Detroit Rocks!

Detroit Rocks!

Reader's Digest recently published a picture slideshow called 9 Surprising Reasons Why Detroit Rocks as part of their Travel the World series. Here is a summary of their list: (Visit here to see the images and the reasons for their selections.) The Heidelberg Project The Cass Corridor The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Mexicantown’s Restaurants and Supermercados The Eastern Market Detroit on Wheels (or Feet) Artists’ Studios Motown (and Other Musical Attractions) The Quest Continue reading

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Did you know there is an opportunity for your child to play music in addition to the school programs? I had the opportunity to see the Metropolitan Youth Symphony perform recently. I was surprised at the level of music these young people were playing! Junior Strings Orchestra - grades 1 to 5 String Orchestra - grades 5 to 9 Concert Orchestra - grades 9 to 12 Symphony Orchestra - grades 10 to 12 Their next concert is February 6th at the Ford Community and Continue reading

Winter Swans

Winter Swans

I found this image taken by my father during his visit at Christmas. I generally find the grey winter skies depressing, but the beauty of the winter wonderland swans swimming, guarantees my spirits a generous lift. I took a video last week too... Continue reading

Cold Patterns

Cold Patterns

My father took this picture while visiting. Taken before the warm spell he saw these pattern out the window, picked up my camera and shot it. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 5

These are the final videos from the Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert. I wish I had been able to record the entire show but I didn't. My Flip video camera only records an hour and ran out of space right before the Halleljah Chorus finale. The following video is Symphony Strings performing Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. A show of this magnitude has many people to thank, (1200 students from three high schools, performed over two days for three shows). The video below is the speech Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 4

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Departments of Northern, Western and Central High Schools come together for the Holiday Collage Concert on December 11th. Here the Women's Vocal Ensemble sing S'Vivon and Silver Bells and the Wind Ensemble plays Sleigh Ride and Secret Agent Santa. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 3

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this third video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long" with the audience. Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 2

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long." Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Videos Part 1

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert at Walled Lake Northern last Saturday night. We were lucky to get tickets for one of the three - not to be missed - sold out shows. While watching 1200 students perform, I sat in amazement of the organization and production skills that went into a show of that magnitude. Below are videos 1 and 2 from Interval 1 of the evenings performances... Performances by the Women's Chorus and Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert, originally uploaded by cletch. Final song of the outstanding performance. 1200 students from Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western High School Orchestra, Band and Choirs sang and played 3 sold out shows over two days at WLN. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

I caught part of Kid Rock's performance on the American Music Awards and was hoping to find it online. I know in the past Kid Rock hasn't been too accepting of his content on the internet. I hope he's coming around because this video reminded me I need to go buy his new disc TODAY. "Even though it's bittersweet and brings us to our knees, it makes us who we are in times like these." Hard times in our lives allows us to recognize and be grateful the good days. Challenges build our strength Continue reading

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

In Canada, I watched the news daily. If I wanted to know what was going on in the world, I'd turn on CBC and watch. It never occurred to me that news could be one-sided, or sensationalized, it always seemed to be told from a position of neutrality. I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1999 and turned on the news to become familiarized with the area. I was surprised; the local news reminded me more of watching soap operas. Announcers kept viewers hanging on as long as possible with breadcrumb Continue reading

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake, originally uploaded by cletch. Water looks a little chilly but the lake view is still beautiful Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

The Great Pumpkin Staging Ground

The Great Pumpkin Staging Ground

If Charlie Brown lived in Commerce I'm sure he'd be waiting for the Great Pumpkin here. Continue reading

Positive Detroit Video

Positive Detroit Video

With all the conferences this month, I remembered the video from the 2010 Future Midwest Conference. Although I was unable to attend that particular one, the video continues to be a favorite of mine! Note: the video mentions rising property values. At this time they are actually falling slightly but are stable for the most part and expected to increase slightly by mid 2011. Continue reading

#140conf

#140conf

#140conf, originally uploaded by cletch. Keeping myself busy before going on stage to talk about being an entrepreneur. With left to right @DanWalker1966 @hajjflemings @Eric_Urbane @DaveMurr @TJlist Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

140 Character Conference is HERE!

140 Character Conference is HERE!

I'm very excited to be heading downtown Detroit tonight to the Doubletree Suites for the Speakers Cocktail Party. I plan to drive back home but will pack a bag, just in case I decide to crash at the hotel instead. Wednesday morning I'll be heading over to the Fillmore to participate in the 140 Character Conference. You can learn more about what I'm doing at the conference on www.CyberCletch.com. Continue reading

Walled Lake Northern Marching Band MSBOA Performance

Walled Lake Northern Marching Band MSBOA Performance

WLNMB nailed their performance last night at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festival. They played and marched beautifully in synch, definitely worthy of their Division 1 rating. The festival was held at Waterford Kettering High School on 10/12/10. The band performs their 2010 show, "Songs you Might Hear with your iPod on Shuffle" which includes Mr. Roboto (Styx), Pump It (Black Eyed Peas) What a Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers), The Hand That Feeds (Nine Inch Nails). Continue reading

My First Video Blog Post!

My First Video Blog Post!

Spurred on by David Burch's 10 Reasons You Should Post Your Video Today while at WordCamp Detroit, I've created my first video blog post. I talk about being thankful (Canadian Thanksgiving), TEDxDetroit, WordCamp Detroit, 140 Character Conference Detroit, and the 10/10/10 campaign to stop child trafficking. David Burch's 10 Reasons You Should Post Your Video Today You obviously have a reason to do video if you bought all that equipment. 80% of success is just showing up. Success Continue reading

Awestruck by TEDxDetroit

Awestruck by TEDxDetroit

This week, I attended TEDxDetroit. I choose my conferences carefully because I don't have much time to waste on events that don't teach or provide some sort of return on my time investment. I missed the first TEDxDetroit last year because I wasn't sure about that ROI. I watched a couple of 2009 videos and knew 2010's presentations would be interesting as well. I applied and was honored when organizers offered me a seat for this limited attendee event. For the past two days I've been Continue reading