don't have to listen to an hour-long interview in one chunk! Wha-wha-what? I'm telling you, you have so much variety to choose from in the world of podcasts!
Go to iTunes and poke around for something you think you might like, and give it a listen. Then share that link with someone, so they can give it a listen. It's easy, fun, and free!
We leave you with a few of our attempts at podcast branding words and phrases:
•an earful of fun
•a short burst of audio fun
•like a variety show, but shorter, and only the sound part
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so let's take a look at author and editor Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879). You know her work; she wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb," which was the first speech ever recorded on the newly-invented (1877) phonograph. But she also wrote more weighty stuff - historical fiction set during the Civil War, stories about slavery (she was adamantly against it), and about the North and South coming together. She was one of the very first female American novelists.
She also wrote a letter campaign which lasted seventeen years. She wrote to five U.S. presidents, beginning in 1846, calling for Thanksgiving to be made a national holiday. Thanksgiving had been celebrated by several states, but was unknown in much of the South. She convinced Abraham Lincoln to support legislation to establish Thanksgiving as an official, national holiday. The date was changed a few times until Franklin D Roosevelt set the date we currently recognize, the fourth Thursday in November, but the point is that Sarah Josepha Hale firmly believed in the unification of the country and she didn't stop taking steps until someone with the power to take bigger steps listened and agreed.
She got a lot of important things done in her life. As editor of American Ladies' Magazine, she worked to publish American writers, at a time when many other American magazines were mainly reprinting articles from British periodicals. She believed in higher education and employment for women, she helped to found Vassar College, she raised money to complete the Bunker Hill Monument. She was a powerhouse who started her eminent career the year after her beloved husband died. She raised her five children, and she worked until she was 89.
Here's to Sarah Josepha Hale. May we all "lend (our) aid to the intellectual and moral character of those within (our) sphere."
Here's a timely teaser for the Audio Advent Calendar. Part Christmas, part ghost story, All Hallow's Eve.
Life Lab Notes is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Audio Advent Calendar!
The Audio Advent Calendar is a secular, daily podcast celebrating the traditions that bring us together, and the foods, rituals, and music that connect us. We are looking for one to two minute sketches, stories, poems, and essays that are heart-warming, light, comedic, dramatic, and thought-provoking. It’s the podcast version of an advent calendar, so instead of a piece of chocolate every day, you get a story treat! Personal, historical, educational, entertaining stories that honour our diversity and focus on the good stuff we have in common.
Submissions must be no longer than two minutes.
Deadline for submissions is October 15.
Email written sketches, stories, poems, or essays to SilvieZamora@mac.com
Accepted submissions will be recorded by Life Lab Notes and podcast daily, from December 1st through the 25th.
Last year’s Audio Advent Calendar featured traditions from around the world, across religions, and through the ages, and included essays about carols, candy canes, Santa Claus and his other versions, the Christmas Truce in World War I, eggnog, the origin story of Christmas pudding, Saturnalia, and the reindeer police of . Please have a listen to a few from last year, at https://audioboom.com/LifeLabNotes
Life Lab Notes is dedicated to the pursuit of interesting and possibly helpful insights about humans and life.
I wish for us all that there would be only good health, financial success, and fun adventures in the year ahead. But, I wish even harder for us to face the inevitable challenges with grace. I hope that when things aren't going our way, we can make room in our hearts and heads for what we don't know: we might not be able to see any good that could come out of a situation, but let's assume it's there somewhere. Try adding a #blessed or a #GodIsGood to your posts about losing a gig, or getting a flat tire, or catching a cold. (Unless you believe the only time you're blessed is when skies are sunny).
May you start each day before checking in on Facebook. Check in with yourself first! Before you venture into the news of the world, look at your personal, inner world. How's it going?
May you take nothing personally.
May you choose to be happy, gracious, and kind.
Here's to taking the power we already have and making good things happen for the world.
We made it to Christmas! There are just two thoughts left on my Audio Advent Calendar topics list.
Click on the image below to venture cautiously into No Man’s Land.
PS Here is a link to a wonderful article in the Washington Post.