"Just Make it Perfect, OK ?"

July 14, 2016, Issue #114

See below for our next public event.  
But first, a story.  

"Just make it perfect, OK?"

I say this all the time.  You too?

It's been a while, but the last time 
surgeon fixed my something, he  didn't 
ask me to list what to do or  how to do it.  

And thank goodness he didn't ask me 
to watch and give advice all along.  

If he did, I probably would have replied 
"You know what I want.  You're the pro, 
so let's leave all the details up to you.  
Just make this procedure perfect, OK?"

Sound familiar?

And the last time I flew on an airplane, 
the pilot didn't ask me how to do his job.  

But if he did, I would have replied just 
get me from here to there.  Make it quick 
and painless, keep me totally safe and 
as comfortable as you can.  

In other words, "You know what I want.  
You're the pro, so let's leave all the details 
up to you.  Just make this trip perfect, OK?"

Have you ever said something like this?

Every day, probably.

And in almost everything you do --  for 
yourself, your friends, and your clients.

So here's that recent story:

Last March we entertained about 300 guests 
at a benefit cocktail party at the Computer 
History Museum, in Mountain View.  

The host  is one of my favorite event planners, 
and  we've worked together many times.  

She tells me something like this: "Robbie, 
you've got just the cocktail party.  I'm focusing 
on the entire evening.  Promotion, registration, 
facility, volunteers, caterer, dinner, auction, 
and everything else."

"You know what I want.  You're the pro, 
so let's leave all the details up to you.  
Just make it a perfect cocktail party, OK?".

No problem, I say.  We do this all the time.  

And sure enough, the evening was a huge 
success.  Another triumph!

What songs we played, and how to pace 
them, was up to us.  

At most events like this, the hosts usually  ask 
us to select the perfect cocktail party music.

Select the perfect music?  Put yourself in our 
shoes.  What would you do here?  

Suppose you're planning cocktail party music -- 
say, for a wedding, banquet, or private  soirĂ©e.  
  • How would you begin?  
  • What would you want to know?  
  • What questions would you ask?
Here's how WE usually proceed.  

First thing, I ask the host to tell me 
about the atmosphere she's hoping for.  

That way, our experience can guide us 
to the kinds of music that will create 
the mood she wants.

Our job is to help her guests enjoy being 
there.  So we select music to  make  what 
they're doing easier and  more pleasant.  
  • Casual chatting among friends?  
  • Serious ballroom dancing?  
  • Formal business discussions?  
  • Wild and crazy "dancing your brains out"?  
Whatever they're doing, this usually means 
keeping  everyone in a happy mood.  Creating 
the right mood  with familiar favorite tunes 
and a  few surprises.

Naturally, the specific songs we choose always 
depends on who's in the crowd.  
  • Who are the guests?  
  • What songs will be familiar?  
  • What songs might be favorites?  
  • What songs might be pleasant surprises?
At the start, we'll glance at the group for a 
few  minutes and guess about  what songs will 
be  sure-fire hits for dancing, or  singing, or 
soft background for conversations.

And throughout, we always talk with the  guests, 
especially when they approach us to request 
their personal favorite songs.  

Big clues there!

Frequently guests like to chat with us about 
their  own experiences playing music.  Or their 
son who  is learning to play guitar and loves
the Beatles' music.  

Another big clue!

In fact, a bride and groom-to-be who reserved 
us  for their wedding next month came by last 
March's  party to preview us again, and they 
requested a  few of THEIR favorite songs.  

Another big clue -- now we know what we'll 
surely  include at their wedding reception!

So whenever it's YOUR turn to be the host, 
here  is a valuable tip for selecting your own 
perfect  cocktail  party music:  

Decide what mood you want, ask what music 
your guests will enjoy, tell your musicians,  and
let their professional experience guide them.

You can see this in action!

For example, the next time you or a friend 
are looking for upbeat, elegant music
played exactly the way you want it: 
Preview us in action at our next public event:  
Where?  You can catch us here:

Tuesday, July 19, 6:00-10:00pm,
Cocktail Party for "International Live Event Association",
The Armory, 1800 Mission St, San Francisco

Caterer? Wedding or Event Planner? Bride? Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll hear
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.

In the meantime, here are 2 more things you can do:

See the helpful  "Planning Tips" 
on our website, 
(and on my   Facebook Page   and  Facebook profile) ,  
for  (guess what?) dozens  of my  favorite tips  for 
planning  wedding and party music. 
Look them over.  I bet you'll see a few you haven't 
thought of yet.   Call me for more. 

2. Watch this quick video recorded for a promotional demo:
   (The old Decathlon Club used parts of this in their final film . )

"The Tishomingo Blues"

Reply or call me at 408-245-9120.  Let's chat soon.  

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Bringing Elegant, Upbeat Music to Weddings and Parties"  

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