'One Minute With Dec' 20 Feb 2011

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"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"You can't do anything for someone who won't come to you" Philip Solomon


Not as easy as we thought [video ‘One Minute’ delayed]
Sluggish at Start-up [the way to speed up your PC – if you don’t use a Mac?]
Which Acoustic Guitar Is Right For You? [as a guitar player I love everything about modern guitars]
Subscriber's Section [private or corporate sponsorship]
The gags: ..... [ a father’s worst nightmare]

Not as easy as we thought [video ‘One Minute’ delayed]

What a time we have had preparing for the switch over to video for ‘One Minute With Dec’.

But, on the other hand, have I got a mountain of information and ‘know how’ that I can pass on to you? If you want to produce your own videos for FaceBook, YouTube etc. I have got all the relevant info…. the shortcuts … the tricks, the clever stuff.

It all seemed so easy ….

Lighting is key … proper studio lighting is essential to create a professional look. You will know I am very involved with Toastmasters International, the largest ‘speaking’ organisation in the world [I am Area Governor this year] … and I have done a few test videos at various conferences and competitions … all good … but now I have learned from them and am now in a position to pass on the knowledge to you.

Before you spend out those hundreds of pounds and dollars talk to me! Seriously! You will be ripped off, and not get the required result.

Can you imagine being able to video your band…. your solo show …. your video for MTV? For your Show Reel? For your attempt at the big time?

"A wise, wise councillor" Ronnie Corbet about Ronnie Barker

Sluggish at Start-up [the way to speed up your PC – if you don’t use a Mac?]

We all use PC’s almost right through the day…

Don't you hate it when programs insist on starting when you boot your computer. If you install something, many times it places an icon in your system tray.

All those little icons you see in your system tray represent programs that are RUNNING. If a bunch of stuff loads when you start your computer, you may be maxing out your system before you even launch your first regular program. So, if your computer is getting progressively slower as you add more software, it could be that these system tray icons are, at least partially, at fault.

In addition, program running in your system tray can cause any (or all) of the following problems:

- Sluggish system speed - Frequent lockups / illegal operations

- Software install problems - Difficulty in running some programs

The more of these programs you have running, the more likely that you'll see one or more of the problems mentioned above. So, how do you keep all these unwanted programs at bay?

1. Click the Start button and select Run.

2. Next, type in: msconfig

Then hit OK.

3. The System Configuration Utility should run.

4. Click the Start-up tab .

5. You'll see a listing of all the programs that start when your computer does. Just uncheck the programs you don't want to load and leave the rest alone.

Once you get msconfig or the program above running, you'll probably see more programs than you bargained for. I would advise exercising caution while unchecking, especially if you're not sure about what program(s) you're suppressing. Things like Scan Registry and System tray are probably best left alone. If you see programs that you recognize as being non-essential software, than uncheck it. This is one of those do at your own risk things - for sure.

If you're not sure which program is being referred to, look at the path. Sometimes the folder just before the ".exe" file can give you a clue as to what program you're dealing with.

For example, if I see something like: C:\program files\real\realplayer.exe I can guess the program in question is the ever annoying Real Player.

In general, don't disable programs that starts like this:


Or stuff like this: SysTray.exe

These are more likely to be important system files and programs. You may find that your computer won't run without them and you'll have to go into Safe mode to get things working again.

Finally, note that unchecking these doesn't remove them. The idea behind having these programs start when the computer does is to give you fast, easy access to them. However, having too many of these programs running at once can hit you hard in the system resources department. I personally make sure anything I don't need isn't running. If I need it, I'll click on its shortcut.

I keep a list of the programmes in an Excel file on the desk top. As I check through the MSConfig, as above, I look the file up on Google and make a note on the Excel file as to how important it is … or even what it is.

"It takes a long time to get that lucky break" Bruce Forsyth

Which Acoustic Guitar Is Right For You? [as a guitar player I love everything about modern guitars]

Epiphone's rich history in acoustic guitars is well documented... and the legacy continues today with a stellar line-up from Epiphone. But... which acoustic guitar is right for you? Epiphone offers a wide range of acoustic guitars for all experience levels and budgets. Here's an in-depth look at four of the most popular models to help you make your decision.


"Good kids don't get that way by accident" Robert Redford



A belated happy new year Dec and thank you for the beautiful year you gave me.

Best regards



"What do you look for in a new script?" "The days off" Spencer Tracy

Subscriber's Section [private or corporate sponsorship]

“Hi Dec.

We need a private or corporate sponsorship if you have

any ideas to pass along this way for us...we really need the

help and will be able to provide huge exposure for anyone

wanting this sponsorship slot...thanks ever so much Dec!

M*** J******

My Reply:

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Sponsorship tends to be solicited by PR companies … as part of a ‘public perception’ type campaign. Just look at the F1 race cars, football shirts.

It is rare for any business to sponsor a band, despite what the we are told the current trend tends to be … I have never heard of anyone getting sponsorship …. I only hear of would be stars looking for sponsorship … so I have no idea where the notion has come from. A figment of potential stars’ imagination?

A sound company may possibly offer equipment to an up and coming band … rarely nowadays … in the economic climate.

I feel that folk are mixing up sponsorship with endorsement …. Two different concepts.

Endorsement is pig easy …. When you have a Number One … rarely before that … and is arranged by the management in negotiation …. Marshall are the most obvious target … but Jim, Jon and the rest of the team absolutely deny that they ever pay for endorsement.

I was at the TRIC [Television and Radio Industry Club awards] with Jim Marshall … he asked me to introduce him to Lulu … telling me that they got her and The Luvvers to divert off the M1 to come to the Marshall factory and kit themselves out with Marshall amps all those years ago … just before they hit big.

Il Divo famously have the endorsement line in all their tour brochures: “Il Divo are exclusively dressed by Armani” …. And isn’t that obvious? Now that is smart endorsement.


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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"Why do they call it the American Dream?" "Because it only happens in your dreams"

The gags: ..... [ a father’s worst nightmare]

A father passing by his son's bedroom, was astonished to see the bedwas nicely made, and that everything was picked up and tidy.

Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed,


With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read theletter, with trembling hands.

<<<< Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing to you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you.

I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings', tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.

But it's not only the passion, Dad. She's pregnant.

Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.

We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't, really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want.

In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself.

Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.

Love, your son, Joshua.

P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the School report that's on the kitchen table. >>>>>.'


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  • “Hi Dec £170,000 I've made in the past six months ... so many projects I haven't a minute. Number 4 in Music Week chart ... can't wait for next year ... they are predicting huge chart success for my productions. Unbelievable.
    D**** E****”

  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from Israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W. We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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