For many couples, very little thought is put into music for the cocktail and dinner hour of their reception. The majority will opt to have typical lounge or jazz, which, in all honesty, I fully understand. You generally want something that blends into the background so that your guests’ senses are not assaulted and they have the ability to socialize.
For couples whose taste is a little more on the edgy or less traditional side, this is a great opportunity to incorporate some of “their” music into the day. An eclectic mix that incorporates ambient, downtempo and indie artists, along with more mainstream styles, can be just the thing that will put your personal stamp that guests will remember as being unique.
This is Rosie. Rosie is technically not a puppy, but she has the heart of one. Rosie’s mom told me that she loves getting dressed up, which is why she’s decked out in the Valentine’s Day pink t-shirt and heart headband. As you can readily see, Rosie is a sweetheart!
I met Rosie, and approximately 150 of her friends (and around 400 of their human friends) at the 1st Annual Puppy Love Event, hosted by Fenway Bark. The purpose was to give 10 local animal shelters an opportunity to find new “forever homes” for displaced pets. These are truly wonderful people and the dedication and love they offer to help equally amazing animals is a tribute to humankind. You can probably tell that I have more than a small soft spot on this one.
I was utterly impressed with the location. Fenway Bark is a unique facility, offering not only upscale overnight accommodations — this is not your average boarding kennel — but also grooming, training, pet photography, rehabilitation for injured pets, food, supplies…you name it. They are located right on Boston Harbor not far from Logan Airport and South Station, so for travelers, it’s an ideal spot to drop off your pet before a flight or cruise. The owner and staff care for the animals as they would their own.
I’m hoping to be back next year. Rosie said she would be there.
Although I love to write, I’ll admit that I don’t know if there is enough material to sustain this blog. It is, after all, supposed to be a business blog. I enjoy writing about the couples who have hired me for their weddings, the friends that I have made along the way and the fun (and sometimes terror) that they feel in their planning. But over and above that, what does a DJ write about? Tips, suggestions and whatnot can only go so far. So I decided to do what I do best when I want to learn about something new to me.
I Googled it.
I started searching for DJ blogs that are already out there to see what other DJs have to say. There’s no way that I would ever steal anyone else’s material or style, but I wanted to come up with some inspiration.
I was horrified.
Some have written page after page of text, copied and pasted from other websites. I found at least one that forgot to substitute his business name from the one he stole it from. I guess he didn’t get the memo about the concept of “intellectual property” and I suspect I know where most of his music has been acquired (although I wonder how much scrambling he had to do once Limewire was shut down…)
Some use their blog as a place to directly bash their competition. I guess I really don’t get that at all. In all of the time I have done this, I have never bad-mouthed another disc jockey to a customer. And trust me, I have seen some pretty sleazy things done by DJs. Like the one who advertises the fact that he was voted “Best DJ” by a particular vendor voting website in Massachusetts — I have been in the business a long time and was quite surprised that such a site existed and I had never even heard of it. I understood a lot better when, after just a little investigation, I discovered that he (the “Best DJ”) was the registrar of that “voting” website. I don’t think those election results were ever going to be in doubt.
I saw one that was heavy on the photographs taken at parties he had worked. I think that photographs are really useful if they help tell the story. Not so much on this one, since almost every shot was either out of focus, too dark to see the detail, cut the tops off the heads of those in the photos, or were framed so badly that you weren’t exactly sure if the photographer was standing or laying on his back.
I do have to admit that one blog did have beautiful, crystal clear images accompanying the articles. And in every one, the DJ was looking fine… in his white Elvis jumpsuit, wig and sunglasses.