Monday, June 30, 2014
Either way, the food is being brought out continually to guests by either the chef herself or one of her several assistants. Most of it appears to be familiar fare, or at least a unique approach in either its presentation or preparation. Some of it seems to be somewhat connected or related to the theme of the event in some way, at least more so than some other items. There are the expected finger sandwiches, kabobs, cheese and cracker options, flatbread and pizza variations, cut fruit, and multiple other selections. You don't partake of every item, but there are several versions of your favorites that you just can't resist. In time, the selections begin to transition to be more dessert-ish in nature.
At some point, perhaps even after you've left the building, it occurs to you that the DJ over in the corner was doing something parallel with his music. From the earlier part of the event, the music subtly but steadily transitioned over the course of the evening ~ from "the Greatest Generation" to the Summer of Love era, on to things of a more recent vintage. You recall that unexpected "deep cuts" or forgotten hits were played rather than the "same ol' same ol' " stuff you usually hear at these things. He even played a handful of classic TV commercials and movie dialog and sound effects to transition between songs. Just around the time dessert was being brought out, the music had a much more pop/upbeat feel. It was all quite entertaining, you remember. But it also was all in the background ~ the DJ rarely, if ever, drew attention to himself or his performance.
Well, you don't have to imagine this, my friends! (At least not the music part.) That's what you get when you hire me! I'm currently crafting no less than 5 unique playlists for upcoming events, all of which have different themes or requests by the event organizers: a July 4 barbecue (equal parts musical travelogue/summer sunshine/Top 40/patriotic favorites); a street fest that is part chic fashion show, part Pirate-themed scavenger hunt; a wild-west themed street fest; a wedding reception featuring modern country music... Well, you get the idea. So, what kind of event can you and I start planning together?