Last week I gave just a little hint about where we would be the weekend before Thanksgiving. Did you figure it out? Thursday (today) we are heading to St. Louis for Beat Me Halfway. This is a Roller Derby event offering classes and scrimmages for all ages. I hope we get to see some of our JRDA (Junior Roller Derby Association) players and JRDA alumni. We have had the privilege of working with the leadership of JRDA this year on several projects. Meeting the juniors and their families is a pure joy.
Did you know, by the way, that Gold Medal Ideas hosts web stores for many organizations including the stores for JRDA and the Chicago Red Hots? We love being around people who are passionate about what they are doing, whether that is talking to people all over the world by radio, singing a cappela harmony, or in this case, Roller Derby. We have not been to this event before, so we don’t really know exactly what to expect, but we can’t wait.
Speaking of web stores, Gold Medal Ideas offers two types of stores for the convenience of customers. In the first type, the organization is interested in convenient ordering for their members, supporters, etc. These customers take advantage of a no-cost option for putting logowear and accessories on a page on our site. This allows our customer to control their logo usage and to stay out of the complicated and time-consuming process of collecting sizes and money, ordering, receiving and distributing to the members. In this scenario, it is a shared group store, on our site. We call this Your Group Store.
There is a second option for a Web store. With thIs option the store can be made to look like it is your own. Your logo is used in the banners and no other logoed merchandise is visible. In this scenario the purchases can be easily identified and a rebate can be sent to the organization whose logo is on the products. This is an ideal way to raise funds for your organization. There is typically a small fee for this option.
And back on track, we will be in St. Louis tonight setting up for the event. This is the last event on the “Where to find Gold Medal Ideas” calendar for 2016.
We’ll find something else to talk about until the new year begins. Have a wonderful weekend.
P.S. You can get your very own Roller Derby Christmas shirt here.
Do you keep track of us on Facebook? If you do, you know that we are often in 2 states at the same time. What does that mean, some may ask. It is a little thing I started a few years ago, just to help our friends, family, customers, and other followers keep track of where we are. It means that we have just crossed a state border.
And for those who worry that we are carelessly announcing to the world that no one is home – think again. There are other adults and a mean little dog here when we are gone. You do not want to mess with Maggie Mae.
Last weekend we were with our a cappela music friends as a vendor at the Harmony Inc international Convention in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a terrific event, and Ron got his 49th state. Now we are even and we need to get ourselves to Alaska! When we do, we will finally get to see my cousin Karen’s family business MUDBUSTERS CAR WASH CO. That will be one fun trip. Maybe we will drive. That would be lots and lots of #2statesatthesametime events.
So what’s next?
This weekend we are heading for the Fort Wayne, Indiana hamfest. For Gold Medal Ideas, this is the last hamfest of 2016. Can’t wait to see some old friends and to make some new ones.
And after that?
I don’t think I will tell you now. But it will be tons of fun.
Ok, don’t beg. Here’s a hint. You know, they say you should start a business with what you know. Until a few years ago we only knew two things: Ham Radio and Barbershop music. So we built Gold Medal Ideas around those two things. We go all over the country as a vendor making novelty and custom apparel and accessories. Oh, and name tags. Since then we added one more specialty. And that’s what we are doing next week. Can you name the third focus area?
More later. Thanks for reading.
One of the wonderful things about barbershop harmony, and a capella singing in general, is that you take it with you wherever you go. You don’t need to pack up your instrument — it’s always with you! The special thing about barbershop singing is that you can’t do it alone. You can’t even do it with a friend or two. Barbershop is a Team Sport. It’s close four-part vocal singing with no instrumental accompaniment that creates chords that “ring”.
Barbershop is a Team Sport
Sports teams have players who play certain positions. Each position is unique and has it’s own “job” to do. You can’t play football without your quarterback and your kicker. You can’t play baseball without your pitcher and your catcher. In barbershop, each “player” is an integral part of the team. The four team members are the tenor, lead, baritone and bass.
The lead sings the melody which is the tune that people are used to hearing. It’s the tune that you hum to yourself. The bass sings the lowest harmony and is the foundation of the arrangement. The tenor sings the high harmony, above the lead. The baritone sings harmony above or below the lead, depending on the arrangement of the chord. Each team player is important in a barbershop arrangement, and if any of them is missing, the song just doesn’t sound right.
Oftentimes, people with untrained ears may not even be able to pick out the harmony parts, especially if they’ve never tried to hear them individually. All they may hear is the melody — but they subconsciously hear the harmony parts and that what makes them think a song is pretty or interesting or exciting.
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