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New Year Wishes

Posted by Chou Chou

Today, I cried. I seldom do, but a huge wish came true, so I did! Do you make New Year Wishes? I certainly do, far more than resolutions. Wishes, you see, involve magic and belief. Resolutions are pragmatic enforcement. As someone fortunate enough to live a life of self invention, I want to shake my fist at enforcement. I get grumpy if the resolve doesn’t take. But making a wish and having it coming true is enchantment and stardust and such. How could I ever give up on that? So such wishes tend to come true!

photo: Jay Hopkins

A little over a year ago, I was fresh back from launching my new cabaret show, Blissfully Being. People began asking me to send them something about it so they could book my new act. Well, living here in our little retro world, I had no video or tech skills to put something together for myself, and, boy, was I ever tired of asking for help! So I stopped everything so I could learn. Just like that.

You know how that goes. It was excruciatingly hard. I’m awfully stubborn. I had done a few posts and attempts, but it was always such a self-enforced struggle. I’ve mentioned how I feel about enforcement! But I dreamed of one day being able to connect and share all the bright joys of our life and what we create in our sweet little time-warp bubble. That’s something no one can really do for me. Like our shows, it must come deeply, honestly, from the heart.

I was drowning at first, in uncharted waters, stuck for days at a time in whirlpools of data confusion. Then, finally, I saw the distant shores of a promise land! It got easier. The learning got faster. Then I claimed the land as my own. At least in the way it suits me.

Some strong-hearted friends helped me more than they should. And then I would beg even more. I fully expected to be disowned by a certain IT CEO relation. Minnie the Moocher had nothing on me! But instead of jewels and cars my wants were all computer knowledge. I will be singing in praise of each mentor for a very long time to come. Probably quite often to you.

As I worked and dreamed, dreams begot bigger dreams and more work, and more mooching and oh, poor husband Doc! Who stole his Blondie wife and left this computer nerd? He listened patiently, most of the time. Like I do when he talks some things. I was clearly on my own with this. We no longer seemed joined at the hip!

There was trouble in paradise, and you don’t need to hear that. And then everything came together, better than ever, and so did we! I put out the band newsletter, manage website and domain, most important security, network, the band’s new digital sound system. We’re video and recording shows! I am in the kiddie pools of music production, film editing, plus graphics and visual arts! Oh, I am greedy, rushing to the next steps of live production using endless technologies! Digital lighting and video mapping has me yearning with such lustings! All, with the full love and support of my very, very, analog man. Even without understanding. It took much adjustment, patience, respect, compromises, and long waits for some time together. But that man posesses a strange sort of magic and tends to make dreams come true. Doc saw me through as I pushed beyond reason, adjusting to ever new complications. He loves generously, overwhelmingly. At our New Year’s Eve Show, on the beautiful stage of the Art Deco Palace, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, with our friends as witness, Doc and I renewed our wedding vows for our 25th Anniversary.


It was zany and fun, because that’s entertainment, but grounded in the deepest commitment. Even more, an understanding of all we have been, and are now, and want to be for each other.

All this, in a year. I not only had my wish of tech literacy fulfilled, but have a new paradise in our love nest. One that includes a more capable me! And less mentor moochie, at least most of the time. I’m still learning, after all.

As of today, I have EVERYTHING set correctly, have all the tools, and enough skills, to connect here to you with pleasure, not pain! And that’s why I cried. Because hard-won wishes are the kind that come true, if you believe and work hard enough! Maybe this tech stuff comes easy to you, but it certainly didn’t for me! Like Rip Van Winkle, I’ve missed years of this, happy in our musical heaven. This year’s New Year’s Wish is to connect with you! To share ourselves, our music, our lifestyle, and our musings. And I have a big wish that you will do the same with us, too! This is your hangout, too, so welcome and comment! Subscribe, follow, like, and the rest! Such cyber candy forms bonds of friendship and love! And, oh, we have so much fun, don’t we? Just like at all of our shows!

One final thing: That struggling tech newbie? Well, she not only got her wish, but much more. The creative couldn’t help but take over. Seems once that kicked in, this little Blondie took to technology and it stuck in a sweet spot. Performing, of course, and music making! Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Chou Chou, in her newest mischief, as part of our Imperial Palms Orchestra offerings, “Chou Chou as DJ BLISS”! Really! I hope you were sitting! A retro singing, dancing DJ, Imperial Palms style! Me, costumed, of course, and a Gramophone booth, playing the happiest party music from the 20s-40s, mixing magic out of technology!

Here I am, with my new act, on the stage of the historic Warner Theater. Not knowing this would be much more than super-fun, I am a bit startled by so many requests for bookings! And for me to send them something about it. Which brings me back to why I learned all this! To make those electronic press kits. Now, gloriously, enthusiastically, I am! Happy New Year! Make a wish! They do come true,you know.

September 12th, 2015…C.A.S.A Charity Ball, Manassas, Virginia

The cause is so important. The people are so much fun. The party is over the top. The food and drink from all those restaurants is simply unbelievable. This is, THE party you want to attend. Trust me.

Evening Under the Stars is a romantic, black tie optional evening of dancing to the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s music, and the big band sounds of Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, along with entertainment by Chou Chou and her Girlfriends. You’ll experience a taste of Cuisine from more than 30 restaurants.

This is CASA’s signature event to help raise funds to provide an advocate to more than 500 abused children in our local community.  Call for your sponsorship or reservations early.  This is the oldest and largest single charitable event held in Old Town Manassas!

EUS201318th Annual Evening Under the Stars 
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra Celebrates New Website Launch

Richard Zampella
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dec. 22, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forbes Magazine calls them the “World’s Best Band”, but that’s not enough of a superlative to completely describe the experience of being in the company of the incomparable Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. When Doc struts to the stage, the audience is transported back to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. Shake over ice, add a twist of jazz and you get Scantlin’s loving homage to the music of the era with the group bringing down the house when everything old becomes new again. Speaking of everything old becoming new again, the orchestra has given their web presence a face-lift with a brand new web design complete with new photography, new music, new videos, and a impressive list of client testimonials.

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra partnered up with Transmultimedia, Inc., a New York City based creative services company to develop the new site. The website seamlessly brings the music and style of the jazz era into the 21st century with the addition of interactive music, video and media galleries along with client testimonials. The site is also structured with the integration of many social media features which encourages cross platform sharing.

“We are really excited and proud of our new website,” explains Doc & Chou Chou (pronounced Shoo Shoo) Scantlin. “Through the website, Transmultimedia told a story of who we are that really feels like us! They presented us in a professional but entertaining way that portrays what and who we are to those who don’t know us, as well as recognizable to those that do.”

Richard Zampella, Managing Partner of Transmultimedia stated that, “The inherent challenge to developing the site was incorporating the use of web based technologies that would not detract from this pre and post World War II era. For example, the MP3 player became a stylized radio player based on a 1939 Philco console radio. I think we created something that is neither old or new, it is a combination of the both.”

In addition to giving the old site a dramatic “face-lift,” the Orchestra has been working on a re-tooled song lists for weddings and corporate events, parties and public concerts. They continue to solidify their position as the most demanded Washington, D.C. Society Band.

To view the new site visit:

About Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra:

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra is a twenty one member musical review consisting of fifteen musicians, it’s band leader, Doc Scantlin, chanteuse Chou Chou, and an ensemble of four singing dancers affectionately refered to as “The Girlfriends.” The show recreates the glamour and excitement of an American nightclub in the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s.

About Transmultimedia, Inc.

Transmultimedia, Inc. Is a creative service company located in New York City that specializes in internet branding and marketing for business. Transmultimedia works directly with clients to identify, implement, anticipate and deliver technical solutions designed to maximize client’s bottom lines.

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Doc Scantlin & Chou Chou perform at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria on June 26, 2013

Elite Event: Yelp’s Roaring into the Twenties! Feathers! Pearls! Fringe! Fishnets- we’re all rocking the AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL Carlyle Club last night. One of THE BEST venue’s I’ve been to thus far for a NoVA Elite Event. The Carlyle Club was beaming with colored lights in a dim romantic setting.

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