Category: Politics and Social Thought

TakeLessons Reaching Out in Africa

TakeLessons Reaching Out in Africa

| October 17, 2012 | Reply

Here’s a note from one of our Product guys, Marc Wallis. I’m humbled that we’re able to do a small part to help people around the world. While we can’t do everything for everyone, it’s a good start to do something for somebody. ———— Hey TakeLessoner’s, I wanted to recap and update on what TakeLessons […]

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The Almighty Ascot – A Night at the Feeding America San Diego Charity Fundraiser

The Almighty Ascot – A Night at the Feeding America San Diego Charity Fundraiser

| October 13, 2012 | Reply

I admit it. I’m a sucker for the 1940’s Hollywood glamour look. I love the seductive wavy hair women like Veronica Lake used to wear. And, there’s something super cool and nostalgic about the men’s ascot (shown here worn by Cary Grant).   Tonight, we are going to an awesome charity event for the fine […]

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Pictures from the 2012 Stay Classy Charity Awards, San Diego, CA.

Pictures from the 2012 Stay Classy Charity Awards, San Diego, CA.

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

Thanks to the team at Stay Classy for their incredible work putting together a remarkable show. We had a great time hearing incredible stories from non-profits that are making a difference in the lives of millions of people. Even with all the pain, I’m encouraged by a the good that’s happening in the world! Some […]

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Stay Classy Awards 2012 – Are You Going?

Stay Classy Awards 2012 – Are You Going?

| September 20, 2012 | Reply

Proud to be on the Host Committee for the 2012 Stay Classy Awards with my buds and founders of Stay Classy, Scot Chisolm and Pat Walsh. The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. In 2011, nearly […]

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A Reminder of Love from San Francisco

A Reminder of Love from San Francisco

| September 18, 2012 | Reply

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TakeLessons and Music 4 Miracles Team Up to Help Children with Cancer

TakeLessons and Music 4 Miracles Team Up to Help Children with Cancer

| June 27, 2011 | Reply

Thanks to my team for taking the initiative and making gifts like this happen. As a CEO, it’s really cool when your team runs ahead and gets things done without you even knowing about it. That rocks. Good sign we’re growing up.

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San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

| March 28, 2010 | Reply

“What I do find troubling, however, is that most banks took billions of dollars from the taxpayers to shore up their own balance sheet, while now trying to emotionally beat up the taxpayers who, in effect, bailed them out to begin with. ”

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It’s too early to think of Christmas, but not of poverty

It’s too early to think of Christmas, but not of poverty

| May 29, 2009 | Reply

This is a presentation from Jay Baydala, who started Christmas Future, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and helping North Americans learn to spend some of their allotted Christmas money towards solving real world problems. Support them at http://christmasfuture.org. Vote for this presentation at SlideShare. If ChristmasFuture wins, they will donate all $5,000 to helping […]

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Steven Answers Article in Union Tribune on School Budget Cuts

Steven Answers Article in Union Tribune on School Budget Cuts

| March 11, 2009 | Reply

On behalf of students and parents in the State of California, we ask the school board to carefull review their Plan B decision to cut the arts out of schools. We all want kids that are successful in school and well-prepared for the workforce. Learning and playing music starts kids on the right path to […]

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Surfrider San Diego’s 17th annual Paddle for Clean Water

Surfrider San Diego’s 17th annual Paddle for Clean Water

| February 14, 2009 | Reply

The 17th annual Paddle for Clean Water rallied hundreds of San Diego ocean lovers to paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier and demand clean water. This year was the second with a festival event that included live music, local artists, food and more. … Surfrider San Diego's 17th annual Paddle for Clean Water from Chad […]

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The Case for Keeping Kids Involved in Music. Jump In – Rock Out!

The Case for Keeping Kids Involved in Music. Jump In – Rock Out!

| December 4, 2008 | Reply

Just a reminder why it’s important to get kids into music education.

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Movember – Raising Money for Prostate Cancer

Movember – Raising Money for Prostate Cancer

| December 4, 2008 | Reply

As many of you know, some of the guys at TakeLessons.com participated in Movember – a charity event where we try to grow mustaches and raise money for prostate cancer. Here is an ending picture. We've been told it's a bit creeepy, but at least it's for a good cause! Enjoy.

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Transcript of Obama’s Election Night Speech

Transcript of Obama’s Election Night Speech

| November 5, 2008 | Reply

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama-as prepared for deliveryElection NightTuesday, November 4th, 2008Chicago, Illinois If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight […]

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Sad State of Music Education System

Sad State of Music Education System

| July 14, 2008 | Reply

Recently, we received an email from a gentleman looking for music lessons: “So, I am an English teacher in the Bronx and I got hired to teach music next year. Although I am a music lover, I have never played an instrument and definitely not a musician. I need to take piano and music theory […]

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