Welcome to the Volume 10 Edition of the McCartney Newsletter.
Why on EARTH they call those crazy hats "fascinators" was beyond our crack Royal Expert correspondent, mother and daughter team. The only thing fascinating about them is how anyone could put one on, look in the mirror and say" I look splendid". Perhaps famed Irish milliner Philip Treacy is getting the last laugh on his British customers? Click on our fearless fashionistas to see the YouTube 3am to 5am commentary... and watch out Joan and Melissa!
Photo courtesy osochic.com
But enough already with the Royal Fun, here's what else happened at McCartney:
ConnectCode.mobi Open for Business
ConnectCode.mobi is now officially open for business. A ConnectCode® simply put, is a funny looking bar code that allows people with smart phones such as iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys and others to quickly scan the ConnectCode using one of MANY free readers, and be taken to a mobile enabled site with content and more information about a particular product, restaurant, person, property, museum piece, poliitcal candidate or Realtor®.
Now scan Ruth's personal code to see her "Landing Page for Life".
Imagine this could be your business, product, property for sale or ANYTHING your marketing dream desires. We can create a campaign for you with ConnectCode. Contact us today.
"GEIST" Launch Party
A long time ago I made a promise to myself. This album would be ready by my 50th birthday, or I would get out of the music business for good. After almost 20 years of writing, composing and singing, it's finally done. GEIST is born!
Actually, the album was mastered by Richard Dodd with mixmeister Niko Bolas at his side in Nashville, TN on the 4th of April, my birthday! Niko even cut short a trip to Florida to get it done on the day. Thanks Bro. So, we go it done, what's next? First, we had a little party to commemorate! Thanks to all that have been involved in making it happen!
Celebrating Martin's 50th birthday.
BritWeek opens with Gala for Royal Wedding
An exclusive Champagne Reception at the British Consul General’s Residence launched the 5th Annual BritWeek. The invitation only event also celebrated the upcoming Royal Wedding, and included a special display of wedding gowns by famed British designer Bruce Oldfield. Thanks once again to Sharon Harroun-Pierce, The Rt. Hon Bob Pierce, Dame Barbara Hay our host, and Founder Nigel Lythgoe (especially for bringing the American Idols.) Jaguar of Ventura was amongst the sponsors, and the event featured a fabulous display of luxury motorcars. Not to mention Bombay Sapphire drinkie-poohs. Flawless. A splendid time was had by all.
We recently produced the tone and voice over package for GreatCall.com, the company that brought you the original Jitterbug telephone. They are now branching out into additional devices to be launched soon.
The GreatCall.com audio package included over 200 custom designed ringtones and voice over prompts in both English and Spanish.
Here's some more info on the company from their web site:
"As the mobile services company created by people with real lives just like you, we understand the importance of being connected to friends, family, and the experiences and enjoyment you get out of each day. That’s why we’ve always insisted on simplicity with a human touch in everything we do. All of our phones are designed to be easy to set up and easy to use. Our personalized services and customizable applications keep you connected, safe and healthy. And one phone call is all it takes to reach GreatCall representatives who are friendly, knowledgeable and available 24 hours a day to answer your questions. We believe that mobile service should enhance your life…and you can count on us every day to go that extra mile for you."
Product Of The Month
In this vast and ever fast developing world of web and mobile technology, sometimes it's easy to get confused and become lost. We're all familiar with the traditional web site by now - (we've built 100's of them for our clients over the past 15 years) - but when you hear words like "Joomla" "Wordpress" "Ruby on Rails" "Ajax" "RedDot" and "Magento", the confusion grows. The Germans have a nice word for this: "Kauderwelsch"
These new software platforms allow for a wider range of control by the end user, YOU! Over the last couple of years we have become not only experts in developing these content management systems for our clients, but we've also upped the ante by adding an online / offline strategy to our product line.
Questions like: "How do I manage my online content?," "What is the target demographic for my service or product?," "Do I need a Social Media Campaign to help with visibility and sales?" are common, and we have developed customized online strategies to aid you in your success.
Whether you need a business plan to attract investment to your idea, or simply need a new hosting platform for your content, at McCartney we have solutions for you.
Rialto Unified School District is "Puttin' On The Ritz" Again
A yearly tradition, Ruth McCartney Emceed the Gala in Rialto. District Supervisor Dr. Harold Cebrun congratulated Ruth on the "threepeat". The evening's performances were inspiring and all the kids were winners! With a special headliner performance from one of the original members of: "The 5th Dimension", Ms. Florence LaRue.
At McCartney we are proud to be able to provide creative support in times of slashing art and music budgets. The evening was a wonderful success for everyone involved.
Music, Film & Entertainment
Jenny Jarnagin just released her new album: "Play The Blame Game" on iFanz Records.
This is Jenny’s third CD release. Play The Blame Game features twelve original tunes and continues to reveal the depth of her incredible creativity. While leaning slightly on the sounds from her last release, "He Brings Me Coffee," this collection is more Jarnagin-ish than the last. Those who have come to know her through her lyrics will not be disappointed.
Our own Pete Price at a radio show last week in London with Jennifer Hudson. Pete is one of Liverpool's best-known entertainers.
Born in 1946 in West Kirby, Wirral, he grew up with adopted mother Hilda May Price and trained to be a chef. But after persuading his bosses at the Cabin Club to let him put a few records on one night, he became one of Liverpool's first DJ’s.
From there he moved to the legendary Shakespeare Club working with Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse, Freddie Starr and other top 1970’s names as the club's compere. At the same time he interviewed Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey and others on his Radio Merseyside show “Never Mind the Price”.
Pete went on the road as a comic after successfully appearing on ITV's New Faces, and took his act all over the world. But by the end of the 1980’s he decided to return to Liverpool establishing himself as the city's number one talk host. Last year he won a European Radio award and New York Radio Academy award for best talk show, and was nominated for a Sony award, as he is again this coming week.
The young I Am Number Four star pays a visit to Wolf Connection, which rescues injured wolves and wolfdogs in the wild and nurses them back to health.
Marino De Silva is honored to join guitar legends Mick Box (Uriah Heep), Elliott Randall
After years of being out of production, COME WALK WITH ME is available once again! Oleta is thrilled to announce she has made the Grammy nominated, fan favorite, faith based CD available through her website.
Houston boy-made-good returns home to Texas this week to film his first ever live DVD at The Grand in Galveston. The historic performances begin tomorrow night, May 6th. Don't miss your chance to be a part of jazz history!
Wheels for Humanity held their annual gala event on 2nd April at
Life without Limits - The 2011 Spirit of Movements Awards
Photography - Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in Chicago for most of her life and passed away in 2009 at the age of 83. Little more is known about her, than she was an avid street photographer. Her work was discovered in 2007, when more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped film, were sold by a storage facility who were cleaning out her locker for delinquent rent.
Restaurant of The Month
A Tripel Threat in Playa del Rey
Mobile Marketing Tip
How do you get your video content, corporate message or product movie pitch on all of these mobile devices such Apple iPhone, Blackberry and Android and iPad? Simple. By having McCartney create a new mobile commercial or "mSpot®".
Angie's One Liners
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?