How is Preparing Wedding Music like Preparing Your Tax Return?

I’m always helping people preparing wedding music. Here we are entertaining at a lovely wedding ceremony in Sonoma back in 2009.  Congrats Kim and Chris! I think about wedding and party music often, but not always. For example, I just asked a professional tax preparer about possible changes to the IRS. And this expert advised […]

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The Band in Action Makes Your Party Memorable.

Gaaah!  I’ve done it again! I just got back from a swinging party, and realized I’d forgotten to take a single photo. Without pictures or videos, how can you ever see the band in action? This was our fourth party in four days.  And I had no pictures from any of them. I’ve done this […]

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Feels Like Coming Home — A Tip for Staying on Target

“Playing here today feels like coming home.” I said that one day a few months ago. The band was entertaining members of the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Several hours of “the good old good ones”. Lots of dancing, singing, and lively conversations with old friends. Lots of smiles and […]

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A New Year Toast to You

A New Year Toast to You! As 2014 begins, I’m pausing to appreciate my friends. Brides and grooms, wedding coordinators, birthday celebrators, anniversary couples, business event planners, professional colleagues, networking partners — this New Year toast is to ALL of you. Thank you for having us entertain at your special events.  Wonderful working with you.  […]

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Tips for Selecting Wedding Music and Party Music

Are you selecting wedding music or party music right now? Recently we created a soft, upbeat background for a business reception in the lobby of San Francisco’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.  Our job was making their good conversations easy and enjoyable. Here we are at a quiet moment.  Thanks for the photo, Melanie and Pamela. Three […]

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San Francisco Reception Music — How to Choose

San Francisco reception music filled my thoughts last Friday evening. There I stood in San Francisco’s magnificent City Hall rotunda, setting up the band’s place on the dais.  In an hour we’d be entertaining about a hundred people attending a wonderful cocktail party. Meanwhile, my fabulous colleagues were busy preparing, too.  Melons Catering & Events, […]

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San Jose Wedding Music — How to Select the Best

Selecting San Jose wedding music ought to be fun and exciting. Struggling with your choices? Use your imagination.  Have fun with it.  Be creative. I offer many tips for choosing music (for example, for a wedding ceremony and for a holiday party).  Let me describe one of my all-time favorite tips. First, a quick story. […]

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Holiday Party Music — How to Select Songs for your Playlist

How do you select holiday party music? For EVERY holiday — Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and all the rest. Selecting any party music is really easy!   Whether you’re selecting holiday party music, a wedding reception playlist, or company banquet highlights. For example, here we are at a recent […]

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Cocktail Hour Music — How to Choose a Song List for a Wedding or a Party

See us playing cocktail hour music prior to a recent awards Gala in Saratoga. At the end of this article, you’ll learn one of my favorite tips for making cocktail hour music successful. I’ve written about cocktail hour music before — planning it, coordinating it, and how to talk about it. Everyone talks about it. […]

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Wedding Music Ideas — How to Choose Songs for a Ceremony or a Reception

People always ask me for wedding music ideas.  Same with questions about party music ideas. And I should know!  I’ve been entertaining at these special events in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1975. Here are two iPhone views from my spot in the back of the band at a recent cocktail party. So when […]

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