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I met Isha Love @ TAXI this past weekend. Her playing reminded me a lot of Joe Sample. I met Joe @ the Baked Potato many years ago. He was sitting in the audience behind me & then Don Randi called him up on stage just to jam! 
I forgot if I had posted of Joe's passing in September, I didn't see it on my timeline.
Meeting Isha, & reconnecting with many industry friends at the TAXI Road Rally event, gave me a moment of reflection, how though we may move on, there are others coming in to fill the void.
Yet there is a legacy that we leave that keeps the void from really ever being empty.
Things that we did, accomplishments & lives touched, all remain to continue teaching, encouraging & supporting those that come up after us.
Several friends came up during the weekend & asked how the book was doing.
I had started to compile my thoughts & articles a few years ago because my friend & mentor John Braheny had explained that's how his book had come to be, & here at this event, people were asking about it.
John is no longer with us, but his book (The Craft & Business of Songwriting) is still a standard, a textbook, a tool & guide for anyone just starting out in the music business, and a good touchstone & reminder for those who've been around a while.
I was planning on asking his guidance & advice on how to proceed, but his passing kinda stomped on that idea.
So here again, my friends were asking. People I had helped along in their musical journey were asking. 
Will a book from me really help others when I am gone? Will anyone even read it or care? Should I even worry about that kind of thing?
Some of you have seen the videos Calvin Joe & I are doing at  Kulak's Woodshed recently. Calvin is spending his own money to archive the songs that are most important to him, because he gets how that legacy can continue on forever.
The fire is back on.
I'm posting this to my website as well to hold me accountable.
This might take a little longer than writing a song...

I met Isha Love @ TAXI this past weekend. Her playing reminded me a lot of Joe Sample. I met Joe @ the Baked Potato many years ago. He was sitting in the audience behind me & then Don Randi called him up on stage just to jam! I forgot if I had posted of Joe's passing in September, I didn't see it on my timeline.Meeting Isha, & reconnecting with many industry friends at the TAXI Road Rally event, gave me a moment of reflection, how though we may move on, there are others coming in to fill the void.Yet there is a legacy that we leave that keeps the void from really ever being empty.Things that we did, accomplishments & lives touched, all remain to continue teaching, encouraging & supporting those that come up after us.Several friends came up during the weekend & asked how the book was doing.I had started to compile my thoughts & articles a few years ago because my friend & mentor John Braheny had explained that's how his book had come to be, & here at this event, people were asking about it.John is no longer with us, but his book (The Craft & Business of Songwriting) is still a standard, a textbook, a tool & guide for anyone just starting out in the music business, and a good touchstone & reminder for those who've been around a while.I was planning on asking his guidance & advice on how to proceed, but his passing kinda stomped on that idea.So here again, my friends were asking. People I had helped along in their musical journey were asking. Will a book from me really help others when I am gone? Will anyone even read it or care? Should I even worry about that kind of thing?Some of you have seen the videos Calvin Joe & I are doing at  Kulak's Woodshed recently. Calvin is spending his own money to archive the songs that are most important to him, because he gets how that legacy can continue on forever.The fire is back on.I'm posting this to my website as well to hold me accountable.This might take a little longer than writing a song...

 

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