A podcast for people who long to try something bold but need some encouragement.
Productive Life Coach, Liz Sumner, interviews people who are doing (or teaching) things that others have always wanted to do.
What have you always wanted to try?
Go Into Outer Space
Annie Handmer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, in the School of History and Philosophy of Science. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, with Honours in History and Philosophy of Science, also from the University of Sydney. Annie’s research focuses on science and technology studies and the sociology of science in extreme environments. Annie also tutors an undergraduate subject called ‘Science, Ethics, and Society’ at the University of Sydney.
In addition to her academic studies, she is on the Advisory Council for the Space Industry Association of Australia, a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and of the ‘Ethics and Human Rights in Space’ Project Group, the History of Science Society, the Australia and New Zealand Space Law Interest Group, the Aerospace Futures Committee, the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, and is also the host and creator of the Space Junk Podcast.
Where to find me:
Instagram / Twitter - @anniehandmer
My podcast: The Space Junk Podcast online (https://thespacejunkpod.fireside.fm/)
My videos: http://www.youtube.com/c/SpaceJunkPodcast
Patreon (support the podcast): https://www.patreon.com/thespacejunkpod
Resources Annie mentions:
Future Problem Solving International: https://www.fpspi.org/
Space Generation Advisory Council: https://spacegeneration.org/
Mars Desert Research Station: http://mdrs.marssociety.org/
Zooniverse People-Powered Research: https://www.zooniverse.org/
Dylan O'Donnell Astrophotography: https://youtu.be/oorQAYe_KcM
Alice Gorman: https://twitter.com/drspacejunk
Learn to Play Jazz Piano
Hello, I’m Dr. Bob Lawrence – the founder and President of The Dallas School of Music.
I am a native of Rock Island, Illinois (located a couple hours west of Chicago). Growing up in a musical family and continuously hearing the Dixieland sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, I was destined to be a professional musician from early on. Many gifted and accomplished local jazz musicians were enormously influential during my early years of formation in the Quad-Cities (Al Frandsen, Warren Parrish, and Jack Scott to name just a few).
After receiving a Bachelors degree in music from St. Ambrose University, I headed south to attend graduate school at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). Considered by many the best collegiate jazz program in the world (which it is), NTSU (UNT) is where I would have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of learning from jazz legends Dan Haerle, Rich Matteson, and Jack Peterson. It was a fantastic environment, a constant thrill, and a dream come true!
Likewise, it was during my masters and doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, I was blessed to have the opportunity to study with internationally renowned music education philosopher and sociologist Dr. Hildegard Froehlich. Under her guidance (and wisdom) I conducted extensive research on community music education which was the focus of my dissertation.
My passion for teaching, music education, research, and entrepreneurship led to the vision and founding of The Dallas School of Music where I currently serve as President and CEO and have done so for the past 30 years. I am also the founder and developer of JazzPianoSkills, a site dedicated to introducing aspiring Jazz Pianists to professional Jazz Piano Skills. From an insightful and motivating educational Jazz Piano Podcast, to comprehensive and interactive Jazz Piano Courses, along with private and group online Jazz Piano Classes, the JPS Program offers something for everyone – from the beginner to the advanced player.
You can quickly reach me at 972-380-8050 Ext. 211 or feel free to Email me at drlawrence@JazzPianoSkills.com. I look forward to helping you discover, learn, and play jazz piano!
Dig for Dinosaur Fossils
Becky Barnes is a paleontologist with the North Dakota Geological Survey, located in Bismarck, ND. She works as the lab manager and volunteer coordinator for the paleo. Department, and is one of three paleontologists on staff. Her summers are spent out across North Dakota, collecting fossils and assisting with public fossil digs. Her winters are spent cleaning those same fossils in the lab (located in the basement of the Heritage Center and State Museum), wrangling volunteers, doing public outreach and tours, and writing or illustrating new educational publications.
Her love of paleontology began at a young age, and she never grew out of it. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN in Biological Sciences, and her Masters degree through North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND – also in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in vertebrate paleontology.
She enjoys woodworking as a hobby, and lives with her husband, daughter, and a plethora of cats.
For the NDGS Paleo crew – we’re @NDGSpaleo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
For Becky – @thewoodwyrm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – or you can see the whole gamut of stuff via https://linktr.ee/TheWoodWyrm
Books: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/paleo_primer/ (all illustrations in Paleo Primers, PrehiStories, Coloring Book Becky's)
Dig information: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/digs/
Dig notification signup (via MailChimp): https://dmr.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=12689cab16f7d92c1f287d4e0&id=874e5eba1e
My art: https://www.deviantart.com/thewoodwyrm
Produce a Broadway Show
Mia Moravis is a three-time Emmy® Awards-nominated producer, a Remi® Award-winning filmmaker (Seeking Heat, about the international artists on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label), an award-winning actress, and 27-time ASCAP PLUS Award-winning songwriter.
Mia is a Member of The Broadway League, a Judge for multiple genres of the Emmy® Awards, a Voting Member of The Recording Academy~Grammy® Awards, an Executive-, Co-, and Associate Producer at Grammy® Award-winning Broadway Records (including the Grammy® Award-nominated MY FAIR LADY~Broadway revival cast recording), Co- Producer Off-Broadway of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (The York Theatre Company, 2016), and on Van Dean's producing team of ANASTASIA The Musical ~Broadway, and the ANASTASIA U.S. Tour. She is also on Mr. Dean's producing team of the U.S. Tour and Broadway production of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL, a Co-Producer of JAGGED LITTLE PILL~Broadway, and a Co-Producer of the new musical, MARIE~Broadway (2021), about the dancer who inspired Degas. Mia is an Investor in COMPANY~Broadway, starring Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk; Arlene Scanlon’s Producing Partner on SING STREET ~Broadway; and on Catherine Schreiber’s Producing Team for THE KING’S SPEECH~Broadway. Mia is on Jennifer Tepper’s producing team of BE MORE CHILL~Broadway (continuing that association now on London's West End), and a Co-Producer of BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER~Off-Broadway, starring Annie Golden. On the West End, Mia is also a producing team member of DreamWorks Animation/ DreamWorks Theatricals' THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.
Mia is the Associate Producer of the June 2020 Broadway Records release, Artists in Residence. In July 2020, she performed in Barry Manilow’s virtual chorus in the invitation- only Hold The House (Executive Producer John Legend, Director Erich Bergen, mixed/mastered by Michael J. Moritz, Jr.). Also in July of 2020, she was a Sponsor of Project Sing Out!, seen via Playbill online, which supports theatre education programming for BIPOC students in under-resourced schools. She is also a 2020 District Advocate for the Grammy® Awards SUMMER OF ADVOCACY.
Mia is Co-Producer of Broadway Records' release, I Have A Voice and of #ArtistsForTheArts With A Little Help From My Friends (recording and video), and of the CD and DVD of the Emmy® Award-winning From Broadway With Love~Broadway For Orlando. Her own musical, SESSION GIRLS, debuted concert-style March 6, 2018 at Feinstein's/54 Below, and featured eleven Broadway-credited and Tony Award-nominated performers, the cast recording of which was released that year on September 28 on Broadway Records, produced by Michael J. Moritz, Jr., and now available on all major music outlets.
Mia is a recording artist on Gotham Records UK—her Celtic Music EP, DUNOON, features the multi-award-winning song, Shakespeare And Me. She is heard, along with Grammy® Award winner Janis Ian, Vickie Carrico, and Mother Earth’s Tracy Nelson, on UK bluesman Trevor Sewell’s album, Calling Nashville, and Mia is also heard on Broadway Records’ Hero—the TYCE album of epic Jim Steinman songs.
Mia is also a voice actor, on the Grammy® Awards ballot year after year in the Spoken Word genre. She is Narrator for Broadcast Muse Audio Theatre, the five-part Greek mythology series of which is heard in high rotation on iHeartRadio iRead2Know/iHeartFamily (available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes).
Intro to Season 5
New episodes of I Always Wanted To begin September 7th, 2020.
Be A Songwriter
Judy Fine is a singer and music educator who owns Online with Judy Fine, a resource for DIY singing and songwriting courses as well as in-person singing, keys, and theory/songwriting lessons online. To use Judy's Chord Book bundle for free, visit https://onlinewithjudyfine.com/music-theory-songwriting/ to place the Workbook Bundle into your cart. In the cart, apply coupon code THEORY123. After checkout, you will be able to download the bundle.
Facebook: @OnlineWithJudyFine (Judy Fine Vocal Coach)
I have been composing music almost all of my adult life, most of it for various bands that featured female vocalists. In 1988 I formed the band Lip Service in Bellingham Washington to perform my newly written original material. Over the next decade Lip Service played at festivals and coffee houses across the Pacific Northwest. Their music could be heard on radio programs in the greater Seattle area, and they appeared on Sandy Bradley's Potluck, broadcast nationwide on NPR. Lip Service recorded two albums of original music, "Love & Romance Game" and "Like Magic" produced by Rick Ruskin at Lion Dog Studio in Seattle.
In 1994 my wife and I moved to New England and began performing as Fuzzy Logic, which started out as a duet and morphed into a septet, featuring 3 female vocalists. In 2000 Fuzzy Logic released it's first CD “Doing The Best I Can”. The group gradually morphed into a septet, that focused on performing my music. Their second CD “Almost” was released in 2007, followed up with “Snow Shadows” in 2011.
More recently I combined my interests in composing and storytelling into writing musicals, six of which were performed in New Hampshire. “Moon Fever” debuted in September 2003 followed by “The Neon Coconut” (2005), a reworked “Moon Fever” (2006) which was nominated for best original musical at the New Hampshire Theater Awards, “Amelia Rules!” (2007) based on the popular graphic novel series, “Transference” (2008), the music & lyrics for “Cartoon Ink”(2010) a pilot for a kid’s TV series. “Joanie’s Phone” (2011) and “Beauty and the Geek” (2012). I recently wrote the music for a short theatrical piece entitled “Café Straits”.
I formed an ensemble called "Complicated People" to perform cabaret style shows featuring songs from my musicals, featuring a large group of vocalists, the Fuzzy Logic band, augmented by a woodwind trio. At this point I became very interested in writing for orchestral instruments.
In 2011 I relocated to Italy and am currently involved with musical projects here with a new Complicated People ensemble, as well as arranging my music for virtual orchestra.
I enjoy the challenge of composing in a wide variety of styles. My music has been variously influenced by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilbert & Sullivan, Leonard Bernstein, The Beatles, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Maurice Ravel, Kurt Weill, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, and Jacques Brel.
Michael's music on YouTube:
Michael's music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6FFBx18z37l0ewzxQ9Ue92?si=h7xSns8LRbON7Mzh1ZzSTw
Music Mentioned in the Podcast
Susan Werner - Barbed Wire Boys
Joni Mitchell - Marcie
Supreme Beings of Leisure - Never The Same