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The Write Stuff: The Art Of Writing A Perfect Thank-You Note

The Write Stuff: The Art Of Writing A Perfect Thank-You Note

Whom to thank:

Everyone who gives you a wedding present-This includes everyone who hands you a present, no matter how much you thank them in person. One exception is a group gift from more than four or five co-workers – you can send them a group thank you note.

Everyone who gives you money-Cash, checks, contributions to savings and investment accounts, donations to charities. You can mention amounts if you want, doing so assures the givers that currency arrived intact and account deposits were correct.

Your attendants-attach a card with a personal sentiment to their gift.

People who entertain for you– These notes should go out no later than two days after the event. When more than one person hosts a shower or a party for you, write each person or couple.

People who house and/or entertain your guests- When family and friends invite out of town guests or attendants to stay in their homes, you should thank the hosts.

People who do a kindness for you-Anyone who assists you during your preparations, the wedding itself, and after the big event should be graciously thanked. It’s also nice to send notes to your officiant and anyone else {musicians, etc.} who worked with you on the ceremony, even if you’ve paid them the customary fee.

Suppliers and Vendors-Anyone who exceeds your expectations will appreciate it!

 A few other hints:

* A good suggestion is to set a daily goal. Completing three or four notes a day doesn’t seem nearly as impossible as writing a hundred notes within a month. The accepted standard: your thank-you notes should be written and sent within three months of receipt of each gift.

*Share the responsibility with the groom!

*Always sign with your maiden name before the wedding, married name afterward. If using monogrammed stationery, notes sent by the bride before the wedding will have her maiden name initials, post-wedding notes will have her married initials. 

*If you have any wedding etiquette questions, contact us at As you wish… we’d be delighted to help! We carry a full line of invitations, announcements and thank you cards. Schedule an appointment today to view our extensive line of albums, or we can create a custom order just for you! 

Shari Johns is the owner and founder of As you wish… wedding & event planning of Dallas. She is certified by and a current, active member of the Association of Certified Wedding Consultants (ACWC) as well as June Weddings, Inc. (JWI). visit her blog: www.sharijohns.blogspot.com

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How to write a blog

Citizen Radiohosts Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein offer all the kids out there some advice on how to write a blog. Citizen Radio is a political-comedy internet radio show that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Subscribe to the show at wearecitizenradio.com. “Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny have created an important political radio show that balances humor and unreported news. At a time when media conglomerates dominate the airwaves, independent media like Citizen Radio is vital to national discourse.” – NOAM CHOMSKY

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How to Write a Song Worthy of Internet Radio

How to Write a Song Worthy of Internet Radio

Writing a song can be very challenging. One must consider tempo, rhythm, melody, lyrics, and type of song they want to write. Should you write a love song or something you can dance to? Should the song be country or rock and roll? Here are some tips you should consider when writing your hit song.

First, you should choose what type of song you want to write. When choosing, pull from personal experiences. Will the song be about a relationship, a breakup, a party, work, your birthday, or a joke about something silly? It is easier to write about what you know or an experience you’ve gone through. It can be really challenging to make up a song which you know nothing about. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with other people about their life experiences too.

If you think about the song you want to write too much, it can become stressful and you may have the tendency to walk away from the project. Don’t stress yourself out too much. It is helpful to carry a notebook with you so that if you find inspiration for a song topic or line of lyrics you can write them down as the idea comes to you. Also, you should block out a few hours in your schedule to sit down, focus, and write. Prime writing times for most musicians are during the middle of the day through early evening.

When you are ready to sit down and start writing, take a look at song structure. It’s like having an outline for a research paper you had to write in school. You can structure the song as best you see fit. Most songs, however, include all of these components: introduction, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. Keep in mind that there will be more than one verse. For example your sound structure could look like this: intro, verse, chorus, verse, verse, bride, verse, outro.

One of the best tips for song writing is to listen to music as often as possible. Writing songs is like learning a foreign language. The more you immerse yourself in the music, or language, the more fluent and prepared you will become. Listen to song and see if you can recognize the structure in it, the tempo, and the lyrics.

Writing a great song with catchy lyrics and an awesome sound will be sure to wow any music fan. Following these tips will help you write a song that is worthy of being played on Internet radio and traditional radio.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More

Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More

Transform your food passion into words with Will Write for Food, the first-ever guide to the ins and outs of food writing, from one of today’s experts. Offering a thorough, practical program this groundbreaking book includes:

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How to Write Country Music Lyrics

How to Write Country Music Lyrics

If you’ve ever sat, tapping your feet to the distinctive sounds of Country Music, marveling at the beat, the guitar chords and above all else – the lyrics, then maybe you’ve sat there and thought, “I could write better lyrics than that,” or “how hard can it be to write a song?” Surprisingly you don’t have to be a creative genius to write a truly heartfelt Country song. Country is all about the journey, every song tells a deeply personal and more often than not, extraordinarily sad story, so pick up a pencil, and think of the “story of your life” the one story that always makes you cry, the worst time in your life, tap into your inner pain.
What can you write about?

If it hurts, it will work well as a Country Song, if it’s painful to discuss, then it’s perfect, here are some ideas:

*Lost Love
*Death
*Unrequited Love
*Drugs and Addiction
*Alcoholism
*Life Lessons
*Depression
*Prison
*Cowboys

What if you have no pain?

If you are lucky enough not to have a specific sad or painful time in your life, just grasp onto someone else’s pain, here are some ideas to help to get your creative juices flowing:
*Listen to some country music, get your head in the right mood
*Watch a very sad movie
*Watch the news
*Imagine losing someone close to your (warning, could keep you depressed for a while)
*Volunteer for a day at a hospice or a cancer ward
*Read a sad poem

If all else fails, just start writing and see where it takes you.

Do you have to plan your lyrics?

The best Country Songs in the word started out as an inspiration and then turned into organized lyrics. Don’t start out planning your whole song; it takes away the spontaneity, instead start writing and see where it takes you. Then when you have written a very rough first draft you can go back over and cross out, change and adapt, try to keep to just one story line at once, don’t cross over into other’s, there’s always more songs for that!

What if you can’t get it right?

It doesn’t matter how many times you need to change your song to make it right, keep editing and editing, until it sounds perfect for you, and conveys the message and tone you intended, remember it is unlikely you will write a perfect song first time, after all if you get perfection what’s left to strive for?

What about the music?

If you are no good at music, don’t worry, there are plenty of people out there who can play the guitar, which is all you really need for a Country song, but even if you just know the basics, it doesn’t take much to add accompaniment to your song, learn a couple of simply chords which you can repeat.

What’s the difference between writing Country Music Lyrics and other lyrics?

Think of Country Music as telling a story, so your words should flow as if you were telling someone what happened, many take on a tone of confession, unlike other types of music, it isn’t just about the chorus, it’s about the words!

Will it be a hit?

You never know, if you want to make it a hit, you will need to hook the listeners in early on in the song, so add something very interesting in the first few lines and make that chorus catchy!!

With a little work, you will surely find your inner Country Music writer, and be writing endless songs in no time!

Joe Hansen is an expert in country music and also reports on the latest news and events in the country music world.

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Singers! Why Should You Write Original Music?

Most singers have one major problem when starting out in the music industry… ‘How do I get myself noticed?’. Yes, there are plenty of other singers out there, and often it’s not enough just to be a better singer than them. But having a great voice is a fantastic start.

So, you’re nearly there! The next thing that you can do as a singer to set yourself apart from other singers is to perform some great original music! Original music is the best thing you can do as a performer. But how do you get original music?

There are three ways to get original music:-

1. Write your own songs.

2. Co-write songs with other musicians.

3. Find songwriters who are not also performers. (There are plenty of songwriters around on the internet).

So first let’s clear up some common questions I regularly get emailed to me about song writing!

Do I need to be able to read / write music in order to write songs?

Of course you don’t… There are plenty of singers and songwriters around who haven’t got the first idea about how to read music, let alone write it. As long as you can record it down in some way (a Dictaphone will do) then you’ve got all the equipment you need.

Remember, music existed long before people developed systems to write it down. It was even more recently that people developed ‘Music Theory’ as a way of explaining how music works. In fact I can pretty much guarantee you know LOADS of music theory, just having listened to music. I think everyone who has a interest in music should take the time to look at a basic Music Theory book especially songwriters, as you’ll find that learning a little bit about how music works will help you enormously with basic things like song structure and working out what chords go with which notes.

Do I need to be able to play an instrument in order to write songs?

As a singer you already play one of the best instruments you can possibly own. Using your voice to work out tunes is by far the easiest way of writing music.

The other really common instruments that are used by singers / songwriters are the guitar and the piano (or electronic keyboard). If you can get access to one of these instruments they that can be a great start (I’m sure you know someone with an old guitar you could borrow). You don’t have to learn how to play these instruments at a performance standard, just use them as a tool to help you develop your ideas.

So how do I start writing music?

Music is so diverse that there is no way anyone could actually tell you how to write a song. In this series of articles we will be discussing topics such as ‘What elements make up a great song’, and ‘Get inspired to write lyrics’. These articles, and many more are available by signing up to my free singers newsletter, a must read whether your an amateur or a pro!

You’ll most likely write some pretty bad tunes when you start out. Everyone does. That’s ok, don’t get disheartened. With practice and inspiration, hopefully, you’ll start writing some music that you’re happy to play to people.

Just keep trying, and above all, enjoy making music.

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