The Multiplier Effect

I am a roadie for two days a yr (which is about all I can stand) as a volunteer for the Sausalito Arts Pageant. I work the stage crew, which on the whole is hauling tools, meals and ice for the performers, and being further safety for the gates to the backstage areas. (BTW, the performers’ dressing room space is correct subsequent to the rubbish — a lot for glamour.) This yr, although, my job was to promote merchandise, which is about nearly as good a gig as you might need, since you sit on the proper entrance nook of the stage, and may climb up backstage or stroll within the protected space in entrance of the stage to take photographs. Yeah, you do have to listen to all of the music after which individuals shove cash in your face for CDs and t-shirts (btw, there’s much more cash to be made within the shirts than the music, which actually says one thing). Laborious job, huh? Plus they fed us.

This yr is the 40th anniversary of the “Summer time of Love”, in order that was the theme for the music this yr, and Jefferson Starship was there, together with Quicksilver Messenger Service, It is a Lovely Day (now referred to as David LaFlamme and buddies), the one dwelling keyboardist from the Lifeless, New Riders of the Purple Sage and Marshall Tucker Band. It was lots of enjoyable to listen to the good music (the guitar work is great) and see a lot of 60-somethings shaking it (I had a entrance row seat to that, too).

Anyway, the merchandise job went like this. The band’s supervisor (or somebody) would deliver you no matter they have been promoting, and inform you how a lot it value. You wrote down the costs, took stock, taped the t-shirts as much as a excessive fence so individuals may see them, bought the merchandise, took stock once more, and settled up the cash, taking the pageant’s minimize. It is superb how disorganized most of those of us are: no worth listing, no depend of the merchandise to start, no details about the CDs, no financial institution (you do want change, except all the things you are promoting is priced at $20). Jefferson Starship did not even deliver me all of the stock, and misplaced gross sales as a result of I used to be out of sizes that that they had however hadn’t bothered to deliver me, and even point out that they had.

When David LaFlamme (I do not know when you bear in mind his track, “White Hen”, but it surely’s considered one of my favorites) got here out to settle up (and btw, he was the one organized one), he was singing “Everyone’s Talkin'”, the theme from the film, “Midnight Cowboy”:

“Everyone’s talkin’ at me

Cannot hear a phrase they’re sayin’

Solely the echoes of my thoughts

Folks stoppin’, starin’

I am unable to see their faces

Solely the shadows of their eyes

Goin’ the place the solar retains shinin’

Within the pouring rain

Goin’ the place the climate fits my garments

Banking off a northeast wind

Sailin’ on a summer time’s breeze

Skipping over the ocean

Like a stone”

LaFlamme advised me that when he was a younger man, he wished to be Fred Neil, the writer of that track. He stated, I did not need to be like him, I wished to be him. Then he stated that Neil was the man Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs seemed as much as, as properly. He advised me that in some unspecified time in the future, Neil purchased a sailboat, and took off for elements unknown, by no means to be professionally heard from once more.

Now, I do not find out about you, however I used to be all the time puzzled by what that track needed to do with a male prostitute in New York Metropolis. Good track, good film, however to me, they did not go collectively. Okay, the climate in NYC sucks quite a bit, and within the film, the principle characters are in a reasonably determined state of affairs, alienated from a lot of society, so a bit of escapism may very well be anticipated — however that track is about crusing! And there may be undoubtedly no crusing within the film.

And a couple of day later it hit me — Fred Neil was placing his dream on the market, in a approach that in all probability a whole lot of tens of millions of individuals heard a whole lot or 1000’s of instances (it was a high 40 hit). Maybe that track made him the cash that purchased him the sailboat that made his dream come true. Possibly all these minds targeted on his dream, even a bit of, made it come true.

Think about all these minds targeted, even a bit of, in your dream.

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