I’m always looking for ways which will help you guys sell more records, get more people to your shows, and help you earn more with your music.
So…when I headed out to San Francisco last week, I had my eyes peeled.
And the lessons started before the plane even took off.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m 6′3″. I have LONG legs and sitting down in Coach for a four hour flight is PAINFUL. Asked for the exit row when I checked in to get more leg room, but it wasn’t available. “I can get you in the bulkhead,” she said.
Bulkhead was even worse than the normal seats. For one, I had about a foot of leg room, and then I had to sit in the same row beside some pissed off guy in a monkey suit AND a chick who was as big around as I am tall crushing me against the window.
So I got my headphones, turned on the iPod, and cued up the conference call I did last week with Joe Taylor about how to get more fans to check it for errors. Might as well be productive, right?
I slipped the headphones on and before I had turned on the call, the flight attendant goes, “Interesting headphones,” referring to my noise reduction headphones.
“Yeah, they have noise reduction in them,” I said.
He made a joke about screaming kids and moved on.
And when he did, he made a comment about the big chick’s book, the pissed off guy’s tie, etc, etc, etc…
It COULD have been a ploy, but the guy seemed truly interested in what was going on with folks. After all, he had to be on the four hour flight with us, so he might as well make it an enjoyable experience.
And make it an enjoyable experience he did. The flight was full, it was running late, and people were PISSED, but as this guy approached them and initiated conversations, you could feel the energy change.
And with that, we were off for San Francisco.