Road to Success in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Robbie Schlosser · 0 comments

Thanks in advance for reading this article. I appreciate your interest and hope you get a few good ideas. I'd love to hear what you liked. Please write me a little COMMENT below. Start a conversation. Tell me what you think, and I'll reply. Promise.

The Road to SuccessMost of us follow a twisting road to success.

Nowadays, I often blog about tips for event planning success or success in selecting music for a wedding.

Could you guess that in high school and college, while I loved music, I prepared for a career as a scientist?

Yet recently my trio entertained hundreds of people at “Festiv’ALL”, a fabulous multi-cultural, multi-ethnic trade show in the San Jose Convention Center.

San Francisco Bay Area residents represent an incredible number of ethnic backgrounds, and I’m sure I saw many of them there.

This was our fourth year at this annual show.  It always features people from dozens of cultural associations, displays from many ethnic restaurants, dance and music performances from every group, and local businesses which serve these groups.

We played in the lobby, just outside the Exhibit Hall entrance.  Wearing tuxedos, we did our best to feature many styles of music the people would recognize and enjoy — boss novas, motown, waltzes, rock, blues, and of course the Popular Standards from Tin Pan Alley.

I wondered how many of these people, from their diverse backgrounds, ever thought their own road to success would include participating in a show like this.  Very few, I’ll bet.

At the show, lots of thoughts crossed my mind, of course, including two of my favorite memories of musicians in tuxedos.

One, when I was about 10 years old, I was awed listening to a string trio play light classics in a hotel’s garden courtyard.  In the other memory, from about 1975, I was enjoying Alvin Alcorn’s jazz trio strolling during brunch at Commander’s Palace, in New Orleans.

Who can say whether any of those musicians inspired me to make my living as a musician?

One thing is certain.  For all of us, the path to wherever we are right now is seldom a straight, smooth road to success.

One way or another, every side trip guides us to our present destination.  I believe every detour counts.  Just look back for yourself, and connect the dots.

How many detours have you taken so far, on your own road to success?  You’re expecting more, aren’t you?  Tell me about it.


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