Trivia from the folks at Mental Floss: In the 1960s, Pan-Am’s flight attendants had to be at least 5-foot-2, weigh no more than 130 pounds + retire by age 32
Fantastic ad. I love it when brands listen to what consumers are saying and are brave enough to hit it heads-on (even if it’s not so positive). Bravo. That’s what I call smart marketing.
It’s fun watching artists come up with unique ways to announce new music.
Justin Timberlake’s video teaser (where he announces he’s “ready” and heading back to the studio, see above) does exactly what it’s supposed to do - it gets you on your feet screaming for excitement. (Now, if only the first single actually lived up to all this buzz).
French indie/electro band Phoenix also try getting a little creative and put together a music sample on their site as a teaser (along with some crazy video effects). Not as creative, but it still whets the appetite.
Lots of good music to look forward to!
Still thinking about the amazing flamenco performance I saw this past Saturday night. Was simply blown away by Noche Flamenca. Here’s a photo that barely catches the intensity and beauty of the performance.
What a world we live in!
Observation by Jon Caramanica, NYTimes Writer
You know when you re-discover a song you haven’t heard in a couple of years and then all of a sudden can’t stop listening to it? Yup, that the case here. I think I’ve listened to this track twenty times this week. Usher’s vocals are silky smooth and the song is just super catchy.
Watching this special on the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad reminds me why I love music and why I chose music business as my major in college. There’s nothing more powerful than sharing a story and an idea through song, dance, and video and what’s amazing is that Michael Jackson was that one-in-a-million artist that could do all three. The man really had larger-than-life talent. What an incredibly sad life story, but what a legacy.
Wherever you venture in life, whatever you find yourself pursuing, be an agent of change. Change your friends around you. Change the community you’re a part of. Change the country you live in. Change the world. Change the way someone views the world, her religion, food security, his neighbors, architecture, good music, HIV, or her own heart. Change yourself. Be a living, breathing example and agent of change. Spend the extra fifteen minutes getting to know someone’s story (or telling your own), even if it means you do less “work.” Live out the ethic of inefficiency where relationships and time with people are valued over accomplishing tangible tasks.
Now, the only question left is how. How will you spark change in the world?
|—||Alexandra Ernst (wise advice from random stranger via The Listserve, which I just recently joined and am loving)|