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.

hugs,
-Deborah E
Jazz Singer
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