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Quiet Hearts, Gongs, & Other Sonic Delights

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Quiet Hearts, Gongs, & Other Sonic Delights
March 5th, 2014 • 4:30 – 5:45 pm

If you are a Quiet hearts fan or have been meaning to come and check it out, put March 5th in your calendar as a day to attend for sure.

March 5th is a special occasion for Quiet Hearts. We will be joined again by Kathy Cameron of The Soul of Sound. Normally, Kathy uses giant gongs, singing bowls and other rare and magical instruments to provide healing sound sessions for people. Those instruments make a wonderful contribution to a musical experience as well. The sound of 2 to 4 gongs (yes she has 4 of them) is indescribable. For me, it is the sound of the Universe. Today, she brought many of her other musical treasures to the church and we played with them, finding out which instruments meshed well with the piano, pipe organ, clarinet, recorders and Howard’s growing collection of instruments. A must “hear” occasion if you are available on March 5th.

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Another new aspect of Quiet hearts, is the lighting. We have taken to turning all the lights off and lighting many candles. As the daylight gradually fades the space turns into an intimate candle lit space which lets you be in your own private personal space as we take you on a musical journey.

Here is a recording of Kathy’s gongs, called “Cosmic Aura” from when she last joined us (caveat – a recording cannot give you the full real life experience)

 

Learn more about Quiet Hearts here:
http://www.amicusmusicduo.com/amicus_whats_new.htm

Quiet Hearts

March 5, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1012 Nelson at corner of Burrard (enter on Burrard Street)
By donation ($10 to $20 recommended)

If March 5th does not work, were performing the following days as well.
Always Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Mark De Silva, violinist and singer, rejoins us again starting on April 2nd (perhaps sooner)

  • Feb 26
  • Mar 5
  • Mar 12
  • Mar 19
  • Mar 26
  • Apr 2
  • Apr 9
  • Apr 16
  • Apr 23
  • Apr 30

 

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Under a 9 Foot Concert Grand Piano

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Under a 9 Foot Concert Grand Piano
February 28, 2014 – 5:15 pm – 50% sold out

If you have already experienced an Under the Piano session with me, you know the magic of being bathed in beautiful vibrations from a piano for 40 minutes. If you have not, you will not believe it until you can actually experience it.

This is short notice, but if you are available on Friday, February 28th at 5:15pm you can experience an Under the Piano music spa at a whole new level. Under a Mason & Hamlin 9′ 4″ Concert Grand Piano. A colleague and I had booked the Silk Purse Gallery for a different event that night and we have had to cancel.

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However, I am taking it as an opportunity to do some recording with a divine musical instrument or to make a special offer for past Under the Piano clients.

I have already done a workshop using this piano and also with the 9 ft concert Steinway at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Pyatt Hall. Participants who have experienced Under the Piano under both my own smaller grand piano and these larger pianos have noted that the level of vibrations under a 9 foot concert grand is greater.

I this case, size does matter. The Silk Purse Gallery’s Mason & Hamlin piano is nearly 4 feet longer than my 5′ 9″ Kawai Grand. Deeper, richer and more powerful bass notes and a much larger sound board make for more vibration. Plus this piano is long enough for one person to lie under lengthwise. The value of a Mason & Hamlin CC 9’4″ Grand Piano is over $120,000 US!

Here’s a recording with this piano that gives you a glimpse of how rich and powerful the bass is. However, a recording can’t begin to do it justice.

Book Now

If you would like to grab this opportunity, or if you know someone who would like this, please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your session.

604-662-3053
Craig@UnderThePiano.ca

I have already booked a session for a client at 7:15 pm, so you must be on time in order to have a relaxed and unhurried experience. I am not charging any extra fees for this opportunity despite the booking fee for the room. Future opportunities will likely cost more.

Prices (tax included)

  • Individual Session: $94.50
  • Couples Session: $136.50
  • Optional MP3 Recording (downloadable): $26.25
  • Optional CD Recording: $47.25

Under the Piano at the Silk Purse Gallery

Friday, February 28, 2014
5:15 to 6:45 pm
1570 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1A1
Prepayment required – credit card or eTransfer accepted

 

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Why Would You Love to Lie Under a Grand Piano?

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Valentine’s Day Under the Piano – February 14, 15 & 16, 2014

Valentine’s Day is often Under the Piano’s single most busy day of the year. That’s no surprise given it’s romantic, intimate, beautiful and genuinely unique. What’s unique about this premium musical experience? You and your partner will be treated to a musical concert which is spontaneously composed on-the-spot just for you. No one, including me the composer, will have heard this music before. But that’s just half of the unique factor. The other half is the unusual premium placed seats for your experience. Where? UNDER the Piano. You’ll actually lie with your partner cocooned amongst luxurious and sumptuous cushions and satin sheets underneath my grand piano. As you nestle together in this calming and soothing hideaway under the piano, you will experience music and the powerful vibrations of the piano in a way that leaves you awestruck, full of wonder and deeply moved. Purchase your session now. The 4pm and 8pm times are already booked. Just 4 sessions are available in total on this special day for lovers. I also have some times available on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.

Prepayment is required to reserve your seat.

If you are intrigued, but have reservations or concerns, read the testimonials further on in this blog.

Learn more about Under the Piano

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite

 

Options

A recording of your session. Listen to the recording of your exclusive music composed just for you at the session and relive the original experience each time (This option can be purchased before or after the session).

Wine or Champagne (prepayment for this option is required).

Purchase your options on Eventbrite

 

Testimonials

It’s not unusual for many people to have reservations about leaping in and trying an Under the Piano session. Some people think it’s weird, even scary. This first testimonial is a wonderful example of how people who have reservations feel after they stepped past them and experienced Under the Piano.

“I was once taken to Under the Piano on a date. At first I was terrified, I don’t think I uttered two words on the ride there. When we arrived I hovered near the door in case I wanted to make a quick escape. But Craig Addy was so easy with us. It just made perfect sense to take off my coat and crawl under the grand piano to lie on pillows with this date I barely knew. And when Craig started playing it was like omg why was I ever scared, it was like being taken to another world and being wrapped in luxury. He was so present to our energy, it was pretty astounding to hear it played out loud. Everyone needs to try this.”

Kristina Agosti

“I took my sweetie for an Under the Piano session for Valentine’s Day. It was a wonderful experience. Craig has such a unique business. The setting is warm and comfortable. I felt so brilliant pulling this out of my hat for a V Day gift. Certainly not the usual chocolates and flowers. I recommend Craig’s service over and over to my friends. When I left I felt the same way I do when I have had a massage, relaxed and detoxed, I know it may sound strange but you just have to experience it. Don’t just go once, make it a good health habit.”

Cari-Lee Stevens

 

“Hi Craig, I am sitting here at my computer working, listening to our CD. When one of the pieces came on, my whole body had a wonderful reaction and I felt it resonate like it was hearing it for the first time. As I am typing this to you, tears are streaming down my cheeks as I remember how I felt under your piano. I’m so glad we got the CD. The experience was one thing, but to be reminded of this each time I listen to this piece is like a gift all over again. What a wonderful experience to be tuned into every day – you are so fortunate to have discovered this gift – and we are fortunate to have met you. Thank you from both of us.”

Meralon Shandler

 

“I live my life feeding my curiosities daily as I explore this beautiful world. Well last night I had without question one of the top 10 experiences of my life here in Vancouver!!!! Craig has a beautiful simple business called Under the Piano.

Telling you you lay under a piano as he composes a piece of music for you would be short selling this horribly!

Describing the emotions I went through from remembering my Grandma Harris playing the Piano when I was a child, to remembering past loves, to soaring in my memories from being at the top of a mountain at 14,000 feet all washed over me as I was taken on a 45 minute journey of my life. I was in tears at times and fell asleep in the middle for 5 minutes and then spent the greatest part of my experience with an ear to ear smile washing over my body while in total amazement of what I was hearing and feeling as I reached up touching the underside of the piano, to feel the powerful vibrations of this grand piano moving through my body. Not one to lay still or calm I was simply and blissfuly relaxed and centered.

I cannot say enough about Craig and what is is like to lay under his piano as he literally and spontaneously composes a 45 minute journey for you as you lay underneath it on a fluffy bed and comfy and beautiful pillows with aromatherapy and candles.

I am still chilled to the bone as I recall it here for you!!!”

Mark E. Sackett

 

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite

 

Can’t make it during the Valentine’s Weekend?

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Journeys into Bliss

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Akasha Bloom Jin Shin Do BodyMind Acupressure & Under the Piano

Friday, 28 February 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC

Are you looking for a creative, adventurous and unique way to celebrate your Love this month? Akasha Bloom Jin Shin Do BodyMind Acupressure and Under the Piano are providing a wonderful workshop for couples. Craig Addy will be providing soothing and relaxing improvised piano music while Alicia Kent teaches couples how to use acupressure to develop deeper intimacy, deepen bonds of trust and compassion, intensify physical pleasure and more. The workshop will be held at the beautiful Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. This lovely intimate space houses a gorgeous 9 ft concert grand piano. Couples will have an opportunity to lie under the piano and get a taste of what an Under the Piano session is like during the workshop.

More info and tickets on Eventbrite

 

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Invisible Conversations

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Invisible Conversations… I revealed one recently. This is one advantage of working with a great coach. Mine is Catherine Wood (coachcatherine.ca). There has been an invisible conversation operating in the background since I started my Under the Piano practice some years ago. I call it invisible because it’s an undistinguished internal conversation that has been impacting my actions, feelings and thoughts. While I’ve been present to those thoughts and feelings, I have not been aware of the conversation that generates them. The result is frustration, confusion and sometimes even bewilderment at my unwillingness or resistance to take actions that will forward my business.

During the holiday season, we created actions to take in order to generate more gift certificate sales and bookings. I did take new actions and I did increase my sales. Amongst the flurry of activity, we encountered a missed opportunity to book a session for New Year’s Day. The opportunity was right there and I did not take it. Out of  that, Catherine made the suggestion that I should start requiring clients to pay in full in advance rather than on the day of the booking. I could almost not hear it. What was going on here? Sure enough, the issue came up again in the New Year and Catherine reminded me that we had actually agreed that I would start requiring full payment in advance. I got all evasive, slippery and confused. I did not want to do that! The cost to me in the past has been last minute cancellations. There have not been a lot of them, but enough to hurt.

Then last week, we had this amazing conversation in which I distinguished what was behind my resistance. I have been modelling my payment system on those used by alternative healthcare practitioners such as Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and Chiropractors – you book the appointment, you go for the appointment, and then you pay at the end as you leave. It’s important to note that while I have been following that model I had not  identified for myself that I was following that model. I was just doing it that way because that was what I was supposed to do based on my own experience in the past. I just fell into to it without thinking. For that reason, I could not consider that there could be another model. With Catherine’s brilliant guidance I was able to speak out loud what I had been doing and then there was this amazing space in which I could create a new model.

The new model is so much more inspiring for me and so much more in alignment with my own personal passion and joy. Here’s the new model:

A spot Under the Piano is like reserving your own personal box at a concert or like purchasing premium front row centre seats in the dress circle. When you want those seats for a magical musical experience you don’t wait until the day of the concert and get in line with the expectation of getting the best seats in the house. No. As soon as you hear the tickets are on sale, you call the box office and purchase the seats in advance. Now those seats are yours. They are not refundable. It’s up to you to be there on the date and on time. Otherwise, it’s your loss. Of course you will be there because this is something you want enough to purchase in advance.

Under the Piano dances in a spectrum traveling from a pure creative musical experience to a nourishing physical and/or emotional health care experience. I like that. It inspires me more than anything when a client or couple dealing with grief or pain comes and I can make a difference for them. However, my primary job is to be a gifted , intuitive and creative musician. That provides the access for them to get what they need. I’m a musician and artist first, not a doctor or therapist. Music is therapeutic and powerful. I have discovered a way to amplify those properties of music by creating Under the Piano. The way I provide that is to be the best musician and creative artist I can be and to give that to my clients. The client brings what they need and I provide a pathway for the client to get that.

If you feel frustrated or thwarted in some aspect of your life or business, there is almost certainly something you are saying that you have not distinguished for yourself. Get into conversation – ideally with a certified coach or professional. If not that, with people you trust and respect who have some authority in the area that is impacting you. A miracle can happen in as little as ten minutes when you discover what you are saying. Next invisible conversation! Here I come!

 

Upcoming Musical Opportunities

 Under the Piano

“Valentine’s Day Under the Piano” - February 14, 2014

If your love is a music lover, this will be the best, most magical, and most unique Valentine’s Gift and surprise you could give them. Limited seats available.

more info and tickets…

 

Quiet Hearts – Musical Respites and Journeys

Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:45pm at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.
A gorgeous sonic and visual experience.

more info…

 

Collaborations

Taste of Transformation

January 28th from 7 pm until 10 pm

Receive a Taste of Transformation with 5 practitioners while enjoying vibrant organic vegan food, lovingly prepared by Chef Sono Sugimoto.

more info…

 

Akasha Bloom Jin Shin Do BodyMind Acupressure and Under the Piano

Alicia Kent of Akasha Bloom Jin Shin Do BodyMind Acupressure and Under the Piano are collaborating to provide a wonderful workshop for couples. I’ll be providing soothing and relaxing improvised music while Alicia teaches couples how to us acupressure to develop deeper intimacy, deepen bonds of trust and compassion, intensify physical pleasure and more. Details to be confirmed, but it will likely be held at the beautiful Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. This lovely intimate space houses a gorgeous 9 ft convert grand. Couples will also have an opportunity to lie Under the Piano during the workshop.

Learn more about Alicia at www.akashabloom.com

 

Creative Commons photo by Jukka Palmu

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What good is passion without purpose?

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Are you really clear about your purpose in life? Looking back, my biggest discovery in 2013 was that I was not clear and didn’t even know it.

There is a lot to celebrate and remember for 2013. Sitting here and letting the bigger learnings bubble up into consciousness, I would say that 2013 was a year in which purpose and passion became clearer and stronger. It’s a little odd for me to sit with that because I am a person who has always been passionate about music and beauty. I know they make a difference for people. “Me – not clear about my purpose?! ” But, when I look at what’s so, that clarity of purpose has been hazy and haphazard over the past years. I’ve been egotistical in my firm belief and arrogance about being a person with passion and purpose. There’s been a little of the “Thank goodness I have my passion” and “I feel so sorry for you poor souls who don’t”.

Well passion with purpose is very different than passion without purpose. Or perhaps, it is more accurate to say passion without considered and clarified purpose. The result has been a tug o war between moving towards a desired goal and then being pulled away from it. Then another and another. The results: pale versions of what’s really possible, disappointment, and a healthy dose of resignation. But this past year purpose has blossomed for me. I don’t think the flower bud is fully open yet, but it’s looking very beautiful these days.

The results of 2013 sometimes arose out of actions which then revealed the purpose. Sometimes an identified or clarified purpose then revealed the actions to take.

For me, music serves so many purposes. It even provides things for others I do not seek out. Music can be both entertaining and heartbreaking, uplifting and gloomy, invigorating and relaxing, abstract and descriptive, emotional and rational. It provides a path for individual expression and communal expression. It can be inclusive and divisive. I like almost all these aspects of music and express them at some point or other as I carry out my musical activities. But this has been one of the problems. I’ve been thinking I have to do it all and this year I discovered I don’t have to.

My purpose, my reason for being a musician, is to provide nurturing and healing for listeners and myself. This is why I have always done music. First it was just for myself as I passed through those difficult years as a teenager which were fraught with the deep humiliation and embarrassment of being bullied. Our difficulties force us to find solutions. My solution was art and music and I became a master at using them to provide peace, healing and fulfillment. Now it’s really simple – my role is to provide the same for others regardless of the source of pain or unease. It’s a kind of crazy ah ha moment given I’ve been doing exactly that for years. But the thing is, I’ve never consciously owned it until just this past year.

Under the Piano – Grief & Loss
This year, I had the profound honour and privilege of providing Under the Piano for a number of people dealing with grief and loss – couples with stillborn babies, people who have lost their life partners, children, siblings or friends. To provide the healing power of an Under the Piano session for these people and to witness the beneficial results it provided for them is the single most profoundly fulfilling thing I’ve experienced in the past year.

Quiet Hearts – Musical Respites & Journeys
In 2013, we also launched Quiet Hearts – musical respites and journeys. At first, Howard, Mark and I thought these were meant to be musical meditations featuring soothing and relaxing music. They are that, by and large, but something else emerged. Music, when it comes right down to it, simply and powerfully deals with the palette of emotions like no other art form. So the purpose emerged out of the action of playing every week and then listening to what the listeners were getting for themselves. We saw that they were really emotional journeys rather than meditations. Numerous people have approached us to share how their hearts have been filled by these experiences, many times to the point of tears. Music lets us have emotions in a way that is safe – we are allowed to be emotional with music. That is Quiet Hearts’ purpose. It’s also an amazing journey and expression of improvised creativity, but that is simply the access to fulfilling on the purpose.

The biggest disappointment for 2013 is that I have only reached a fraction of the people I’d like to reach with these gifts. 2014 is about bringing nurturing musical beauty and relaxation to a much larger group of people. St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church is where Quiet Hearts happens every Wednesday. It holds over 1000 people. We finished 2013 with record breaking 36 people in attendance. That was actually a triumph given our average up until then had been more like 12 people. My goal for 2014 is 750 people in attendance at the final concert for that year (we want to keep the balcony and some of the side wing seats clear of people, so I’m not going for 1000 people). Given we have numerous people coming back again and again, I’m saying this is possible. I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but it is possible.

For Under the Piano, I want to make a profound difference for 50 to 100 people who are on a journey of grief. Do you know anyone? If so, please contact me, I have at least 3 scholarships available for people who are in this position in life right now. The scholarships are provided by the generosity of past clients. I call this the Dharma Added Effect which I adopted from the wonderful Shawn Bearman of Radical Ideas.

To finish the year 2014 with results like that would be a powerful expression of my purpose fulfilled.

Having learned for myself that it is not just about passion but equally, if not more, about purpose, I ask you, “What is your purpose for 2014?”

Here’s to a year where all our purposes are fulfilled.

Best regards,
Craig

 

Quiet Hearts –  Musical Respites & Journeys

resumes Wednesday, January 8th at 4:30 pm.

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Upcoming dates (every Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm)
St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church at Burrard & Nelson (directly across from the Wall Centre)

  • Jan 8
  • Jan 15
  • Jan 22
  • Jan 29
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 12
  • Feb 19
  • Feb 26

…and on through to June when we review the schedule with the church.
Be sure to check our online calendar to confirm there are not last minute cancellations

 

 

Under the Piano – Unique, Romantic, Beautiful & Connecting

A perfect Valentine’s Experience

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I know Christmas is barely over, but Valentine’s Day will be here sooner than you can blink an eye.

Surprise your sweetheart with a gift that will provide lasting memories and pleasure – an Under the Piano session. I’m considering special packages as we speak and will let you know as soon as I have made some choices on those or call me to create your own unique package with me.

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604-662-3053
Craig@UnderThePiano

 

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Musical Massage Package

Under the Piano has joined with pHresh Spa to offer a special holiday gift package for the Christmas Season.
Surprise and pamper a loved one with a Musical Massage Package.

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The gift of a Musical Massage Package includes:

  • a 60 min relaxation massage at pHresh Spa
  • a 45 min Symphonic Hydrotherapy Bath at pHresh Spa
  • an Under the Piano Session (approximately 90 minutes)

$ 199 for one person
$ 349 for a couple

 

Under the Piano

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Under the Piano is less than a 10 minute walk from pHresh Spa, so you can make a day of it (appointments required) or have two separate special occasions to prolong and savour this wonderful and unique gift experience.

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To purchase a certificate call Craig Addy at 604-662-3053 or email him at Craig@UnderThePiano.ca

Cheque, Cash, eTransfer, PayPal & Credit Card accepted.

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The Paradox of Sound – It’s a Silent Killer
5 Sound things you can do to improve well being, productivity and profit.

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Did you know you are largely unconscious to the negative impacts sound is having on you in your everyday life. If you live in an Urban environment you can bet it is.

Studies reveal that the well being of 25 to 50% of the EU population is significantly and negatively impacted by noise.

The estimated anual cost of noise in the EU is up to 54 billion dollars.

Tomorrow, I am giving a 1 hour presentation on the Paradox of Sound at the Vancouver Business Network. You’ll get the bad and the good and learn the things you can do to use sound to improve your well being, productivity and profitability (if you’re a business owner). It’s at the VSO’s wonderful Pyatt Hall, which means I have a gorgeous concert grand piano at my disposal. The presentation will incude a relaxing and de-stressing piano performance as well.

Come on out if you are available. Please share this with your music loving friends or business owners who want to learn some of the invisible money losing practices they might be unaware of in their work spaces.

Register here:
http://www.meetup.com/the-vancouver-business-network/events/151526872/

Many thanks for this opportunity Roger Killen

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I need your brilliance please!

 

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I need your brilliance please!

So here we are in the midst of the Holiday Season. For businesses such as my Under the Piano Sound Spa, this is the land of opportunity. There is the potential to sell a lot of gift certificates. Yet every year, I experience having missed that opportunity. I sell a few, but not anything close to what I could.

I’m setting myself a big challenge. To sell 30 certificates. I’m at 4 for 30 right now. I don’t know how I am going to do this. I’m seeking your brilliant or even not so brilliant ideas. This is kind of like brainstorming with Social Media (hey – that’s a new idea for me. Maybe not brilliant but I’m giving it a try). The trick is to shake things up. Doing what I have done in the past is not going to cut it – past actions will likely just produce the same limited results all over again.

So, do share your ideas. This could be valuable for others as well as me. Imagine how wonderful it would be if a bunch of businesses had record profits during the holiday season from sharing a few ideas with Social Media. That would be so cool.

For me, I have some challenging parameters for this game to sell 26 or more certificates

  1. Very limited budget – I’m looking for things I can do or invite others to do that cost very little.
  2. Not a lot of time

 

What I have done in the past

  1. Attend more networking events and promote special offers for certificates.
  2. Send out  newsletter to my email list
  3. Share on Social media

Those activities have produced only limited results in the past.

 

I have some new ideas which I am implementing or considering

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  1.  I won a retractable banner (3 ft wide by 7ft tall). I’ve posted a picture here (It will be printed by Tuesday, Dec 10. I’ll be putting that up a presentations and public performances, but there are only a couple opportunities for that).
  2. I’ve asked 4 past clients to give testimonials at networking meetings after I have given a presentation about my business. They have all said yes. That may have been responsible for 2 of my 4 sales to date although it’s hard to measure. I’ll ask for more of these even though I won’t be at all the meetings.
  3. Wear a badge that says “What is Under the Piano”. Under the Piano has the advantage of being truly unique so most people really have no idea what it is. Wear the badge everywhere 24/7 (well perhaps not in bed) and then get out in front of people. Visit places like Granville Island and South Granville where people go to find unique and higher quality gifts and see if people ask the question. Wear an unusual hat or piece of clothing to draw attention to yourself. Then tell them about it if they do ask. I’m good at inspiring people about Under the Piano if they are open to the idea.
  4. Ask past clients to wear a badge too. Give a commission for any certificates sales they cause by simply sharing about their own experience. They can give people my business card, phone number or website. Have them get the name of anyone who they chat with and send it to me so I can track referrals.
  5. A colleague just told me yesterday that a business that purchases 5 or more certificates to give to clients can write this off (or a portion of it) as an expense. Follow-up on that. How can I get that message out to businesses looking for amazing and unique gift ideas.

Do you have any ideas?

 

 

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A Whole Different Kind of Gong Show

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So there I was lying on a yoga mat. Around me were about 15 other people on mats as well. To get to this place, I had walked past a few gorgeous horses with heads nodding in anticipation of treats from humans. Before that, a 45 minute trip from Vancouver in my friends adorably cute pale green Fiat 500. He brought me here for a birthday treat.

Then, as we all lay on our mats, healing sound started. First a steady drum beat. I could feel it resonating in my body as the drummer moved closer to me. Then the magic we were all there for began. The mysterious and cosmic sound of, not one, but eight gongs. During the session, the gong baths were interspersed with beautiful bells and singing bowls which were almost like palate cleansers. In total, we enjoyed 3 gong baths, each subsequent sound bath getting louder and more intense. I loved the intensity of the louder third bath particularly. I could feel the vibrations of the gongs traveling through my body. The gong players, Kathy Cameron of The Soul of Sound and her gong partner Paul, provide these wonderful healing experiences quite frequently.

If you are still wondering about the horses, that is because the location for our particular gong bath was the beautiful Wisteria Acres out in Fort Langley. At Wisteria Acres, the gong bath occurs in the renovated second floor of a barn, below which is the home of a number of beautiful horses. Driving out to Wisteria Acres was part of the adventure, but you need not travel far as Kathy provides Gong Baths quite regularly here in Vancouver

Upcoming Gong Baths in November & December can be found here
http://www.thesoulofsound.com/events.html

 

Sound Healing with gongs and Himalayan singing bowls from the soul of sound on Vimeo.

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Does Following Your Passion Really Work?

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Many of us know the saying, Follow your passion and the money or success will follow.

I’ve been wondering about it recently. I’ve been following my passion for over 5 years now and it seems the money and success have yet to follow. Yes, an increased experience of satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness has followed but where is the money? Where is the success?

Recently, I’ve heard a couple of influential and clearly successful people (at least from where I’m standing) refute the follow your passion belief. The first thing I noticed about both of them is how obviously passionate they are about what they are up to in life. I was left laughing when their passionate rebuttal of passion basically disproved itself.

Then, the other week, something happened. It had me question that maybe it is not so much about following the passion and a little more about being crystal clear about your passion or being bold about your passion. There is no doubt in my mind that I am passionate about music and the difference it  makes for people. So what’s missing, other than patience, if it is indeed true that following my passion will result in success?

What happened, was a client came for an Under the Piano session. That client was Mark E. Sackett who lives in New York and San Francisco. He produces music concerts and movies and participates in a whole slew of other amazing things in his life. He’s unquestionably a passionate guy. When his Under the Piano session was over he shared this on Facebook and then again shortly afterward at a live networking event:

“Well last night I had without question one of the top 10 experiences of my life here in Vancouver!!!!

…Craig has a beautiful simple business called Under the Piano… Telling you you lay under a piano as he composes a piece of music for you would be short selling this horribly!

Describing the emotions I went through from remembering my Grandma Harris playing the Piano when I was a child, to remembering past loves, to soaring in my memories from being at the top of a mountain at 14,000 feet all washed over me as I was taken on a 45 minute journey of my life. I was in tears at times and fell asleep in the middle for 5 minutes and then spent the greatest part of my experience with an ear to ear smile washing over my body while in total amazement of what I was hearing and feeling as I reached up touching the underside of the piano, to feel the powerful vibrations of this grand piano moving through my body. Not one to lay still or calm I was simply and blissfuly relaxed and centered.

I cannot say enough about Craig and what is is like to lay under his piano as he literally and spontaneously composes a 45 minute journey for you as you lay underneath it on a fluffy bed and comfy and beautiful pillows with aromatherapy and candles.

I am still chilled to the bone as I recall it here for you!!!”

I let this sink in. At the networking event, Mark got quite emotional and moved as he shared about his experience. So did I and some other people in the room. This experience of being profoundly moved, inspired and connected by music is what Under the Piano is about and this is what fulfills me most deeply. I saw that I get similar responses from many clients but not all clients. There is that “but” word which basically negates what precedes it. Then I saw what was missing for me.

Over the past year I have been creating and clarifying my mission statement. Getting grounded in my passion.

This is what I  had up until now

“My mission is to provide relaxing, beautiful and connecting musical experiences for individuals, couples and audiences. Unique and intimate environments dramatically increase and enhance the impact music has on people emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Well it’s all just fine. It’s in alignment with my belief that the beauty of music can make a big difference for people and communities AND something is missing. Mark’s testimonial provided the gift of seeing what’s missing.

What’s missing is a challenge. My butt is not on the line. I’m already delivering that mission every time I do a session. It’s not a challenge for me at all. People can get what my old mission provides from innumerable places and experiences in any city or town. Under the Piano cannot not be experienced anywhere and neither can the music I spontaneously create. It’s not an anywhere and everywhere experience and my mission does not say that. I’ve been afraid to say that because of the fear that I cannot reliably deliver an experience like Mark had. My challenge is to have people be moved the way Mark was each and every time I do a session. I realize I have been boringly reasonable and sensible with my mission.

Here’s my new first draft:

“My mission is to provide relaxing, beautiful and connecting musical experiences for individuals, couples and audiences that leave them awestruck, full of wonder, and profoundly moved. Unique musical environments and the miraculous power of spontaneously composed music make this possible by dramatically increasing and enhancing the impact music has on people emotionally, mentally and spiritually”

So, I continue to believe the saying Follow your passion and success will follow. I just haven’t been clear enough or bold enough about my passion. This new mission is definitely a thing worth waking up to and a thing worth causing in the world.

 

Listen to the music I created for Mark

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