For a few months now I have been teaming
up with my talented friend Theresa and performing
custom made Beatles songs to random people.
The person answers a few questions, like:
What song they would like me to cov
Who’s it for and what’s the occasion
Anything they want me to add or mention
I then take this information and learn the original
song on guitar, then re-write the lyrics, then print
them up to send to Theresa, who comes over that
week to rehearse and film the live performance.
But Wait There’s More. I then upload the video
to my computer, edit it (this is me, the same guy
who accidentally deleted close to one thousand
reviews on our site, so even something as simple
as uploading a video take a looong time), and
finally upload it on YouTube.
All in all, it is about 3 hours of work.
What I forgot to mention is that we get paid
for these gigs. It varies a little bit on how long
the song is, but we do a 30 sec vid for a
whopping FIVE BUCKS!!
Oh yes.. that’s total, and after the fee that
the site takes from connecting us it comes
out to 4 Bucks… Total!
Which is 2 Bucks each or…
Seventy Five Cents Per Hour!!!
So by now you are probably asking,
“Dave, Why Would You Do This?”
The answer is pretty simple actually.
I LOVE IT!
It reminds me how I felt 5 years ago when I was
just starting getkombucha.com
You have to remember that back then kombucha
was just getting popular online, and everybody
thought I was CRAZY*.
My family and friends were supportive and happy
to see me so passionate, but they could not
understand why I was so excited about something
that, at the time, was bringing in enough money
to barely cover my rent check.
And while money is one great measure of
success, one can argue that happiness is
perhaps an even greater measure.
Over the past 5 years, I have come to the understanding
that is is not specifically Kombucha that has ignited my
passion, but the fact that THRU Kombucha I have been
able to help people and increase their happiness… which
in return increases my happiness.
And it is with that last statement that a light bulb** went
off in my mind!
I began with a question… (I have learned thru the years
that questions can be crazy powerful, like Mr T. I Pitty
The Fool powerful!).
“What Else Can I Do To Increase The Happiness Of
I use the term “Peeps”, b/c I would like to believe that our
relationship is more than what the others view as “customers”.
In the past I have done tons of sales and promotions, which
are nice (I mean everyone likes to save money on awesome
stuff, right?) – but this time I thought what else can I do.
So, naturally I asked another question, this time a little
“What haven’t I thought of beyond kombucha and money that
will cause happiness more than any other time?”
I asked this question when I was in a really good state/mood.
In fact, it was right after Theresa and I finished doing some
Custom Beatles Songs and I said:
“I should do this for my Kombuchaholics on the newsletter!”
To which T responded…
“You totally should. I dare ya!”
So naturally I am going to do just that!!
Here’s The Thing. Our new website will be launch in a few
weeks.. and I have been working at things that I really don’t
enjoy like, setting up merchant accounts, ssl servers, new
copy, and the dread of loosing 5 years of SEO rankings…
They are not horrible things.. I mean I would do them over,
let’s say laundry, but I would much rather add value to this
world thru other ways like.. more kombucha videos, products,
support, and yes.. Beatles Songs!
So I decided to take a break.. and by break I don’t mean Hawaii,
I mean committed to giving you the gift of song :)
So Here’s The Deal!
I will write, play, sing, and record for you a custom made 30 second
one of a kind Beatles song of your choice to the next 42 orders that
These orders can be on anything.
And if one of the next 42 orders are for a Continuous Brewing System I will
bump it up to a Full Length Beatles Song!
This Is Awesome, What Do I Need To Do?
Just write in the comment section what song you’d like, what are some
things/ideas you’d like the lyrics to include, and who’s it for.
So It Can Be For Anyone?
Yep! Friend’s birthday coming up? Why not give them the best
gift ever. Forgot your anniversary? What better way of saying
sorry than thru song. :)
What Happened To The Typical Free Shipping or 15% Off Approach?
Those things are great, and we will def be having more of those things
to in the future, but at the heart of this the focus is less about promoting
a product and more about promotion happiness.
So let me be clear. Please DO Not make a purchase unless you have
already been considering it before reading this email now.
PS: If you are the next 42 orders just write in the comment section at
checkout what Beatles song you’d like, what are some things/ideas you’d like
the lyrics to include, and who’s the song is for and we will rock it for you!
* – well my friends and fam still think I’m crazy but now because I
wear those five finger toe shoes and use a neti pot.
** – energy saving fluorescent, of course. :)
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My Kombucha Music Video! November 24, 2010
This was sooo much fun to make! Enjoy our original My Kombucha Music Video.. and remember to pass it on via twitter and facebook!
BE SURE TO SWITCH THE SETTING TO 720P TO ENJOY IN HD QUALITY!!
Ask Dave #12 – Kombucha Culture Care Tip #9 October 13, 2010
I just bottled my first brew and it felt great to produce this wonderful
My question has to do with the Scoby that came with my continuing
brewing system. It floated to the bottom from day one. I tried to place it
on the top again after bottling, but it sank to the bottom again. Is this
Another Scoby started to form on the top, but when I pored in a new
batch on top that Scoby buckled under the pressure, so I tried my best to
unfold it to allow it cover the entire top again, is that normal?
====== DAVE’S RESPONSE (hey that’s me!) ==========
Your first question.. we spoke about this a few other times.. whether sink or swim,, it’s
all good! – This has to do more with the density of the culture rather than the health
The only difference is that if the culture sinks, there is a greater chance (over time), that
a new culture will slowly form… which leads us to your second question.
Best. Segue. Ever. Huh?
This comes down to a matter of Focus and Timing.. with a little ingenuity sprinkled on top.
FOCUS: First decide if presently it is more important to create a new layer of SCOBY
or to make more kombucha tea.
If you are jonesin’ for the buch and your current culture is extremely healthy, pour the tea on and
simply discard the thin film. If it is too thin it will not continue to grow unless you spend a ton of time
positioning it to float again on top.. but none of this should matter as long as you current culture is
TIMING: Now I know that some of us grow quite fond of our new born scoby babies, so you
could also do the following… Time you brew cycle so that you do not add anymore tea on until the new
culture is thick enough to be a full on culture and can handle a little pressure of sweet tea being poured
on top of it.
THE CONTINUOUS BREWER ADVANTAGE: One of the cool benefits of using one of our Kombucha
Continuous Brewing Systems, is that you can both dispense and bottle without ever disturbing the cultures!
Say for example in your situation where it was time to bottle and you wanted to make a new batch of tea.
All you would do is bottle down till the premeasured spigot line (for more info we have created a full video
showing you the refill line that comes with your purchase of a brewing system), and wait a few extra days
for the culture to thicken up before adding the new tea.
This way while you wait for your culture to get all growns-up (maybe he/she will go to college and back pack
through Europe for a summer or two), you will be enjoying your bottled k-tea!