Music Heals

The first band I ever saw in concert was Crosby, Stills and Nash. The concert was at the Jones Beach Theater on the Atlantic Ocean. If you have never been there that’s too bad but if you have you can imagine hearing CSN’s voices waft over the ocean breezes into the seaside arena.

David Crosby made a big impression on me. Not only did I love his music but I got a big kick out of his witty, slightly snarky humor. When I moved to Santa Barbara I learned about a talent show at my high school. I started practicing Almost Cut My Hair and for months I sang that song at the top of my lungs. It became an anthem for me, and as a kid growing up it was an anthem for my parents, so it was quite fitting I would sing it.

I made it to the finals of the talent show and had the opportunity to sing that song. A few months later after winning TeenStarUSA I was invited by 99.9 KTYD Show Host/Director of Promotions and Teen Star supporter and volunteer Lin Aubuchon to see David Crosby at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. The concert was a benefit to raise awareness about the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and the dangers it imposes upon all of us who live in the Santa Barbara area. He educated the listeners as only David could do about the World Business Academy “a nonprofit think tank and action incubator which inspires business to assume responsibility for the whole society.”

After the concert, Lin invited me to the VIP area and I met David Crosby who said, “I would like to hear you sing sometime.” David visited my songwriting class at SBCC last semester. I sat in a classroom with a legend. On one hand he was a totally regular guy and on the other it was like there was no one else in the room but him.