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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:28 pm 
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Hi all,

Onward with our recap...Saturday morning, August 14. :happy-sunny:

Nice to see our crew walking into the meeting room, looking sharp, wearing their event t-shirts. :text-woo: From 9:30 to about 11:15 we all enjoyed the LB Memorabilia Display, a time where Other Half Entertainment and others share their LB collections, or at least part of them, as is the case for the avid collectors! When making preparations for this year's event, we requested that an additional two tables be added to last year's count to accomodate all the memorabilia that we anticipated would be on display. All seven tables were filled, with no room to spare, which was great, as it indicates that the display continues to grow each year. :greetings-clapyellow: A special shout-out to Jen for once again bringing an awesome collection of items! :text-thankyoublue:


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Laura's clothing: including stage costumes, jacket worn in Backstage, horse riding pants, her Planet Hollywood, Seoul, Korea denim jacket, and a couple of boas.


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Laura's leopard print pants, as seen in interview, studio photo shoot, and performance.

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Part of the complete 5 magazine set of Laura featured on the cover of Cashbox magazine

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The other copies from the Cashbox set and Carnegie Hall performance program and ticket stub

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Laura's final autograph, signed after her very last performance in East Boston, July 2004

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Laura's first appearance on the cover of Cashbox magazine

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Kathy's article about Laura in Daeida magazine - 2009

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* Solid Gold performance photo and letter on Solid Gold letterhead

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John holding the RIAA Self Control album Gold Record Award presented to William Friedkin, director of Laura's Self Control music video

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Left to right: John holding Laura's Canadian Platinum Record Award for Gloria, Tracy holding the Self Control album Gold Record Award, and Jim holding Laura's Canadian Gold Record Award for Gloria

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Love, Janis memorabilia: Kathy's signed Playbill from the production, Photo of Laura and Kathy in front of theatre after Laura's performance, and Laura's personal script with her handwritten notes

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Various US and international album press kits and signed tour book from Laura's South African Over My Heart tour

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More album press kits

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South African tour poster and photo from Laura's 1982 NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

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Left - Australian tour book and Right - another album press kit

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Laura's Grammy nomination plaque for "Best Pop Vocal Performance Female" for Gloria
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Photo album of behind the scenes shots during the filming of Backstage in Australia

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Self Control tour itinerary

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Mohegan Sun hat Laura signed to Kathy in January 2004 after she named LauraBraniganOnline.com as her official website while at lunch with Kathy and Vince

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Promotional gel poster for Laura's 2003 performances at the Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas signed to Kathy and Vince

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John holding Laura's Grammy nomination plaque

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It was an enjoyable morning checking everything out while Laura's songs were playing in the background, with good conversation about, and reflection upon, great memories of her. :smile:

NEXT: The Trivia Contest with accompanying video presentation, THE WINNERS, and MORE LB video footage to round out the afternoon!

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Thank you Kathy for the shout out (hehe) I have lots more but couldn't fit it all in my car. I'm always adding to my collection throughout the year :-D so who knows what I'll bring next year! My favorite piece that I have is Laura's signature tattooed on my arm. I know it always made her smile when she saw it :-D I can only imagine what she thought of me in the beginning lol. But in the end I'm so glad that we became friends. Her friendship was the best gift I could ever receive. To this day I still cherish every memory and there's nothing I wouldn't do for her. I'm blessed to have known her and to have the gift of your friendship Kathy!
Keep up the great job you guys do in keeping her legacy alive!! I know that she's smiling down.
God bless
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Great pics! :romance-heartsthree:
Man, I GOTTA get there to see all this stuff!!! :text-woo:
Come On, Lucky Lottary Numbers!!! :laughing-rofl:
Gee, I think a new parody song just popped into my head based on The Lucky One! I am off to explore the possibilies! :lol:
Have a great one everybody! :greetings-wavingyellow:


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Thank you Kathy for the shout out (hehe) I have lots more but couldn't fit it all in my car. I'm always adding to my collection throughout the year :-D so who knows what I'll bring next year! My favorite piece that I have is Laura's signature tattooed on my arm. I know it always made her smile when she saw it :-D I can only imagine what she thought of me in the beginning lol. But in the end I'm so glad that we became friends. Her friendship was the best gift I could ever receive. To this day I still cherish every memory and there's nothing I wouldn't do for her. I'm blessed to have known her and to have the gift of your friendship Kathy!
Keep up the great job you guys do in keeping her legacy alive!! I know that she's smiling down.
God bless
Jen


Hi Jen!

Even with the roof bag to hold our luggage, there's little room to spare in our PT for anymore memorabilia to bring to SOL, so like you, there's lots that remain at home, although we do seem to manage squeezing in a bit more each year. Vince says that pretty soon we'll need to get a hitch installed and pull a U-Haul along behind us - :text-lol: But, undoubtedly that which I cherish and treasure most, is that which cannot be bought or traded, and is priceless - Laura's friendship and the dear memories of her daily presence in my life, along with the trust and faith she placed in me as her friend and as her manager. :smile: And, thanks to LB drawing us to herself, you and I have grown a wonderful friendship that is such a blessing to me. :smile: I can never thank you enough for being there for me, and my family, in so many ways.

Speaking of your universally-unique LB tattoo, it's a great lead-in to these next two photos from the 2010 Spirit Of Love...


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Jen and Tracy showing off their great LB tattoos! :text-woo:


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And, a close-up! :happy-wavemulticolor:


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Next up on Saturday was our annual LB Trivia Contest with accompanying video presentation. It's a GREAT way to learn more about Laura's life and career! This portion of the SOL weekend is faithfully and diligently put together by Erika, with Other Half Entertainment providing prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

We have often thought over the years that it would be nice to present a plaque to our winners; however, that idea never really took off, as in looking at various options, we were not seeing anything that really caught our eye as something we would want to use for an award. Fortunately this year, Jim Raboin had offered his help towards the event in any way that we needed, and in thinking about his woodworking skills, the idea came to me to ask Jim if he could make some special wood plaques that we could present as prizes to the trivia contest winners. Jim responded that he would love to work on the project. I gave him various elements that we wanted to see included in the design, and he supplied the creativity in putting it all together for some VERY UNIQUE, AWESOME awards, pictured below.


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1st Place Award


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2nd Place Award


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3rd Place Award


** MANY THANKS to Jim for his time and talent in providing us these beautiful awards to present to our winners **

And the winners were ... with 1st and 2nd place separated by only a HALF POINT...

1st Place - Jen Douillard

2nd Place - John Brosseau

3rd Place - Tracy Paradis * First-time attendee!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!!!

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Left to Right: Kathy, Jen, John, Tracy, and Erika


** SPECIAL THANKS once again to Erika for making this part of the weekend both informational and lots of fun! **

We then took our lunch break, and when we gathered back together, we finished out the afternoon until about 5:00 viewing MORE LB video footage, including the following:

  • Seoul Music Festival (Korea) - The Power Of Love
  • Una Vez Mas, Chilean TV: Never In A Million Years, Self Control, and interview (including Si Vas Para Chile, acapella)
  • Live outdoors in France with Cerrone - Heart Of Me
  • Good Morning America interview with David Hartman
  • Live At The Palladium: Shattered Glass
  • 3M Commercial
  • Baseball National Anthem
  • CHiPs episode: Fox Trap
  • Laura's final performance with her band at the Mohegan Sun in January 2004.

Then, it was time for our dinner break.

NEXT: Saturday evening, August 14 - Candlelight Memorial, Photos, Fan Forum, Concert, and Music Videos!

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:text-coolphotos: Can't wait for the 2011 S.O.L.. A really awesome gathering that should be attended by any and all L.B. fans. Believe me, you'll take more away with you after this weekend than you could ever imagine. The friendships that develop and continue to get stronger are incredible. A real feeling of commeroderie and affection.
Sadly at the end of the weekend, we all go our seperate ways, but things just don't seem the same when you get home. Because in 52 weeks, you get to do it all over again!!! :wink: :clap: :banana-dance: :banana-guitar: :greetings-clapyellow:
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Because in 52 weeks, you get to do it all over again!!!
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37 and counting :happy-partydance: :banana-dance: :greetings-clapyellow: :dance: :greetings-clappingyellow: :happy-jumpeveryone: :happy-smileygiantred: :happy-jumpgreen:

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jimr wrote:
Because in 52 weeks, you get to do it all over again!!!
Jim


37 and counting :happy-partydance: :banana-dance: :greetings-clapyellow: :dance: :greetings-clappingyellow: :happy-jumpeveryone: :happy-smileygiantred: :happy-jumpgreen:


Glad your paying attention John. Can't wait to see you again!!!


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Continuing on with the 2010 SOL recap, we're up to Saturday evening. When we all gathered back again in the meeting room after our dinner break, we were joined by Tommy Bayiokos, Laura's special friend and percussionist. Tommy has joined us each and every gathering we have held since the beginning in 2005. We're very grateful for his close friendship, and for his unwavering commitment to make sure that Laura is remembered and her legacy furthered. It's always a very special time each SOL as our guests either get to know Tommy, or catch up with him after having met him at a previous event. Special thanks to Tommy for always showing up with various mementos to hand out to the fans, as these items mean so much to everyone!

After the time of greetings and conversation, it was now time for Laura's Candlelight Memorial. As a prelude, we watched Other Half Entertainment's I Know You By Heart Memorial Video, produced in 2005 by Rob Machado. Watching Laura performing, spending time she loved with her fans and those special in her life, all with Laura's own vocal underneath, make this a very poignant video and beautiful tribute. Next, we dimmed the lights and gathered in a circle for the Candlelight Memorial. There's something so beautiful as one candle is lit and then that light is passed on to the next person until we all become a circle of light. With the instrumental version of I Know You By Heart playing in the background, Vince started off with a few words, and then the floor was open for all to express what they wished to about Laura and how she has touched each of our lives. I can't express enough what a special time this is, with every year's memorial going on for longer than the previous one. It's an emotional time where hearts and souls are laid bare, but in an atmosphere where all feel comfortable doing so, amongst others who can identify with what each other is feeling. By the time our candles burned down to almost nothing this year, every one had taken the opportunity to share with our group, and once again it was a very cathartic experience for all of us who love Laura. When we brought the lights back up, we sat back down and enjoyed listening to Christopher Cross' Think Of Laura, while an LB slideshow played on the screen. So many wonderful memories of Laura, and so wonderful to be a part of this memorial time each year at the gathering.

At this point, I had left the room briefly, and when I came back, I was in for a surprise! When I came back into the room, everyone was sitting there looking at me with silly glasses on. Knowing there was a MASTER practical jokester in the bunch, it didn't take me long to realize who was behind the silliness - none other than JIM! He sure worked quickly while I was out of the room, getting everybody ready for my return! I busted out laughing as everyone looked absolutely hilarious, and commented that I know Laura, practical jokester extraordinaire that she was, had to be laughing hard at us! What was there to do, but to join the rest of the crowd and put my silly glasses on as well! As we were headed into one of the most fun parts of the event anyway, the photo session, it seemed only appropriate that I would announce that our first group photo should be one with the crazy classes on, so here it is, followed by some great pics of everyone!


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The SILLY one!


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and the "official" one!

Left to right: Jen, Erika, Tracy, Mark, Sharon, John, Rhiannon, Jim, Kathy, Tommy, and Vince


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Tracy, Tommy, and Mark


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Tommy and Erika


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Mark and Erika


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Tommy and Jen


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Rhiannon, Kathy, Tommy, and Vince


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Kathy and Tommy


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Jen and Tracy (again) with their LB tattoos!


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Kathy and Tracy


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Mark, Kathy, and Tracy


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John and Kathy


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Tracy and Erika


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Vince, Kathy, and Jen


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Jen and John


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Jen and John


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Sharon, Erika, and Jim


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Kathy and Tommy

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Sharon and Tommy

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John and Tommy

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John and Erika

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Vince, Rhiannon, Kathy, and Erika

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Vince, Kathy, Sharon, and Jim

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Vince and John .... and in the background, Sharon, Jim, and Tracy

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Vince, Kathy, and Jen

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Jen and John

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Jen and Jim

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Following our FUN photo time, it was time for those who wished to speak to the group during our "Fan Forum" time. Leading off was Tommy Bayiokos. Tommy opened by speaking about Laura's fine band and then proceeded to talk about the "music Laura", talking about how Laura demanded perfection and the after concert meetings that she held with the band for critique purposes. He then went on to talk about some of his favorite tracks to perform such as Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Cry Wolf, and his personal top-ranking one, Heart. Tommy related that Laura's philosophy regarding her music was to "be obsessed with it" - to be the top 1% and then more! He then spoke about Laura's love for cooking and simple desserts, like Baklava and some Easter pastries, both of which Tommy so kindly brought along with him to the hotel for all of us to enjoy, as he and Laura had. Next, he spoke a bit about Vince and I, and presented us with some special, very meaningful gifts. Following this was a presentation of his "TCB" (Taking Care of Business) karate patches to Erika and Jim. In addition, Tommy spoke about those in the business who when they hear Laura's name, they associate her with taking her artistry to a "whole nother level", as she was THAT good! Then he spoke about East Quogue memories - swimming, gardening, etc., and expressed that he loved Laura very much, and that they had spoken of a future. Tommy concluded by stating that Laura was happy in the end and that with her spirit, we are never alone.

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Tommy Bayiokos


Our next speaker was Jen, and she spoke from deep within her heart regarding what Laura meant to her, and how they became friends. She expressed some ways in which Laura showed her that she truly cared about her and spoke of how Laura wanted her to be truly happy. Jen also spoke about her very unique LB autograph tattoo and how much Laura would smile each time she saw it.

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Finally, I addressed our group. I began by sincerely thanking everyone for being there for the weekend, and for Tommy being there for the fans and for Vince and I personally. Next, I spoke about the highlight of the year - the Shine On CD+DVD release - and how great it was to see the number one fan request for years finally come to fruition. Then I proceeded to talk about the magnitude of the lives Laura touched and how that all goes even beyond her being a singer, how she has touched us all in different ways. Furthermore, I spoke about Laura's last show in Boston - how spectacular it was - and the great time our small group spent with she and Tommy afterwards. I then talked about the last months of her life and how it was a positive and exciting time for her, and went into some specifics regarding the EP we were working on, the online store work, and the work on her proposed cookbook. I followed by relating how Laura wished to return to Canada to do some shows, and how we were working on booking a very elegant-type show for her in Ottawa. I continued with how everything was coming together for her so nicely - she had a close, core group of people surrounding her, she really felt loved, there was a strong trust amongst all of us, and she was in a good place, where her future was very hopeful. Next, I spoke of Laura always being with me in spirit and what a journey it all has been for me. I then expressed that my job with Other Half Entertainment is a busy one, and how the fact that I stay busy is a wonderful testament to Laura. I concluded with talk of how Shine On has sparked a resurgence of excitement for many and that that, in turn, bolsters the furtherance of her legacy, and also how all of that also helps us to deal with losing Laura.

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I then introduced the Shine On TV promo clip. So wonderful to know that both the TV and radio promo spots got much airtime in South Africa.

Next up was our viewing of Laura's 1990 Atlantic City SRO concert.

We closed the formal part of the Spirit Of Love weekend with a showing of Laura's music videos, and it was SO GREAT to be able to use the new Shine On DVD for that purpose. So great to view a nice, crisp copy of Laura's video works!

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NEXT: Sunday, August 15 - Our casual outing in the Hamptons!

Kathy

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