“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” These seem to be appropriate words for a day like today when we lost Prince. After all, it’s the only way we will get through life, and Prince knew that. We should find comfort in the fact that all over the world, we will get to re-experience… Read more →
In 2007, I was a poor musician trying find my way in the world. I had just moved to San Diego and didn’t know anyone except my roommate Daniel, who was kind enough to keep me company when I went to little open mics and gigs where no one showed up. He was a student at SDSU at the time and one day he came to me and said, “BB King is going to be playing at my school tonight!” Immediately, I knew I was going, but I had no way to actually get in, considering my financial situation. Luckily, the concert was outdoors, so we sat on the balcony of Love Library listening to one of the most influential guitarists ever play some of the most thrilling and pure blues I’d ever heard (and likely ever hear).
After the show was other, I happened to notice that there was a figure being wheeled up to the tour buses that lined the artist entrance of the Open Air Theater. Like a giddy schoolgirl, I dashed over to the cordoned-off area and screamed, “Thank you, BB!” Without hesitation, the figure replied, “No, thank you!” For a brief moment in time, the man who inspired legends such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and so many more, and was a legend in his own right, acknowledged my existence. To me, it was the most exhilarating moment of my musical life, even as superficial or mundane as the interaction may have been.
When I heard the news that BB had passed away yesterday, I sat and stared at a poster I’ve had of him hanging by the front door of my apartment listening to Live at the Regal, perhaps the greatest live blues recording ever. I came to a comforting realization that while he was a blues musician, he played with unwavering joy and life, and his love for music would continue to inspire and influence people until the end of time.
In an interview he did with PBS in the 1980’s, BB said, “I like to think that my time and my talent is always there for the people that need it.” Thankfully for us all, it is.
I remember the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater. It was 1992 at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA. The movie was Aladdin. And like many, many children then and all the way up to today, I was absolutely mesmerized by Genie, the phenomenally cosmic wish-granter voiced by the phenomenally comic and kind Robin Williams. After… Read more →
It’s funny how life looks in retrospect. You never really know what’s happening in the moment and the more you try to control it, the less fun it becomes and in a lot of ways, that was my reality. This past year has been a weird and wild time for me, musically. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been… Read more →
I’m sitting in bed right now trying to recover from a cold that I undoubtedly caught from being on the road and the many adventures we had. I wish I could tell you all the crazy antics that went on over the last week but I couldn’t do it justice (and there are video/picture/audio recordings floating around that may or… Read more →
I was blessed to find out that I have been nominated for a 2010 San Diego Music Award in the Best Acoustic category! I can’t tell you how much of a surprise it is for me and how completely floored I am. I am unbelievably honored to be even considered, especially since the category I am nominated in is filled… Read more →