Whitmore is an author and etiquette expert and says that “while email or text message is nice and a phone call is fine, nothing conveys heartfelt thanks better than a handwritten note.”
I have grown to appreciate a good thank-you card. While this is not handwritten, and the sentiments are clumped together for sake of ease, my thanks this month go to:
• California Gov. Jerry Brown, who was in Fresno this week for the groundbreaking of the high-speed rail project.
Say what you will about Brown, the guy didn’t mince words at the ceremony. His candor in response to opponents who question the cost of the project (estimated at $68 billion for 520 miles) was appreciated.
“Where the hell are we going to get the rest of the money? To hell with it. We’ll get it,” he said. “It’s not that expensive. We can afford it. In fact, we cannot afford to not do it as we look at building a future that really works.”
• The producers of “The Legend of Korra” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” for creating some of my favorite television.
I marathon-watched a lot of television over the holidays and these two shows stood out.
“The Legend of Korra” is an animated series from Nickelodeon. It is the sequel to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which was possibly intended for kids, but a hit with nerdy martial arts types like myself. “Korra,” is more mature (if not bleaker) than its predecessor, as if anticipating and playing to its grown-up audience. This is a series I will buy on DVD.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” in its second season on FOX, is a goof-ball comedy staring Andy Samberg, who is funnier here than he ever was on “Saturday Night Live.” The show has a great ensemble cast that includes Samberg, Terry Crews and the hilarious Chelsea Peretti. The show is quirky and smart (and sometimes really dumb, but in a good way). It’s also a cop show. I love a good cop show.
• The area’s promoters, who don’t often get the thanks they deserve.
Booking live music is a risky business, whether it’s at a club like Strummer’s, at an arena like Save Mart Center or the Fresno fair. It’s way more work than the people who do it get credit for. Especially, those who do it well.
If you’ve seen a great a band put on a great live show, thank a local promoter.
Special recognition here goes to Tony Martin, who served off and on as the general manager and talent buyer/promoter at Fulton 55. Martin left the club last month to pursue other endeavors.
Fulton 55 celebrates its four-year anniversary this month. It has become a viable spot for live music in the area and much of its success is thanks to Martin. He will be missed.
• Each of the artists, musicians and bands I interview, because this is more than a job.
There can’t be a better way to spend “work” time than talking music with people who do it for a living. With the rare exception, everyone I talk with has a story to tell and a passion that extends beyond just “promoting the show.”
That passion inspires me — and hopefully readers.
To those special few musicians who have recently sent thank you notes my way (it makes way sense now that I know it’s National Thank You Month), I appreciate the sentiments, and am happy to help.