Welcome to Bellwether Thoughts, a blog by Janice Carnevale, owner of Bellwether Events. Janice uses this space to convey her random likes and loves to the tens of people who may be reading. This is not a wedding blog. This is a blog that will allow you to get to know the woman behind the weddings.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

One Year Later - RIP John Garrighan

I met John when he was 15, and I was 18. His band, The Berlin Project, recorded a cover of Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice, and it was that record that brought me to their show at Club Laga in Pittsburgh, and forever altered my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true. My adoration for TBP led me to embracing the ska, alternative and pop punk genres. Music is hugely influential in my life and I owe a lot to John. It was a sad end to a short life that overflowed with potential.

The first song on this slideshow is Aberdeen 3:06, which is just John and Steve Soboslai from Punchline. It is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The President of the United State of South Carolina

You may or may not know, but Stephen Colbert is possibly considering thinking about running for President of the United States of South Carolina. With the South Carolina primary upon us, I think he should adopt this song in his campaign.

"The Space Between" by Valencia

Friday, January 20, 2012

Timing for Portraits

If you decide to do a "first look" with your betrothed before the ceremony (and I strongly suggest that you do), I am going to advise that you take an hour for "couple portraits" and thirty minutes each for wedding party portraits and immediate family portraits. You will likely look at me like I have two heads. But I promise, the extra time is worth it! Photos like these beauties do not happen in ten minutes!

Happy wedding day Lisa & Ben. And HUGE thanks to Mary Kate McKenna for sharing the photos!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I love: A Wedding Band

This is why you hire a live band. Because you always need more cow bell.

Photo by Abby Jiu

Monday, January 9, 2012

I love: Late Night Food

Sometimes you book a place, like a hotel, and you have to meet a food and beverage (F&B) minimum. And sometimes your guest list is smaller than expected. So at the last minute you get to add a bunch of awesome upgrades to your menu and bar.We got to do this at Katie and Travis' wedding reception at The Willard in October. The guests, who had been dancing for 2.5 hours straight at this point, were thrilled with the snack!

Photos by Abby Jiu

Friday, January 6, 2012

Punchline Rules!

The past few days have been quite a roller coaster, with many more highs than lows. The low: the album did not release at the time that we thought. It came out 17 hours later. Boo! But then the highs:
Punchline climbed to the very tippy top of the iTunes Rock Album Chart! And hung around in the top 3 for many days! This is more impressive when you consider the stiff competition they have from other bands you may have heard of - The Beatles, Metallica, Nickelback and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Punchline climbed to number SEVEN on the overall iTunes Album Chart! We were particularly excited to see them surpass LMFAO.

And at some point on Wednesday, Punchline was trending on Twitter in Pittsburgh. I thought this would be the easiest thing to do - but it was a lot harder than I assumed!

I am so thrilled for my friends Steve, Chris, Paul and Cory. I am also super impressed by their very strong and loyal fan base, which spans the globe!

If you want to check out and maybe even buy the album, and missed my past 5 links to it, click here.

You Are My Universe

You can download the song here.

You can buy the song here.

Artwork by Jason Doring.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Buy it Now!

The EP is now for sale. Please check it out and buy it!

Bee Patient

I am once again my teenage self waiting for the mailman to bring my latest order from Delia*s. Or some other situation where you are waiting for something good to happen, so you are trying not to get mad, but it's hard because patience is hard. Excitement. Exasperation. Frustration. Anticipation. Not to mention exhaustion from staying up till 3 am last night hoping it would come online.

Apparently iTunes closed its offices over the holidays and they are behind on getting new music, including Punchline's So Nice To Meet You, onto the website. This song is the first tune on the ep. I really like it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

So Nice To Meet You

Here is the ep artwork. From left to right: Cory, Steve, Chris, Paul. You can check out the first track Universe here. (look for the words Music Player")

Sunday, January 1, 2012