all about that bass
All About that Bass Words Still Everywhere
In the recently created play by Brent Glenn, there it was - the "All About that Bass" phrase
hanging in the middle of the play. I took my Mom to Atlanta to see my niece, Justine, in a play created by an Emory University Theater lecturer. Most of the performers could act, sing and dance too, triple threats. And there were those that could also play instruments. We stayed at my sister's house for a night.
My Sister, Delanna Protas, was awed the next morning when coming out of a breakfast restaurant, a woman commented on my guitar purse and asked for several Violettes' business cards. Later in the day, my Mom, my Sister and I went to the local high school fundraiser holiday craft show. It's that time folks! My sister was glad to wear a Violettes guitar purse to walk thru the show. I gave her Violettes cards to put in her pocket. We lost her for half an hour. When we found her, she said she hadn't seen anything yet. She was stopped by people who loved her purse and wanted my cards. She was "hooked" and offered to keep a stack of my cards to pass out to everyone she knows!
My sister, Delanna, was a singer in a rock band thru college and many years after. It's a hard life with a family. Let's face it, it's a hard (albeit fun) life period. And so it is also with arts and craft vendors selling their wares. Even the very talented ones need to take to the road travelling between shows similarly to musicians. Delanna had a moment of potential fame when, People Magazine took a photo shoot of her band for an article, but the article got bumped by "bigger news".
My sister commented about the crafters that "These people have their hearts hanging out." She understands.
When I was in elementary school (even though I couldn't carry a tune so well), I sang a favorite song in the talent show. Here are words to that song that I have changed to dedicate to the holiday vendors. Original Words and Tune are at bottom of page.
To Pete Seeger ‘s Be Kind To Your Parents - Revised Lyrics for Craft Vendors
Be kind to your vendors
They really deserve it
Transporting their craft works
Is a difficult thing to do
They're hangin’ their heart out
Showin’ you all their
Handmade arts to sell
Just keep in mind
Vendors work hard to show
Their lathing or knitting to be wrapped in a bow
Appreciate the splendor
with kind generosity
Their arts are for giving and buy one for you
Keep some in your closet
For emergency gifts too
Pete Seeger – Be Kind To Your Parents Lyrics
Be kind to your vendors
Though they don’t deserve it
Remember that grown ups
A difficult stage of life
They're apt to be nervous
Confused by their
Daily storm and strife
Just keep in mind
Though it seems hard I know
Most parents were children long ago
So treat them with patience
And kind understanding
In spite of the foolish things they do
Some day you might wake up
And find you're a parent too
Who is Cool Violin (Cello) Purse - Un No. 22
Our Violettes Gig Bags for String Players were developed upon suggestions from Alicia Randisi-Hooker, who coaches cello (Coach-cella). As a professional cellist who really appreciates art and creativity, she wanted to purchase a handmade Violin (cello) Purse as a Gig Bag to carry her spare cello strings, rosin... The bag wasn't large enough to fit her strings and things. So we turned the violin purse vertical to fit her needs. The "All About that Bass" style was designed to fit her largest size Evah PIrazzi cello strings in the back pocket. So Violettes gifted Alicia one of our violincello prototypes. She thought they were perfect gifts for musicians, and wanted to gift our violin gig bags to the visiting Doric String Quartet. We gave them "Tuxedo Violin Bags". Today Violettes has Tuxedo Violin Bags made out of painted Black Leather.
Ms. Randisi-Hooker says: "I was the lucky recipient of one of Becky’s first Violettes; a cello bag in elegant black and a Harlequin pattern of grey and white, complete with tuning pegs and a long bead for an end pin! She made one for me, as well as four 'tuxedo bags' for the Doric String Quartet, who came to play a concert in Knoxville a few years ago. I hear the two violinists still travel with their Violettes!"
1. Violettes: Tell us how you decided to become a cellist.
Ms. Alicia Randisi Hooker: I grew up in a musical family, in suburban New York, and there was always music in our home. I never seriously considered any other career, though I got a fairly late start for a string player. As a child I got to see the NY Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and LOTS of ballet (my secret wish was to be a dancer), but didn’t have my first real cello lesson until I was almost thirteen. I even saw YoYo Ma when he was nine and I wasn’t much younger, with Leonard Bernstein conducting. I will never forget it; I asked my mother why he got to play up there, and not me! I was hooked! From that time, I have led what I call a “cello-centric” life.
Becoming a Suzuki teacher was a natural outgrowth of my desire to foster a love of music in children, but I had to be nagged into it by other teachers who saw potential in me. I was so fortunate to have fantastic mentors along the way, and found that working with children while pursuing my own playing was fulfilling in ways I couldn’t imagine. I feel lucky to have touched the lives of many young musicians, quite a few of which now have successful music careers. All I want to do is make their cello lesson the best hour of their week.
2. Violettes: How is music part of your family life; and do you have other interests?
Ms. Alicia Randisi Hooker: Music has been a big part of our family life; some would say it
IS our family life. Before going to medical school, my husband was a professional horn player, and both our children studied music from an early age. Our son is a fine and accomplished guitarist, composer, and bassist who attended the New England Conservatory, but is currently pursuing another, as yet to be decided career. Our daughter is a visual artist who just graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, but whose musical taste is impeccable. She’s introduced a lot of great music to her dad and me.
Music and cooking are our passions. My artist daughter is also a foodie, and loves to photograph our dinners before we consume them. Our latest obsession is the cookbooks and recipes of Yotam Ottolenghi, an Italian/Israeli chef with a number of restaurants in London. When we visit next year, we plan to dine at as many as our wallets will allow.
3. Violettes: Are you performing today outside of the local Symphonies?
Ms. Alicia Randisi Hooker: I’m lucky enough to have a balance of teaching and performing with my trio, Trillium, and hope to continue with them for as long as possible. Our dream is to expand our reach into schools and colleges around the country, sharing our love for the music, for a holistic approach to music education and healthy playing, and to engage students and young audiences with the joy of chamber music.
Take care of your string players today. Purchase unique Gifts for Musicians at Violettes.
Is a Violin Purse for Everyone? Go Ask a Journalist!
When I first wrote Ms. Booker to ask her to tell us about herself for our "Cool Violin Purse - un Blog", her journalist instinct stepped forward! She wrote a really special account about her Violettes Violin Purse as she uses it, and about how she see's the bags as great gift ideas for music lovers! Thank you so much Briana! I had to write her back to stress that we want to know about her personally. --A Cool Violin Purse-un INDEED!
"As for fun, I like photography, culinary cooking and journalism. I also like wine tasting and nature walks. I'm really big on community service, especially with a focus on education and women's rights. Currently I am getting ready for the She's the First annual Baking Fundraiser, which goes towards a scholarship for young girls in developing countries to receive an education. I also do philanthropy work at my high school St. Paul's School for Girls to help get a girl through schooling for college. Lol, I'm not too exciting when I take away the digital parts. It's just something I love to do."
Ms. Booker's Awesome Account of her Violettes Violin Purse!
My name is Briana Booker and I am a content curator and digital strategist for entrepreneurs as well as small and large corporations with a mission to serve the community by supporting community social good initiatives. I especially love to support powerful women led brands through my lifestyle magazine fromgirltogirl.com.
As a woman who juggles between roles, I was looking to buy purse design to make my work-life balance easier. My life got much easier with a Violin purse from ViolettesByBecky.com.
What I love about the handbag is it’s office-friendly feel and variety of storage components. The black guitar purse is not a bag I have to think hard about matching with outfits because the external black canvas backdrop is truly a seasonal essential.
For example, I carried the purse on my shoulder during my attendance to Mashable.com’s first annual Digital Beltway Conference. It was one of hottest summer conferences techs around the nation wanted to attend and here I was as a travel journalist reporting in the Mashable VIP lounge.
As a travel journalist it’s always important for me to carry a handbag designed to keep my belongings secure. It’s just as important for me to have a stylish fashion bag to enhance my professional look during such networking events. The Violettes By Becky bag does not let me down. The lightweight purse has a sophistication all on its own and serves as the perfect conversation starter for its unique look and feel.
In fact, it’s bold, yet slender design often lends me compliments here and there as well as several business cards. When writing for so many brands, it’s important for me to have a purse with sharp detailing like a zipper with the look of violin strings and buttons to more additional fixtures for ultimate traffic stopping effect.
Not to mention, I appreciate the durability of one of my fashion and beauty bags because I can wear it with confidence to fit all my essentials. If you are looking for a uniquely dressy bag, I highly recommend browsing bags from Violettes By Becky. The company has a bag for women of all ethnicity and professional walks of life. Yes, there’s a bag for the school girls, musicians and techs like me. Yes, there’s a bag for new moms and retirees alike. Don’t simply take my word for it. Have a look for yourself.
Even for birthdays and holidays, I recommend the handcrafted bags for their skinny straps and affordable glamour. It’s comfortable, easy to carry and just an all round fashionable bag. So don’t be surprised if it makes my list of favorite things of 2015. What can I say, I am a woman who feels proud to say: I browsed. I purchased. I wore. Violettes By Becky is a brand bringing back the sexiness of feminism.
And yes, I have a vigorous method of determining my ideal presents for people I truly love and adore, but that’s a story for a latter-day. Leave a comment and let me know what bag fits your lifestyle.
Thank you for your awesomeness Briana!!! Click this LINK to SHOP!
Banding Artists for Stellar Service (BASS) Gigs
BASS 1: Purchase on-line music thru sheet music search bar in footer of ViolettesbyBecky.com page, and we donate 8% to youth music programs. Just click on bar (at footer of any Violettes page) or search for violin, trumpet or quartet music or specific music...
⇒⇒ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Are YOU willing to pitch in? 〈Yes〉 〈
BASS 2: This new program will be a combined Crowd fundraiser for a High School Music Program and the Violettes Youth Music Competition. We splet the 8% between the two. The initial year, high school music programs (youth orchestra and high school music department) will compete for the proceeds. Proceeds from the first year will go to one of Violettes' local High Schools (in dire need). See how to participate in "THE GIG" below.
BASS 3: Private Music Studios can participate too! The winning private studios will receive $200 in May of any year if a minimum of $5,000 is spent thru portal. Music can add up fast if we get participants! So please spread the word.
Violettes encourages you to order sheet music from your local music stores. However, we all order on-line sometimes. The BASS Gig will earn 8% from your sheet music orders if you order on-line thru the music search bar in the footer of the Violettes by Becky web site. We will split 50-50 with the winning school or youth orchestra program. The private studio funds will come from the Violettes Music Competition share.
Yes, That's Right Its all about that Bass!
Violettes by Becky is here to start a new trend. I love looking at various versions of the title song by Meghan Trainor. And I'll bet most women can identify with the song. Two versions of the song that I find extra special are posted below, along with links of other good ones, saving you the google.
But here is something quite humorous about the meaning for me. I was vending Violettes at the International Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina last fall, and an endless stream of people passing by my tent pointed upwards and said "look at the basses!!!!" I was temporarily puzzled, as I sell violin purses /gigbags (in additon to guitars, ukes, pianos). Here's what the passersby were seeing.
For a close up---