01 Oct Here’s To The Man
I was all of 20 years old when I moved to L.A. I took the greyhound bus from Florida to Vegas for a music weekender. When the party was over in Vegas, I didn’t want to go back to Florida. I thought about where I could go from there and L.A. came up. I only knew one person in L.A. and his name was Avi. I called him up and asked if I could crash on his couch until I figured out my next steps, he agreed and it led to a few years surrounded by talented musicians, artists, and actors.
I met a guy named Dicki who had just moved to L.A. the same time I did from England. He was actually German and another talent. He started drumming in a lot of local bands and we became close friends. I doodled and wrote poetry (As any 20 year old does) and ended up giving him one of my poems to see if it could become a song.
When I didn’t hear back, I thought he had just tossed it but as it turns out, he was secretly composing a melody for it and on my 21st birthday, he gave me the song, prerecorded on a CD. It was one of the best gifts I have ever received and I thought that would be the end of that journey but the song was pitched to the super talented Shelly Bonet. She recorded at Muscle Shoals and added this song to her demo. She has now owned it for years and I am so happy to see it still living on in the world in some way.
Even though the lyrics don’t mean anything to me today, it reminds me of where I was then and how far I have come.