Here's something we really love here at the Lab: when life imitates art, imitating life. So, every time we found ourselves puzzling over the name for our Thanksgiving sketch, the image for social media, the description for the episode for publishing it, we chuckled and shook our heads. "Good one, Life! Well played!"
But appreciating the irony does not deliver the info. As we neared desperation, we turned to slogangenerator.co (not dot com) and we were not disappointed. With only one variable you control, you are treated to a lovely string of silliness that couldn't possibly work and is also brilliant. We started coming up with slogans for ourselves: "The Better Way to Phil," "Silvie, The Future Is Here," "You Can. Denny!" Try it - it's ridiculous fun!
It also seemed the perfect time to give a name to this talented bunch of actors who voiced the 2016 Audio Advent Calendar, The 13 Days of Halloween, and Thanksgiving - Imagination At Work! After much deliberation and research, we decided upon the Life Lab Notes Polymer Players. (Mentioned in the post from earlier this week). We are so lucky and grateful to have the pleasure and privilege of working with these folks.
And we're so lucky and grateful for you! Many thanks for listening, reading, sharing, subscribing, following on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
May you be thankful every day.
It would smell as sweet, right? Would it? How much does a name tell us what to think?
Last year, we presented the 2016 Audio Advent Calendar. It was its own entity, before Life Lab Notes as we know it now. It was as those twenty-six daily podcasts were coming out that I decided it was so much brilliant fun to express ourselves in a short-form audio fiction narrative format, that we should keep on doing it.
Life Lab Notes was born. January of this year started off with a sketch about the New Year. The following months we presented personal stories, professionally produced, usually read by the author. Touching, thought-provoking, and funny, our writers shared their beauty pageant, hitch-hiking, book store, theme park, leaving-abusive-relationships, and growing up stories. They shared their hearts and minds, and we connected with them.
Then came October, and The 13 Days of Halloween podcast series. Fun, creepy, original audio fiction, with a cast of superb voice actors, writers, and musicians.
This week is Thanksgiving here in the US, and that's what this week's podcast episode is about. Since I'm beyond grateful for the talented and fun people I have the honour to work with, and the sketch itself has a sort of naming theme, it seemed like the perfect time to give this cast a proper name. So, I did some research.
Polymer [POL-uh-mer] noun, Chemistry: A natural or synthetic chemical structure where two or more like molecules are joined to form a more complex molecular structure.
Introducing the Life Lab Notes Polymer Players, in a special Thanksgiving sketch, coming this week.
The Big Money - One woman's journey to her gut instinct self, via the San Luis Obispo Beauty Pageant.
Back in 1921, sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., was crowned the very first Miss America. She was awarded $100. There are several ways to calculate the relative value of $100 in 1921 compared to, say, 1983. But if you think about it, there are several ways to figure the relative value of…everything.
Today's episode was written by Christine Zirbel, and performed by Silvie Zamora. Underscoring and the Life Lab Notes theme were created by Phil Ward.
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As a kid, he was a fighter. He did time. He raised two sons who became soldiers. He went to therapy. Then one day, he picked up two hitchhikers and taught them what he knew about getting along.
Written and performed by Brendan Weinhold. Music by Phil Ward.
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We were geekily delighted to see this photo a friend-of-a-friend sent in after hearing the "How To Fly A Jet - And Other Life Lessons" podcast. (It's our June episode - check it out.) We turned his photo and quote into an online postcard for Instagram and Twitter, which is why it says the link is in the bio. (Don't look for a bio here - scroll down a bit and you'll see the episode, or subscribe to LifeLabNotes on iTunes or Stitcher.)
Thanks, Steve D!
With "Memories from a Brief Air Force Career," Jerry Ward unwittingly inspired the crew here at Life Lab Notes in many ways, none of which involve becoming a pilot, all of which involve being a good, steady, attention-paying, adventure-seeking person. This is part of his story, and some of what we learned from it.
Written by Jerry Ward and Silvie Zamora.
The Life Lab Notes theme and underscoring were created by Phil Ward.
"Tempted To Fight" was written and performed by Phil Ward.
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.
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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!