November 12, 2003
I'm still on a high from this past weekend's A Cappella Summit. On Saturday I taught two vocal percussion classes to 150 wonderfully enthusiastic beings ranging in age from 14 to 64.
Then in the evening, I hosted the big Saturday night Summit concert at the Marin Veterans Auditorium, where I debuted two songs of my new live-looping project in front of an audience of 1500 people.
I did my version of Portishead's "Wandering Stars," and a spiritual I wrote called "I Shall Be Free," which got a standing ovation. In the last few days I've been inundated with emails from folks who were inspired by my performance, and many requests for a recording and/or sheet music and lyrics for "I Shall Be Free." (I'll put the words and a live recording up here soon.)
Inspiring others with my music, singing again after a few years of mostly beatboxing, using my gifts in the service of a higher good -- it all feels so right. Like these are the kinds of things I was Put On The Earth To Do. Thank you all for your kind words of support for my new direction.