Elegant Party Music and a More Personal Blogging Style

by Robbie Schlosser

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.

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Francisco wedding, 2010

Elegant party music, anyone? Nearly every day since 1975, I’ve led the Magnolia Jazz Band entertaining people at their celebrations.  Here we are at a typical afternoon in May 2010, jazzing up an elegant roof-top cocktail party in San Francisco.

The photo is taken from a stunning video created by my friend Andrew Hsu — watch it here, and midway you’ll see us for just three wind-blown seconds, but they’re good ones.  Thanks, Andrew.

Later that day we drove to Livermore, to provide several hours of elegant dinner and dancing music at another wedding reception.

So who’s a workaholic?  I love keeping myself busy like this — either playing at a party, or preparing for the next one, or lining up another one for the future.  Work, work, work.

How ironic, then, that I’ve been posting a new entry in my blog only a few times per month.  I’d hope to aim for a few times per week at the least, and now I swear I”ll make that goal and keep to it.

There!  I’ve actually put it in writing, and like one does when beginning a diet, I’ve decided to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one.  The bad habit stood me well during my academic years, when I’d be writing papers all the time for very critical readers.  Each time, I’d write a first draft, then a second, a third, and on and on… proof-reading and polishing for days til I felt the paper met the highest standard I could imagine.

You’d be correct if you guessed that the final draft didn’t sound at all like my speaking.  Which is exactly the manner of writing I want for my blog.  After all, my blog expresses my personal thoughts, and to do it right, my writing needs to sound like the way I speak.

So, starting right now, my blog posts will be written as quickly and effortlessly as I can manage.  A little proof-reading, to improve a misleading sentence or two, and bingo, it’s posted!

Please tell me you love this new writing style!  The more positive feedback I get, the stronger my new habit becomes.

I’ve been hoping to make this promise for months.  What straw broke the camel’s back, as they say?  Recently a friend, Amanda Cey, blogged about a book you might like to know about — The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging.  Thanks, Amanda.

This book spells out several rules for successful blogging, and I read about one that said essentially that “good enough” writing is better than perfection which takes too long to reach.  When I read that, I was hooked, and immediately started composing the thoughts you’re reading now.

I realize it’s human nature to overcompensate whenever we make a big change, so I’m watching out lest my writing becomes too casual and sloppy as it becomes more frequent and expressive.

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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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