Saturday, September 01, 2007

LAST DAY TO GET Something Nobody Else Has!

**HAVE YOU DONATED YET? Have you sent me your address so I can send you your gift with donation? There's only one day left, please, please help my friend's family out!

*I've had some lovely responses to this and Alex and I are working on the third song that needs some tweaking. I just want to remind you that there are just 10 days left in the contest. Let me know if there's something more I can do to inspire you to donate. Thanks!*

Before I left for the reunion I was able to go to D. Jay Bradley's Memorial service and Fund Raiser. The show was amazing. To say that I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me and it was better than Cats would not be an exaggeration. I also got to sing and to hear some of Jay's compositions that I'd only heard about before. Everyone did a wonderful job of bringing Jay to the room. It wasn't the same, there was always that extra inch clearly defined that we could not go, but it was good, it was right and, other than the whole being dead part, I think he would have enjoyed the evening.

They also raised a lot of money, I think. The place was packed, I was glad that I'd made a reservation and gotten there early because they did turn a number of people away, and everything was donated, even the liquor, so the proceeds of the door, the drinks, the raffle and the CD sales all went to the cause.

The cause, by the by, is Jay's family. It is expensive to bring someone home if they...can't get there under their own power, if you know what I mean. Very expensive. Exponentially more expensive than I anticipated. Which is to say that, great, Jay's friends have raised a good dose of cash but not, I think, enough to cover the end of life costs*.

Which is where we come in. Granted, we could wait until Christmas when there will likely be another fund raiser (I'll keep you posted) but why wait, really? I've got a plan and I hope that you'll join me.

Anyone who donates at least $10 to the D. Jay Bradley Memorial Fund and notifies me by e-mail (isabeau6 at hotmail dot com) will receive a copy (either electronically or a nice disc with a picture of me and my dog on it) of my CD (work in progress).

But that's not all! At the memorial I purchased 2 of Jay's "Cocktail Hour in Manhattan", a CD I actually already own. Anyone who donates can also choose to be entered in a random drawing to receive one of these 2 limited edition CDs. Very limited edition. The box that was being sold at the memorial was said to be the last one available with no current plans for reprints. Perfect for dinner parties, for something soothing with your warm bath or any other time you need a little piano. My personal favorite both live and on the disc is Pennies From Heaven/Soon It's Gonna Rain.

Some of you may be asking, "I already got your dinky little work in progress CD, what do I want with another? Aren't you all anti-clutter these days?" And I am, I promise, but here's the secret, I've recorded another track since I gave out the 2 track version for Christmas presents last year. You can have a whole new disc with all 3 songs** on it or I can just e-mail you the new track, it's all up to you. Plus, donations to a good cause! So, it's win-win, right?

If you're interested (and I hope you are) please donate in the following manner:

D. Jay Bradley Memorial Fund

Donations can be made in the name of the Fund
at any Bank of America branch
or mailed directly to
Marilyn Bradley-Buck
5815 E. Palma Ave., Space 183
Anaheim, CA 92807
The check should be made payable to the Fund

Then you should e-mail me at isabeau6 at hotmail dot com with your name, donation amount (obviously we're working on the honor system but, really, why would you lie about this particular thing?), your choice of physical or electronic edition of the songs and whether or not you'd like to be included in the drawing for Jay's CDs (only available physically, please include snail mail address).

Offer ends September 01, 2007 (the date I've put on this post you'll notice). The CDs will all be mailed out after that date. (Bless Alex for working on crafty low cost ways to get the new track mastered to match the earlier tracks.)

I'd also be extremely grateful if you'd spread the word through your own internet channels about this offer, the more we can help the Bradley family the better. They're a stellar bunch and they deserve the best. Jay deserved better than this early death and his family deserves better than to struggle against a debt incurred by helping him to go out the way he wanted to go.

A gentleman whose name I sadly don't remember (if anyone knows please give me a heads up) told a few wonderful stories about Jay at the memorial. One was about the Thursday before Jay died which was his last night in New York. Jay was a little klutzy, not too bad but juggling sheet music as he walked out on stage was relatively common. This night he was playing for a group of cabaret students. He arrived at the event with an oxygen tank, which was a new development. About halfway through the show Jay's friend looks over during a song and Jay is turning purple. As soon as the song ended he raced over to the piano and asked if Jay was all right. Jay replied, "Oh, it's fine! I'm sitting on the tube!"

*If, perchance enough money is eventually raised to cover the nut of these end of life costs I am told that the family plans to use any surplus to create a music scholarship in Jay's name.

**Track 1: I Won't Mind; Elizabeth Robinson, Vocals; D. Jay Bradley, Piano/Arrangements/Producer
Track 2: Just A Housewife; Elizabeth Robinson, Vocals; D. Jay Bradley, Piano/Arrangements/Producer
Track 3: Fly; Elizabeth Robinson, Vocals


  1. Anonymous1:55 PM

    I will try very hard to remember to send a donation - you can remind me when you see me next if you want.

    My grandmother was also on oxygen for quite awhile, as she had emphysema. My dad and I visited her once and the 3 of us left her room at her nursing home to go to the common area to either play a game of cards (the penny game, aka 7-up) or Scrabble, I don't remember which. So she switched from the big oxygen tank in her room to the portable one, which my dad refilled before we left the room.

    We played our game, and my grandma either just barely won or just barely lost. She HATED to lose. Then we realized that my Dad hadn't turned her oxygen on - so that's how good she was, she could beat us, or at least almost beat us, with one big proverbial hand tied behind her back!

  2. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Your post is dated Sept. 1, 2007. Is there a time warp at your house?

  3. I'll get to sending you the picture shortly. Do I have your email address?

  4. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Weird, I posted one comment, and it properly did not direct you to my old, now nonexistent, blogspot address. The second one did.
    Let's see what happens now.

  5. We're so behind here in's still August for us.

  6. I'm in, too. Gotta get some cash in the mail.

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