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Spend a Week Without Music. Any of You. I Dare.

Posted by Quenby Iandiorio on Sat, Jan 17, 2015

Parental Advisory Warning: the following is not fit for all readers so if you don't care for soap boxes and thinly veiled adult language, move on. I only do this about once a year.


I am naive. Today for the first time in my life I actually had to rebuff the explicit and pointed persecution by an attorney for my choice to be a career musician. He laughed at my colleague's claim that he worked full-time as a performing musician and told him "don't you think you could at least get a part-time job" to cover the debts in question. In his brilliant edict against our position he cited his own stint, in college, as a "bar band musician" and scoffed at my claim that it was a full-time job reminiscing that his time as a guitar player in college was hardly, (wink, wink) even part-time.

I invite him to eat my a$$. If it had been my fight to begin with, I would have been more brazen, though i never thought the conflict was with the attorney to begin with. Rather he seemed, accidentally, to expose what the plaintiff, and apparently secretly he, both harbor against working musicians.

I would have shouted in his face: Throw out all of your CDs, records, cassettes and 8-tracks, all your sheet music. Forget every song you ever heard on those albums. Have your musical memory erased, you're so cavalier about it, so you cannot whistle a tune, or hum a note in private comfort or celebration with yourself. Have erased from your memory every concert you attended, every symphony, every opera, every child's music lesson and recital, every jam session and summer concert series. Then I would invite him to re-live every memorial service, wedding or graduation he's ever attended, without music. Then, sit down to your myriad of movies and TV shows you cherish, and try to watch them again, without music. Then I would tell him, 'Turn off your radio and unsubscribe from all the free streaming music suppliers, like Pandora, whom you depend on for your musical relief. Spend a week without music. Any of you. I dare.'

If however, he felt a pang of conscience in leaving this session with me, I would suggest to him this path for redemption: Pay double the asking price for every cd you buy from now on; pay twice as much at the door or two times the price of a concert ticket; tip the band as much as you spend at the bar; buy merch at every show; empty your pockets in the buskers guitar case; pledge a donation to every crowd-funding musical project; and finally, fast from music for one week. Then come back to me and beg me for a tune, a lick, a chorus - I'll charge you $300 an hour - solo.

Until this day, in my 41 years of living, I still NOT ONCE have had to pay a lawyer for getting me through my day with his lawyerly services. Yet every day of my life, i have hummed a tune…

And finally I say to the starry-eyed potential suitors, the like of which who started this particular trouble: we were musicians when you met us. If you don't like the way we live, don't live with us.

Quenby Iandiorio


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Tags: The Arts, Artist, Music, #EXFL

Exotic Flowers Favorite Author Launches Book at Union Oyster House

Posted by Rick Canale on Sat, Jun 23, 2012

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Music, the arts, writing - at Exotic Flowers we appreciate what a great effect these talents have on a civilized society. At Exotic Flowers, we relish books, have a poet in residence and even our own favorite author, Suzie Canale of the Beantown Tales. Suzie is also my wife. She has just released her newest children's book, 'The Candy Roses of Cape Care,'.
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Her launch party took place at the Union Oyster House on Friday, June 22nd. The Union Oyster House dates back to 1636 and it was officially established in 1826. What a great place to hold an event, the Milano family has owned this historic restaurant since 1970. The staff here is great, the food plentiful and the atmosphere is amazing. We are every fortunate to be friends with such a wonderful family. 
The Candy Roses of Care event was hosted in Webster's Den at the Union Oyster House. While bags of popcorn, chocolates and giant lollipops decorated the tables, more than fifty friends and relatives celebrated Suzie for her landmark achievement.
The Union Oyster House served up oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and clam chowder. The staff was so upbeat and I cannot think of a better place to have a book party.
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Next time you have an event, make sure to ask for Pattie and tell her Rick at Exotic Flowers sent you.

Tags: The Arts, Suzie Hearl Canale, Childrens Book

Boston Florist Welcomes Its Own Artist in Residence

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

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Since 2008, artist Allison Buttiglieri has been an employee of Exotic Flowers in Boston. Allison has been a seasonal employee, a full time employee and senior sales associate. Her infectious personality has created a loyal floral following. Today, Allison helps out at Exotic Flowers headquarters for major flower holidays like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
boston florist artist in residence Allison is also the Exotic Flowers artist in residence. In her own words, "My artwork is yielded from the appreciation for the natural beauty I admire in this world. A few things that inspire me are, quirky contrasting colors, organic patterns found in nature, flowers, landscape, bohemian and vintage textile designs, decay, graffiti, travel, fellow artists, photography. 

Most of my paintings on here are made from inspiration while traveling. Most paintings are available as original or prints. The prints are produced on high quality watercolor paper and look almost identical to the originals. "
Every month Exotic Flowers in Boston will be featuring some of the one of a kind pieces that she creates to inspire and appreciate. 
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" Right now I'm really focused on these ceramic plates i've been painting. I have two upcoming Craft fairs I will be participating in, one is this coming Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Wakefield Vocational School (Northeast Metro Tech High School, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA 01880), and another in Winthrop at Saint John's Parish on April 14th, 2012." Hope to see you there.
At Exotic Flowers in Boston, we are always on the look out to share our vision of beauty with you. Please continue to stay in touch with our blog as we will soon have our own in house poet as well.

Tags: The Arts, Artist, Allison Buttiglieri, Boston Florist Staff

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