First of all, excuse-me , my english is not very good, and congratulations for being such a good musician. My name is Xavier, I’m 24 and I live in Barcelona. I’ve never written a letter to anybody in all my life. I write to you cause I love your music and I feel some kind of connection between our minds when I listen to it. This is a feeling that I’ve got just with a few other musicians (John Petrucci, Nuno Bettencourt, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, Eric Johnson…) but the feeling is never as strong as when I listen to you. I know that nobody cares about what I think but it’s just something I’ve always wanted to tell you (I’m sure I’m not the only one).
Actually, I don’t know anything about harmony or composition, I play guitar but I learn by myself. (I can’t read a partiture for example). That’s a very sad point, cause I’d like to know a lot about music to really appreciate-it.
I was in your concert in Barcelona on March 17. In my opinion it was even better than the last time in 1993 (it was great too), when you recorded us with a microphone. (I was very surprised that you remembered that). It was a great concert, you played songs of most of your albums, and everybody played very, very well. I didn’t know Eric Sardinas until then, he’s really good, and the rest of musicians too: “The Great Mangini”, Philip Bynoe, and Mike Keneally, he is a genius.
There is something very curious in you, it’s not just the music, I’ve got the feeling that you’re a great person, not only a great musician. I’ve talked about this point with my “twin” brother, who is a fan of you too, and he’s got the same feeling. I remember you in the last concert, taking a camera from someone in the public and trying to make a photo of yourself and that person, (while playing!!). Nobody else in the world would do that, it was very nice of you. The fact that you make the music that you want to do is fantastic too. You don’t make commercial music, just what you feel and that means you’re a musician, not a business man. And I think that for
all your fans, the fact that you make music for a minority public is very good for our little vanity.
Thank’s for all and good luck , see ya.