Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Answers to Questions You Didn't Ask

I'd like to take a moment to thank everybody for the reception they've given this project. This is really and truly a great way to have some fun and make a huge difference for the children that receive language therapy through Rite Care.

I've got a little better idea of how this website will work than I did a few days ago. My target is to post two geek musicians per weekend, placing them on the Periodic Table, and offering merchandise that you can get nowhere else. I may not hit that target. Some weeks you may get one, some weeks you'll get three.

What makes a "geek musician"? One thing for certain... it's not limited by genre. These folks offer songs with a bit of intelligence, but you'll find them playing everything from pop-synth to acoustic ballads. They know who they are, which is why the criteria here is that they select themselves. By simply signing up they've identified themselves as geek musicians, and that's good enough for me.

I'm also not just looking for "famous" artists, although their participation would be fantastically cool. I'm hoping to introduce you to musicians that you've never heard of before. You're sure to find a few diamonds in the rough.

One really fun aspect of this (for me) is the placement of people on the Periodic Table. The first thing you'll notice is that I'm not placing folks in linear 1, 2, 3... order. At first glance it may seem as if I'm filling the table in haphazardly, but I know why I'm putting people where I am, and there is a method to the madness. I may explain this as I go. A sometimes more subtle puzzle will be the choice of Symbol. Sometimes it will simply be based on initials, but sometimes you may need to know something intimate about the artist to figure it out. Comments are unmoderated, so feel free to speak up with suggestions, shout-outs, and questions.

There are 118 elements in a Periodic Table, so completing this project should take a little over a year. Beyond that... well, people aren't elements, and new artists are always being discovered.

And yes... I've already got my spot staked out.


  1. I need to see if they make shirts a bright enough yellow for my liking... :p I have a couple people I plan on directing to this page, hopefully they'll sign up.

  2. Well, Spin, now that I've added links in the sidebar, I'm hoping to return the favor. You have not one, but two links.