We had a great conference in Santa Barbara. Total attendance was about 80 guests. The Fess Parker hotel was a fabulous venue. All the speakers did very well and Richard Hooke's posters were magnificent. I had no idea he was going to do them up so professionally. One of the journalists who was there, John Friend, took some pictures which you can see on his blog:
At the end, we performed my song, He Didn't Do it, but it was more than
I expected. I anticipated belting out some of the lyrics since I wrote
them, and I wanted to be part of it. But, the stage was very small, and
the band leader, Tony Longo, decided that it was too small to include
an extra person. So, knowing that I play some, he told me that he wanted
me replace their piano player at the keyboard, which I did, but
reluctantly, since that guy is great, and I'm just a hack in comparison.
But, he was very nice about it and encouraging to me, and so I did it.
But, it was intimidating since I have never performed with professional
musicians before. And believe me, you won't have any trouble telling who is
the non-professional in the group. But, the important thing is that you can hear
the lyrics, and the spirit of the song comes through. More soon.