We were totally thrilled to schedule a private Smooch! shoot with the internationally-known Playing for Change (PFC) band while they were here in Minneapolis last month. Their musical vision: to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world — a mission The Smooch! Project whole-heartily shares. PFC has developed a huge international following for good reason: A beautiful message beautifully presented. They have been a role model for us for several years. We want The Smooch! Project to be like them when we grow up! How awesome it was to meet and spend some time with these inspiring people.
Above, PFC band member Peter Bunetta is being smooched by PFC roadie / photographer Lindsay Fishman. More PFC archive pics from this shoot can be seen in The Smooch! Project Archive. Check them out here.
During the shoot, several PFC band members came forward to participate but had no handy partners to smooch. No problem! Trusty members of The Smooch! Project Dream Team (our awesome team of dedicated volunteers) were sooo happy to step up to the challenge! The result: Within the Smooch! archive, you’ll see Ilon Ba (PFC electric guitar) smooching Dreamer Patricia Danielson. You’ll also find Grampa Elliot (PFC vocals / harmonica) getting a smooch from Dreamer Louisa Hext. The Smooch! / PFC archive collection is completed by a photo of Clarence Bekker (PFC vocals / acoustic guitar) being smooched by his PFC roadie / sound tech friend, Melissa Britton. As is usually the case, everybody left their Smooch! shoot smiling. Later that evening, The Smooch! team all sat down to a wonderful concert by this amazing group of talented performers. It was quite an amazing day for The Smooch! Project.
PFC had so much fun, they decided to write about us on the PFC blog,followed by a mention on the PFC Facebook page. That was sooo sah-weet of them! Their doing so introduced The Smooch! Project to more than 170,000 PFC followers from all over the world. We are so grateful to this remarkable group of people for their love and support. Perhaps someday The Smooch! Project will be in a position to return such a great favor. Until then, we can only offer our simple, heartfelt thanks to this wonderful organization. This, plus a great big shout-out: PFC ROCKS!
Which now provides a great segue to our next story . . . .
Mucho thanks to all our Smoochy supporters of 2010
Where do we begin? So many people contributed time, energy, expertise (and — Wow! — sometimes even money!) toward our effort to collect 10,000 images from around the world. Last August, we tallied up all the Smooch! Project Heroes, those open-hearted people who have volunteered over the last four years in support of this effort. All told, the Heroes list exceeded 110 people! Amazing. Even now, the Heroes list continues to grow. We love our Smooch! Project Heroes!
From the Heroes group rise The Smooch! Project Dream Team: Those lovely souls who stepped up once to volunteer and then decided to stick around for awhile. The Dreamers share the vision of collecting 10,000 photographs from around the world. Dreamers form the inner circle of support for this entire effort. Without them, The Smooch! Project could grow only slowly. In 2010, fourteen Dreamers contributed a considerable amount of time and energy toward this effort. The amazing growth of The Smooch! Project is a direct result of the effort of these individuals. Amazingly, almost all of the 2010 Dreamers have once again committed to working on this project for yet another year. These people are a blessing for The Smooch! Project and we are lucky, lucky, lucky to have their support. Thanks so much, Dreamers! A great big smooch to each and every one of you.
Finally, there are the 1,600+ people on the Smooch! email list plus our 260+ Smooch! Facebook Fans. Yup, our group of smoochy supporters is growing and it’s all because of people like YOU. A great big, heart-felt thank you to each and every one of you for your ongoing interest, help and support. We very much appreciate having you along for this exciting ride. Hold on to your seats! 2011 holds amazing promise for The Smooch! Project.
A great and happy new year to all!
(My Smooch! shoot) was exactly what I wanted for my birthday: warmth, merriment, connection. (Yes, you can quote me on that!)