Archive for May, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today I am reminded of all the people that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, our freedom and our way of life.

All over the world today people are fighting in the streets, burning buildings, killing people en masse and viciousness from  our politicians and people on all sides.  This is part of what these great warriors have given their lives for.  Even though it makes us angry and makes you just want to scream, it is part of the freedom that we enjoy ( or abhor ) (depending on your personal feelings).

Today also has reminded me of the people in my life that have passed from this life having given their lives to a cause or career that has meant something special to them.  Their causes and careers are part of our passions.  Passion for music is mine.

Besides the great masters of music we have had many people in our heritage that have shaped our musical experience.  Some have been great at Classical, some have been outstanding at jazz  and we have country and my personal favorite which is Gospel Music.

I have spent some of the day being reminded of what a great heritage we have in our nation and the people that have paved the road for us to enjoy not only our civil freedoms but also our musical freedoms.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

 

We Are Growing

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Over the past few weeks we have REALLY undergone major surgery.  Our website has taken on a new life and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.  We have met some really nice people and for the month so far we have made over 100 referrals to piano teachers, piano tuners and piano movers.  We have seen the website grow from only a few visits a month to over 6000 page views a month.  Our t-shirt business is growing and we will soon be sending out an email blast to over 18,000 users who are in our system now as Piano Professionals.

SETTING GOALS

Our goal in the coming months is Continue reading “We Are Growing” »

Dr. Indrek Laul President of Estonia Piano

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today I was sent a video that I had never seen although the date stamp points back to a 2008 fundraiser for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  I was surprised by the performer who was Dr. Indrek Laul .  I consider Dr. Laul a friend or at least a  very good acquaintance and was a little embarrassed that I was not aware of his musical talent to the extent that this video shows.  See the video below.  It is the full composition by Gershwin so it is about 13 or 14 minutes.  Even if you can’t watch the entire video, bookmark it and come back to it – you will want to experience the last 3 minutes.

I am not a professional critic but I will tell you that this was an amazing performance.

Dr. Laul is one of the nicest men in Continue reading “Dr. Indrek Laul President of Estonia Piano” »

T-Shirt Shop

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Never let it be said that I won’t try something if I think it will work.

I always take the time to look at opportunities that I feel have some promotional value not only for myself but for the community that I try to serve.  Several weeks ago I saw such an opportunity.  T-Shirts.  It came about because I was looking for an electrician and couldn’t seem to find one that would do small jobs.   While I was in the grocery store I noticed the guy in front of me had on a t-shirt advertising a local electrician.  I struck up a conversation and YEP you guessed it.  Hired him to do the small job that I needed done.   He said – “see advertising does pay off”.  My thought was “huh-a walking advertisement”.

Aint Life Grand!

Aint Life Grand!

After a considerable amount of research I came across a company that could do all the things I needed and I can create my own specific t-shirt designs for piano tuners and piano teachers, etc.   So, here we go.  PianoSD has a t-shirt shop.  Visit it when you have a chance and hopefully you will find something that you can’t live without or you may want to give as a gift to someone.

We can do custom designs and special designs.  If you have a special need just let me know.  Contact me through PianoSD and I will get right on it.

See you soon.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 14th, 2012

My mother is one of the greatest Moms in the world.  Yes, Yes, I know, I know.  Everyone feels that way but, truthfully, my Mom is the greatest.  As a child I wanted to play the piano.  I mean I REALLY wanted to play.  She agreed to let me learn from our church piano player a few things and then she would sit for hours, countless hours (in retrospect, probably excruciating pain because I was horrible) and listen to me practice and patiently work with me to learn some of the music I had learned to love in church.

She introduced me to Gospel Music (which you probably already know is my favorite) and then helped me learn the parts and the different chords, etc.  Always patiently, every time I wanted to quit because it became hard at times, she would guide me through the tough times and help me.  All along she always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I would succeed.

At times over the past few years, I have disappointed myself but, she still encourages me to follow my heart and I will succeed.  She has helped me with this website and stood beside me, behind me and occasionally in front of me when the tough got going.  She never has suggested that I take a different path but always encourages me to follow my heart.  Of course, my heart is in the piano business so here I am.

I look at so many people who had a terrible relationship with their moms or perhaps didn’t have any relationship at all.  I hear stories that make me  hurt about moms who don’t care about their children or toss them aside when they do things that their moms don’t approve of.  I have often said that I grew up in a “Leave it to Beaver” household.  My Dad was like Ward, My Mom was like June and of course, my brother Wally.  I have a great sister-in-law and generally just a great family but I would have to admit that my Mom is the glue that keeps us together.

I’m very proud of my Mom and I appreciate her always being my pal when being a pal was appropriate and my Mom when it was time for her to be Mom.

Thanks Mom

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

 

Ever Heard This Line

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

“Do what you love and you will never work a day”?

Well, let me tell you.  This may work for some but it certainly doesn’t work for everyone.  However, I must tell you that I really do consider myself a very fortunate guy.  Not only do I work with people that I respect and love, but, I also work around my very favorite instruments.  I have been in love with pianos since I was a kid.  But it is WORK.

I don’t know when I would have been through a whole day without having to email a customer, call a customer, visit a customer or do some blogs, or maintenance on the website.

SmileI mean what else could a man ask for right?  I love to see pianos, they make me smile and I enjoy the customers, they also make me smile.    I am a lucky, lucky man.

When I go to work in the mornings at my little piano store on the central coast of California, I actually enjoy walking through the doors.  Of course, the store is not that busy and I’m not overcome with work.  Some days are more difficult than others.

I write blogs for several different people and do a lot of social media work for piano companies and piano stores, but, I enjoy simply reading about pianos and seeing what is going on in the piano industry.

I wish everyone could experience this type of love for their jobs.  The world would be a different place if everyone loved what they do as much as I do.

Ric Overton

Visit us at http://PianoSD.com

People You Meet

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It’s seldom that you have the opportunity to meet and become friends with someone that you consider a “star”.  I have known a few celebrities in my life, the occasional chance meeting of someone that you see on T.V. or read about in the newspapers, etc.   With that being said, I just want you to know that I am completely aware of the fact that I am weird and a little twisted when it comes to the piano business and piano people.

It has been my delight over the years to meet what I consider Continue reading “People You Meet” »

NAMM Wanna Play? Week

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

How exciting it is to make music.  I love making music. Whether its playing the piano, singing, tapping out a little tune on the table or working with a small band to create what your mind and heart are telling you to create.

Everyday there is music all around.  Even the Harley that road  by my house yesterday was humming in B flat (must have had cruise on) but, there is music everywhere.  I don’t have to mention Continue reading “NAMM Wanna Play? Week” »

Which Piano Should I Own ?

Friday, May 4th, 2012

This question is among the most asked questions that I get on the sales floor.  Here’s my response.

I Love My Piano

I Love My Piano

PICK THE ONE YOU LOVE !

So you walk into the store and here’s ALL these pianos.  Black ones, brown ones, grands, uprights, digitals OH NO which one is mine.  You sit and play every one but the one you love is the last one you would have thought you would love.  Yep.  That’s right.  You came in with a predetermined idea of exactly what you thought you wanted.  The shiny black grand with “that name” on it.  However, the one you really, I mean REALLY like is the satin brown one that is 4 inches bigger than what you had in mind, and to top it all off – it has Continue reading “Which Piano Should I Own ?” »

SoCal Pianos – San Marcos – INCREDIBLE SALE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Our friends  at SoCal Pianos in San Marcos (just outside of San Diego) has announced a HUGE sale this weekend.  This is going to be an incredible sale that you shouldn’t miss.  Below is the advertisement.  Call, make an appointment and then go find the piano of your dreams, make an offer, wait for delivery and then ENJOY YOUR NEW PIANO.  Tell the folks at SoCal Pianos that you heard about it from Piano Social Directory (PianoSD) and maybe they will do something ‘extra’ for you. See the advertisement Continue reading “SoCal Pianos — San Marcos — INCREDIBLE SALE” »

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