I Help People Celebrate

by Robbie Schlosser

What will you celebrate today?  I hope it’s memorable.  Will you include music?

On her birthday, a friend recently posted on Facebook:
“THANK YOU one and all for the Bday luv.   I’m a firm believer in the idea that the older you get the more you should celebrate, so thanks so much for adding your voices to my day of CELEBRATION!”

Great idea, I thought, so I replied: “Agreed, Lisa! The older you get, the more you have that’s worth celebrating.”

I could have added that music always seems to help people celebrate.  More about that in a minute.

According to the dictionary, to “celebrate” means to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.  And as far as I know, EVERYONE’s life is an endless parade of these important events, occasions, holidays, etc.

For people and for organizations, there will always be another notable event to celebrate.  At the very least we ought to help the festivities, and more is usually better.

That pretty much sums up my attitude. Magnolia Jazz Band I Help People CelebrateSo I help people celebrate!  What a wonderful way to go through life!

Dunno if I’d go so far as saying this is my “calling”, but it focuses how I do what I do.

For example, here we are, back in October 2011, helping the San Francisco Junior League celebrate their annual Home Tour Preview Gala.  That was a spectacular evening for hundreds of guests, and it was an honor to add our music to the excitement.

Every time we entertain somewhere, our music creates the right atmosphere, helping bring everyone into the festive mood.  The music can be the center of attention, like at a concert, or part of the decor, like at a business reception.  Or the music can be part of a surprise!

Whatever the event celebrates, the addition of living, breathing musicians in action raises the level of excitement a notch higher. Because the guests feel this extra energy, they get into the swing of things even more easily. Whatever they’re doing becomes easier, more enjoyable, and they have a wonderful time.

So here’s a tip:  When you plan your next celebration, be sure to include music.  Choose well, of course, and more is usually better.

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The Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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Lisa Mallis March 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I love music! What a great time you must have sharing in the celebration of so many people and events.
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Robbie Schlosser March 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Lisa,
Glad you love music. Me too! It’s a privilege to use what I love to make people happy. I just read your blog, and you seem to be doing the same thing. Congratulations! :-)
Robbie
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Emily Wilke March 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Hi Robbie,
I like how you said that “it focuses how I do what I do.” This is a great statement because even if we don’t have a life calling or a passion, we can still find joy in what we do. And if you can find a term or statement that helps put everything you do in perspective, then it makes it easy to determine what is worth spending time on. I am glad you can spend your life helping people celebrate! Thanks!
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Robbie Schlosser March 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Thanks, Emily,
Glad you enjoyed this article! I just found your “10 Things…”, and my favorite is your tip #1: “Done beats Perfect”!
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Clara March 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

I perfectly understand you Robbie! Music plays (yes, plays!!) a huge role when planning a party or a special event. It is a priority, it must be the perfect soundtrack of the event!

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Robbie Schlosser March 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Thanks Clara,
Glad you agree that music can be so important for the success of a party. What’s your favorite way to include music at the parties you plan?
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Clara March 23, 2014 at 6:58 am

I always suggest to think about a special soundtrack that reminds them of the most important and significant moments together (no matter if it is a wedding party, anniversary or a baby shower, emotions are always a priority), then I recommend: choose professional musicians, always!

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Robbie Schlosser March 23, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hi Clara,
Right! We’d be a good team. As you say, “emotions are always a priority”. I recently wrote about exactly that. See the article below.
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Remy March 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

I love music, and I have been in parties where the music it’s according to the event, however, I have been in places where the music it’s to laud and makes it hard to communicate with the guest. Your tips are great! Thanks for sharing them.
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Robbie Schlosser March 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Hi Remy,
Glad you’re enjoying my blog. Likewise to yours — always posting something worth thinking about…
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