#166, August 22, 2018

Let's talk about the music for your next CELEBRATION

Especially about PLANNING your wedding or party music.  

Want  to do it well?  Need help?  Let me give you a handy Tip.  

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

Don't you hate spam emails? 

I sure do.  They waste my time, interrupting
whatever I'm busy with. 

Those annoying emails ought to be outlawed.  

Except that occasionally one of those pests  
makes me laugh.

Like this: Recently one invaded my inbox with  
an offer that included:

" ...Our company creates unique blog articles  
that will match your voice, have a direct appeal  
to your audience ... "

Ha!  Do  I have a few questions about  their offer!

How in the world could they hope to match my voice?  
Can they read my mind?  
How can they figure out what I'd like to say?  And how  
I'd say it?  

Good luck with that.  

Here's why:  I've been speaking most of my life 
and writing most of that time, too.  And for years 
I've been struggling to write the way I speak.  

It's not so easy.

Really?  Not so easy?  

Right.   Like most of us (and you, too, probably), 
whenever I speak my tone of voice is a symphony 
of rushes and pauses,   dramatic gestures   and nods, 
to emphasize  whatever point I'm making.  

So when I write, I try to capture the same kinds  
of expressive gymnastics.  This means LOTS of  
re-writes, after my first draft.

Ultimately, THIS is what I'm aiming for:

I know my writing voice is on target when  
I can read my writing ALOUD and it sounds  
just like my speaking voice.  

And when my friends read that writing voice,  
they'll hear me talking right to them, like we're  
having our own little face-to-face conversation.

The result?  What I'm saying comes across  
loud and clear.  

Especially when I'm writing about planning 
wedding and party music, describing the mood 
the music will create. 

Even when I'm just thinking about the music 
I'm planning, my thoughts are clearer, more 
vivid, and more useful when I deliberately think
in terms of my writing voice.

So Here's that Tip I promised:   
Whenever YOU write something, READ IT ALOUD.    
That's how I test my writing voice.  Try it yourself.

Why am I telling you this?   It's all about your writing...

Chances are, like me you're writing all the time.  
For business or pleasure, and probably both.  Right?

Especially in business, if you hope to create genuine 
personal relationships with people.  You DO, right?

You write to make a point and hope that your message 
comes through clear, sincere, and believable.  Right? 

How can you make that happen?  I just gave you a hint
for cultivating your writing voice. 

Try it yourself.

My own Writing Voice reminds me of my band's music.
Just like my speaking voice, we use our pitch,  
tempo, rhythm, and pacing to make our music  
expressive, to create the mood we're aiming for.  

Listen to this musical "conversation" whenever  
you have a chance to hear us in action at a 
wedding or a party

And now that we're talking about 
planning wedding & party music...
End-of-summer parties and Labor Day are coming, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting celebration.

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

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend  are looking  for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

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

Thur, Sept 27, 6:00-9:00pm
"Concierge Association Awards Gala"
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club,
23600 McKean Rd, 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.

Here's my favorite story about "My Writing Voice".

Wedding Music, My Writing Voice, and My Music
Let's chat soon.

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

P.S. Want wedding or party music?  See our 72 reviews on  Yelp.  
       See photos of us in action on Instagram

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