The 8th annual Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School concluded last Sunday. Deb and I travel by car (pick up truck actually) breaking the trip up into two days. We stop for the night typically in Stevenson’s Ranch California, which just happens to be the current town of the GREAT Burl Barer! Great? you ask, Why Yes! Just ask him! hahahaha
Actually, Burl is rather Great! He writes novels including stories of “The Saint” – that modern Robin Hood-of- justice-like character once portrayed on TV by Roger Moore. We had dinner with him and Barbara Creme (friend and landlady) at a little Persian restaurant in Valencia. We ate and talked and laughed quite a bit and I really enjoyed the evening. It made the long drive to Santa Cruz much more enjoyable. For those who don’t know Burl, he’s not only a novelist but also a radio personality. I was first “introduced” to Burl’s work by my friend Steven Birkland when we were both in Iceland. Steven had some cassette recordings of a “cool radio show” in the Seattle area and we would listen to Burl’s deep soothing voice talk of Baha’i principles as he played some really good, positive, popular music. 35 years later, I’m having dinner with the man. You can hear Burl on the internet radio show “True Crime Uncensored” on “Outlaw Radio” at http://outlawcrime.com/
But I digress… Music Industry Weekend – what a magical event it is for me. I work hard at getting folks to commit to presenting workshops, at setting the agenda, at promoting the event – but it’s really the participants who create the magic. Every tear we have a different mix of takent and styles and every year the resulting music is new. This year we had 31 participants and 14 were there for the first time. Among them was Lloyd “Madman” Madansky. Lloyd makes cigar-box guitars and other interesting instruments – like a twelve string with a wine-box body and a two-string bass with a crutch for a neck. Abdul-Baha once said that suffering is the plowshare that tills the thorns and thistles from the soil of men’s hearts. Lloyd has a mighty pure heart (even if his bloodstream is another matter). He found himself finally among kindred spirits and I’m sure it was the start of a long friendship with many of us. Lloyd doesn’t sing actually but he “talks” songs. He’s an Entertainer – without doubt!
Here’s a picture of Lloyd getting kissed by the famous Chris Ruhe! Lloyd returned the treat a few seconds later. Yes it was a love fest!
For the past 6 years I’ve been joined by some “regulars” at Music Industry Weekend. These weekend alumni have become my musical family. Among them is my dear friend Alan James who celebrates 70 years on planet earth today. Happy Birthday Alan!
We also got congratulate our young singer Kyra on bcoming “Mrs Cash” only a weekend before our gathering – and she brought her husband David for Show-and-Tell! David has a great sense of humor and was a fun addition to the weekend.
You can read a little report and see some of the 300 photos Deb took on the event site at http://bahaimusicweekend.wordpress.com