I had the good fortune to spend last weekend in Florida visiting with a couple of old college friends and their spouses. Serendipitiously, Livingston Taylor, one of my favorite performers, happened to be appearing in the vicinity of where we were staying. What made the circumstances so special was that my friends and I had attended one of Livingston's early performances at a college campus (The George Washington University) back during the first semester of our sophomore year. And here we were , after more than forty years, together again to see Livingston perform.
My husnband and I have seen Livingston in concert quite a few times over the years so we knew that he would make himself avaiable to sign CDs and copies of his recently publlished guide for aspiring musicians, Stage Performance. As Livingston signed our items, we told him that the three of us were here after having first seen him perform at GWU back in 1970; Livingston seemed genuinely delighted by this information and asked us if we wanted to have our picture taken with him. He also agreed to do a quick video promo for a reuinion that my friend's husband has been in the process of planning.
Why am I mentioning this here? Whether you are a performer, writer, professional athlete or other personality whose livelihood comes from the financial support of your fans, it's just common sense that you should be nice to those fans. Granted, our photo-op with Livingston would not have been possible had he been performing in a much larger venue but there are only a few performers and, sadly, even fewer authors who would be able to fill an arena.
Sorry I don't have more to say this week but since returning home from my weekend jaunt I've been busy playing catch up both at work and at home and free time has been at a premium.