Sunday, November 24, 2013

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.

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