One year ago today, February 4, 2009, I founded Michigan Creatives, "A place for those in Michigan's creative industry, whether as an artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, musician, actor, designer..."
If you've already joined, thank you. If you haven't, please consider signing on today, then tell a fellow creative. It's still early in 2010, and I plan to help our social network grow significantly this year, both in terms of membership and scope. We're now on Facebook.
Look for an announcement about a group event soon.
I've had the following experience several times over the past year. I'll be in a restaurant or coffee house, and a classic rock tune will start wafting over the sound system. As I think to myself, not many under 30, possibly 35, will like or even know this tune, I notice that some of those in the Millennial Generation around me not only do like and know the tune, they're flat-out jamming. Some of the more notable incidents have involved David Bowie, and just last week I watched and listened as two twenty-somethings blasted from their iPod "Stairway to Heaven" and other Led Zeppelin nuggets. One of these guys seemed to know every riff and lyric.
Big surprise, big relief. My youth is not entirely gone.
As I've been listening to public radio stations make a push for new members this week during their fundraising drives, I thought it would be a perfect time to ask those of you involved in creative endeavors throughout the Great Lake State to join Michigan Creatives. I founded this social network on the Ning platform in February, and many people that I've known for years -- and some I've met only through it -- have joined. However, I'd like to double membership by the end of 2009, and am planning to become much more active on the network. When you join (it's free), I encourage you to upload portfolio material to your page, invite others to events, blog, chat, et al. It's another way for us to showcase the deep pool of creative talent in our two peninsulas. Thanks in advance.
Linda Yohn will spin listener requests and dedications on her annual Valentine's Day special, tomorrow -- Friday the 13th, no less -- from 9am-noon on WEMU. Grab your sweetie, tune into 89.1 FM, and enjoy the sweet and jazzy sounds from Linda, one of the jewels of the dial. Eastern Michigan University's splendid public radio station also will host a special benefit called "For the Love of WEMU" from 7am-3pm on Saturday at the Northside Grill in Ann Arbor. All tips will benefit 89.1, and Linda herself will be waiting tables from 11am-1pm. Be kind, be generous.
Ann Delisi returns to the airwaves
on WDET! This is welcome news to music lovers in Detroit and around the
globe, as Ann will have eight hours each weekend to enrapture and
enlighten through sound, just as she did at 'DET in the 1980s and 1990s. I had
the pleasure of working with Ann for many of those years, and was
privileged to fill in for her often as a substitute host. She has a
genuine passion for music, and I'm very happy to hear she's back.
Weekends just got even better.