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Dave Carlock - A Day In The Life
NAMM 2014 PT. 4--THE HOT ZONE
Originally Posted: 02-14-2014 2:06 PM
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"AWWWW MAN! I can't believe you were there! I called a cab to get me home from Santa Ana!" Dave Medd (Tubes) shook his head and laughed at the bum luck of it all. "I was going to call you to see if you showed up but my PHONE DIED!"

"You really need a Mophie for that thing, Dave" I said, as we went off to share another Breakfast Of Champions in Orange followed by the hurried scurry to find a remaining parking spot somewhere near the Anaheim Convention Center.

Splitting off from Dave for the day, I ran into Josh Eagan and James Zota Baker (WAR) and we ended up hanging for a while and catching up over lunch. Josh and I worked on P!nk's "Try This" album together at the Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood, where he runs the B room. James and I were down-the-street neighbors in Woodland Hills for a bit when he was roommates with producer Curt Cuomo. It was good to get to know him a bit better instead of just passing each other going in and out of Bobby's Diner on Ventura.

After lunch, we headed out of the Marriott and entering the front door, we bumped into my friend Kim Bullard (Elton John). Kim and James had also worked together and chatted it up a bit. I mentioned to Kim I was planning to stop by to see him that afternoon at a NAMM "Hot Zone" panel on Musical Directors.

He said, "No, no, man, don't waste your time coming to see me..." I laughed and told him I thought it would be fun and would at least give me a chance to say hi to him in case we hadn't just run into each other at the hotel's turnstile door.

"Aww, really?", Kim said, "That's sweet but I don't know really what I'm gonna say, you don't need to come, really..."

"You know what Kim", I offered, "The solution is simple. I'll sit in the crowd and I'll text you answers to the questions. The only stipulation is that you read EVERY word I send you."

"Hahahaha! I can see how this will go", Kim said with a wide smile. "Ok we'll see you in a while."

"Wow", James said, "I haven't seen him in years! Still a very cool guy."

"Oh yeah, Kim's great", I said. "See how this 'Be The Planchett' thing works that I was talking about over lunch? It just happened. We just aimlessly let the flow move us to these exits and pow, right into Kim. Other exits were closer, but we just flowed with this movement. This happens over and over again to me."

About an hour or so later, I went up the convention center's escalators to the third level to attend the Hot Zone panel and see Kim. It was just before start when I walked in and grabbed a seat in the second row center, putting me in front of Kim, at which point he exclaimed loudly, "Dave Carlock's in the house!", throwing me into an unguarded grin.

I looked over to the side of the dais and saw Studio Expresso's founder and host of the panel, Claris Sayadian-Dodge. Claris managed me for a short while in 2001 and we've remained friends so when she called out my name in response to Kim's announcement, I walked over to the side stage to give her a hug.

As we said hi she offered, "I need to have you on my panel next year!" At which point, Kim, in continuing exuberance, exclaimed: "Why isn't Dave Carlock on this panel? He's a badass!"

Claris smiled said, "Yeah, why not? Would you like to join us?"

"Sure!" I said, "Whatever works for you!"

Then Kim offered up, "yeah, if nothing else, he can cue the CD player or something, right?", making us all laugh. Kim's sense of humor is hilarious. AND YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW FUNNY HE THINKS *I* AM!

So there I was, joining the panel on Musical Directors thanks to my friend Kim Bullard. The all-star panel included Kim (Elton John), Cheche Alera (Jimmy Kimmel), Cristina Abaroa (Enrique Iglesias), Brent Fisher (Elvis Costello), and Brady Leffler (Hot Chelle Rae), and myself. I did have experience musical directing, and offered up a few small comments just to be sure the audience knew I had a pulse. But mainly, I deferred to the heavyweights on the dais and felt honored to be there.

But even more than feeling honored to be on the panel, I felt humbled and honored to have a great friend like Kim Bullard who reached out a hand to include me when he didn't have to. Such a small thing, right? But in the music business, actions like Kim's are a real rarity. It can be a very competitive environment and every small inclusion, every small encouragement, every small professional acknowledgment can restore one's faith in people altogether. We all get by with a little help from our friends.

NEXT WEEK: SHELBY SPALIONE, MEMBERS OF CHIC, BOBBY BROOKS, & WILL CHAMPLIN

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