My Life So Far (edited for public view)

I was born in New York City, NY and grew up in the seaside community of Far Rockaway. Far Rockaway mostly made famous as the movie childhood home of Woody Allen.

My first recollection of being attracted to professional audio is when I heard the Pledge of Allegiance over the public school’s public address system. I knew that one day, I would be the one to hit the play button and by the time I was in 5th grade, I did.

My prowess and overwhelming desire for all things technical pushed me into becoming the President of the Audio-Video squad from 5th grade and all the way through to 9th. In my freshman (10th) year at Far Rockaway High School, I went so far as to join the Backstage Crew of the theatre group and was proud to wear the technical overalls required for the job.

Fortunately or unfortunately, that year (1966) I discovered girls and that girls preferred jocks over geeks and musicians over all the rest, so I traded in my overalls for jeans, teeshirts, and a guitar and never stepped foot next to a mimeograph machine or a backstage light dimmer again. Ah, but I look back at those days fondly as I still have a love for women and technology.

At 17, High School was not easy for me, the classes all started to early, and I found that I enjoyed the late night partying with girls much more to my taste then a 7 am algebra class. I guess that is way today if you ask me “if a car is going 60 in one direction and a bus is going 30 in another how long would it take for them to run into each other?”‘ I wouldn’t have clue. However, I do know that whatever you say to a woman on Thursday the 6th, she will remember it and use it against you when you are arguing on Friday the 28th.

I was accepted and attended the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury campus, but that was very rough on me, not only was that like being in a men’s dormitory, but because I was such a flake in high school that the college classes overwhelmed me.

I went there because I wanted to design and build computers and at that time computers were really a mysterious thing that hardly anyone had any experience with, but I had a sense that they were going to be the future. It seems I was right about that, as type this blog on my iPad and posting this wirelessly on the web. I dropped out and transferred to a city college, Queensboro, where I took up an arts and leisure curriculum and specialized in women sciences. And today I find computers easy to understand and women have become mysterious.

During the earlier stages of my life, I had hundreds of jobs, if not thousands. From working in a hardware store (1964) to being on the road with Led Zeppelin (1974) as the one that rented them large screen video projection, to Director of Artist & Repertoire at RSO Record (1982) to Director of Performing Arts, City of Los Angeles Street Scene Festival (1984) to Dunn & Bradstreet (1987) to A-1 Audio (1991) to performing stand up comedy (1995).

The point that I am making, if there is a point to my life, is that when I started SoundBroker.com in 1997, finally all of the skills that I had acquired came together in one place in time and space and everything I did (despite me) worked and worked well. Although there might be others now doing what I am doing, when I started, I was the first to use the Internet to perfect my craft.

On July 16, 2011, I introduced a newly designed version of SoundBroker.com. This version is completely optimized for use of operation, featuring a super friendly user interface, so that our members can get the maximum benefits.

I live my live with a few guiding philosophies that permeate my being which I have picked up from various people over my years, which I would like to share with you:
1) To thine own self be true. Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
2) I am not here just to make a living, I am here to make a difference. And who I am makes a difference.
3) If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.
4) Only Robinson Crusoe had all his work done by Friday.
5) A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.
6) If it is worth doing it is worth doing for money.
7) You Make It Happen!!!!!

Somebody out there show me some love!

Last week SoundBroker.com introduced the new format and I have received more compliments on this design that I have ever gotten on anything I have ever done before in my life. That is more than an amazing fact. More compliments then any thing else I have done in my life. I am wondering what happened to my memory or is this a reality.

Either way, I am happy to report that whatever I am doing is working. This first week has absolutely has taken a toll on my life. There has not been one day that I have not started at 7 am in the morning and finished before 10 pm. The price we pay for getting lucky is getting more time consuming then we think it is going to be when we have this “Great Idea”.

It would be more than great if you could click on the Google and the Facebook like buttons and assist me in reaching the world in a more time efficient manner.

Update on SoundBroker.com V6

Somethings are worth waiting for, and version 6 of SoundBroker.com is one of those things.

Sure that is easy for me to say, you say, but you would be wrong. It is very hard for me to wait and I can’t wait for you to see it.

This project of love, is consuming my time. I eat, drink, and sleep version 6. And if the old adage is true, the love you put in the more love you get out, I might be the most loved man on the planet. Yeah for all of us!!!

The New Design

* Very clean

* Advance features

* Super fast

* Platinum Club

* Direct Club

* Shopping Cart

* Spectacular search engine

* New color & site layout

* FaceBook & Twitter interface

* Instant Notifaction

* 50,000 plus listings

And wait, there is more….. To be continued…..

Another Friday Evening

One would think that a man with my good looks, charm and great wealth, would have a schedule so full that he would have to juggle events just fit only a half of things he was invited to in on a Friday evening. At least, that’s what I would have thought, especially here in Las Vegas. There are so many things to do, and yet, I can’t think of a thing to do or who to do it with.

Now take a Thursday, when I have too many things to choose from that I end up working late and miss them all. That’s the way most of the weekday evenings go, but the two nights I have where I don’t have to wake up early, Nothing, nada I can hear the crickets.

The challenge for me is that I am too busy during the week to set up anything to do on the weekends. My friends all think I am a workaholic so no one calls me and at this point in time, I am between wives.

Truth be told, I am working an extreme amount of hours these days working on the redesign of my company’s web site. The effort I am putting in is really staring to show and at the is rate, I am going to be bale to present it to the public sometime in early turn of the century. At least that is the way it feels, but my design team assures me that by July 1, we will be good to go.

But that is enough of me talking about me, why don’t you talk about me for a while.

All kidding aside, if you know of something to do on a Friday or a Saturday evening invite me, I might not be the life of the party, but I clean up quite well and make a cheap date.

June 18, 2011

Good morning today is Saturday, June 18, 2010 and it is a beautiful Saturday morning here in Las Vegas.

I’m just waking up. And I am thinking about having some coffee. So I’m going to get up, and walk into the kitchen and make myself some coffee.

It’s an interesting thing, I’m actually recording this blog post using Dragon dictate and then I’m copying and pasting it into my blog. I find it’s a lot easier to talk than type. How fun is that. It even spells better than I do.

Unfortunately, today I have to go to the office and work. The new websites coming along and I have so much work to do to get it ready for the public. It really looks good to me. I have done multiple websites in the course of the last 14 years with SoundBroker and this is by far the best of them all. It is easy to use, intuitive and user-friendly.

Time to moving, More to follow…..

Update on the updated SoundBroker.com

“You can’t hurry love you just have to wait” Holland-Dozier. It seems so simple and yet so complex. I can hardly wait to introduce you to this amazingly beautiful and simple to navigate web site.

The first version of SoundBroker.com was released to the public in 1998 under the moniker members.aol.com/cashlandy, then in few weeks I was forced into creating cashlandy.com and since then there have been numerous updates and modifications. All designed to enhance the usability and the functionality for the end users. I remember having the site up and running from concept to reality in 2 days. Those were the days. I started the design and implementation of this version in November 2010 in hopes of introducing it at NAMM in Anaheim. Will I make it in time for Infocom?

This version of SoundBroker.com not only improves the usability and the functionality, it also improves the overall aesthetics of the site. This version removes all the clutter and replaces it with a clean fresh design that provides super fast and intuitive handling for our members.

With the introduction of the Platinum Membership Buying Club, not only will you be able to navigate the site with a few simple clicks of the mouse, but you will find unbelievable savings and for the first time you will be able to link directly to the selling member without having to go through The SoundBroker staff.

I know we are almost there, maybe even be able to make the change over before the weekend.

Jan Landy: Thinking Outloud