How is Planning Party Music like Blogging?

by Robbie Schlosser · 2 comments

Thanks in advance for reading this article. I appreciate your interest and hope you get a few good ideas. I'd love to hear what you liked. Please write me a little COMMENT below. Start a conversation. Tell me what you think, and I'll reply. Promise.
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Planning party music is something I do nearly every day.  Since 1975, I’ve been helping people plan the music for their weddings, birthday parties, garden parties, company receptions, formal banquets, … you name it!

Magnolia Jazz Band in Morgan Hill  2010Here we are pausing at a wedding in Morgan Hill.  We entertained everyone with several requested songs during the ceremony and reception (processional, recessional, first dance, parents dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, and last dance).

Planning party music became effortless after that.  The remaining musc selections were up to us, as the celebration progressed.

Sometimes the challenge is more complex, sometimes simpler.

In this case, we followed a few general guidelines, to focus on the musical styles that the guests were enjoying most.  In this case, we alternated with periods of lively dance music and softer background music to encourage conversations.

Often enough planning blog topics follows a similar sequence.  Specifically, it’s all about finding a few initial inspirations, and then deciding how to carry on.  Many people have written lists of hundreds of tactics for creating blog topics.

It’s seldom a problem to find those initial inspirations.  First-time bloggers usually select topics they care about most. The writing comes easy, because these are the favorite topics they love talking about.

Just like selecting several favorite songs for highlights in a wedding.

The sooner a beginner gets into the blogging habit, the easier it is to select the topic for the next post.  Subsequent blog post topics appear naturally, springing out of thoughts and moods the preceding posts inspire.

Just like wedding guests requesting another, say, Beatles song.  What a natural way for planning party music!

Now that I’ve been blogging for several years, I’m still writing most often about planning party music and wedding music — topics I almost always enjoy talking about and doing.

Where do new blog topics come from?  Here’s one place.  Every time I re-read one of my blog posts, I find an idea I never really thought about THAT way before.  And I’m off writing another 500 words for my next post.

How about YOU? How do you plan party music? Or blog topics?


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Meanwhile, 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.

How can I help you? Call 408-245-9120 or use Robbie@MagnoliaJazz.com. Planning a celebration? Ask about our availability.

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Vicki Dello Joio

I actually still experience a moment of feeling lost when I blog, Robbie. I do have topics I like to blog about, but I have a hard time “refreshing” my topics

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Robbie Schlosser

Thanks, Vicki.  Lost?  But here you are, replying to a few of my thoughts.  All you need to do is reply to a few of YOUR thoughts.  Maybe begin with something like, “I recently posted about … , and it made me think about …”.  You improvise, right?  I’m looking forward to your performance.

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