One month from today (Feb. 28th) is the two year anniversary of when I decided to get "serious" about playing. I launched this website, recorded some samples, took out ads on major wedding websites, and watched my calendar fill up. But there was one key component missing. I didn't have any recordings of me playing with anybody else. At first it was because I didn't have any way of recording on location. Once I got a digital recorder I had to wait for a duo wedding, which can be months apart. Over the next ~8 months, I tried not once, not twice, but FOUR times to get a workable on-site recording. The first time the batteries died. The second time the background noise was so loud you couldn't hear us. Once I thought it was recording but it wasn't (you have to hit the button twice) and the last time I left it in my car and didn't realize until it was too late.
Last saturday, I played a very snowy wedding at St. Mary's in Glens Falls with an incredible violinist, Jessica Belflower, who was gracious enough to let me record the whole thing. AND. I. DID. Because as they say, the 5th time's a charm. It took almost 2 years, but the wait is finally over. Duo samples are available Here.
To celebrate, here's the full recording of us playing Ode to Joy during the postlude. Enjoy!
I still don't really know what this means, but I've heard other people say it, so here goes, I tweet @TheAdkCellist. Did I do that right?
The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States and Canada that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2013 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).
In other words, your review really does matter. Here's how it works: After I play for you, I'll send you an e-mail with a link to a review survey. It will ask you a bunch of questions which you answer by selecting 1-5 stars. At the end there's a box for additional comments. It only takes a minute to fill out, you don't have to create an account if you don't want to, and it really does make a difference. How? First, there's the business end of it. If you have a good experience with me playing your wedding, and you say so in a review, others are more likely to believe they will also have a good experience, therefore they hire me for their weddings. To put it bluntly, more reviews = more business, which is great. But second, and most importantly, your review provides valuable feedback that lets me know how I'm doing and what I need to improve. I don't have a boss or an annual performance review. You are my boss, and my only evaluations are these reviews, so please be honest and please be specific. Was I too loud? Too quiet? Did I respond in a timely manner? Do I need to be clearer throughout our correspondence? Was there something I did or said that you really liked? Or didn't like? I know I've said it before, but I take my job very seriously. I'm fortunate enough to be doing what I love, and as such, I want to do it as best I can. I strive for excellence, but there's always room for improvement. Thank you for making 2013 my best year by far. Let's make 2014 even better.
Back in September 2013 Nirisa asked me to do an arrangement of One Republic's 'Secrets' for her wedding. I gave it a listen, decided it would work for unaccompanied cello and got to work. I came up with an arrangement I was really happy with, but I never managed to get a decent recording before the wedding. I e-mailed her a really rough demo to show her how it would sound, but I didn't think it was good enough to post on here. Today after I worked on Jenna's arrangement, I decided to give 'Secrets' another go. I'm still not 100% happy with it, but it's not that bad, so here it is. Maybe I'll try again in another 3+ months. :-)
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