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Ted Slowik
Storyteller, writer, musician
Storyteller, writer, musician

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Attempting a first: Performing Lennon's solo debut in its entirety
By Ted Slowik It's exciting to do something no one has ever tried to do before. As best I can tell, there has never been a live performance of  “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”
in its entirety. Not by Lennon himself, not by any other band or group of people, ...

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Musician friends lend talents for new album
By Ted Slowik CD copies of "Second Chance," my sophomore collection of studio recordings, arrived in the mail on Aug. 20, capping an exciting growth spurt as a songwriter and musician. I began writing songs for the album before the debut, "Comfort Zone," wa...

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Brothers Brown tap Americana roots with “Dusty Road”
By Ted Slowik Change is constant, and those best able to adapt to change
are most likely to survive. Two musician/producers both named Paul Brown are
rolling with the changes and proving baby boom-era types can create relevant
Americana music today. “Dusty ...

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Your guide to weekly Joliet-area open mics and blues jams
William Alexander Wine Studio By Ted Slowik If you're a musician itching to get out and perform at an open mic or blues jam in Joliet, Ill., you can find a place nearby to play every weeknight. Jam sessions and open mics tend to come and go and move around,...

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University offends abuse survivors by honoring Joliet bishop
By Ted Slowik I went to see the movie "Spotlight" about the Boston Globe's groundbreaking coverage of priests who sexually abused children and the bishops and cardinals who covered it up. Had Catholic Church leaders acted differently, predator clergy wouldn...

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‘Firefly’ reveals greatness of Edward David Anderson’s songwriting
By Ted Slowik All nine songs on Edward David Anderson’s new album
“Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions” are masterfully written stories about
life, love, loss and other themes. The tunes were skillfully recorded this year by longtime
Neil Young sideman Antho...

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Classic sounds abound on new Jeff Givens album recorded in Muscle Shoals
By Ted Slowik If seasoned troubadour Jeff Givens had written
“make a kick-ass rock record” on his bucket list, he could now cross that off. The drummer-turned-singer/songwriter
has self-released his second full-length, “Midnight in Muscle Shoals.” The

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A revelation about what to do next creatively
By Ted Slowik Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe I've been thinking a lot lately about what to do next, creatively, in my free time. Free time is a precious thing, and it shouldn't be squandered. Take it from someone who's been dead for six minutes. There ...

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Crossing the 10k YouTube milestone with "Refugee Blues"
By Ted Slowik Just a short post today as I'm camping in Florida and reception is spotty. But, hey, "Refuee Blues" topped 10,000 views on YouTube. It's cool, they send you an email. Thanks Celeste Mackey for inviting me to do a dramatic reading of this for h...
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