To say that being part of a tour is exciting is truly an understatement, but inversely being part of the organization team of a tour is nerve wrecking.
I am so blessed to have an amazing team that has come together for this, but at the same time, some folks along the way bit more than they can chew. This not to say they did things with bad intentions, quite to the contrary, these folks came onboard wanting to be part of something with so much meaning, and helping people that truly need our help. But, unfortunately their efforts were valiant but the results weren’t there and allot of time was spent along the way and now, folks have come into the picture to try and save the day.
The great news is that the worst possible case scenario only includes possible delays of certain cities but also may include addition of other cities in the long run. But as my producer Mr. Tony Choy so eloquently put it earlier this week; “Lou, this game is not for the faint of heart my friend”. No truer words have ever been spoken.
Since I have gotten into talking about how I got to this point; let me talk about why I have decided to take on this ginormous task of putting a tour together and the reasons are plentiful:
First, I have always felt that I need to use my talent to give back. Please make no mistake, I am a typical musician that loves to perform as much as anyone else, but finding ways to help others has always been a part of me ever since I joined the Air Force just out of high school. No matter how many problems I have come across, I have always found that I am blessed beyond my imagination (even when I couldn’t see it at the time). My life reads of an action book at times but one that has been given certain opportunities, some that I have used, some the I may not have used to their utmost potential, and others, that I have just not dealt well at all, but none-the-less amazing experiences. Throughout all of these experiences, I have also met and seen people that have not been afforded similar opportunities and/or people that like me did not know how to handle the opportunities they had and now find themselves down-and-out and my hope is that through this tour be able to help some people along the way.
Secondly, as a musicians and as I mentioned before, I want the opportunity to perform. As the music industry has changed over the last few years it is imperative that “WE” the musicians learn to maximize our opportunities. One of the things I have learned is that, yes, if you are really good you will sooner or later get recognized. But, in some cases that recognition may never come, so it is important to learn to create these opportunities and for me this tour is creating that opportunity. Now, please understand this is not an easy undertaking by any means, and I have learned more through my mistakes in this process than through any other method. But, through an amazing team we are creating this in the hopes to reach as many people as possible, and hopefully share my music and talent with them.
Lastly, I think there is some deep need to please those around us, to make our, parents, siblings, husband/wives, and event children proud of us. I think this is especially true for musicians, we are humble show-offs. We love performing, but in many ways the performance is only part of what makes us happy, the other part comes from the reaction from people around us after we perform. This is true for me as well; I want to let my wonderful mother to know that all those years of honking, tweeting and every other odd noise that could come from an instrument she endured was not in vain. I want my wife to know that all the years she has stood by me, through bars, parties, and church services have finally paid off and that we will be ok, and my wonderful kids to know that it is ok to have dreams and chase them with all of their might, because with hard work and perseverance they can come true. This tour all started as a pipe dream, and has gone and continues to go through changes. But one thing holds true, that without the desire to help, it could never have happened.
I know that everyone has an opinion on how things should be done, and how one should pay it forward; this one is mine. I am grateful that people like Jon Secada, Ady Ordiales, Richard Love, Milca Soto, Tony Choy, everyone in the Luis Alas Band, The American Legion, The Florida Veterans Foundation and so many others feel that this is worthwhile cause and have teamed, because one thing is for sure, it takes a bunch of nuts to make things like this happen, and daily more and more people are joining in. So I hope that is you are reading this and you feel like you would like to be a part in any shape form or manner, go to the contact page and drop a line, cause this loony bin still has room for more.
Peace, Love & Sax,