I feel like I've been rode hard, spurred deep, and put up wet. It's been an exhilarating day. The classes have been incredible. One session by ASCAP VP Ralph Murphy was in itself worth the trip. His insight on what makes music appeal to the audience filled in a lot of gaps for me. The technology demonstrations of all the musical instruments and software now on the market boggles my mind. For a few thousand dollars you can buy work stations capable of producing broadcast quality recording. I also learned that there's a lot of money in the music between the time when a TV show goes into commercials until it goes back to the program.
The best part for us has been the other members we have met the last two days. People are into so many different things. It's very inspiring. In the lobby there are people on every sitting surface playing their music for anyone willing to slow down for a moment to listen. The more I listen the more I realize that there are a lot of dreams here in America. Very cool.