It was such a pleasure to share the stage with all of these talented people. Many of whom have touched my life in one way or another. Many a friend providing unconditional support. Of those people, the man of the evening, Skyler Mehal, is one of the most influential people in my life.
Skyler and I have been playing together for going on 8 years now. The guy found me on myspace and tracked me down our freshman year of college. He saw that I had a show coming up and expressed true happiness for me. When I told him it was my first one EVER and that I was scared out of my wits, he volunteered to play it. I don't think I would have gone through with it if he hadn't stepped in.
Our musical chemistry was magical. Before we knew it we had formed the pop-rock band, Red Means Go, and took the east side of Washington by storm. Although the band eventually met its end, Skyler and I are still going strong. Today, we play together in Nick Foster's band as well as my own project. To be honest, I thought he would be too busy to join my group, but when he found out I started my own project and was still looking for a guitar player, he jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. (And was appalled that I didn't think to ask him originally.)
Skyler, thank you for everything. We share memories that bring me to laughter, as well as some that bring me to tears. I wouldn't be the musician or person I am today if it wasn't for you. You're the greatest and I'm overjoyed that I was able to be a part of this amazing benefit for you.