I was recently interviewed for San Diego Voyager Magazine and they asked some interesting questions… which I can appreciate as a former high school newspaper editor. For a long time, I wanted to go into journalism; I love the process of thinking of poignant questions and stories.
Perhaps the most thought-provoking question was to describe my proudest moment. A few moments came to mind. When I was hired to play UCSD’s all-campus commencement for 7000 people, that was pretty special. Standing on that huge stage, playing melodies and solos, made me stop and think, “Wow, I never thought I’d come this far!”
Another special moment came at a recent wedding. The bride had called me and explained that, more than anything, she wanted sax at her wedding. I was happy to oblige and we worked out the schedule. I always check in to make sure things are on schedule. In this instance, the bride asked me to come an hour later than planned. No problem. But it turned out she was running 3 hours late! Her mother and fiancé kept asking me to stay longer, slipping me $20 bills to cover the extra cost, and giving me schedule updates. I had to play much longer than I ever do, and pull out all the romantic songs in my repertoire. Long story short, the bride thanked me for staying for the whole event, and got so emotional that tears were flowing. Giving joy like that is one of the many reasons I love playing weddings.