Just the other day when I was reading a post from my friend at Peace, Love & Great Country Music, recounting a blog conversation we’d had about the band Train, the thought hit me again.
I had some truly great moments in the 21 years that I covered music and entertainment for the big daily.
Yeah, I’d seen Train in 2012. Interviewed lead singer Pat Monahan, too, I told PLCGM as we swapped Train tales.
That reminded me that I’d been meaning to post a photo I stumbled upon in the early stages of my iPhone 4 camera roll last week.
I took the shot during a news conference before a mega show in the Carrier Dome here in Syracuse, the Oct. 9, 2012 event One World Concert. More than a dozen big-name musicians performed.
Dave Mathews played an acoustic set and knocked it out of the dome. Counting Crows performed, and Adam Duritz was spot-on. Matisyahu rapped and rocked.
Whoopi Goldberg was MC, in sharp host mode.
But these stars were not who the organizers were bringing to the pre-show gathering of reporters.
The Dalai Lama was willing to meet the press.
Now the big daily had sent reporters far more schooled in this prestigious man’s plans and pitches for world peace and good living than I, the guy assigned to write the music review.
I did know enough to high-tail it to the news conference in the bowels of the Carrier Dome, and grabbled my spot in the third row.
When the robed gentleman, this 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, was led to a row of folding chairs facing the rest of the room, reporter types pushed forward some, as they seem pre-ordained to do.
I sat still, took a few photos, and listened to the man.
He had his ideas about the world’s woes and how nations must come together.
Somebody asked him if he had favorites of the musicians and the music that would be performed soon.
The Dalai Lama laughed, shook his head, and actually plugged his ears to quite adequately convey what he thought of modern music.
He said he did tell the musicians he met backstage how they should use their celebrity and power over the masses to deliver wise messages.
You can read what I wrote about the Dalai Lama and his musing about music on syracuse.com by clicking here.
On stage during the show, the Dalai Lama pulled on a Syracuse University visor as he talked to students and other peace-seekers during the event. He looked relaxed, like a normal guy wearing a robe not troubled a bit by the weight of his people on his shoulders. He talked perhaps some moments too long for some people, and you could spot some shuffling in the public rows. But the Dalai Lama sounded smart. And hopeful.
I’ll remember that far longer than any of the music that night.
Have you ever met somebody that made you sit straighter, stand taller, and listen harder?