My son Tristan has his sights set on a career in broadcasting, and for the past year has been volunteering at CFUV radio, the University’s radio station. Through a bit of creative networking, last month T was able to connect with a very talented local musician named Sam Weber, and arranged to interview him about his career, recently released C.D. and his upcoming tour plans. When I began writing this post I hadn’t actually heard the interview yet, but my focus wasn’t so much on the interview or it’s content (more on that later) but rather to highlight Sam’s generosity with his time, and his thoughtfulness in helping out the budding young journalist who reached out to him.
Let me explain: Sam is a busy guy – strike that – Sam is a VERY BUSY guy these days; he’s recently released his first C.D. entitled “Shadows in the Road”, and for that past year has been touring like a mad man, playing clubs and promoting his music and C.D.,all activities that keep him busy, often up very late and at times, very far from home. Yet despite his gruelling schedule of practices, gigs, interviews etc. (and in a rare bit of time where he was actually home!) Sam took time out to meet with Tristan for the interview – Heck, he even brought T a CD of his music, and loaned him a book written by Anil Prasad, a popular interviewer of musicians!
My point is this: Even with his extremely busy life, Sam took both Tristan AND the interview seriously, and he showed a great deal of respect to both; despite having only met him on a couple of occasions prior, he brought T a book that he thought would be of interest to him, and (despite it being a personal prized possession) loaned it to him to read. And that’s my point: Sam displayed an integrity and qualities we don’t see much these days from people who garner a bit of fame, be it local or beyond; and even more importantly, (for me at least) he took a young man seriously for his work and ambition as a broadcaster, looking well beyond the wheelchair he was sitting in.
I can honestly say that after only briefly meeting with Sam, I believe that (in spite his exceptional musical skills) much of his success will come from the humble, respectful and gracious manner he demonstrates when connecting with the various people he comes in contact with; in other words, Sam Weber is a class act, and all around good guy. I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to him for being for his kindness, and for taking time out to interview with Tristan; regardless of whatever his future holds, he will always be a “Rock Star” to us… Absolutely!
And speaking of Sam’s music, it’s bloody good, and definitely worth checking out: Here’s a video so you to do just that.