Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 9: The Continuum ... and the Charity

Good afternoon,

According to Princeton.edu's wordnetweb, continuum is defined as "a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts."

I have to admit, I thought that the last chapter of Ariel's book, Music Success in Nine Weeks would be about how to continue with the process of what was presented in the first eight chapters. However, I was pleasantly surprised by her challenge to create a continuous program, assuming of course, that we would obviously continue to follow through with the steps already learned. In other words, she showed us how to apply everything we learned.

And, great ideas she has, like fan clubs, mug of the month, private parties. Oh, I love the one about inviting special guests to an intimate acoustic set where they can listen to new material and provide feedback, etc. for an upcoming album. My creative juices have only just begun to flow!

I have to say, the idea that was already floating in my head, and I was thrilled to see it make it to Ariel's list, was the charity idea.

I have always said that music is a gift to be shared and here is an opportunity to not only share the music but the profits from the music with a group that needs it.

I just met with a friend a week or so ago and we were discussing ideas of having a charity event, but need to find the charity!

Then, this morning, I realize that there are many groups out there that have the same desire as I do, but specialize in organizing the charity events and then search for musicians and performers. Sounds like a match made in heaven to me!

So, for my funnel challenge that Ariel gave us, I would propose the following:
  • song-a-month club
  • one albums per year
  • private showings in cozy venues with...
  • ...my signature candles as free giveaways
  • Start sharing information on a chosen charity, and the scheduled event benefiting that charity.

And, I would love to include events that showcase other talented people, like Liliana Graham, my wonderful, dear artist friend! She painted the cover for my album, Albumette. Thanks, Liliana!

Now, who has some ideas for charities?

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Monday, December 13, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 8: Real Life

Good afternoon,

You know, I've been thinking a lot about this post for the past couple weeks. Many things I already had under my belt (I'm not bragging, am I?). Things like the business cards (complete with picture), description (although that needs to be updated with the pitch) and the process of gathering, rather than handing out unsolicited business cards.

It has been really effective except that maybe I do not go for that action step quite enough. In other words, I may be gathering so well that the buyers do not know I'm selling!

Then... I had an experience a week ago. It was an experience where I never did close the sale. An experience where I was so blessed that I lost sight of anything but trying to be a blessing to another human soul.

Every year, I participate with a group of carolers that go to four retirement homes and sing, sometimes room-to-room, sometimes in the common area (lunch room) to elderly people. I love people, so going around giving hugs, shaking hands, giving flowers, is so much fun. You know there is something about these dear souls that peer through those wisdom-filled eyes right into one's own soul.

That was Angela. I hope I got her name right. I think of her as an Angel, like her name. I saw her last year, all dolled up in her pink bow, jewelry and pretty dress. Her memory was not as sharp as others would expect, thinking she may remember them from last year. But that was ok. She was alert and taking in all of her surroundings, with her witty smile and sense of humor. She took my arm and guided me to the chair next to her without a word. Rather than walking the room, I sat beside her, singing the carols for her, to her, and with her.

When it was time to circulate and to take pictures, I looked up, thinking how that was the right networking thing to do, but could not move. Somehow, Angela needed something and I was hoping that I could be that blessing to her, like she was to me.

Did I network? No. Hopefully I blessed, through extending of myself. There will be other opportunities to network, but for today, my Angel friend needed a blessing and was a blessing to me, as well.

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 7: Mailing List


This week Ariel (Music Success in Nine Weeks) presented us with some helpful tidbits and morsels:

  • Artists should communicate with their fans regardless of whether they have gigs or upcoming albums. The fans need to be able to get to know the artist. The artist needs to share and be personable, to help the fans engage and stay engaged.
  • Add your friends and family. However, keep in mind that they are your friends and family and continue to build up your fan base.
  • Provide exclusives for your fan base, specials for signing up. Fans love freebies. My concern on this is to ensure that songwriters and musicians get credit and moolah for their services. Keep it licensed.
  • Ariel suggested using a separate "inbox," or what I would refer to as folder or directory, but another idea is to use a separate email address that can be checked with the same email client. Ok, that is the techie side of me speaking ;)
  • Another great idea is to start a text list. I like this idea. However, I do find it very easy to hook up as friends on Facebook on the spot (i.e. at the gig). That way, the fan can "accept" when he or she gets home. However, it would be fun to incorporate the text list with that process.
  • My favorite idea is to list swap with another group. I have often thought that it would be nice to cross-promote for same-night gigs. Why not combine a list promotion in that, inviting fans to join another artist's mailing list?
  • Finally, and probably most important, make time to manage that growing list!

Hmmmm... Some percolating on these ideas.... Black Coffee, anyone?

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 6: Newsletter

Good evening,

The successes this week include the wonderful experience of the Viper Room gig this week, and the awesome fan support. It was also a reflective week and taking inventory of where I am going, how I see society and the community around me, and wondering where my music fits in the picture.

This was a great foundation on which to add the reading of this week's material in Ariel's Music Success in Nine Weeks book. This chapter was about the fan newsletter.

I used to write a newsletter and column, years ago, on webmaster tips. This was back before there were so many resources online, and especially before there were so many web site builders and tools available. It was certainly during the Web 1.0 period! It was great to feel that I was helping people to make their sites better, and more importantly helping them to feel good about themselves while doing it. It was easy to share because I was sharing my knowledge, yes, but could also give them html code or links to free resources, or basic advice, to help them on their way.

In the case of music, I am actually sharing of myself, who I am, what I think and feel, not just a link to a place to download free html code. Even if I am providing a link to a free download, assuming that is my music, I am sharing of who I am. But, that is the beauty of sharing music, and why I love performing music.

So, while I am typing this in a reflective mood, I am pondering how to incorporate the "outward giving" feeling into the newsletter that I am composing. I would not assume that this is the direction for all music or musicians, but it is the direction that I am pondering for my music. However, lest it sound like pie in the sky, there is a certain aspect that IS business and that requires funding or it is not available to give.

So, thank you Ariel, for the inspiration to start writing again. Without the little kick to move forward, I may be just pondering and occasionally blogging those ponderings, without taking the next step to actually send it out in a newsletter form.

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 5: Blogging

Hello all,

This week spent in Ariel's Music Success in Nine Weeks book (2nd Ed.) was a review of last week (Week 4), as well as this week, on blogging.

First, the successes:
  1. I have transferred all of my links from my private, online directory of links, to delicious.com. Social bookmarking is now becoming "addictive," to use CommonCraft's descriptive term referencing RSS.
  2. I categorized my bulging Google Reader subscriptions into readable buckets (folders).
  3. Read the article on blogging and effect on CD sales @ http://hypebot.typepad.com/hypebot/2008/02/blogs-more-than.html.
  4. Searched related blogs @ http://www.google.blogsearch.com and http://www.technorati.com.
  5. Started my list of 50 sites for my blogroll (see right).
  6. Compiled my list of 10 artists that I sound like and finding blogs that have reviewed these artists.
  7. I have also added my blog to mybloglog.com.

I found out just how valuable that pitch was! While I was going through bookmarks, I was able to review the pitches for ideas for content for the "notes" section of the delicious bookmark. I was thankful for the sites that had pitches. The blogs that did not have pitches (or only had them embedded into graphics), were a little more challenging. I am so glad that I am reading Music Success in Nine Weeks and put my pitch at the top of my blog, easy to copy and paste. Hey! I want people copying and pasting my pitch (complete with web URL)! Better yet, Delicious bookmark it, please ;)

RSS in Plain English talked about Google Reader, as a news reader for RSS. I already have the Google Reader, but I realize I have not been using it as much. Watching this video helped create an excitement to view it every morning. This is also a way to work smart.

One of the things that I noticed in tweets and blogs, was musicians posting their live gigs and their thoughts on life, with no seeming reciprocation to others. I am sure that they do not do this intentionally, but probably because they have not read Ariel's Music Success in Nine Weeks book :) However, it was reassuring to read about the approach to blogging and that the commenting on other bloggers' sites should focus on what they write and not what we promote. I hope to adhere to that gentle, encouraging golden rule. Thanks, Ariel!

-Lady D
Deborah E, Jazz Singer
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 4: Web 2.0

Hello all,

This week's reading in Ariel Hyatt's Music Success in Nine Weeks was chocked-full of helpful information. A lot to digest in one week! Definitely room to continue to nibble on in weeks to come.

Much of the information about Web 2.0 I already knew. Or, wait, do I just think I know? I mean, I spend a lot of time on Facebook and I do periodically visit LinkedIn, and I tweet every other week... Oh, but there is so much more to learn. I also desire to learn how to be responsive, yet responsible (in terms of time). I do not want to drop relationships, but also don't want to spend so much time on the web that the people I see day to day don't get to see me!

That's where Ariel's instruction became very helpful, including the informative, concise information at commoncraft.com. It was also very playful and fun in presentation while learning. The presentation helped tie it all together and I learned things that I had not recognized previously.

One of my favorite videos was Wikis in Plain English.

Also, soon to be added to the successes is visiting the Pod Safe network to make some of my music available to PodCasters.

And, last but not least, Ariel has demonstrated the value to becoming a part of flikr.com.

I used to think, "Yeah, right." Then, there was the "photo rights and legal issues?" Then, finally, "What if I don't look right?" I have learned to let go of my fears, while reviewing the following flickr group sites, suggested by Ariel:

* Band Publicity Photos
* Music Directory
* Girls with Guitars
* Music Makers
* My Love Affair With Music
* Live Music Photography
* Live Music Group

Fearing Flickr, with that zit on your cheek? Don't worry about it! That's why makeup was invented.

-Lady D
Deborah E, Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 3: The Sites

Greetings all,

In continuing on the saga of the nine week challenge, I find one of the most wonderful things about the challenge is the accountability to work on at least one aspect of music PR each week. It would be so easy to put the book down and take a much-needed nap and do it "tomorrow." Does tomorrow ever really come? After completing, or, hey, at least starting(!) the task(s) at hand, we can rest with the comfort that we are moving ahead.

Ok, now I will fast forward to this week. I almost hate to admit how long I have been laboring over elements of the web site, the colors, the fonts, the logos, the pitch (solved last week :) ), etc. I have been listening to everyone's opinion, which, at first glance, is a good thing to do, but, at some point the different opinions contradict each other and I end up with no decision. One of the beautiful tenets that Ariel presented in her book, Music Success in Nine Weeks, was that nothing is permanent. I can create a branding, including color scheme, etc., but do not need to commit to it permanently. That is the freedom to move forward, rather than having a site that never gets off the ground.

Success 1: Add the pitch. Check.
Success 2: Load in less than 3.5 seconds. Check.
Success 3: No flash intro. Check.
Success 4: Consistent branding. Working on this one...
Success 5: Give away an exclusive. Working on this one...
Success 6: Be straightforward and protect privacy rights. Working on this one...


Now to continue to work behind the scenes so that I can unveil the results...

-Lady D
Deborah E, Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 2: The Pitch

Task 1. Check. Task 2. Check. Task 3. Check.

Wait... the beauty of Ariel's system is to highlight the successes. Ok, it is taking a bit of practice, but working those goals into the daily thinking, and adding those lists of successes, really keeps the positive flow going.

This sure beats the 80 item task list(s)! And goals? How do you hit goals when the task list augments daily?!

This week was challenging. The reading and viewing the material (including the examples given in the youtube vid), were very helpful, not to mention the recommended resource @ 15secondpitch.com. It was challenging because, quite frankly, I felt lost at coming up with my own pitch. It seems easier to come up with someone else's pitch! Don't line up to hire me yet...

Ready for the first try at a pitch. Please don't laugh. Ok, you can snicker...

My name is Lady D and I am a singer specializing in providing an ambiance like an aromatherapy massage for your senses.. Basque in the musical essence and class reminiscent of the Greats. Top it off with a freshening splash of Lady D's own touch of sass. Come hear for yourself @ LadyD.info

Wasn't quite working for me...

Then, some wonderful people, Melanie Boyer with the assistance of Graeme Sacks helped me with the following pitch. I should say, Melanie came up with it. She did the heavy lifting. Thanks, Melanie!

Lady D is a smooth and sultry summer night on Bourbon Street... Classy with a dash of sass... Proof that the jazz greats have not been sacrificed to processed pop. www.ladyD.info

I've been trying out this pitch this week, and it is really having an effect. I used to cringe when I thought of trying to describe myself. I would rather just sing for people and let them describe it. However, that is a little lazy on my part and I need to help people to understand what it is I am selling. It is not a matter of being egotistical (as I used to think), but rather being fair to the person you are talking to, so that they can determine whether they are interested or not. If you are not fair with that presentation, then you are asking for a favor, or, worse yet, you may be guilting people into being interested.

This is still a free world, isn't it? And for those who do not feel free, maybe we can offer a little comfort through our music, an opportunity to fly, for a moment, beyond the confines of the surroundings where we exist.

-Deborah E Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 1: Preparation

Hi all,

So many things going through my head. I know, like any of us has the time to read about my thoughts, let alone care to hear them! ;)

So, you see, there is this blogging challenge that I am taking. Ariel Publicity is giving the challenge and I decided to participate. The challenge is in conjunction with the reading of Ariel's book (below).

The challenge includes blogging every week about what we are learning through reading, and applying, the concepts in Ariel's book. The key is sharing what I am experiencing.

Wait. Stop. Sharing? You mean, being transparent? Hmmm... I was enjoying writing about other great musicians and how much I enjoy their art. I mean, I do have experience in writing, but that was back before blogs were created, when I wrote a weekly ezine and contributed my column "Web Tips" to other online publications (...way before Web 2.0).

I didn't have to write anything really personal, just friendly and educational. I mean, my husband is the one that listens to my 40,000 (or is it 80,000?) words per day and hears my every thought. And, the point of ♫ Scat N Style ♫ was to be short, "articlettes," not lengthy diary entries. But, maybe through this challenge I will learn more about myself, about others and how to present myself to the world, through the music that I desire to share with that world, whether that world is one small child in need of a hug, or an auditorium full of fans.

Something that I have just started to learn, just prior to this challenge, is that fans really seem to want to know more about who the artist is. Is that just my perception, or is that reality? I find that if I can see a little more of their true personality, and not just their public representation, I can understand their art more easily. Consider this on of my goals... to "percolate" more on that thought.

Ok, back to what I learned in the first chapter of this book. First, Ariel suggests we pull out all the tools, including paper, and... wait, color crayons? I mean, come on, color crayons? But then I stopped. How many times have I enjoyed coloring a picture with my kids? I've said, "Oh, it is because I am doing it with my children." No, it's because I still enjoy coloring! Set the judgment aside, with an open mind! Ariel could not have piqued my interest more keenly than suggesting the color crayons. It showed me that sometimes there are mental boundaries and limitations that we may not even be aware exist.

She went on to describe goal setting, similar to many things that I have heard before, but what made this different was that she gave "permission" to change goals if needed. In the past, in my OCD approach, I seemed to think that I had to stick with the goals set when I was young and inexperienced, but it is OK to modify them as needed. Although, a little ineffective to modify them too frequently.

The other breakthrough thought that she presented was to list your five successes daily. Oh, I'm used to listing the 5-6 "to do" items, which kept getting added to the next day's "to do" list, and so on and so on until I dispense with the 100 item to do list. (That's that over-achiever side of me.) Listing the successes really helps keep the positive thinking and propel one toward good things, rather than that feeling of not living up to what one intended.

So, on that note, I'm going to go figure out what success means. Ooooh, that sounds like a couple more blog entries!

Does hugging my kids count as a success?

-Lady D (Deborah E)
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Celia Cruz and her hot Latin jazz!

Good morning, all,

In an effort to expand my horizons and meet new artists, including those who have contributed to our tapestry of wonderful music, even in years past, I have discovered Celia Cruz and her wonderful music!

She is a lady of style! I used to love to watch to see what Cher was going to do next, but Celia rocks out with that hair color and personal fashion and style!

The vid, below, is only one example, there are many more! I will come back and share one of her Latin jazz cds that I purchased (with the purchase link, of course).

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Other Side

Last week we helped out an organization preparing food baskets for the underprivileged. It always feels good to help. Feels good to be needed. But, do we take the time to put ourselves in the shoes of the needy, or are we too busy patting ourselves on the back for being the helper?

If I were to open the cupboard and see that I had half a loaf of bread and a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter, I would feel that I did not have food in the house. What about the family that had just buried their mother and the father had to sell the stove to pay for the next meal? That, my friends, is need!

It is sobering to realize how easy it is to think we have it difficult... until we stop and consider the other side, another perspective, what pain and suffering another is going through.

If you extend both hands to help another, you don't have any hands left to pat yourself on the back. Let's start extending...

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Music is never finished, only abandoned

Leonardo Da Vinci is quoted as saying, "Art is never finished, only abandoned"

Music is art. The more one delves into the heart and depth of music creation, the deeper one wants to go and the more one wants to discover about the art of music.

The hardest thing to do is to say, "It is finished," for a musician (or artist) still yearns to touch the music, feel the art... reaching for that next level of artistry and human emotion (both their own and those who hear the music).

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The gift of music is given... Given to be shared....

Music is one of those aspects of life that has the ability to truly peer into the inner core of one's being and share the essence of life itself. It is a gift. It is meant to be shared. It is ageless. The old is fresh. The new is cherished as if it has been around for years.

Here, Barbra sings a song, newer at the time, which has become cherished in its own time (also sung by Karen Carpenter). Join the musical genius of Burt Bacharach in this "Burt and Barbra at the Piano" moment in musical history.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It Don't Mean A Thing

Hello all,

I was listening to some music and Rosemary Clooney's "It Don't Mean A Thing" came on my iPod. I just had to write about her.

She is one of those voices that I remember hearing as a child. I remember watching her over and over in such movies as "White Christmas" (1954) with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, as a small child.

Just hearing her voice brings that sort of comfort that a warm fire and hot chocolate brings when it is blistery cold outside... Ok, "blisteringly" hot outside and a nice cold diet coke works too :)

She has such a beautiful texture to her voice, such a style of her own... Take a listen, for yourself, in the YouTube, below.

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Birthday Jazz ... and dogs ...

Ok, all, I enjoy a good YouTube vid, and I love animals, but I am not generally the type to go looking for those critter vids.

However, hey, it's my birthday and I was in the mood for some birthday jazz. I started looking for jazz and ended up with the dogs :)

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Hey all,

I have to say that I hadn't experienced as much of the jazzy side of Carly Simon, until recently and fell in love with her rendition of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."

The vid, below, shows her in all her beauty, in not only the jazzy interpretation of the song, but the stage presence and interaction with the audience.

Ok, where are those gloves... let's go....

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Live or Canned?

This week we were working with the tracks recorded @ DM2 Studios - our "Albumette Project." There is no comparison to the non-live counterparts! Hey, synthesized sound is great. It is useful, but the human touch via a live session just cannot be replicated.

Live music, recorded creatively, inspires what is best in us, as musicians. It shares art and inspires the sharing of art.

Can't wait to share it with you when Albumette is finished (first part of 2010). To check out a list of the awesome musicians that I am referring to, visit www.facebook.com/deborahinfo. These guys rock!

-Deborah E

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The "WOW Factor"

You know, in working on the Albumette project, I have discovered the existence of the "WOW Factor." I discovered this when listening to different versions of the same song, with different engineering techniques.

It is amazing how many different versions of one recording can be created with different engineering and mixing techniques. It is almost limitless. Add to that, different ways of playing the instrument, singing the song, and recording the music, and you add another dimension of infinite possibilities.

So what is the "WOW Factor?" It is when you sit back, almost speechless in your critique, and all you can say is, "WOW."

There are some awesome musicians, poets, writers, and artists out there, past and present. So, what music, poetry, picture, or YouTube video creates the WOW Factor for you?

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

GoGirls Interview with Deborah E by Madalyn Sklar

GoGirls Interview with Deborah E by Madalyn Sklar @ Madalyn's Blog - a social networks resource plus helpful tips for musicians & biz peeps - social media, marketing, success, motivation, promotions

"I think my music career has evolved in the same way as my life. The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn. The more I give, the more I realize that I have to give. The more talent I find in myself, the more talent I find in others." -Deborah E

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Forgot the Words?

As a singer, my biggest concern is whether I will forget the words. However, the show must go on, regardless of a temporary (or longer!) lapse in memory!

The ever-talented Ella showed us just how it could be done with "Mack the Knife." This is one of my favorite songs by Ella... Listen for yourself, as she sings, and I quote Ella, "...we're making a wreck of Mack the Knife." Ella - you created a masterpiece of entertainment!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Who didn't line the cereal boxes up straight?!

Just about out the door. Running late. Hmmmm. Are there any nutritious and yummy breakfast snacks I can grab? Pantry door open. Looking.... No! There are cereal crumbs on the shelf and... I can't believe it! The containers are not lined up and the lids are not closed all the way!

mis-aligned cereal containers

Haven't I trained my kids and hubby better than that? Don't they care that I like to have the cereal containers straightened and placed on the correct pantry shelf? I should wake up the kids now to let them know, in case they forgot. Or, I should write it on my calendar to call them later and remind them, so that I am considerate of their sleep needs. Why weren't they considerate of MY needs?

Ok, get a grip! What is the goal here? Is it orderly pantries or valued relationships? Do I really want my daughters in therapy later in life because of a misaligned cereal container?

Stop. Check attitude. Remember how much you love the people in your life. Ok, NOW I'm ready for my day. :D

Wait, one more thing. Make note on calendar to "Check attitude before starting day."

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tweeting with Style

Ok, suitcase. Check. Makeup. Check. iPhone. Check. "Read Between The Lines." Check. Huh? Me, actually take the time to read a book on the airplane? Usually it is the laptop. Maybe I am getting too old to fuss with the pull down table thing and the Mac laptop. Maybe I need to feel like I still knew how to read a book.

Ah, but this isn't your ordinary book! This one gives ideas for how to use communication tools. It is a book by Shawn Marie Edgington, that, and I quote, is "a humorous side to texting with simplicity and style" (front cover).

Alright, so the first part of the book is a bit basic. It is perfect for those people who have not yet experienced the joy of texting. But, I am looking forward to the depth of the book and will have to share that with you when I finish it.

I did learn one thing... I must be "hip" because, according to the book, I know what the teenagers are texting. Hey, we were doing it in the '90's with IM. :D

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's All In The Presentation, Baby

I've always thought of myself as a nice person. I mean, I am, right? Even "behind the scenes," so to speak. Ok, well, maybe you'd have to get to know me better, to see that for yourself ;)

I've really been taking note of "presentation," lately, with myself as well as those around me. No, I'm not talking about speaking engagements, but day to day communications, be it verbal, written (wow, hope I'm passing that one!), or body language. Even music communication. ♫ ♫ ♫

It seems to me that the smallest change can take a helpful comment and turn it into a condescending remark, and vice versa. Even our own characteristics can be menacing.

I am often teased that when I am concentrating, I look like I am angry. However, that is just the English profile they are seeing... can't help that! ;)

... Or can I? Smiles anyone?

-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Makes Me Want To Buy A Porsche in Jeans

I heard a story once, about a guy who went to a car dealer in worn-out jeans, to buy a car. The dealer barely gave him the time of day. I mean, hey, he didn't look like he had enough money for a junker on the used car lot, let alone a "decent" car.

The man, a millionaire looking for something to entertain himself with that day, went to another dealer. Later that day, he returned to the original car dealer, dressed just as he had been earlier, driving a brand new Porsche.

How do you think the car dealer felt at that point? Similar to the movie, "Pretty Woman," when Julia Roberts' character says, "Big mistake. Big. Huge."

-Deborah E, Jazz Singer
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pondering the Little Red Hen

Remember the story of the little red hen when you were a child? A story about a little hen with some sun-loving, dream-chasing friends that sat by watching her while she grew the grain, harvested it, turned it into flour, and baked some delicious fresh bread?

These friends of hers were eager to partake in the enjoyment of this fine smelling, mouth watering bread, but seemed to be "unavailable" at times when the little red hen needed help.

How many times, in our lives, do we pass by that little red hen who may need a helping hand and thought "not by job?"

Hey, there may be a few yummy bread crumbs waiting for you at the end of the path...

Don't miss out.

Deborah E
Jazz Singer
♫ Scat N Style ♫

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Vertical and Taking Nourishment"

I can't help but recall a conversation I had with an elderly gentleman. He had had a very hard life and even the process of standing up was difficult for him, but he strove to live life as full as possible.

When I asked him how he was, he answered, "Vertical and Taking Nourishment."

Now, when someone asks me how I am doing, that response pops in my head (sometimes out of my mouth, as well).

It really puts it in perspective. Instead of complaining about all of the bad things that are (or could be happening), one can be thankful that they are vertical and taking nourishment.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Warming up with Ella

Hey All,

I have been really enjoying a new way to warm-up the voice over the past few weeks. Check out the vid, here, and try it for yourself -- Warm up with Ella ;)

-Deborah E

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Minnie Riperton

Was just listening to Minnie Riperton ~Lovin' You~

What a beautiful, gentle voice! So soothing and comforting. To watch her sing is to not only feel the music but experience her delivery, as smooth as if it is easy like breathing. Yet, who among us can capture the essense the way Minnie does?

Rest in peace, Minnie.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Killian Mansfield

Just read the story of Killian Mansfield @ http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/features/60127/

Oh, to be moved by stories such as this. If all of humanity could step back and realize what value we can contribute, together, to this world, we may have a more peaceful existence.

Thank you, Killian, for your enduring inspiration and willingness to share with us! May we learn from your example...

-Deborah E