Re: Subject: [Harp-L] Convention FEEDBACK TIME! / Garden State News


Thank you for all of your kind words. Nothing is more pleasing and exciting
for me than to be doing something that truly warms my heart. The feedback
that I have been receiving since last week has been wonderful! I really do
love harmonicas and the people that play them. As a sales and marketing guy
for over 30 years it's nice to finally have something that I can be so
passionate about to sell. Let's face it, when I do my thing for SPAH or GSHC
I am a smile salesman! I measure my success in Sacramento by the ratio of
smiles to frowns. I could count the frowns on my fingers but the smiles
would take me hours with a calculator!

I must repeat something that I said last week. It was an incredible team
effort between The SPAH BOD, The Harmonicoots and many other volunteers that
made SPAH 2009 a success. I anticipate that the GSHC "Revival" Festival will
be a big success as well. Val & Phil along with their team of volunteers
have a lot of passion and desire to get things back in gear for their club.
I am honored that they have asked me to help in this effort.

Blurring the lines that shouldn't have been there in the first place. That
is my mission for sure. We who breathe across the reeds are in very special
company. We have much more than magnificent music to share with the world.
We have all tapped into a "fountain of life". This fountain is beyond
specific musical genres. Beyond young and old. Beyond male and female.
Beyond beginner and professional. Beyond diatonic and chromatic. Beyond
chord, tremolo and bass. Beyond bends and overblows. Beyond tongue block and
pucker. The music we make comes from a combination of love, compassion,
heart and soul. The world will be a better place if more come to drink and
bathe in our "fountain". Everyone is welcome. Clothing is optional.

Warren "Bee" Bachman
SPAH & Garden State Harmonica Club Publicity Director

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM, <EGS1217@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>  Warren:  I'm still decompressing from my week of vacation post-SPAH, so
> will try to get the videos, photos, whatever I have to 'whomever' wants to
> post them, asap. But I'll need help.
> I just wanted to take the opportunity to tell you that you did a helluva
> job. I so enjoyed the video taped by the newsmedia in Sacramento - and your
> appearance talking about the Convention. You're a natural on camera. It
> couldn't have worked out better. I loved young Nick doing his thing outside
> the Torch Club...we had a few neat conversations while at SPAH. Good kid...
> sweet, and genuinely talented.
> If it weren't for my own personal physical limitations getting around, I
> would have had a lot more fun, but it was still all good...a great
> SPAH...lots of wonderful moments. Hopefully I'll find time to do a synopsis
> later since there are a few performances I caught which haven't yet been
> addressed.
> Kudos for the moment, big guy. You did great. More later, now get to work
> on GSHC. ;) I highly recommended you to Val since I knew you'd be a natural
> and for once it's in our own neck of the woods. Let's try to get some Blues
> guys there  :)
> I'll tell you - nothing was cooler than hard-core Blues guys 'oh-yeah'ing'
> when the HarpBeats (Phil, Wally & George) did their thing at Jason's request
> at the Torch Club.  By the end of their set they had the audience whooping
> and hollering and got a standing ovation...harp players do know when they
> hear amazing playing and I got to hear Jerry Deall and his crew really get
> into the HarpBeats' performance. Did my heart good to see/hear confirmed
> blues guys thoroughly enjoy other styles of play.
> I noticed more and more chromatic people turned out for Jason's shows
> maybe those barriers are coming down, the lines finally becoming
> blurred. We're all recognizing that good playing is good playing regardless
> of the instrument or the genre....Jason playing in the BlueGrass circle with
> Cara Cooke and David Naiditch was TOO cool.... And Phil Caltabellotta can
> play a mean diatonic too.
> If you keep blurring those lines for GSHC, I'll be a very happy camper.
> Elizabeth
> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:44:32 -0400
> From: Warren Bee <spahpublicity@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [Harp-L] Convention FEEDBACK TIME! / Garden State News
> To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> I have had my week of rest and recuperation and now it is time to get busy
> again. First off I am hoping that those of you that did attend the
> convention in Sacramento can begin the process of sharing. Pictures and
> stories/reviews will be appreciated by both Jp Pagan Harmonica our
> Happenings Magazine Editor and Bob Cohen the Webmaster of
> Criticism is of course appreciated and necessary for future conventions but
> the main interest we have now is helping to share the SPAH convention
> experience with the others that could not attend.
> Please help us fill the website and magazine with powerful and positive
> content. Minnesota is only 11 1/2 months away. Now is the time to start
> promoting the incredible SPAH experience! This convention set the new
> record
> for #'s. Next year we will set new records! That's the plan.
> On another note I have been asked to do the job of being publicity director
> for the upcoming Garden State Harmonica Festival. Val and Phil have become
> great friends of mine and I look forward to working with them to make this
> years "comeback" event a big success. More news shortly on this.
> WB
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