The album features winners of a Florida artist music search, including the now defunct Coexist Scientist (which again proves that bands I like or want to like are always the ones that break up. Meanwhile, Sean Paul is still making music…), the reggae sounds of The Resolvers, and Jacob Jeffries, who sounds an awful lot like David Gray.
From ITC head honcho John Butler: “We all fell in love with these performers as soon as we heard them. And to have them all together again at one show… What a way to kick-off the holidays.”
Proceeds from the album ($7 apiece) will go to the Milagro Center, an organization that exposes underprivileged kids in Palm Beach County to all forms of art.
And to celebrate the release of this soundtrack, Butler and his camp are throwing a party tonight at 8 pm at City Limits. Beginning tomorrow, twenty retail outlets on Delray Beach’s fabled Atlantic Avenue will take over sales of the CD. This includes shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants that separates ITC’s tennis stadium from the beach.
I’ve been really impressed with the way that this tournament has brought together different parts of the local community in a very grassroots way. Especially now with the economy (and the world) how it is, it’s nice to know that no tournament is an island.
More info: Making A Racquet CD release party, Friday, November 19, 8 pm at City Limits, 19 NE 3rd Ave in Delray Beach. Admission is FREE. For more information call City Limits at (561) 279-8222.
Only John Butler and his team — the same one who brought us the Volley Girls and courtside graffiti — could have come up with the wildest press release I have ever seen in my short journalism life. I guess the point of the piece is to bring attention to the happenings at the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships in Delray Beach, Fla (and to not end up in the round file). Lest this story be forgotten, I am doing my part to preserve it on the internets. Whoever you are, Marlena Hall, I would love to pick your brain…
Day 1 of Nationals contests the inner grit of Players’ “Moral Kombat”
Delray Beach—Question: What do you get when you put the upper portion of the number “2”, on top of a breadstick which rests on top of a bagel? Answer: A question mark.
Confused? Watching Keisha Clousing (5) (Wheaton, IL) compete in the USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach, April 6-12, 2008, against Nikki Kallenberg (Naples, FL), was certainly a conundrum. After winning the first set 6-1, Clousing lost her clout and momentum in the second and couldn’t garner a game. Luckily to the grace of the sport, the rules allowed a ten-minute “recharge” where players could smooth things over with their coaches and parents and figure out the strategy necessary to prevail in the 3rd set. As these little legions prepared to re-enter the battlefield, each player walked on court believing they were going to win, but somewhere along the baseline, confidence was punctured and mental strength was challenged. But it was Keisha Clousing’s coach, Joey McWilliams, who helped “motivate” her to believe this simple, none-pressure packed statement: “Keisha, you are the 5th seed of this National tournament. You need to win this.” And *poof*, Clousing conquered—6-1, 0-6, 6-2.
Ah, now the “breadstick” joke is making sense. Whilst on the topic of food, it seems necessary to speak on Keisha Clousing’s nutritional preparation prior to her Day 1 afternoon victory. Just twenty minutes prior to her match , Keisha felt a roar in her tummy. What was on the menu? Six McNuggets and an ice cream parfait. Perhaps this meal contributed to the slight tardiness to her match, but make no matter, Clousing was calm about her chances. “I can always rely on my serve, especially my placement of it. I’m a good all-court player and like my feel on my forehand and backhand. But if my serve is on, I’m OK,” Clousing swanked. I then asked her what she would advise her opponent [Kallenberg] if she was her coach, she replied, “I’d tell her to stay positive, especially in the third set. She played really well and had the momentum in the second set. I would have made her keep it up.” Healthy comments from a not-so-healthy tournament eater. But for purely positive poise and great mental strength, we have made a ‘healthy choice’ to award you, Ms. Keisha Clousing, as our Day 1 Girls’ 12 Player of the Day!
On a separate pair of chromosomes, two fired-up ‘dura’cells, Benjamin “General” Tso (17) (Lexington, MD) and Andrew Mason (Webster, NY) displayed energizer strength as they kept ‘going and going and going’ all the way to a third set. But as the “General” realized his 17th-seeded flag was potentially under enemy control, he sounded an order to capture the third set which catapulted him to a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 conquest. Tso may have won his ‘flag’ but in the 12s Nationals, an optimistic and self-constructive sense of self when defeated often indicates future success in tournament scuffle. Because Andrew Mason built his temple on a foundation of “Moral Kombat”, we’d like to award him, Andrew Mason, as our Day 1 Boys’ 12 Player of the Day!