To my good friend & mentor Richard Fitzgerald (February 23, 1946 – August 23,2011)

To my good friend & mentor Richard Fitzgerald (February 23, 1946 – August 23,2011):

The year was 1978 and I was working in the mailroom of Bearsville Records. Renee was the secondary promotion person at Bearsville and her boyfriend and soon to be husband Michael Dundas was working for RSO Records just few blocks away up La Cienga. One day, Renee asked me if I could drop off a package of LPs to Michael who was working at RSO Records. I agreed and upon arriving at the RSO office and dropping off the package to Michael. If my memory serves me correctly, it was around lunch time and Michael invited me to stay for some pizza, which I did. That was the day I met Richard Fitzgerald. He was very friendly to me and we just bonded immediately. We both had a love of music and the business of music.

RSO was booming at the time with Saturday Night Fever and then Grease and so was the local Los Angeles music scene with acts like Blondie and the Motels, The Knack, and a host of others and I had my finger on the pulse of the scene. Doug Fieger and Prescot from The Knack were friends and I had their demo of My Sharona and I played it for Rich. He really liked it and he called his boss Al Coury in to listen to it. RSO didn’t really have an A&R department, it was Robert, Al & Richard. Al liked it too, but as Capitol Records were close to making a deal and Al was working the biggest records of all time, just was not interested, however Richard was. Richard was really curious about the L.A. Music scene, but was too busy to hit the streets so, from time to time, I would get together with him and play him demo tapes of what I thought was hot, and the best part about it was that Richard agreed with my taste. Richard saw the opportunity to expand his roll from running the promotion department into creating a vibrant A&R department and start signing bands to the RSO, but Al wasn’t. What to do?????

As RSO was a huge player in the record business at that time, unsolisited demo tapes from aspiring artists were flooding into the RSO offices and seeing he was really the only one at the company that wanted to do A&R, all of the tapes were ending up in his office. Richard did not have time to listen to them. At this point in time Bearsville had fired me as they were being absorbed by Warners and I got caught doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing (no need to go into that at this point). Having more free time and looking for a job, I asked Richard if he had a job opening for me. He said he had an idea.

The idea was to start an A&R department, but Al was not was not interested, but Richard was. And if you know Richard, he was soft spoken, didn’t like conflict, but was determined like nobody’s business to get the job done right. So this is what Richard did. He asked me if I would listen to the tapes that he was getting. His plan was to have me listen to the tapes reject the ones that weren’t any good and submit the ones that I liked to him and he would submit them to Al and see if he could convince Al to start the department. He paid me out of his own pocket and I worked out of his apartment, which happened to be just around the corner from the RSO offices on Sunset. This went on for about a month, but still Al was not interested.

Then Richard came up with a plan. I never thought it would work, but believe it or not, it did. Richard told me that I had to stop listening to the tapes and give him some time. I had no choice, so I did.

Al’s office was adjoining Richard’s and Al would constantly pop in and sit down and go over business with Richard. So what Richard did, was instead of putting the demo tapes in boxes on the floor of his office, he allowed them to accumulate and he had them piled up on all of the chairs and the couch in his office. Now when Al came into his office, he had no place to sit down. It took all of about two weeks for Al to tell Richard to hire me so that he could have a place to sit.

There is another part of this story, that goes beyond the fact that Richard created the job of a life time for me. Richard believed in me. And if you knew Richard, you knew that no one was a more loyal friend. He proved it with me. You see at the time, I had a problem. I was a drug addict. I was getting high from the moment I woke up until I took something to put me a sleep. Richard knew this, but he saw something in me that no one else saw in me including myself. He befriended me and made me promise that if he got me a job working for him that I would give up drugs and get myself together. He painted the most amazing picture of what my future could be like and he convinced me and stood by me all the way to assisted me in getting off drugs and going straight.

Working with him was one of the best periods of my life and if it wasn’t for Richard’s loyalty, friendship, tutorship and caring, I might have never made it out of the 70s.

Richard, I love you and you will alway live in my heart.

To my good friend & mentor Richard Fitzgerald (February 23, 1946 – August 23,2011)

To my good friend & mentor Richard Fitzgerald (February 23, 1946 – August 23,2011):

The year was 1978 and I was working in the mailroom of Bearsville Records. Renee was the secondary promotion person at Bearsville and her boyfriend and soon to be husband Michael Dundas was working for RSO Records just few blocks away up La Cienga. One day, Renee asked me if I could drop off a package of LPs to Michael who was working at RSO Records. I agreed and upon arriving at the RSO office and dropping off the package to Michael. If my memory serves me correctly, it was around lunch time and Michael invited me to stay for some pizza, which I did. That was the day I met Richard Fitzgerald. He was very friendly to me and we just bonded immediately. We both had a love of music and the business of music.

RSO was booming at the time with Saturday Night Fever and then Grease and so was the local Los Angeles music scene with acts like Blondie and the Motels, The Knack, and a host of others and I had my finger on the pulse of the scene. Doug Fieger and Prescot from The Knack were friends and I had their demo and I played it for Rich. He really liked it and he called his boss Al Coury in to listen to it. RSO didn’t really have an A&R department, it was Robert, Al & Richard. Al liked it too, but as Capitol Records were close to making a deal and Al was working the biggest records of all time, just was not interested, however Richard was. Richard was really curious about the L.A. Music scene, but was too busy to hit the streets so, from time to time, I would get together with him and play him demo tapes of what I thought was hot, and the best part about it was that Richard agreed with my taste. Richard saw the opportunity to expand his roll from running the promotion department into creating a vibrant A&R department and start signing bands to the RSO, but Al wasn’t. What to do?????

As RSO was a huge player in the record business at that time, unsolisited demo tapes from aspiring artists were flooding into the RSO offices and seeing he was really the only one at the company that wanted to do A&R, all of the tapes were ending up in his office. Richard did not have time to listen to them. At this point in time Bearsville had fired me as they were being absorbed by Warners and I got caught doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing (no need to go into that at this point). Having more free time and looking for a job, I asked Richard if he had a job opening for me. He said he had an idea.

The idea was to start an A&R department, but Al was not was not interested, but Richard was. And if you know Richard, he was soft spoken, didn’t like conflict, but was determined like nobody’s business to get the job done right. So this is what Richard did. He asked me if I would listen to the tapes that he was getting. His plan was to have me listen to the tapes reject the ones that weren’t any good and submit the ones that I liked to him and he would submit them to Al and see if he could convince Al to start the department. He paid me out of his own pocket and I worked out of his apartment, which happened to be just around the corner from the RSO offices on Sunset. This went on for about a month, but still Al was not interested.

Then Richard came up with a plan. I never thought it would work, but believe it or not, it did. Richard told me that I had to stop listening to the tapes and give him some time. I had no choice, so I did.

Al’s office was adjoining Richard’s and Al would constantly pop in and sit down and go over business with Richard. So what Richard did, was instead of putting the demo tapes in boxes on the floor of his office, he allowed them to accumulate and he had them piled up on all of the chairs and the couch in his office. Now when Al came into his office, he had no place to sit down. It took all of about two weeks for Al to tell Richard to hire me so that he could have a place to sit.

There is another part of this story, that goes beyond the fact that Richard created the job of a life time for me. Richard believed in me. And if you knew Richard, you knew that no one was a more loyal friend. He proved it with me. You see at the time, I had a problem. I was a drug addict. I was getting high from the moment I woke up until I took something to put me a sleep. Richard knew this, but he saw something in me that no one else saw in me including myself. He befriended me and made me promise that if he got me a job working for him that I would give up drugs and get myself together. He painted the most amazing picture of what my future could be like and he convinced me and stood by me all the way to assisted me in getting off drugs and going straight.

Working with him was one of the best periods of my life and if it wasn’t for Richard’s loyalty, friendship, tutorship and caring, I might have never made it out of the 70s.

Richard, I love you and you will alway live in my heart.

How to move your Friends and Photos from Facebook & Linked In to Google+

August 11th, 2011: I have had my team working on moving my contacts and photos from FaceBook and Linked In to Google+.

As of today we have moved 2,700+ friends and all of my photos.  We have read numerous blog posts on how to do this and I would like to give credit to all of those that have gotten us to this point, but unfortunately my team forgot to make notes on where we found the info. Anyway to those that have assisted me to getting this far, I want to thank you and if you want to comment that you have assisted us, I welcome your comments.

How to transfer your Facebook photos and FaceBook & Linked In friends over to Google Plus:

For Photos:

Download the web browser Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome?&brand=CHMB&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-sk&utm_medium=ha

Next, install the “Move your Photos” application from the Google Chrome app store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/idiebfmmkhaffedkhjhapmagabcadjhc

After installation is complete, you should see a little orange icon that looks like a bus in the top right corner of the Google Chrome browser. Log into Facebook, and then click this icon.

A new tab will open and you will see all of your FaceBook photos and albums listed and you can select which ones you want to transfer, before scrolling to the bottom to hit upload.

The uploading process can take quite a while depending on the number of photos you have, since it takes roughly 11 seconds per photo. I had to transfer over a thousand photos so it took several hours. However, once you click upload you do not have to do anything else, so you can continue working while it transfers and uploads in the background (just make sure to leave the tab open).

When it is completed, you will find all of your Facebook photos on your Google Plus profile, organized by album in exactly the same way you had it on Facebook.

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For Friends:
Transferring your friends is best done with a Yahoo! account. If you do not have one, you can easily make one, however, you cannot use the features that you’ll need for the first 14 days (Yahoo! policy).

If this is the case, I’d suggest using a Hotmail account which will follow the same basic steps (bear in mind though that Hotmail has a limit of 1500 contacts, so if you have more than 1500 friends you’ll have to use Yahoo!).

Log into your Yahoo! mail, and click on the “Contacts” tab on the top. Near the center of the screen there is a button that says “Import Contacts.”  
Click on it, then click on the Facebook icon and enter your login information. In just a short period (over a thousand friends took just over a minute) it will import all of your Facebook friends as contacts in your Yahoo! account, with their name and e-mail they use for Facebook.

Next, login to Google Plus, and click on the “Circles” tab found to the left of the main search bar at the top.

Click on the “Find people” tab found underneath the “Circles” tab, and then click on the Yahoo! icon next to “Find friends.”

Give Google permission to access your Yahoo! contacts, and they will appear with the other profiles, above your circles, ready to be added.

At this point, simply drag your Facebook friends (who are easily identified with a purple “y” because they came from Yahoo!) into whichever circle you want, or perhaps make a new circle called “Facebook friends” and place them all there.

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…..

Jan Landy: Thinking Outloud