Since launching in 2002, Joe’s M.I.L.L. has attracted a community of people of all ages and all experience levels, brought together by a love of music. You never know who’s going to come through the door looking to get involved. One day four years ago, the M.I.L.L. added a member to the team who would champion the organization and bring Joe’s vision to all new audiences.
Like most of the people that find their way to the M.I.L.L., Ted is a musician, and a prolific one at that. He’s been collaborating and forming bands for almost as long as he’s been playing. From fronting punk outfits Shook Planet and the Meringues to producing for other musicians, music is more than just a hobby for Ted, and he brings that passion to his role as a member of our library staff.
On your average day you can find Ted working with patrons and keeping the space organized and accessible (which, when you’re working with over 1,000 instruments, is no simple task). That, however, only begins to capture what Ted has done for the M.I.L.L. over the years.
What we haven’t mentioned yet is Ted’s made a bit of a name for himself online over the years. During the pandemic, Ted drew in a multitude of viewers as he live streamed new music every day for 66 days in a row on Twitch. He’s also garnered a lot of attention on TikTok, where you can find him promoting not only his music, but also his work with the M.I.L.L. to his 17.5 thousand followers! Ted is single-handedly responsible for sharing his work with the library with viewers far and wide, showcasing the day-to-day operations, interesting conversations with patrons, and the occasional unusual instrument!
For a sample of Ted’s music, check out the video for The Lottery by the Meringues. Bonus detail for you, this video was part of the 2020 Kingston Film Festival Music Video initiative as a collaboration with Untold Storytelling (formerly Make Hay Media), and took home a Jury Choice award!