The recent L1 Conference in Big Sur was such an inspiration that we want to know if this community wants to do it again, this time East of the Mississippi.
We know a lot of you have read about Big Sur. We would truly love to have you all experience what we did. So many strong and positive things happened.
One of the most interesting aspects of all this is that it was unplanned by Bose. Alan Steinberger got things started in a post dated Jan 12, 2006. It was a simple, yet profound suggestion to get together to “play, listen, and network” with other Bose L1 users. Then, Joseph and ST jumped in to help Alan, and Joseph came up with idea of asking Barklie to donate his spectacular Hidden Barn Studio for the event.
We got together and tried to describe the special qualities and ingredients that made Big Sur such a wildly inspirational event. Here’s what we came up with:
1. Teach what you know
2. Learn what you don’t know
3. Play Live Music with like-minded professionals
4. Listen to live music and rejoice in its power to change the world
5. Relax with friends and loved ones
1. Conceived and organized by owners.
2. Supported by Bose with technical and cultural presentations.
3. Held at a place where music is made. (The Hidden Barn is sacred ground that inspires truth and love. It is not the “Redwood Salon” at a national hotel chain, and it is not a performance hall where a stage and fixed seating can create a barrier between the audience and the players. The Barn is truly a “level playing field”.)
4. Held at someone’s place, someone who exuded the passions, aspirations, and interests of a lifelong musician.
5. Held at a relatively remote location where people go to get away and relax, and where there isn’t much (else) to do.
6. The conference agenda was carefully coaxed into existence in the weeks preceeding, mostly by our wonderful community member "ST", and then unfolded in a beutiful, organic manner. For example, when things got really interesting musically, we kept going. When there was little or no energy to push on, we took an extended break. Without the preparation, this "looseness" could not have worked so magically.
7. The event was reachable by car from most places in the West. As a result, many were able to cut down on travel expenses and were able to include precious loved ones on the trip.
8. It was held at a quiet time of year, thereby holding down costs, and it was not held on a weekend, so it didn’t interfere with most gigs.
We think Big Sur was a miracle and would love to take the key ingredients from the event and make it happen again (and again, and again.)
What do you think? Would you like to make this happen again?
[ken-at-bose added some material about preparation to item 6.]