VII.

 
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The NAMM conference! Wow! What insane joyousness! I joined Emergency Tiara (winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest) on the Yamaha Stage, performing back up vocals and dancing some 60s moves for the outdoor audience. Inside, endless booths of fresh new gear stretched beyond the limits of my wildest imagination. Friends and family from both coasts appeared like benevolent apparitions, ( I ran into both a high school friend, and my own mother ) without any prior knowledge of their presence. So of course, the night ended with Joe McGinty, and Blythe Gruda at the afterparty in the Clarion Hotel. We sang piano karaoke like the good old days at the Manhattan Inn, joining the hordes of newly invigorated ( and perhaps intoxicated) NAMM attendees in an epic version of Bohemian Rhapsody that would have made Freddie Mercury proud. Music and its industry is alive and well, and I felt deep gratitude to witness that firsthand.

Now that I have that little nugget of motivation in my pocket, it’s time to get back to work.

*photos by the lovely John Huntington

II.

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And the Priestess spoke again and said: Speak to us of Reason and Passion.

And he answered, saying:

Your soul us oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgement wage war against your passion and your appetite.

Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord of your elements into oneness and melody.

But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran