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Day 1: Cement, paint, and shovels


It’s day one on the worksite and we managed to finish a cement pad before lunch. I never realized the amount hard labor involved in pouring cement. Now I know. Trust me, my whole body knows.

We continued work on the inside of the house in the afternoon and also did plenty of painting of plywood for the homeowner to use in the event of another storm. Leigh sacrificed herself toward the end of the day to finish up the painting. It was in direct sunlight and must have been brutal. Thanks Leigh!

While Leigh was baking in the sun, I helped dig out holes in the back for the AC support structure. Hard work, but at least it was in the shade! After that, we measured windows and began cutting the trim for the window sills. Tomorrow we’ll finish those up and maybe start on the rest of the trim for the interior. Who knows what else is in store?

So far New Orleans has been incredible! I’m far too tired to get into specifics but I will post more about the food and culture when I get a chance.

The Week Begins

On Monday, we landed in New Orleans.  Some of us have made this journey before, others have not.  While we are all here for a common purpose, each of us will take away something unique in addition to the shared experiences.  In addition to sharing our stories, this blog will help us reflect on what we see, feel, and do. 

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Onsite in New Orleans

Joe learns to smooth cement.

Greetings from New Orleans, and Berklee’s 5th Annual Gracenotes trip with Habitat for Humanity! We just finished our first day onsite at 1839 Allen Street in the 7th Ward, where we’ll be spending our next 5 days.

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The Marketing Dance: Doing The Jerk

David Greenberg shares monthly tips from his experience as Director of Marketing for Ted Kurland Associates, a boutique booking and management agency where Berklee interns gain insight into a successful career in music and business.

Selling me crap in an email is justified, because I can label you junk and, hopefully depending on the reliability of my MacMail, never see you again. On TeeVee, that’s a little different as I revel in a good advertisement, having been in that world for a bit back in the ’80s where I was even tapped to look at, and judge, animated commercials for the Cleos. But sell me stuff on Facebook and LinkedIn, man, that’s like tossing a leaflet at my front door and having it end up on my lawn. I then have to throw it out. Is that anyway to get me to buy your stuff? I don’t think you’ll find that in any Dale Carnegie course.

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Employer Spotlight: Sonicbids

Tess here – I’m the Community Manager at Sonicbids. Sonicbids is the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters. Our community includes more than 300,000 bands and 25,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world – and we’re growing every day. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay (a Berklee grad himself!) and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering emerging artists in the worldwide music community.

Ok, prepare for some name dropping. We help bands get on stages for festivals like SXSW and Bonnaroo, get their music played in outlets like MTV and Universal Pictures, and even find sponsorship from cool brands like Diesel, Converse, and GAP. And we don’t just work with the big guys; we provide opportunities with local venues, bloggers and online radio stations, too. Our goal is to help every musician get a gig, and every promoter find new, amazing talent.

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