Each time my wife and I take a walk in a new place, we take a moment to pick up a pebble to remember the experience. As I reflect back on some of the influential people that I have had the privilege to meet and know, I thought of this concept: that learning a nugget of knowledge from these mentors is a lot like picking up a pebble. Each time I learn something new, I gain another pebble of wisdom.
Just last night, I learned of the passing of jazz journalist and dear friend, Cam Miller, who I certainly picked up several pebbles of wisdom from over the years. Cam and I have both conducted interviews with our musical heroes, he, for newspaper stories and I, for the NAMM Oral History collection. Cam and I both felt the great excitement and honor in documenting the stories of those who have brought the joy of music to others. When I play Cam's interview segment, taken from my interview with him in 2006, I think about the lessons he taught me and the nuggets of wisdom I gained from him. I'm sure proud of the fact that he was one of the many pebbles in my life's journey.
Click here to view Cam's interview.
Dan Del Fiorentino