This year, we offer a cautionary song written in 1969 that is just as relevant today as it was then (and maybe more so). There are a couple live versions out there...but, despite the grainy video, we're going to go with a version recorded at Tulsa's iconic Cain's Ballroom in 1981.
A few years ago, we turned many of you onto the House of Heroes' version of the Christmas classic, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." And, it remains our favorite version because of Tim Skipper's stunning vocal.
But on this final offering of the season, we offer this amazing version, recorded at Milestone Church in Keller TX. Yeah...a church that so understands the power of music to energize the flock.
For your friendship. For your trust. For your laughter. For your passion. For your innovation. For turning us on to the best of your destinations. For enabling us to live this amazing life while helping many of you realize new opportunities.
Thank you. We are blessed to have such friends.
Now...go hug and kiss your family and friends around the Thanksgiving table. Put aside your differences and call a moratorium on drama (we've had quite enough, as of late).
I don't know how I missed this...but it was posted on YouTube before many of us knew there was a YouTube. Yet, it has stood the test of time.
They call themselves The Zimmers...and nine years ago, they posted this cover of the Who's My Generation. With a then-90 year old lead singer and a chorus with a collective age of 3000 years recorded at Abbey Road, the video is a sensational statement of the timeless impact of rock...even as they intone the line "hope I die before I get old." Because...they're not.
Years later, a much depleted version of the group appeared on Britain's Got Talent. One could easily imagine so many of the stars of the original video having passed on to their next world.
Like so many communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew, Savannah is just coming back on line. Like so many other residents, our friends from Visit Savannah are making their way back to town. But, as they do, they'll have a little bit of inspiration thanks to the responses to a status post on Facebook.
CEO Joe Marinelli picks up the story:
"I wanted to share with you how inspired I am by .... people .... people in general. Sunday, after being "dark" the last few days, we posted a message on our social media sites from me. The numbers in just over six hours are amazing by themselves (1,200 likes and loves). But take a few minutes to read the (over 100) comments. They're incredible and a true testament to the human spirit (and, a day later, the post stood at 2,800 likes and loves).
"One of the lessons our team learned from watching our counterparts after Katrina is this: until you actually go through something like this, you can only do so much to be prepared. We were ready and our staff has handled it. And we will continue to do so over the coming days and weeks. But, I will use the commentary of our fans to inspire (yep, there's that word again) our team to rise up, even though they have been relocated from their homes for days and will come back to no electricity, destruction in their yards and neighborhoods and so much more."
While none of us wish the kind of crisis that precipitated the group hug that Savannah (and other destinations) has gotten post Matthew, it is a warm reminder that we all build amazing friends and fans by inviting people to our sensational communities through destination marketing.
Roughly 2,500 posts later, I can confirm that business is, indeed, good. And, yes, part of that success can be attributed to this blog…just as some comes from our monthly e-newsletter and word of mouth from our friends and clients in the Destination Marketing sector.
But, that’s not why I have continued to blog while he and so many of my friends have slowed or altogether abandoned their foray into the platform. I know it might sound corny and contrived…but it really is because of you, the reader, that I offer up my thoughts to both industry colleagues, friends and passerbys.
Your “likes” when the blog posts most mornings on Facebook and the conversations in which we engage when you comment are what powers me forward, constantly looking for the cool, the inane and the simply wrong around us.
I may not have the following of a Jay Baer, Lefsetz or Seth Godin…but my followers mean the world to me. And, it thrills me that we can inject a subtly subversive viewpoint, from time to time, into the increasingly meaningful discourse on Destination Marketing…the nation and the world.
Thanks for being part of this journey…and here’s to the next 10.
The U.S. propaganda machine has always painted the condition of workers in Communist countries as bleak, back-breaking work in horrid conditions and without protection of civil rights. Never having spent time in a Communist country, I can't comment on whether that image is true...but, there has to be a kernel of truth for any lie to gain traction.
A new study by Google Consumer Research indicates that half of Americans took no time off the summer. And, Project Timeoff suggests that, if there was a nationally mandated minimum for vacation time for the American worker, 1.2 million new jobs would be developed, generating $21 billion in new tax revenue.
But, noooo. America is only one of two industrialized nations in the world without such a policy.