The money man
Andrew and Charles - first jam-night
and- at long last- a pic of ST !
that's him in the back .
well what did you expect ? <G>
I can't pick out one high point, I just have to say "being there".
I don't believe I have ever been in any situation where so many strangers came together as old friends, all at once contributing, and taking away at the same time.
The Monday night music was incredible. At one point my wife called and I stepped out to talk. She asked, "What's going on now?" to which I replied, "There are fifteen players and singers on stage, many of which didn't know the others yesterday, and they are playing their @$$&$ off like they've been together forever."
Rick Jordon, Rick Jordon, Rick Jordon, that soft spoken, slow talkin, God lovin, guitar pickin, Rick Jordon.
The smiles of Ken and Ciff-at-Bose, Jay Davidson, and Ronjazz, are especially memorable.
And what about Jay's musical abilities, he played everything except banjo, but I believe he would have played that too, if Rich had let it go for just a second.
Speaking of which. How about a guy who says he is a Bluegrass picker, but sits in with banjo playing the whole session without missing a lick.
Chuck-at-Bose and Rust Never Sleeps, that was a rocking short set that I enjoyed a lot.
Of course the time Dr. Bose spent with us. An extrordinary man who leaves you feeling like he shares more in common with you than you would ever imagine sharing with a man of his stature.
The food!!! An important ingrediant that was delicious at every meal.
Meeting face to face with each of you, sharing warts, zits and wrinkles, well, you know what I mean. We are real people now, not avatars and screen names.
What a great time.
Hey, cool! Blurry, just like we play!
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Note to self: stop tapping foot when shooting pictures. <g>
I’ve started several times to summarize my feelings about the conference. This is the first attempt that’s come in under a thousand words.
A group of people whose talent approaches magical
Who assemble to learn more about a product that amplifies sound in a way that seems like magic
Produced by a company whose business practices would be as hard to understand as magic to anyone with a business school education
Which is run by a man who exudes magic, pure and simple.
Thank you, Ken and all the at-Bose people who made this meeting possible.
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When I grow up and become a real musician, I want to be like every single person I met this week at the conference. You all inspired me in ways that you are going to regret (when I get passionate, I get verbose).
ST: My first Wiki posting is on it's way and it's called "Now That We Can Hear Each Other, How Do We Listen?". You were great all weekend.
Oldghm: I used the results of your seminar in a training at Guitar Center today. Thank you.
Mandy: What an inspirational song to kick off the music. You take care of everything at corporate for us out in the field AND sing like an ANGEL? Good grief. Have you all ever seen a coporate team staffed of all musicians? (Yeah, it was actually in the job description).
CABIN #2: Did we actually morph from a Grateful Dead song into Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive" or did I nod off at 3:02 a.m. and wake back up at 3:06 a.m. and just think it bridged?
EVERY PERSON THERE: You know, I put a lot of pressure on myself to go out there in the world and do a good job spreading the message and knowledge on this thing and it's long hours and a LOT of driving/flying/hotels/etc. But was that enough? Noooo...you all had to be these incredibly nice, talented, inspring, amazing people. I mean, it might have been easy for me to take a break and stay home every once in a while if even one of you had been a jerk...but NO...I'm out here with the burdon of working with a product I love, for a company I love, trying to reach more people, like you, who I will probably end up loving too. Come on...one prima donna and I could have seen my wife this weekend. Next time, somebody, please, be slightly less talented or at least cranky. Dang!!
I think I was in the group where the "Did everyone drink the Kool-Aid?" comment came up during the tour of the factory. Every day I feel humbled and honored to work with these folks. I got the impression that everyone felt that same sort of kinship by the end.
The end: We got pulled away to do something and I didn't get to say "see ya later" to a lot of people I wanted to. That last bit in the quotations is me saying it.
Kool Aid? I don't remember drinking that...
My one word summary of the conference, of Dr. Bose and his company, of Ken Jacob and his team, and of the L1 system:
What a gift it has been to spend time with all of you. Thank you.
Amen, Alan - amen. I know I need - no, MUST - write my thoughts soon or I'll bust. But how does one describe in black & white what is experienced in true technicolor? For now, quoting you must suffice.
trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, wind controllers
You da man.
Watching you up there keeping everyone more or less on track, I was wondering....
Are you a cat herder on the side?
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I'm still formulating a post of my reflections. I am really pleased that everyone had such a great experience! I don't know I can add anything to what's been said. You are all such articulate writers, & I find myself forgetting who is speaking because we are all so much of one mind.
I may have more to say later, but for now ...
...it was like getting together with old friends who have never met before...
It was great seeing my friends from the Big Sur conference and meeting some of the new folks. I wish I could have spent some time at those late night jams! Nothing like a little live music for the soul. I'm really glad everyone came out.
Damn... I missed it
Joseph, you were missed, and I fervently hope we can hook up again sooner than later. It was an excellent scene, with an entirely different flavor from Big Sur, naturally (Pilgrim country and all), but the vibe was strangely similar in its peacefulness and cooperation. No ego trips, precious little wanking, and lots of cool musical surprises from the Bose folks, who carry quite a chunk of talent among them. I was content for the most part to sit back and let it all wash over me and ponder the word "amateur", for that made up a good portion of participants. Amateur's Latin root is amas, or "love", and that was there in spades, as it had been in California. Miss you, brother.
I am also trying to find the words to express what I felt at the Warren center. It's a tough job! I'm easily intimidated when I'm around such talent and "smarts", but everyone was so kind and encouraging. I discovered so much during that time together. It was such a giving environment, it became easier to take the risk and just be ourselves, warts and all. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gifts of yourselves. It was soooo enriching.
And now a parting thought:
"Be who you are,
'cause if you be who you aren't,
then you aren't who you are."
author unknown, but probably not Einstein
My best to all,
Good morning! I loved seeing all of you again...and meeting many new friends as well. I loved the sharing of talent....so diverse....so freely expressed....it was truly nourishment for the soul. It renewed in me, a desire to reawaken my musical side....long tucked away while in pursuit of corporate success. In my past life, I was one of those in the band who could be considered a utility player...flute(my main instrument)...percussion...glock...sax...clarinet...at one time, I even picked up a baritone...lolol...and of course...always singing....I know it's still in there somewhere...I just need to dig deep and find it again. So thank you all for inspiring me to dust off those musical cobwebs.
Ken and I took a jillion photos of the conference which I'll edit and put on the web for everyone to enjoy and print or order, as I did for the Big Sur conference. It was a first class event and I am so thrilled Ken and I were part of it. There were many of you I didn't get to say good-bye to...so here's a big *hug* until we meet again.
As with most of you, our time with Dr. Bose was extremely inspirational to me. I was wishing for a pad and pencil so I could jot down the many 'pearls of wisdom' he passed our way. Some of you have already shared, but I would like to ask each of you to post the one comment during his talk that stood out in your mind. I plan to share these with my sales team in the near future, as I believe they are applicable to any organization.
Ken, Cliff, and the entire Bose team...thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to meet and share with so many in beautiful New England in the fall.... absolutely breathtaking!
Joseph....you would have loved it! Sorry you couldn't join us...you were missed....next time...
A few pics...enjoy!
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