Both tea and music are in the business of making people feel good. I drink tea because I love how it tastes, I love how it makes me feel, I love the act of sharing it and the story behind it. I also love music. I have been a performer, music maker and lover of music since childhood. I love how music makes me feel, how it connects people and the stories behind the music, like the process behind a work of art, enhance my experience. So here is a preliminary post of what is to be a Tea & Music series exploring music and music makers over a good cup of tea.
I hosted one of the stage shows at this year’s Youbloom LA festival. I also attended some of the panels and was really struck by the keynote speakers from the first day. It is soul jazzing to find people who have worked in an aspect of the entertainment business for many years, achieved great success and who still have a palpable passion for what they do. Even better when they turn around and tell you that you can do it too. Andy Gould and Jeff Jampol have near 50 and 40 year careers respectively with Gould launching and nurturing the careers of artists like Rob Zombie, Pantera, Linkin Park while producing multiple films and Jampol managing bands part of the early San Francisco punk scene and now managing the musical properties of iconic artists like the Ramones and The Doors while also being a film producer and lecturing at UCLA. Damn!
They were a great double team speaking at this year’s Youbloom LA. Along with answering questions and telling interesting industry stories they shared their belief about just how exciting the now of music is. Andy Gould told the crowd not to let anyone tell them they can’t succeed “because you fucking can!” A voice of experience speaking positively cuts through the muck of cynicism and it is awesome to hear. It’s a lot of work, they conceded, but well worth it. I agree with Gould’s statement that you know you’re doing well when your reality is bigger than any dream you could have.
That reality being dream-like may have started with Gould’s early job in the music business as Tea Boy for The Beatles one and only producer George Martin (Andy does recall making tea for McCartney). His first record label was even named Tea Boy Records. Man, tea finds its way in to so many conversations and brings so many people together. And can even start a career in the music industry! It pays to know how to make a great cup of tea! In the next Tea & Music I will sit down with Andy Gould and have a one on one chat over a great cuppa and I look forward to sharing that adventure with you all.