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Year in Review 2016

01-08-2017 / AMAZING, EPIC, Updates

This is a week late.   I usually have these done by January 1st.  But 2016 has been different.

Here are the stats:

I did 86 events in 2016.    Pushing the envelope of  last year when I didn’t think I could be any busier, and exceeding it.

But 2016 as difficult and in some ways brutal along with being amazing.   I was under tremendous stress at times to make difficult timelines work and to make everyone happy.

I’m finding every year that some brides have big dreams.   They have the world of social media to help them with ideas and 1000s of Pinterest photos.   I think our job has vendors is to find a way to make as many of them come true as possible.    Our other job is to explain to them which ideas might not be advised in the Savannah market and venues.    It’s the second part that has been seen as debatable.     I have been criticized for offering feedback to brides about what might not work and that makes me sad.

The bride with unreasonable expectations will be unreasonably disappointed if we aren’t honest with them about what they are asking us to do.     I’m not going to give examples.   I will continue to mention them to brides.    I know for a fact that I already do the events that other wedding musicians reject out of principal.

But I plan to get back to my original business plan.    I specialize in the small venue wedding (violin) and cocktail hour (piano).   I’m still affordable in the Savannah market of musicians.    I still do requests as long as the bride allows me to guide them on songs that will work on solo violin.    Songs need to have a great melody, with few breaks in the vocal line for instrumentals.    If you can hum a song to an acquaintance, and have then recognize it, then that song will probably work.

I’m working with Devin Olsen on a promotional video that will be released this year.    I’m looking forward to seeing that finished and learning more about that process.

That being said, I’m hoping for a great 2017.

Thank you for all the vendors in Savannah that support me in this endeavor.    You are too numerous to mention here.

Let’s continue to make dreams come true and get couples started down that incredible adventure that is marriage.

Dooley Noted,

Chris Dooley








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01-02-2016 / AMAZING, EPIC

2015 was the best year ever professionally and personally.

Here are the 2015 stats

I did a total of 74 weddings

I played 6 special events

I did one (rare for me) recording session.

That is a total of 81 events.     That is 10 events over the 2014 total.     I have been writing these yearly reviews since 2012 when I had 30 weddings.

I think at this point I am as busy as scheduling permits so I have been advancing the careers of several other musicians.

Michael Houston for one has been getting the weddings where I’m already booked.     I can always trust him to bring professionalism and musicianship.

My student Dani Birzer also performed a couple of weddings.    I’m anxious to get her into the rotation of working with Ian and I regularly.

Of course Ian Rowe has done enough weddings with me now that wedding planners are starting to ask for both of us more often.   Pretty soon I will have to change the website to   (joking Ian – stop asking!)   Even at today’s wedding I’m amazed at how well we play together.    We communicate so well with music.    I really appreciate what he brings to my business.

Of course I wouldn’t be successful without wedding planners who keep me at the top of their list of musicians.


James Carlson with Carlson’s Premier Events & Rentals along with Joann’s Florist.

Ivory and Beau Bridal Shop and Wedding Planning with the Kangaroo Nicole along with Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott

Trish Hilton Beck with Red Gate Farms

The wonderful folks at Whitfield Chapel at Bethesda and the great folks at the Mansion at Forsyth.

All the great photographers, caterers, makeup artists and ministers who send me brides on a daily basis.   I cannot name you all.

Thank you and I hope you all have a successful 2016

GOALS for 2016

I am looking forward to working with more musicians in the coming year.   I still haven’t performed with Bill Smith which is a dream for me.

Another wedding with Grace Eckmann would be a dream come true as well.    I have to work with her while she is local before she gets famous and forgets all of us.

Shelia Scott Photography – I’m calling you out.    We have to work together on a wedding this year.

Sean McNally – I have to play music with you sometime this year.

I still have a pet bird hobby which is the subject of my other facebook page.

I’m still looking for a photographer to put some birds in a “styled shoot.”   I think this would be fun.

2016 is going to be AWESOME…. READY…… GO!