NAMM Day 2 and 3

Written by Chris McCarty on Sunday, 26 January 2014. Posted in News

NAMM Day 2 and 3

NAMM day 2,

As some of you know day 2 blew day one away when I walked into the conference hall and was told to "avoid the Stevie Wonder line.". No. I will NOt be avoiding Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. What is funny is right before I got there I was listening to him!?! I don't know how I do it, but God seems to often let me in places I normally shouldn't be.

For example: When I was in 7th grade MC Hammer came to Gainesville, and my ticket was on the 3rd level of the O'Connell Center, so why was I in the front row of the show? So here is Stevie wonder, playing keyboards, and I stood directly in front, RIGHT IN FRONT of the keyboard he was playing? I took a picture of his fingers, because I don't think I have ever SEEN a picture of his fingers. He started playing "Superstitious". Crazy. When he stood up to leave I told him I love his music, and I was listening to him before I saw him, and he reached out his hand and took mine, and said, "Thank you". I missed MJ, but not him. THANK YOU GOD.

After that I didn't speak for a few minutes, "Did that really happen?" I later went down to the Cole Clark guitars booth, which these guitars are made from Australia. Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, both whom I have met and are seriously the nicest people in the industry, play their guitars, and I understand why. The first day we were here I met played a couple of them. On this day the representative asked me to go on the road in a couple of months to PLAY THEIR GUITARS SO THEY CAN GET STORES TO SELL THEM.... Wait for it.... "I will give you a guitar if you come." Yeah, I'm going to end this story here. Are you kidding me?!?!?

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The last part of the day ended at the TAMA drum 40th anniversary party where, again, there was a large line of people trying to get in. Your boy was at the front of that line as well, and a friend of mine and I were kicking it with Beyoncé's drummer. She is MAD COOL. When the doors opened it felt like the stories you hear of "Black Friday". Everyone was sprinting to get a good seat at the show, and I don't know about you, but if people start running, I START RUNNING. They had the center section roped off for VIP, and the rest of the seating was off to the left and right. Why did I lift the rope and just walk to the center section and just sit like I belonged there? Well, if you had just met one of your Idols, and then an amazing guitar company asked you to represent them at a few stores, you would feel like a Very Important Person too. They kicked everyone out that tried to sneak in, but me. God, YOU ARE THE GREATEST! I watched the show in awe, and then went back to the hotel to rest up for my turn to shine!

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Day 3 will be us performing, and then I'm going to Drake AND Lorde's record label after Grammy party. I'll keep you posted. Deep down I know that the only reason I am here is because of my children. How I miss them so.



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