CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Do you remember being a kid surrounded by all of your parents “Grown up” toys? Was there ever that one thing that really stuck out to you?
For me it is easy to remember.
My parents met in the mid 80’s right when analog equipment, especially with music, was really at it’s height. Flashing lights, powerful speakers, and heavy synths were pushing most of the sound back in those days as evident by groups such as Tears for Fears, Poison, and even Ozzy. The sounds were big and the shows were even bigger.
My parents, my dad especially, was and still is an avid concert goer as well as all around event oriented guy. He would love to sing and play music any time he could with us and with anything we were doing. He didn’t make much money early in my life and he took great pride in the things he acquired. One of those things was his Sony Stereo system. We lugged that thing from coast to coast I can’t tell you how many times. It was his first home theater after all…
Fast Forward a Decade…
The Sony Stereo ultimately didn’t hold up to the demands of the modern day man cave. It had to go. Around the same time that the Sony Stereo had to go I was also beginning to gain interest in not only music in general but the actual industry, the major players, and actually playing an instrument myself. Enter JBL. I was working at Best Buy at the time and had been discovering what it means to do the research my self and find the best of whats available for what I am doing. Naturally I was drawn to JBL, which, when my Father decided to purchase some high end floor speakers for his home theater only solidified my appreciation for the manufacturer.
During the winter of 2010 Crystal Morgan and I accompanied Jesse Belcastro from Studio 635 on what was then a Once in a life time opportunity to the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Manufacturers) show. We spent much of the show wondering around aimlessly playing and performing random little acts all over the show. Naturally smiling and being in our element the entire time. One night during the winding down of what seemed to be one of the busier days, I found my self out back having a quite moment alone. Well, it turned out i wasn’t alone. In the midst of all the craziness I happened to find myself in a smiling show down with Harman International’s Nick Owen, who I only later found out was not only very influential in this industry but one very awesome dude! We shared a few drinks and got a chance to get to know each other which lead to a very solid relationship both in the music world and forged a friendship with a very stand up guy.
Eight Years Later…
And the party hasn’t stopped. Our trip has lead us to cross paths yet again and this time we got to play at the “Big Kid” toy factory. Being able to see the amount of energy and passion that goes into the devices that for us creates moments that can never be forgotten or relived was the real treat. Knowing that there are people on this earth that want to empower others to chase their dreams and encourage true talent is the real gift of life. It’s confirmation that we don’t have to go it alone. There is always a team to be apart of even if the team is just a small think tank that only wants to share a smile.