Hey Folks, Steve Vai here,
I just returned from the “Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp” and I have to say that it was an exceptional 4 days that blew apart any expectations I could have had for it.
As I write this It’s the morning after and I’m gazing out of a little airplane window while flying above the clouds and basking in that exquisite satisfaction that can only be derived from the feeling of deep gratitude.
To be able to actually spend some quality time with the same group of folks and get to feel their energy was in the immortal words of Thomas Nordegg, “beyond beyond”.
In the future when I’m asked the question “what was one of the most memorable moments in your career?” (and when I’m doing press that question can come up 3 times a day), I now have a clear answer.
It was the time I was able to spend 4 days with the same group of 155 guitar fans, jam with every one of them, write and record a song with them, hear their thoughts, share some insights, and get to be part of a collective event that was powerfully uplifting on so many levels.
My sincere thanks also go out to my guitar brothers in arms Guthrie Govan, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Vernon Reid for so bountifully sharing their insight and special musical gifts with all who attended, and to all the exceptional and experienced teacher who contributed their time in bringing to the attendees vital info on creating, protecting, distributing and marketing their music.
Keep checking vai.com for the release of the song we recorded at the camp. It turned out quite nice.
And If you were there and you are reading this I can’t thank you enough for coming to this event and for bringing your enthusiasm and generous attention.
I have a mental snapshot of everyone of you from your eyes inward and as your images run through my mind right now, that most profoundly fine vibration of gratitude rings sweeter.
Til next time,
Peace, Love and Good Happiness Stuff