Perspective – Such A Crazy Thing

I can not believe it has been over three months since I last wrote on here. For those who wondered, I will admit – I forgot my username and password (LMAO). Usually, I do a very good job of writing account information down, however, this time I failed. However, what is interesting is that I found out a way how to access an account even if you forgot your e-mail and password – especially for websites like this.

Here are the steps. Before you follow them, remember that all blog-type websites like these are POSSE models. As I mentioned in a post from last year, POSSE stands for: Publish On Your Own Site and Syndicate Elsewhere. These websites require some sort of username. That username is the key to unlocking that struggle of trying to recover an account to which you forgot your information you used to create your account. Therefore, here are the steps:

  1. Type in the URL of your site. For example, in the address bar – type either depending on whether you have a host domain or your own domain:

“www.(insert site name).com” or “www.(insert site name).(host name).com.”

Using me as an example, I would type in my site’s URL:

  1. Right click anywhere on the page.
  2. Then, click “View Page Source” or short code is CTRL+U.
  3. You will then see links, codes, numbers, and all this weird looking information. Don’t sweat — All you have to do is scroll down to line 144 and you will see:

class=”author vcard“>class=”url fn nhref=”“>user2003

And right at the end of that link (I highlighted it in red) is the username. Now that I showed the entire world, it is no longer a surprise that my username is in fact: user2003. Then, I typed that in the host site login page (WordPress for me), and then I knew my password. Now, if you forget your password, then I believe you can still get in your host site account knowing your username after you completed the steps. However, be cautious because some host sites are different than others. I used WordPress for this demonstration. It could be different for Square Space, Blogger, etc.

I would be interested to hear from people who have done these steps, know their username, forgot their password and can not even gain access to their account. As soon as I hear from someone, then I will have to do a little more digging.

… and that takes me to what I wanted to write about in the first place.

Having to learn is not a bad thing. I learn every day. I learn by simply doing it myself. Hence, I learned how to recover my account on my own and that is an example. It takes me a while to “learn” something. Whether learning something means understanding something is a different discussion for another day. Once I “learn” it, I really understand it months later. And everyone is different too. When we learn, we see everything from our own perspective first. If you are like me, you will also take a moment to view things through the eyes of your “audience.” It is this perspective that can be the most revealing when we learn … if you allow it to be.

I am a very lucky person. Some would say blessed, others would say successful or fortuitous. My humble hat has always been glued to my head. Frankly, at this point, it is difficult to tell where the hat ends and my head begins. I have always put band, music, teaching, or whatever else I do, first and then myself second. That is just how I am. Perhaps, it is my deeply-rooted insecurity, or maybe I am just too pessimistic to enjoy “NOW.”

Oh, you did not know those two things about me — insecurity and pessimism — did you?! Oops! Whatever it is, it is who I am: Others first, me second.

This past Thursday, however, I got to conduct Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli. I never thought that I would be able to get up in front of the metal barricade that was in front of the members of the band in my imagination, get my baton up and the music “in ready position” as well. And I told myself, before Craig introduced me, that I was not even going to miss the first and last beats of the music! Nope. I swallowed my fears, put on my selfish persona and I was going to conduct that piece whether people liked my performance or not!

But I did skip a lot about what happened before conducting the piece for my final, so thank you for allowing me to backtrack …..

Enter Nathan East.

Mr. East, current bassist for Eric Clapton and Toto and the most recorded bass player in music, actually majored in music for his undergraduate and his graduate degrees before hitting it big. He has played for the greats such as Phil Collins, Kenny Loggins, and interestingly Daft Punk (The people that have the song “Get Lucky”). I could go on and on as to who he performed with. He has some great stories from his career that he has told me. And to think he agreed to collaborate with me on a large-scale project is even unthinkable. I mean, here is a man who is an world icon in music and has agreed to work with me!? Why me of all people!?

If you listen to music, you have listened to Mr. East at least once in your life to date. I can guarantee you that. That is also a fact!

Anyway, I had the privilege of meeting him after a soundcheck at the Lyman Center when his band Fourplay came that resulted in me taking a photo with him and being able to interview him after soundcheck. We talked for a while and made me feel important. He is such a down-to-earth person. We exchanged contact information and have been in contact weekly since our first meet to work on our project.

To think people, especially people my age that have no clue who these music heavyweights are makes me lose faith in our society. However, I met people on campus that knew who he was so that made me earn the respect back. Ever hear of Steve Ferrone? Steve Gadd? Ray Cooper? Phil Palmer? Dennis Conway? Cooker Lo Presti? Pentti Glan? If you have not – then you do not know music!

Anyway, I thought it was incredible at the soundcheck when he came up to me, gave me a big hug and said “Drew, your work is great and I am glad you are succeeding in your studies.” I extended my right hand as he approached. He looked at me with that smile, you know, that million dollar smile people have seen for decades and that voice people have heard for decades and his entire face seemed like it went to “Hey! I know this person!” The next minute was one of him going on and on and on about what I was doing, about myself and about making sure I was never going to stop being a musician and learning —- the focus of this post.

It was incredible and interesting at the same time because how on earth would he know me? I brushed the thought aside immediately because the answer was obvious: Someone told him prior to him coming over to me. Still, it was overwhelming to say the least!

Like conducting the piece, seeing him perform was one of those “positively life-changing” experiences that folks would not have had if not for music! When I was asked to scrape together what I could for our interview, I knew I had to make it happen.

The Lyman Center was packed that night, like the university band concert. Their greatest hits echoed up and down the auditorium, sound bouncing off the brick buildings. Once the show was over, everyone gave a standing ovation. It was a great event to usher in the Jazz At Lyman series and in many ways, excite me about “getting off your rear and making a difference in the world!” (Those were Nathan’s words, not mine). The air was great despite the November-like conditions in March. The event concluded with an encore.

And then, I saw it …. I saw the way he exited the stage and how he said “Give me call next week at some point” …. and I was all over it!

I seconded guessed myself a few times, thinking, “Your not important.” “You look like a fool trying to network with him.” “You are not even half as talented, nor will ever be close to talented, as he is.” Finally, I shut the voice down. Screw it! I wanted my insecure, pessimistic self to just do it regardless of what people think. I thought to myself: “He does not know you and he does not care because it is part of the music stardom.”

However, I knew he cared because when I called him a week later, we talked for hours. Since then, we have been in touch.

Management — WOW! The manager of the band and Mr. East are no joke! My hands, without lying to you, were shaking; I kept switching between shaking and sweating since I was literally around the people who are responsible for calling musicians in, booking shows for the bands, etc. I was being watched like a hawk! Again, I pushed the thoughts of backing away from my mind. He was on stage, so it was now or never.

I was with him with a big, stupid smile on my face saying “yes sir” because I did not know what to say! It was until he told me that he was not anything important to which I became more relaxed. All I wanted was a photo and instead, I got pulled into his world and a simple “yes” to working with me.

I am still overwhelmed by the entire moment, like I was when I conducted the band. I was with a man known around the globe. This is a man who has done more with his life than I can even begin to fathom and HE approaches ME into a hug after going on, on, and on about me! I tried shifting focus on him but he would not let me until we did the interview.


Always remember folks:

“You will never know the impact you have upon another person.”




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