Artists are people who dare to expose their vulnerabilities and the peak of their skills thus expressing the raw footage of their inner workings to the judgment of the world. Though talent and skills are important for artists, it is the aforementioned that mystifies, intrigues, amuses, and feeds the soul of the audience.
I am writing tonight from Billings, Montana en route to the Arts Midwest Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
To the presenters of the Midwest: (and the rest of you too, we are an all inclusive social chamber music duo so read on!)
We are using this cutting edge computer technology interpersonal communication electric mail box technique to introduce you to the Bottom Line Duo. You may have heard them at the 2009 Midwest Arts Spotlight Showcase or on Public Radio’s “Says You!” program. This year at the Midwest Arts Conference in Grand Rapids the duo is co-presenting, with Tim Behrens of the McManus Comedies, an independent showcase on both Thursday and Friday nights in the Haldane room of the conference hotel immediately following the Spotlight showcases.
The Bottom Line Duo is a magnificently refreshing chamber music ensemble who through impeccable musicianship, no holds barred programming, infectious humor, and over 1149 consecutive weeks of marriage, bring a virtual ‘Victor Borge meets Carol Burnett’ atmosphere to the formal concert stage.
If we unfortunately miss you at booth #446 or at either showcase please accept our apology. Please know we are looking forward to corresponding with you either way after the conference.
Kudos to Monroe, WI as they do a great job getting the word out!
Here is a sample of one of our programs:
Flight of the Bumblebee———————————————-Rimsky-Korsakov
Duetto-Movement I —————————————————Rossini
Crazy Train————————————————————-Jonathan Osbourne
Concerto for Double Bass – Gigue———————————Dragonetti
Walk the Line/Walk Don’t Run/
Walk Like an Egyptian Medley————————————-Cash/Ventures/Bangles
Viva Tlapehuala——————————————————- Isias Sameron
Besame Mucho———————————————————Consuelo Velazquez
Hello fans of the Bottom Line Duo! Some time ago I received a message from a fan who was ‘unsubscribing’ from my newsletter. He advised that my newsletter contained too much ‘blog’ type writing and not enough industry or booking management type of information. Of course I thanked him. I also said that my mission was to do both: keep up with the duo calendar and booking information in one half while maintaining an advocacy meets creative writing aspect that pertains somewhat to the type of personal banter we present in our actual concert performance in the other half. This is a way, I thought, of having fans get both the technical information as well as each month receive something new from our imaginings as an extension of the entertainment part of our concerts. Fortunately, because he unsubscribed any way, he’ll never know that I stuck to my guns and have continued to express myself this way. I had hoped that those who are not interested in the creative writing will skim ahead to the nuts and bolts.
Of course now I realize that skimming ahead is inconvenient for some. Well, I would rather have it be a little inconvenient for everyone than have it be extra inconvenient for a few (this is a communism pinko type of philosophy …in other words, in my house, the toilet seat always gets closed all the way by everyone. Everyone does a little and no one is abused and no one ever has to hear that dreaded, “Hey everyone listen up: put down the *^%%$@ seat! I just fell into the toilet again!” followed by the answer, “Why don’t you look first???” Followed by, “I’m facing the other way!!” Followed by, “But didn’t you look when you walked into the room?” With the rebuttal, “I was doing my hair first!” And the worst mistake, “Haven’t you used a toilet before??!!” Followed by three weeks of silence, suppressed intimacy, and paper work from a divorce attorney you’ve never heard of). What does this all mean?
Don’t ask me. However, I have made a small change to the newsletter format. From now on, the blog type section of the letter will be incomplete with a ‘read more‘ button at the cliff hanger. This ‘read more‘ button will link to our official blog site where all the blog type letters from all of our newsletters are archived. This way, if you like one, you can find it again. Also, if you don’t like this part enjoy one less click. Do you want to know precisely how thoughtful we are in saving you from a click???? Click here to find out.
Facebook announcement (nothing to say yet about linkdyn, myspace, and all the others)
Dear facebook friends. I want to keep you all…but I want to keep my sanity too so here is what I’m going to do: Invite you all to like my Bottom Line Duo page and seek me there as I am just as reachable…not only that, but that page is going to primarily be designed to send to you to my webpage…where you can also reach me. That being said, some of you know me by name and not as Bottom Line Duo. Although I won’t get rid of my personal page, I will get messages forwarded to my personal e-mail (which is equally accessible at my webpage ) …as long as Facebook is consistent.