Terrific visit to SLC. Arrived in the middle of the night. Quite a shock to board a plane early evening in CA and get off at midnight in Utah. Pretty sizeable temperature swing.
Started the next morning with an interview on the local NPR affiliate, KCPW. Thanks to Lara Jones for having us on her show and for the subsequent (podcast)… Local radio has such a great vibe to me…
Then trekked downtown for the University Venture Fund conference. Presented to a group of budding college entrepreneurs. Lots of questions about how we survived the lean years.
After the conference I drove down to visit The Music School in nearby American Fork. Every town needs one of these. Full after school program for kids of all ages. There’s just nothing quite a powerful for kids as music, in my opinion. It’s a fast growing private school that plans to expand significantly. Over a 1000 students in just 4 years of operation. Loved walking in on the steel drum ensemble class – how many places are you going to see that?!
Got a very nice tour by Andy Shelton and spoke at length with the school’s mission. Clearly lots of passion for music.
Shot back up to SLC for the town hall meeting. About 90 folks showed up. Another very enjoyable and informative evening. There were lots of questions about our company’s principles – how we would maintain our vision and purpose as we grow. That’s something we think a lot about, and in fact are spending quite a bit of time on collectively. Musicians and music lovers are very protective of both their own music and the fate of musicians in general. It’s really what makes this such a passionate category for people.
I continue to really enjoy the comradarie that seems to follow music. I think it appeals to the best in all of us, and is one of those rare things that we ALL have in common – even if our tastes are different.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip was when one of the attendees walked up at the end and handed me the gift below. Nothing can make you feel quite as loved as someone baking something for you! She didn’t even know that rolls are my weakness… ate two, and gave the third to the poor fellow working outside the hotel on the night shift.
What a way to end the trip. Next stop Portland, ME, NYC and Princeton, NJ.