LEGO Record Store

Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 3:22 PM by Jason Spencer   

Growing up in the northern suburbs of Atlanta (Marietta to be exact), my older brother and I would often dig deep into our imaginations to entertain ourselves. One such way was with LEGO. Being six years older than me, I can honestly say that I think they have been around me my entire life. If for no other reason than their inherent calling for creativity, I love them. I honestly wish I had more around my house, though my feet would probably beg to differ.

lego-recordstore

That’s why when I came across this record store made entirely out of LEGO bricks (by FLICKR user eldeem), I had a moment. One where I remember just how much fun one can have being a kid. While not nearly as cool as this scene (hey, it was the 80’s back then), my brother and I would envision ourselves as hip owners of a coin-op arcade. We had a tabletop pool table that we used as a the “event space” and would build miniature arcade machines with our bricks.

However, the thing that stands out for me in this record store scene was the one other thing we did inside our miniature arcade. We always had music. Often times we’d build a little DJ booth inside. Other times we would create a stage and set up a band, complete with drum kit, guitarists, keyboardist, and an over-the-top lead singer (think Steven Tyler of Aerosmith).

This was all well before I personally started playing bass guitar (that came in high school), and nearly a decade before I would even entertain the idea of becoming a DJ. Today, I entertain for couples plus their friends and families as much more than just a DJ. I get to do it nearly every weekend.

For some reason I think that there was an “entertainer” seed planted a long time ago, as a little boy growing up. It’s important to remember where you come from, and to always remember how you got to where you are today.

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One Dog Down Jams Out to Yoga Playlist

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 1:17 PM by Jason Spencer   

One Dog Down - July TunesClocking in at over 350lbs, you might not think that I’m trying to be more and more healthy — but I am. That’s why I loved it when I came across this yoga playlist from the fine folks over at One Down Dog studio on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

What I love about this playlist is that it’s all over. There’s some classics like Ella & Louis, disco-influence like Grouplove, and even Top 40 like We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus (perhaps my guilty pleasure in this list).  Momentum changes all over to keep you going during a great workout.

So go check out what they’ve got going on this month, and if you are in LA anytime soon, make sure to stop by One Down Dog!

Read More: http://onedowndog.com/blog/noise/yoga-playlist-july-edition/

Sound Advice From The Wedding Godfather

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 1:00 PM by Jason Spencer   

Some people call them cinematographers (they are usually the expensive ones), others are simply “that video guy,” but there are so many reasons why you should have your precious moments recorded on video. I talked a bit about the stigma of video and how it’s changed back in 2010. Now I’d like to share a video with you from my friend, John Goolsby – also known as The Wedding Godfather. It’s about 20 minutes long, but I’m sure that you’ll be hooked once you hear the opening line of “Do you realize that most brides miss the first half of their wedding?”

So grab your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, and click below — or better yet stream it to your Apple TV — and enjoy some profound wisdom by a guy that’s filmed over 2,500 weddings in 12 different countries. But keep in mind, this is not just about video – it’s about making sure that you, the bride, gets the most out what could be the most expensive day of your life thus far.

It’s Your Wedding – Don’t Miss It. Advice from the Wedding Godfather for Brides, Grooms and Wedding Professionals from Godfather Films on Vimeo.

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The Best Praise Comes When It’s Least Expected

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 11:11 PM by Jason Spencer   

jason-spencer-master-of-ceremonies-weddingSomething amazing happened this past weekend. As I was coming to the close of an amazing wedding reception at Saratoga Country Club, an older gentleman approached me. I thought he might be coming up to request a song, but instead he praised me on my performance as Master of Ceremonies during the course of the evening.

Now, it’s not the first time I’ve heard this, but it was interesting because he didn’t point too much to my DJ set. Rather, he emphasized my ability to interact and work with the energy of the guests in the room. Earlier in the evening I had introduced an 18 member wedding party, each with their own personal bio. After dinner, I had performed a narration of bride and groom’s Love Story. Sprinkled throughout rest of the night were various other magic moments created as I interacted with their friends and family.

I mentioned to him how much I appreciated his words. And I sincerely did, as anyone that can identify with the role I play as a MC is very exciting.

That’s when he responded, “No. I really mean it. I know this shit is hard work.”

Whoa.

He proceeded to tell me about his brother, who is a founding member of Chicagoland cover band called the Chicago Catz. They’ve been around for nearly 30 decades, and they are perhaps the most sought after band in the region. When President Obama or other high profile names come to town, the Catz are the ones called in for entertainment. This guy’s brother is the one that has my role. He’s the MC (and a musician) for the band. Now I’m feeling even better about this praise I’m receiving. He’s seen it. He does know that it’s hard stuff.

After we talk a little more, he tells me that he also knows a thing or to about creating a dialogue with the audience. This is the guy that directed The Fugitive, a movie starring award winning actors Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. A movie that grossed more than $368 million worldwide and held the top spot at the box office for six week straight back in 1993.

Turns out, for the last few minutes, I’ve actually been talking to film producer and director, Andrew Davis.

Oh boy, now I’m really excited! Suddenly, this compliment felt as if I were actually nominated for an Academy Award for my stellar performance that evening. As if having this conversation and such genuine, unsolicited praise wasn’t grand enough, Davis asks for one of my business cards just before heading out for the evening (which was only 15 minutes before we were scheduled to end the night anyway).

I suppose I should now go prepare my acceptance speech…. But first, tell me about your weekend. :-)

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Nectarine + Mint + Rum = Spring Cocktail

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 12:55 PM by Jason Spencer   

Colorful Cocktails Inspired by Pantone’s Spring 2013 Palette

A recent post by Jennifer Sbranti, founder of Hostess with the Mostess, explored ways to utilize the ten colors from the PANTONE fashion color report of 2013. With colors like Lemon Zest and Nectarine, they just call to have a tasty apéritif for you wedding celebration or other special event. In fact, I’ve included the recipe for my own interpretation of nectarine towards the bottom of this post.


 

Nectarine+Mint Rum Cocktail

Ingredients:

• 3 slices of nectarine
• 5 mint leaves
• 2 sugar cubes -or- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
• 1/2 ounce lime
• 1 ounce Myers’s Premium White Rum
• 1 ounce Myers’s Original Dark Rum

Directions:

1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, smush the nectarine slices, mint leaves, sugar cubes, and lime until juicy.
2. Fill a old-fashioned (or other short) glass with cubed ice.
3. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake mixture vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
4. Straining only the ice, pour the cocktail over ice in your old-fashioned glass.
5. Umbrella or nectarine wedge garnish is optional…  Enjoy!

If you tried this or any of the other cocktails, please let me know what you think in the comment section below!
Nectarine + Mint + Rum Cocktail
inspired by eatmakeread and life:styled