Monday, November 26, 2012

Starting the Holiday Season With Guest Blogger John Daly from The Key Class

Dear Friends,

Most of us dream of just taking it easy as we reach decades of business experience but our Santa Barbara, CA, based friend John Daly doubles down after nearly 38 years at the helm of John Daly, Inc.
We much admire his commitment and dedication to helping at-risk youth. His volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate inspired him to put together a curriculum to teach students how to do the things that are expected in everyday life. The result is The Key Class, an organization he started in May 2010 that offers of a series of classes that provide interview tools necessary to successfully secure a job or college entrance.  The results are convincing! Key Class programs that run through Teen Court, according to Program Director Ed Cue, see an impressive turnaround. "Strategies like the Key Class are the backbone to a 92% completion rate and a recidivism rate of 12%." The Key Class programs are being offered through Teen Court and in high schools in the Santa Barbara school system, expanding to most schools in the system through Partners in Education in the near future.
Please watch their new teaser video for more information.

Befittingly, John chose James Taylor's "You've got a friend" as the song to start the week.


We are glad to have a friend like John!

Wishing you a wonderful week,
Janet



Monday, November 19, 2012

This Monday: Artists You Need To Know!

Dear Friends,

We have been putting our heads together to give the Monday Music a little fresh energy and in true editorial fashion and organized manner, we have developed several categories. The first one we are happy to present: Artists You Need To Know. Matt Cornwall is truly a walking music encyclopedia and he always has his ears open for sounds that work. So, here we go! Grizzly Bear from Brooklyn.




"I chose "Grizzly Bear" as an artist you need to know (if you don't already) because their music is that very rare but hugely successful blending of pop, indie, rock, ambient, retro/ current simultaneously and great for any season! One word that many critics in the past have all used unbeknownst to one another when describing the GB sound; "Gorgeous." "Sleeping Ute" is a perfect example of Grizzly Bear's detail-rich latticework melodies, soothing flamenco-like guitar work, with just enough pop / FM radio sensibility . Give a listen to what Jay-Z, Mick Jagger, my tenth grade nephew and Conan O'Brien are raving about !" : ) DJ Matt Cornwall

Happy Listening and a very Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Janet

Monday, November 12, 2012

We Are Happy To Present Our NEW WEBSITE!

Dear Friends,

We are interrupting the Monday Music for breaking news: Once upon a long, long time ago we announced on this blog that we were busily redesigning our website. It took a little longer than we had anticipated ☺. But we are happy to say: we are done!

Please visit www.eventworks.com.

Our gratitude for their great work and amazing patience goes to Greg Russell and Alexander Schottky from Tandem Digital,  Ben Baker from  Premier Computer Consulting, Inc.,  and all our EventWorks staffers for their contributions.

Wishing you a great week!
Janet

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sometimes Music Says It Best.

Dear Friends,

Some events are so horrible that there are no words. What do you say when many friends and colleagues back East have lost so much? We struggled with our Monday Music choice this week and we hope our selection will lift your spirits a little bit. In the end we chose New Jersey's very own Bruce Springsteen. Not only because "Land of Hope and Dreams" really soars but also because we know that Bruce Springsteen really truly cares. He has a long history of playing benefits for Asbury Park and supporting other local causes.




"I chose "Land of Hope and Dreams" from Bruce Springsteen's performance during last Friday's NBC benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy because he himself specifically chose to perform this song not as an ode to the devastation but to serve as a beacon of hope and strength. I've watched this performance many times over now, and am utterly, deeply moved by it's power on many levels and am reminded once again of the vital impact that is the nature of music, to help unify, bring peace, instill hope, strength, begin the healing process, and carry us through such profound tragedy…. my heart goes out to every life that has been affected by this hurricane, and pray for a speedy recovery and healing. love " ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Best wishes from everyone at EventWorks,
Janet