Archive for June, 2010

Spirit, Mind and Music

Posted in Martini Events on June 28, 2010 by djlorib

Recently I was the disc jockey for Springfield College’s 1980 class reunion. In an earlier blog, I wrote about the significance of working a reunion event at Framingham State College. Returning to Springfield College (where I earned my Master Degree) was just as fun and special.

I concentrated on music between 1976 to 1980 with an emphasis on classic rock that was well received. The play list included songs by Led Zeppelin, The Outlaws, Joe Walsh, Journey, and The Eagles. Back then disco wasn’t quite “dead yet” and I threw in a few classic songs by KC & The Sunshine Band, ABBA, Donna Summer and The Bee Gees. Song of the night was “The Rapper” by The Jaggerz. Many of the alums were impressed that I knew the song, let alone played it. Lesson to be learned: do not underestimate the musical knowledge of your disc jockey, especially DJ Lori B.

I’d like to thank my colleague, friend and fellow SC alum Brian Nicks for giving me the opportunity to be part of these celebrations.

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Some Thoughts About Michael Jackson

Posted in Music and Technology on June 24, 2010 by djlorib

Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009. The next night I DJed at Diva’s Nighclub. That evening the vibe was very different. There were a lot of new faces and I sensed that people came out not only to mourn his death but to also celebrate his musical legacy.

Right before midnight, I stopped the music and talked briefly about the artist and musician the world just lost. I then played “Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough.” I cued the song to start 15 seconds in, and once clubbers heard his unmistakable falsetto they couldn’t get to the dance floor fast enough.

I’ve played his music at numerous weddings receptions, parties, proms and special events. His music is just as popular now as it was in the 80’s and early 90’s. Michael’s music is danceable, recognizable, and appealing to most. His vast musical catalog is a huge asset to any disc jockey who wants to keep the party going and the dance floor busy.

Below is a picture of a white glove that I brought with me to Diva’s. It now hangs in the DJ booth as a tribute to a talented and gifted entertainer whose music has transcended the test of time, making him truly the “King of  Pop.” 

The Gloved One

Saying “I Do” using Google

Posted in Wedding Resources on June 20, 2010 by djlorib

In an effort to assist couples trying to plan their wedding reception, I’ve added  a link to Google templates specific to weddings. Traditional media and the internet are loaded with information with respect to planning and organizing a wedding reception. These templates are informative, free and may help couples who are on information overload.

http://docs.google.com/templates?q=wedding+template+collection&start=1&sort=user&view=public

Bethany & Carrie’s Wedding Adventure

Posted in Two Brides and Two Grooms on June 1, 2010 by djlorib

Over the next several weeks I plan to blog about two special clients (now friends) Bethany & Carrie. Their wedding is August 20 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA and their Jill & Jill is July 31 at the Elks Club in West Springfield, MA. I’m Djing both events and can’t wait to drop the party bomb for both celebrations.

Our last meeting lasted over two hours as plans for their reception came together. Their excitement and enthusiasm was contagious and I don’t know who was more fired up “my brides”or me. We discussed entrance music for the bridal party as well as song choices for the grand entrance, first dance and cake cutting.

I am a big proponent of the grand entrance and what it stands for. With the right song it sets the tone early on that the couple of honor plan to celebrate, dance and party with family and friends. It’s also the first time that the couple can visually see their guests at the venue fully decorated with floral arrangements, colored table linens, up lighting and more. 

I plan to coach “my brides” on how to acknowledge and absorb the love and positive energy they’ll feel once the doors open and they walk in. It’s a moment not discussed much but has a lasting impact. When that moment ends it’s gone forever.