This past weekend I took off and drove close to a thousand miles all said and done. I went down to the DC area for the East Coast Acappella Summit
, a weekend long conference with seminars, concerts, a party, charity auction, chance to meet and greet, and a lot of other pretty cool stuff. I mostly went for the networking, and I got to do a lot of that. The kickass concerts alone were worth it too, although I only got to see two of the four (missing both matinee concerts for various reasons). I gave a seminar on podcasting and how it can be used by groups for promotional purposes, attended seminars on digital music distribution, barbershop basics, vocal percussion, the legalities of cover songs, etc. I got to have long conversations with Freddie Feldman (producer of Dark Side of the Moon A Cappella
), Wes Carroll (Mouth Drumming
), and Barry Carl
(former bass for Rockapella
of Carmen Sandiago fame). I also got to meet people from other groups like a-cappella.com
, The Chromatics
, Men In Black
, and InPulse
, as well as solo artists like Adam Matta
and Yo Yo Beats. I did some audio journaling of the trip, so now I get to pull those together and splice them, and if it comes out well, I'll link it here.
I drove down Friday, and there was rain for almost the entire 10 hour drive. I stopped by my hotel just log enough to pick up the keys, then went off to the friday night concert. Afterwards int he hotel room I found that I'd screwed up about half of friday's journal recordings. *sigh* Saturday started early and went late with the afterglow party saturday night,which included an absolutely smoking improved rendition of Aretha Franklin's Natural Woman. Sunday wrapped things up with some business talk, good byes, and the long drive home. This time, with pleasant weather! (always makes the drive better) I got to clear out most of the backlog of unlistened to podcasts with all that driving, and had a really good time. The car, with its new transmission, performed very well. Now I've got another half-dozen plus albums to rip to iTunes, and some great ideas.
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