How to Easily Plan Wedding and Party Music.

Nov 9, 2016, Issue #122

 Read on for 
   *  a Tip about planning YOUR party's music, 
   *  our next 3 public events,
   *  and another quick Video. 

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

Sarah and Akin knew they had a problem.

With their beautiful wedding just a month away, 
preparations were nearly complete.  

Lovely garden facility?  Check.

Fantastic Caterer?  Check.

Sensational Florist?  Check.

Amazing Photographer?  Check. 

My band will be entertaining their guests, 
and they've selected their first dance song.  
One of our favorite tunes.  Check.  

Their dance lessons are creating a beautiful 
routine to "Fly Me to the Moon".  Practicing 
to Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording with the 
Count Basie band.  Check. 

So what's the problem?

Their first dance routine is timed to Sinatra's 
2½ minute recording, so we need to  make it 
exactly 2½  minutes, too. 

The solution was simple.

We were entertaining at a wedding show 
just a few weeks before their wedding.  

Sarah and Akin caught up with us there, 
asked us to play "Fly Me to the Moon" for 
exactly 2½ minutes, and recorded us 
on their iPhone.

Back home, they continued to rehearse their 
routine, and now they danced to our recording.
Finally, when we played at their reception, 
their first dance was PERFECT.   A huge success!

This story is typical.  It reminds me, that 
in my experience, planning wedding music 
or party music often follows this same pattern:  
an obstacle creates a small problem, usually 
with an easy solution.

Planning is solving a series of easy puzzles.  
Sometimes the answer is right before our eyes.  
Sometimes  not so obvious.  And sometimes it's 
followed by a  deeper question with another 
simple solution.  

And now that we're talking about 
planning wedding & party music...
New Year's Eve is just  a few weeks away, 
and you might be involved  in planning an 
exciting holiday party .

And if you or a friend are engaged  to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

Either way, every celebration you plan begins
with a dream.  Imagine what you want. 

Here are 4 planning guidelines, 
starting with the Tip I promised:
Tip:  First, ask yourself about the 
atmosphere you want to create.

Imagine you're a guest.  What mood would you like?  
Formal, elegant, and sophisticated?  Or casual and 
mellow?  Or upbeat and rousing?  Or a soft background 
for conversations?

Consider everyone's five senses.  What do you want 
your  celebration to LOOK like?  And SOUND like?  
What  TASTES and AROMAS will everyone enjoy?  

What will being there FEEL like?  Warm?  Cool? 
Hard?  Soft?  Rough?  Smooth?  Something else?

And three more guides to  help you 
plan the music.

1. Pause often to remember  your vision.  
Where are you aiming?  How are you adding music?

2. Be systematic and keep it simple
Focus on music for your highlights, especially the beginning 
and the ending, the schedule, food, decor, and landmarks 
(a ceremony, toasts, announcements, dances, photography, 
and special presentations).

3. Let all the ingredients work together.  
Have all the musical elements  enhance each other and 
make  sense logically, emotionally, and aesthetically.

Listen for these guidelines whenever  you have  a chance
to hear us in action.

So the next time you or a friend 
are looking for
upbeat, elegant music played the way you want, 
preview us at our next public event:  

Where can you can catch us?  Here: (see details below)

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-7:30pm,
Annual Gala for "SF Bay Area NACE", 
The Green Room (SF War Memorial/Perf Arts Center),
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Thursday, November 24, 12:00-2:30pm,
Annual "Thanksgiving Feast", 
The Mountain Winery,
14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga

Wednesday, November 30, 6:00-8:00pm,
Holiday Party for "Silicon Valley Concierge Association", 
Hotel De Anza,  233 Almaden Ave, San Jose

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

Meanwhile, enjoy another version of "Fly Me to the Moon".
A friend recorded us at an Easter Brunch back in 2010.

Let's chat soon.  


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

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