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Friday, April 26, 2013

Blair’s Tax Day CD Release Concert

I arrived early on a rainy Wednesday night around 6:30. I was able to meet and hug her mother as well as introduce myself to and shake hands with her father. It was tax day 2009 and her concert title eluded to such. Her friends one male one female started off the concert with a darker note and gave way to the lyrical undertones of my favorite modern day minstrel. She started off the concert with her first song and one I initially discovered on her self entitled website. That song was Be My Moon. It much like her entire 11 song set (one short of a dozen) was very upbeat and majestic. Her lyrical melodies were all unique and creative. She pulled off a rare feat. One I’ve rarely if ever seen done by a professional artist. She sounded just as good in concert as she did on her I can only assume studio released songs on her website and Myspace page. (granted the concert was inside.) Another rarely seen talent she has is the ability to sing well and have you actually understand the words. Some veterns of the music industry can’t say that. If you don’t believe me see any one of many countless websites and or past magazine articles written about often garbled lyrics. There was no sluring of words here. She sung beautifully and majestically. There was no doubt all eyes were focused on her. She introduced each member of the band by name and a gave happy birthday shout to one audience member and two band personnel as well. She then explained most songs as well their origins or backgrounds and even contributed one “cover song” to her amazing much beloved mother mere feet away. The night ended quite wonderfully. Her backup singer headed back home to New York City site of her upcoming concert. (He actually lived in Brooklyn.) I met her astonishing shutter bug of a sister. I brought both the Bodine sisters a piece of cake and headed out the door with my EPIC crew. We spoke of her on the way out the door and even saw a company named Bodine as Al drove me home to Devon.

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

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(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

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