If you needed any reminder of what made Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, go watch "This is It." The movie, produced from raw footage of practices and rehearsals, sheds a rare glimpse on Michael's brilliance, strive for perfection, and love of his fans.
Monthly Archives: October 2009
Posted on October 29, 2009 by MichaThe movie created a world wide concert tour for Michael and a final curtain call. In it, we get to witness Michael's direction and ability to gently motivate people to join his level of performance.When rehearsing for "The way you make me feel" he teaches his band how to build anticipation to a crescnedo. After a few trys, Michael pleads for them to "...let it simmer." And with those words Michael imparts pearls of wisdom--for the bandmembers and to us, the audience.At the end of a long day of rehearsals, the whole team gathers around and Michael reminds everyone why they're practicing so hard: "To teach them [the fans] how to love again."When MJ died I wrote: "He was planning a huge concert series in London. Turns out he was just practicing for his debut with God."RIP Michael and thanks for the lessons.
Posted on October 21, 2009 by Micha
I hadn’t heard of the popular t-shirt company Crooked Monkey until I was invited to an exclusive party they recently held. You see, even though they get great press from actors wearing their shirts in movies and magazines talking about their fashion styles, Crooked Monkey is based in Washington, DC – not widely known as the fashion capital of the country. And they wanted to do some local brand building.
This wasn’t just any party. Sure, there were attractive guests in a cool setting with great drinks and music all the usual stuff. It was what they did differently that made it the most memorable event Ive been to in a long time.
Lets start with how I even found out about the event – a secretive email from someone I didn’t know telling me that my friend recommended me as a guest for the event. This is somewhere in between Facebook and Eyes Wide Shut. Then, a request for my home address, to which was mailed a package containing an envelope with a paper invitation, and also a sparsely decorated white t-shirt, which I was required to save for the party two months later and bring with me to gain admittance. Finally, a bag of tart banana candies finished the package.
Further inspection revealed that the event was on a Sunday night (no night is safe from parties!) at a secret location to be given to us later. Keep in mind that I dont know the person behind the party, nor the other guests, and now also not the location. Still later I discovered by email invitation that the event would be in a warehouse in a not-so-savory part of Washington, DC and that we MUST bring our white t-shirts because wed be doing something with them on the night of the event.
When the day of the event came, I really couldn’t stand not knowing anything! I texted the contacts I had for the event to ask questions, but they revealed little. I emailed some socialite friends to try to figure out who else would be there we knew it would be all tastemakers of different sorts, but no one really knew who was going, which was exciting. I used Google Maps to investigate the location of the warehouse. I stressed about what one wears to such events (I think I chose well!).
Even the party itself was very engaging. An artist created a mural from our white t-shirts that we used for entry right in front of our eyes. An old-fashioned photo booth let us take pictures with each other, and the photo strips had (what else?) a Crooked Monkey logo on them. Even the name of the event Photoshoot at the Warehouse gave the party an active quality.
Do you detect a pattern here? Crooked Monkey kept busy, elite attendees who get invited to tons of events mentally engaged with their event for weeks. They made us part of telling their story. They got us to talk about their brand before, during, and after the event. And in the end, the event delivered with a cool venue, outstanding bar, fun atmosphere, and lots of fashion.
Photoshoot at the Warehouse is a great example of putting the public back in public relations and brand engagement. How great? Im writing an entire post about them – and I dont even like wearing t-shirts!
This post originally appeared on Brian Solis’ PR 2.0 site.
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Posted on October 19, 2009 by Micha
We have updated our logo to help raise awareness for an important cause--raising awareness for a cancer that, if detected early, can be treated.
We sell t-shirts making fun of a lot of different topics, but not getting a mammogram is no laughing matter. Support Breast Cancer Awareness, support research for all types of cancer and lets make this world a better place.
Posted on October 18, 2009 by Micha
Timbo needs no introduction. My favorite producer hands down. His album is set to release November 23rd. The beat is tight, the chorus is sick. He runs away with this weeks honors without competition.
Have a rocking week
Posted on October 15, 2009 by Micha
Since Crooked Monkey is all about selling funny t-shirts and graphic t-shirts, we work hard to make sure that google recognizes our products. And recently we leapfrogged from page 6 to page 3 when you search for funny t-shirts in their search engine.
Thanks Google. But we're not going to stop until we're on page 1 when people search for Funny t-shirts.
And it's not really for us--it's for the public. People who search for funny t-shirts shouldn't have to sift through all that crap until they find us. They should find us first--it's just a more efficient use of their time.
Posted on October 14, 2009 by Micha
We've got our Chopped out Motorcycle graphic Guys t-shirt. Looks cool, hunh?
For your bird lovers, or beautiful formation lovers, we've got our Origami Flock Guys Graphic T-shirt
Our Rainbow Guitar Guys Graphic T-shirt satiates the appetite of any true rocker. Rowrrrrrrr. The Panther Guys Graphic T-shirt is just bad ass and sexy.And to help save the world we created some awareness for this global warming problem with our "It's gettin hot in here Guys T-shirt"
Let us know what you think about our new guys graphic t-shirts and environmental guys t-shirt. How'd we do with our new shirts?
Posted on October 14, 2009 by Micha
We get lots and lots of emails from our fans. We get lots and lots of pictures from our customers of our funny t-shirts. But this might be the coolest picture/email combo we've gotten so far.
COOOOOOOL. This also wins our picture of the month award.
Posted on October 12, 2009 by Micha
We have mixed feelings about vampires, and those mixed emotions come through pretty clearly in our 5 new Girls Vampire T-shirts.
"I only date vampires Girls T-shirt."
"And then buffy staked Edward. The End Girls T-shirt"
"Vampires Suck Girls T-shirt"
"Edward is My Homeboy Girls T-shirt"
"Team Edward Girls T-shirt"
So check out our new girls vampire tees and let us know where you stand.
Posted on October 8, 2009 by Micha
We did some research and here's what we found. Nathan Trasoras wore our Keyboard Graphic t-shirt on Season 6, Episode 7 of the So you Think you Can Dance TV show. He's on the show for a good part of it--from minute 3 until minute 4:45 and he wears the shirt well.
We're going to embed the YouTube video here for you to see the shirt in action, but chances are it might get taken down.
Posted on October 8, 2009 by Micha
We just got an email from a fan saying they saw one of our guys shirts on the TV show "So you think you can dance" last night. We're finding out more details--like which guy wore it, which t-shirt it was and whether or not he can do the moonwalk.
The season started less than a month ago, and already two dancers have worn our t-shirts. (Check out the other t-shirt on so you think you can dance). I'm not sure what it is, but it looks like there's a direct correlation between being a good dancer and wearing Crooked Monkey's graphic t-shirts.
Maybe we should come out with a commercial, where Michael Jackson is trying, trying to dance. But he just can't get the rhythm, the timing, the moves right. He throws on one of our t-shirts, and bam, he's moon walking and side walking all over the Apollo theatre. How should this commerical end?
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