Dog and Cat Party Fun

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to - la la, la la la.  Okay, so I don't knowrepparttar words torepparttar 110037 song but I do know bringing a dog or cat to a party needs to be approved first byrepparttar 110038 party host.  Double checkrepparttar 110039 front ofrepparttar 110040 party invitation, who was it addressed to?  Did it include your pet?  If not, then a friendly chat withrepparttar 110041 host should be done before bringing your animal.  It is an easy oversight, even ifrepparttar 110042 invitation was engraved, to forget inviting a pet.  So use kindness when speaking withrepparttar 110043 host. It is not recommended askingrepparttar 110044 host if your pet can come to a few types of events like a wedding, baby shower, baby naming party or bridal shower .  Oncerepparttar 110045 host agrees to your pet coming torepparttar 110046 party, there is a few simple rules of etiquette to follow.

    First, be sure to have your pet bringsrepparttar 110047 hostess a gift, like gift baskets or flowers.  In addition, bringrepparttar 110048 hostesses pets party favors.  Next, bring along extra pooper scoopers.  Have your pet dressed appropriately like wearing a bandana or

Film & TV Music: H'wood Reporter/Billboard Conference

Written by Scott G (The G-Man)

Music for Film and TV: A Report fromrepparttar Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference

By Scott G (The G-Man)

"Forgetrepparttar 110036 name of this thing," one audience member said of The Hollywood Reporter Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, "it's really all aboutrepparttar 110037 politics and money it takes to put your music in a flick." More than one attendee privately agreed.

The underlying truth of that position may explainrepparttar 110038 conflicting points made byrepparttar 110039 more than two dozen speakers. For example, Glen Ballard was optimistic while maintaining a healthy dose of pessimism. Mark Mothersbaugh was elated yet often reliant on quietly humorous sarcasm. Chris Douridas was excited while being realistic and determined. And so it went duringrepparttar 110040 two-day event held atrepparttar 110041 Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, with every panel member upbeat about many aspects ofrepparttar 110042 industry while acknowledging that there are lots of problems.

Good News/Bad News. The dichotomy of "good news/bad news" was handled by each presenter in his own way. Stewart Copeland (former member of The Police and now noted film and commercial composer) and Garry Marshall (director of hugely successful films such as "Pretty Woman") used humor to make their points aboutrepparttar 110043 economic realities ofrepparttar 110044 business putting pressure on creative decisions.

"Every musician wants to work on 'A-level' projects," Copeland said, "butrepparttar 110045 fact is that many of us in this room will most often be working on 'Swordslayer 6' where your decisions might be very different." Film composer John Debney ("Passion ofrepparttar 110046 Christ" and Marshall's "Princess Diaries" films) also noted how your career choices are influenced in unusual ways as you progress from first-time writer to recognized professional.

Writer/producer Ballard may be best-known for working with Alanis Morissette on "Jagged Little Pill," but he has an impressive list of credits in music, film, television, and live music. Stepping in atrepparttar 110047 last minute to deliverrepparttar 110048 Vanguard Address (replacing Dave Stewart, who had to remain out ofrepparttar 110049 country on other commitments), Ballard noted thatrepparttar 110050 record industry is experiencing problems, "some our fault, but some not." Ofrepparttar 110051 former,repparttar 110052 main cause is "releasing too many albums not worth $15 or 45 minutes of an audience's time." The primary problem that cannot be avoided byrepparttar 110053 record industry isrepparttar 110054 proliferation of other entertainment choices. The only way to combat this, he feels, is through creativity and quality inrepparttar 110055 music.

Ballard struck a strong chord with many inrepparttar 110056 audience when he noted that "Blazing creativity is rarely recognized inrepparttar 110057 beginning," warning that "If imitation replaces inspiration, then we will elevate mediocrity far beyond what we've already done."

Usingrepparttar 110058 journalistic concept of suppression as a stepping-off point, Ballard said "we've letrepparttar 110059 marketplace create a 'creative prior restraint' on what we think and whatrepparttar 110060 industry will accept from an artist." While calling for a total dedication torepparttar 110061 art and craft of music, he cautioned that "anybody can make a multitrack recording" but that there are "essentials: storytelling, melody, lyric, structure, and performance."

Withrepparttar 110062 current industry recognition that commercial radio is horrible for music, Ballard further noted that artists should not even consider radio when composing. "The minute you go into writing, if you're thinking about radio, you're inrepparttar 110063 wrong place. Radio is in a different business from us. They sell advertising space and we make music. Occasionally our goals converge, but not often."

On a positive note, Ballard pointed torepparttar 110064 increased opportunities for marketing music in games and telephones. Music in phones may be an especially important market, with "millions upon millions in China alone."

View fromrepparttar 110065 Executive Suite. Lia Vollack is President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures Entertainment. A former music editor and music supervisor, she hasrepparttar 110066 ability to step in for hands-on assignments in addition to overseeing all aspects of film music and soundtracks for Columbia, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Animation. Additionally, she works with Revolution Studios, Sony Pictures Classics, and all Sony Local Language Productions.

Although she readily admits torepparttar 110067 downside ofrepparttar 110068 business, many of her statements were quite positive: "Artists are more committed to quality," Vollack noted, adding "Inspiration isrepparttar 110069 main point up front, and then comesrepparttar 110070 deal." She urged all those inrepparttar 110071 profession to "aspire to brilliance."

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