I’ve often called Twitter the cesspool of social media because of the abundance of trolls, bots, and unhinged people. While I believe that’s true, I’ve also told many musicians they should use Twitter to help get the word out about their work. That doesn’t just apply to musicians, but to other artists as well. Whom do you follow to keep up with the arts? I have no idea about your follow list, but I can share some of my own, and I hope you’ll find these pages useful.
Some of these accounts I follow for creative purposes. I find all sorts of interesting posts. Sometimes I’m inspired by what I read or see, and I end up writing something about it or in response to it. Other times, I might contact the owner of the account to arrange an interview.
I came to learn about and interview one of the most interesting indie musicians that way—Misty Posey. Posey does classical crossover music, and she is earning some serious stripes traveling the country from her home state of Texas to sing at venues, festivals, and different types of events. You can follow her @MistyPoseyMusic.
One new account I followed is that of poet Jennifer Reeser. I like interesting people, and Jennifer fits that criterion well. She self-describes as “Anthologized author of five books. Amazon Top 10 Bestseller in Epic Poetry. Poet, translator of Cherokee, French and Russian. Editor and reviewer.” Thoughtful and deliberate, Jennifer always has something interesting to say. More than once she has inspired me. Keep up with her publications and thoughts at @_JenniferReeser .
I often find musicians who do interesting things to get their work out there. For instance, Indiana singer/songwriter Matt Fawcett is distributing his album free. You just sign up at his Web site. Stay informed about his work at @Fawcett_Matt. One thing about Matt—it’s personal. He bears a physical resemblance to the producer who does work for my daughters’ recordings.
Tech and global affairs are important to all artists, and I follow a few accounts that help me understand trends and products. Chris @ctramount, Dr. Hassan Rashidi for “insights on Product Development and Manufacturing”, Aaron David Yeoman who writes political thrillers, Gad Saad (professor of marketing; evolutionary behavioral scientist), Remi Vee (digital marketing and cryptocurrency), and Hypebot (“A daily journal of music new music industry and music tech news and commentary).
Twitter can often get mean-spirited, and when you’ve had enough of pejoratives and mudslinging, a good laugh is therapeutic. I follow a parody account for Kim Jong-Un, and it always makes me laugh. What’s funnier? Many people take the account seriously, despite posts from ‘Chairman Kim’ like this:
“Anyone know any good AirBNBs in Singapore? Asking for a friend…”
There’s also a parody account that fools many people—Secretary Pampeo. Examples of content that often sets people off:
“REPORT: Hawaii Judge rules President Trump must separate at least 91,000 families at the border to outdo the previous record set by Obama at 90,000.”
“BREAKING: 9th Circuit Court rules that the Supreme Court is unconstitutional.”
RockysPride is a humorous page that makes fun of both sides of the aisle. One of my favorite memes on that page reads, “I’m not broke—I’m pre-rich.”
These are a small sampler of the people I follow on Twitter, but there are a few other thoughts I’d like to share.
Twitter definitely attracts creatives. It also attracts a lot of political junkies and self-described ‘activitists.’ A number of accounts are bots, trolls, and the like. So if you get into a dustup, do the smart thing. Just hit ‘block.’ You may not know who is on the other end of that Twit line, and hurling insults is counterproductive. Beyond that, Twitter is definitely a good resource. You just have to use it wisely.
(Kay B. Day/June 28, 2018)