Yes, I know lots of people in L.A. are looking forward to the day they can permanently "get out of town." That's why everyone looks at me like I'm some kind of nut case when I tell them I'm heading back to L.A. after 15 years in the Bay Area.
I was born and raised in L.A. and although I don't miss the traffic congestion or the smog, I do miss the people -- my networks of friends, relatives, business associates, etc., that really signify what a city means to you.
And as a composer, I miss being away from the pulse of the business. Sure, you can do a lot via the Internet these days, but it's not the same as "being there." And so, nut case or not, I'm heading back to L.A. a week from today.....not to seek fame or fortune, but just some decent projects with interesting, talented people.
Over the last couple of months, I've met some of my MySpace friends and those on the Composer's Forum in the "real world" at events such as the ASCAP Expo and the Composer Expo. These meetings never would have occurred without the web being the introductory vehicle. And so, I look forward to meeting many more "virtual" friends so that we can become "real" friends.
Maybe I'll see you there.....