All photographs are memento noir. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or things) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out the moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to times relentless melt. Susan Sontag
In the long list of twists and turns of following one lead or another, a referral, another knock on a door, I ran across a Charity Buzz Auction for an hour with Marc Geiger-ya know the head of William Morris Entertainment’s Music Division. I was really tempted to bid on it. I thought it was an amazing “sign” however on the last day and before any serious bidding had started, all the bidders received a freeze on their accounts and asking for them to call in. I did and was told that all the bidders had written in or called in to ask about the hour and if there were any restrictions. All of us basically were asking about pitching Marc about something. The word came back that it was our hour to do whatever we wanted.
I did not bid and I was glad I had not thrown myself into the fray. It turned out to be like 4 bidders who were deadly serious about the pitch. It did not sit right for a couple of reasons. I had just substantially lowered my debt load and knew that a trip to LA like that would sink me in the serious hole. The folks at Charity Buzz said it was at his time schedule. It could be next week or at the very end of the year… and since I could not guarantee that it would happen before your tour took off and I was on a time schedule, it simply added weight to the decision not to bid.
It struck me that Marc was a seriously forward thinking kind of guy in this case. He had put an hour of his time out for a charity auction and was willing to listen to pitches instead of setting the expectation on the hour, like it had to be lunch with no discussion of business. He had left himself open to hearing something out of the box. It made me like him more than I had. I had already watched his TEDX talk and a couple of hour long discussions he had participated in the last year about where music was going in relationship to the Internet and Streaming. He made a great deal of sense and I certainly have a lot of admiration for people that just keep clawing to the top….kind of like me.
I am sure that you are wondering why I stopped the theatre discussion, I have not. I simply wanted to take a few days and bring more of me into the conversation. My intention is to show that this is not a whim or a fantasy. I have spent thousands of hours really deep diving into the music business. Add that to my lifetime experience of running businesses, my own and others. I have a lot of life experience, common sense as well as accountability and responsibility.The other was to give a more in depth look at me…..in front of thousands of others. Ya know it does take a certain kind of boldness, belief, vulnerability to put your current dream in front of the freakin world and stand behind it…no matter what anyone else has to say.
I have had a couple of personal Twitter response to my Social Media stream and the first one suggested the @ in front of the title so that it would notify your feed and the second was what I really wanted, someone actually read the whole thing and got exactly what I was striving for…her response was: If you make it and this dream becomes a book, I would buy it and read it.
I truly believe that once a conversation takes place with your team and they with you that the scope of what I am talking about will become apparent. This is a small part of what has driven me is the knowing that it would make a difference to so many. AND IF you are taking this to historical theatres in Europe, which is what it sounds like, that will make this book a coffee table art book.
So tomorrow I will get back to the theatres