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Circle Back with Angie Mack – The Beginning Years

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May 20, 2022

by Angie Mack CONTACT:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

I grew up with an older sister who had a physical and intellectual disability that required 24-hour nursing care.    She needed to live in a facility that was about an hour away from our home so I only saw her on occasion. She was both nonverbal as well as nonphysical.  The seeds of compassion for people residing in care facilities were instilled in me at a very young age.  I instinctively coped with this loss through music.

Before I had my first child, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through MATC in Madison.  I was primarily stationed to the area of a facility that housed patients with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and Mental Illness.  I found that I was able to connect well with the residents and was asked to assist in the Activities Department.

One of our weekly activities was to have mass made available to the residents on Fridays.  Many looked forward to this occasion and even had their hair and nails done for the event.  We had an issue with priests cancelling mass at the last minute.  In order to satisfy the residents, I was asked to deliver an impromptu spiritual message accompanied by group singing.  There was an old piano in the corner of the cafeteria where we met.  Thankfully, I was good at improvising as well as singing and playing the piano.

A friend from church later joined me and we took our uplifting message and music to various facilities throughout the greater Madison area.  We had between 5 and 10 bookings per month.

My pastor, at the time, took notice of my talents and asked if I would play piano and sing for their Sunday services.   The church had a house on their property set aside for people who needed minimal living assistance.  Next, I became the Administrator of their State-Licensed Class B Community-Based Residential Facility.

Fast forward a few decades.  Rob Kos of Gathering on the Green also noticed this “gift” of mine and hired me a few years ago to do music sessions with the special needs adults at Balance, Inc., Homestead High School Transitional Students and Portal, Inc.  Words cannot describe how enriching this experience has been!

Last night was the 30th Anniversary celebration Gala for Balance, Inc. at Shully’s in Thiensville.  It was an honor to collaborate on a music video that was a focal point of the evening fundraiser.  More than $140k was raised to help pay off mortgages for adults with special needs.  In this video, I am singing, playing piano and wrote the storyboard.  It is highly inspiring.  Check it out:

The pandemic and all of the issues that it has spawned has made me deeply concerned for families, children and mankind.  A major reason why we are in a mental health crisis is due to the nastiness of people.  People are stressed.  And people have been nasty.  Pure and simple.

I decided that I would like to spend the rest of 2022 trying to bring people together through drumming.  It’s an all-inclusive musical activity that has healing properties according countless studies.  Humanity needs to heal.  How do we heal?  Through each other.

The drum circles are primarily intended for:

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Fresh Musical Talent Featured at 10-10-10 Open Mic

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2016

by Ozaukee Talent founder, Angie Mack Reilly angie@ozaukeetalent.com

On Sunday June 26 at 4pm, Ozaukee Talent will be hosting its first “10-10-10 Open Mic” at 1111 Broad Street in Grafton.  Ten acts will perform for ten minute each; giving the audience a sneak peak at fresh new local talent including “Hey Captain Knight” from this YouTube video.

Event coordinator, Angie Mack Reilly, is an internationally known Paramount Records educator who thinks that Grafton, WI needs to have a strong music scene.  “Many people don’t realize that the music recorded in Grafton, WI in the 1920s and 30s  just won a 2016 Grammy Award.  Jack White’s music preservation project, ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 2’ competed against compilation projects by the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones.”

Mack Reilly has met tourists from Russia, France, Japan, The United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, New York City and more who have come to Grafton to check out the music scene.  “Grafton needs a music scene.  Period.  The world is watching.  I am hoping to drag the talented musicians that I know are in this area out of the woodwork.  It has been my experience with 18 years in the music industry that musicians can often struggle with things like confidence and promoting themselves.  As a long-time music director and teacher, it is my passion to help draw some of these musicians out.  I am expecting quite an eclectic mix of musical genres at this first open mic.  I believe that the audience is in for a big surprise.”

This open mic is the first in a series of many  coming to Grafton.  Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased online through the Ozaukee Talent website.  The next “10-10-10 Open Mic” is scheduled for 4pm on July 24th.  The event will also coincide with a free Open Drum Circle for anyone to partake in.  Other upcoming events hosted by Ozaukee Talent include a guitar workshop with Alex Wilson and a vocal workshop with Rhonda Zolecki.  People interested in performing at the next open mic should contact Ozaukee Talent at 262.309.4112.

 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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When You Can’t Help But Being a Musician

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by Angie Mack Reilly

Contact:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

I have always said that “my people” are musicians.  I have come to know a lot of musicians over the years and the world needs to understand that we are a different breed.

We play to the beat of our own drum.  We’re sensitive.  We struggle.  We dream.  We express.  We communicate with our fingers and our voices.  We get excited about chords, licks, tabs and, most of all, our own creations.  We’re innovative.  We can be socially awkward.  We have a language of our own and we are content being alone.  We are prone to big egos and addictions.  We think differently.  Most of us are poor.

I have tried for many years to be “other things” that promised better pay.  But in the end, I am realizing that I just can’t help but being a musician.  These are the cards that I have been dealt.  It’s what I am good at.  It’s what I love.  And mentoring others to be musicians is equally as rewarding.

The other day, I had a conversation with a performing musician who has been going through relational  issues.  His partner doesn’t like the time he spends on the road or collaborating with other musicians.  But that’s what he’s good at.  When he gets on stage, he mesmerizes audiences with the skills he has spent countless hours trying to perfect.  He gets a sense of satisfaction performing for others.  He’s working on a new album.  And all of this takes time.  How can he quit being something that he JUST IS?

I know other musicians who have jobs to pay the bills.  But there is always a gnawing hunger within them to play music and to create music.

A few weeks ago, a lady from the U.S Census Bureau visited my house because I didn’t have time to fill out the survey they sent in the mail.  She told me that in a lot of European countries, people are recorded as being WHAT THEY ARE as opposed to what their job is.  So she recorded me as being a musician and Matthew as being an artist.   Because that’s who we are, like it or not.

the wrecking crew

The other day, we watched a great movie on Netflix called The Wrecking Crew about musicians.  During that movie, I couldn’t help but seeing myself.  A lightbulb went off.  “I AM A MUSICIAN.  And there is no shame in that.  I am wired this way.  God gifted me this way for a reason.  I need to quit apologizing for being a musician just because I haven’t made as much money as other people in other professions.  I am still valuable.  I need to be proud of the fact that I am a musician rather than embarrassed.”

When I see a piano, my hands immediately pull my body over to the keys.  I didn’t choose this skill set.  I was born with a love for music and I was fortunate to have parents who supported my talent through providing musical tools and instruments as a child as well as exposing me to a myriad of great music over the years.

Some people are just musicians.  They need to make and/or play music unless they die.

 

 

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ozaukeetalent

One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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