At the start of the year The Plain Dealer listed 15 Cleveland business people who they picked as ones to watch in 2015. Their occupations run the gamut from banking and finance to real estate and retail. What they all have in common is a great passion for the city coupled with creative ideas. The other underlying similarity is that their efforts aren't self-centered. With a goal of helping the city and its people, these 15 folks are an inspiration.
In the proceeding Sundays the PD has been doing interviews with these business men and women. I'd send you to an all-inclusive link but for the life of me I can't find anyplace on Cleveland.com where they've bundled all of the stories. So here's a search on the site which brings up the individual interviews. They are all well worth reading for inspiration and ideas of your own.
And here's a thanks to each of them for making Cleveland a better place.
I'm putting a band together. Well, a couple of my friends and I are and we need a drummer. Here's how the want ad goes.
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Looking for an adequate drummer to join three other non-polished musicians who have never been in a band before. Actually, the bass player was in a band at Kent State in the late '70s. In other words, we're not looking for someone great. Just someone who has always had the desire to be in a band but never considered themselves good enough. You will join me, the singer and rhythm guitarist, another guitarist and, said bass player. You should dig the Dave Clark Five, The Ramones, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, Monkees and other 60s pop and garage sounds. Practice space to be determined but could be on the far east or far west side. Ideally you'll be as bad as us and fit right in.
Nowadays new music is offered to us through a fire hose as opposed to the trickle it was in the 1970s. Just look at the Pazz and Jop poll results I wrote about last Friday. So how are you, with a family and a job, with all sorts of responsibilities, errands and chores to perform daily, suppose to keep up with it?
It's often why people give up on music. It's why they make an excuse that there's little good music coming out anymore. They punch through the commercial radio dial to confirm this, feeling better that they aren't missing anything.
That's why the need for music gatekeepers is vital these days. The radio DJ used to be that person but those voices are far and few between on today's terrestrial radio dial. Music criticism is another source but finding the time to read and sift through the sources can be as difficult as finding the good new music itself.
Think of Radio Hannibal as your gatekeeper. Your connector to good music. Of course music is subjective and my choices aren't meant for everyone. For instance, I'm not a big fan of metal and hard core punk anymore. So I'm not going to promote it too often. An influencer can't be all things to all people. I'm not digging nearly as deep into the underground as I did in my youth. I look for the sounds that are bubbling up to the surface where they're easier for my readers and listeners to find.
I say listeners as well because I post a daily music session accessible at the top of the home page here. I have listeners who stream the set right from their computer while others will make the session available off line and sync it to their smart phone for the commute to and from work. The Spotify playlists aren't ideal. I don't get the satisfaction of truly mixing the music, creating artful segues but I do try and make the music flow in a cohesive manner allowing the unknown to be blended with the familiar.
If you're technically inept and don't know how to use your smart phone for much else than making phone calls that's where my other blog, AV Adviser, comes in. You see, I've had a life's mission statement for over twenty years and I am thrilled to say that it still guides me and brings me satisfaction.
"To enrich peoples lives through the sharing of music"