Tech Tip:Outta Here? You Missed A Love Fest

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By Michael Laskow

I'm a pretty emotional person. It doesn't take much to put a lump in my throat. My five year old always asks me if my "eyes are sweating" when we watch Disney movies together.

Just once I'd like to meet a Disney character that still has both parents! But I digress. No surprise to you who actually read this column ;-)

My eyes had several periods of "sweatiness" during this past weekend's Road Rally. It was truly a sight to behold. 2,500 members and guests from all over the world who had come together to learn, meet, collaborate, bond, and of course, get their music heard by people in the music industry.

What made me feel so emotional was the "vibe" at the Rally. It's really hard to describe it in words, but it was quite the little (not-so-little) love-fest. Everybody seemed to be on happy pills. No, we didn't spike the water supply with Ecstasy.

People were just really happy. We didn't have the usual gang of "posers" you'd find at most music conventions. We didn't have much, "Me, me, me" going on. People were polite, generous, caring, and sharing. I know it sounds like I've lived in California a little too long, but I think anybody who was there would agree with me. It was very cool.

On top of all that, there was a sense among attendees and folks from the industry side that the level of music had risen to new heights. Some pretty high-level panelists even commented about how happy they were to see how far TAXI's members had come over the years. Maybe there's something to those critiques after all ;-)

I was very proud of our members.

I was equally proud of my staff. I have an incredible group of people with whom I am honored to work every day, but even more so at the Road Rally. The amount of work they do is beyond comprehension, and the skill, timing, and attitude they perform it with is unheard of at almost any company.

There are moments during the Rally when I get to watch them from afar, and I'll admit it--it makes my eyes "sweat." To see how they greet our members with open arms, and smiling faces is just the beginning. They take it to another level when they handle hundreds of individual problems with the grace of a figure skater, and the tenacity of a rabid Pit Bull.

I think, no, I know that our members feel like they're special when they come to the Road Rally. And they are.

Sure, we have our own version of the one-percent lunatic fringe that is capable of driving us insane, but the vast majority of our members are great people who we love to serve. The Road Rally is our time to do that face-to-face. From the bottom of my heart, and the hearts of our staff, "Thank You" to all of you for giving us the opportunity to earn a living doing what we love to do.

And to those of you who were able to come to the Rally, thanks for taking time out of your busy lives to join us for our annual love-fest. We get a thrill out of making you smile.

Here are some of the earliest letters to come in from members who came to this year's Rally.

See you next year,

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