Welcome to the Volume 15 edition of the McCartney Newsletter.
Well, 2012 started off with an action packed schedule for the company! We have been busy bees developing new products and services. The last 6 weeks have been full of creativity and now it's time we told you about it!
And... Happy Valentine's Day!
Here are the most recent McCartney events, products and launches (in no particular order).
Congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney
Thursday 9th February 2012 saw feverish excitement around Capitol Records, where Paul unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Masses of fans, TV crews and paparazzi surrounded the building from early morning, and he was introduced by Councilmen Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge (a firm Beatles fan) before unveiling his star. He paid tribute to his fellow Beatles, and regretted the fact that Ringo was unable to be there as he was a bit under the weather. As a bonus, he was being given the gift of a picture painted by the late Michael Jackson, signed by his Mother, Katherine, and the 3 children. The day was topped off by a live stream from Capitol in the early evening, when Paul sang selections from his newly released "Kisses on The Bottom" together with Joe Walsh, Diana Krall and her musicians. It was a truly memorable day.
Our photo shows his arrival backstage at Capitol earlier in the day.
Then came his being honored at The Music Cares event the following day, and the week-end culminated in his appearance at The Grammys. Check out the new album on iTunes!
The Sad, Untimely Passing of Whitney Houston
On a personal level, we only knew her fleetingly, but her voice and her music definitively inspired our generation. The news of her untimely death broke on Saturday around 4 PM Los Angeles time and cast a sad shadow on the Grammy Awards the following day. We bid farewell to a Diva, and we find comfort in knowing that her genius and her soul is finally free from the trials and responsibilities of this earth.
Click image for Wikipedia Page
We would like to use this space to show the charitable side of Whitney Houston, here are some of the causes she was involved in:
Whitney Houston's charitable work
Slash in Mativison 360
Hollywood, CA 2/7/12
What a session! Recording Slash, Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz in an intimate studio setting was a thrill! Antonis Karydis and Luke Kazanis from MatiVision.tv flew in from Greece to record Slash's new album with their exclusive 360 technology for the ultimate music fan experience.
They used a 6-camera set up, one camera per band member, one camera center stage and one in the control room. The unique cameras captured the entire set of the AMAZING new album plus extra footage. It's in editing now. And this is all we can say at this stage... the details are all hush, hush. The album will drop at the end of May this year.
Obviously we will keep you posted in our next editions, and let you know where you can join the 360 MatiVision experience!
(Photo credit: Jeff Gatesman)
After the session Slash treated everyone to Chicken & Waffles much to the surprise of our visitors from Athens!
But hey, don't believe us, here's what Slash said about it on Facebook:
And yes, I scored a guitar pick!
Introducing: McCartney Help Desk
McCartney Help Desk
At McCartney we have over 17 years of online, computer and digital experience, and we've learned a lot along the way.
Interacting with software, applications and hardware on a daily basis, we know what it feels like when machines and apps just up and quit on you. Not to mention the stress of potential data loss, and the never-ending cycle of upgrades, installs, viruses, backups, and hardware products that just go bad.
In today's connected age, no one is invincible! And computer crashes happen to the best of us!
So, after problem solving on a small scale for almost 2 decades, we've decided to make our knowledge base, team and expertise available to you, our friends, family and clients 8 days a week, 365 days a year! (OK - 7 days a week).
We're 100% committed to helping you getting through computer related problems, so you can work with ease, even relax, attend a meeting or go run errands while we take a look "under the hood."
And since prevention is better than a cure, we suggest you also take advantage of our monthly tune up / tech check services, to stay on top of upgrades, alerts, browser versions and more.
We encourage you to pick up the phone, call the McCartney Help Desk experts at 1-877-320-6447 and let our Chief Geeks clean up your digital dramas, and get you on the right track to computer Zen!
Welcome to the McCartney Help Desk, where no question is too silly because we've been down that long and winding road too. Really.
Open your account today!
Product Of The Month
Over the last few years we've been asked many times: "How do I get a domain name? How much is my domain worth? Where are my passwords? Who has access to my servers? Who has the passwords? If this all sounds too familiar to you, then you should read the below very carefully and give us a call if you don't know the answers to the following questions:
Ruth McCartney - Lecturing
Here's a great follow up article from Ruth's QR Code and Social Media lecture at ASU W.P. Carey School of Business
QR Codes: It’s all about the destination
QR codes -- those intricate square graphics -- are showing up on signs, posters, print ads, business cards. They have even been painted on sides of buildings.
"QR codes are simple pointers to other content," said Julie Smith David, associate professor of information systems and director of the Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology (CABIT). "They allow users to access content through their camera-ready mobile devices to make content retrieval easier -- and they make all types of content (video, audio, web sites, etc.) available through this simple process." For example, the QR code we're using as our illustration points to the Wikipedia English language site.
The accelerant to QR code proliferation, of course, is the explosion of smart phones in the market. "People rely on their phones, and QR codes leverage this," David said, "but I think the beauty is that multimedia content -- rich content -- available where/when users want it."
Read the entire article here...
Louise Harrison - Fab Fan Memories
An other Grammys feature of note was the nomination of Louise Harrison, George's sister, in the spoken word category with her CD: Fab Fan Memories, an album for Beatles fans by Beatles fans. Louise hosts the project, which includes many many fans and musicians who figured in their history.
These are the personal stories of true Beatles fans heartwarming, funny, and totally fab.
An album by the fans, for the fans.
LOUISE HARRISON (George’s big sister) hosts over sixty-seven minutes of interviews and commentary in this unique forum of Beatles fans from across the globe.
Featuring guest appearances by: Nancy Lee Andrews, Janis Ian, Phil Keaggy, Melissa Manchester, Ken Mansfield, Alan Menken, Wesley Orbison, Bruce Spizer, Billy Swan and devoted fans. Produced by Grammy award winner, Dennis Scott Also including:
Beatles songs performed by The Liverpool Legends and original music performed by The WannaBeatles.
From the teenage fan who worked her way into a Beatles press conference, to the man who lost his job while trying to get a Beatles autograph. These are real never before told stories that unite us in a special “Beatles Bond”.
It’s a great addition to any Beatles collection!
We had the pleasure seeing Tommy perform live to a select audience at the Center For The Arts at Pepperdine University. Thanks to Steve and Diana Maiman who scores our third row seats. The evening was a blast. Tommy was super engaging and full of insights on his guitar style and playing. We really enjoyed the gig! Thank you Tommy!
Here's a brief bio:
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.
Tommy’s unique style he calls it simply “finger style” is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that and more on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans.
Check him out on iTunes
Watch Ruth's cousin Bruce Reynolds explain what winning awards actually means to actors. In an industry where you receive more "nos" than "yesses", awards can help actors get the part they truly want.
Watch on YouTube now.
Vote for Angie!
Since she came to this country, Angie has been somewhat obsessed with Staples. She says besides the US Post Office, Staples is one of her favorite places to visit and shop! So, as you can imagine when Staples started their "small business push" campaign on Facebook, she was all ears! She recorded a short clip and entered into the competition to win a free TV spot from Staples.
So, dear reader, we encourage you to log on and like their page then vote for Angie to get her Mrs. McCartney's Teas commercial on TV!
Recipe of The Month
Light & Healthy Ratatouille
courtesy Smitten Kitchen
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree (such as Pomi)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small eggplant (my store sells these “Italian Eggplant” that are less than half the size of regular ones; it worked perfectly)
1 smallish zucchini
1 smallish yellow squash
1 longish red bell pepper
Few sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
Few tablespoons soft goat cheese, for serving
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Pour tomato puree into bottom of an oval baking dish, approximately 10 inches across the long way. Drop the sliced garlic cloves and chopped onion into the sauce, stir in one tablespoon of the olive oil and season the sauce generously with salt and pepper.
Trim the ends off the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash. As carefully as you can, trim the ends off the red pepper and remove the core, leaving the edges intact, like a tube.
On a mandoline, adjustable-blade slicer or with a very sharp knife, cut the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper into very thin slices, approximately 1/16-inch thick.
Atop the tomato sauce, arrange slices of prepared vegetables concentrically from the outer edge to the inside of the baking dish, overlapping so just a smidgen of each flat surface is visible, alternating vegetables. You may have a handful leftover that do not fit.
Drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the vegetables and season them generously with salt and pepper. Remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs with your fingertips, running them down the stem. Sprinkle the fresh thyme over the dish.
Cover dish with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside. (Tricky, I know, but the hardest thing about this.)
Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, until vegetables have released their liquid and are clearly cooked, but with some structure left so they are not totally limp. They should not be brown at the edges, and you should see that the tomato sauce is bubbling up around them.
Serve with a dab of soft goat cheese on top, alone, or with some crusty French bread, atop polenta, couscous, or your choice of grain.
Angie's One Liners
Conjunctivitis.com - Now THERE'S a site for sore eyes.
A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
A cynic's work is never done.
All men are animals, some just make better pets.
Always remember you're unique...Just like everyone else.
Ask me about my vow of silence. I dare ya!
Borrow money from pessimists... they don't expect it back.
Dyslexics of the world - untie!
iFanz Featured Artist
Steve Tyrell - I'll Take Romance
Often cited as the world's true "romance crooner" and proponent of all things love, legendary jazz balladeer Steve Tyrell just released his new collection, I'll Take Romance, which features 12 tracks with Tyrell, backed by his band along with a String Orchestra. The release of I'll Take Romance will be accompanied by tour dates across the country, including his annual seven week run Christmas at New York City's legendary Café Carlyle, where he replaced Manhattan icon Bobby Short seven years ago. A passionate song selection that is indeed perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond, Steve Tyrell's I'll Take Romance is a modern-day take on all things love.