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(3699) Eliza Rogan
Wed, 29 January 2014 17:30:18 +0000

Hi Tommy,

My name is Eliza Rogan. I am writing to you because I just watched your TED Talk and I was so moved that I felt I needed to get in touch with you. I wanted to tell you a story. My husband Josh Rogan was at your show in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera house last winter and was so touched and inspired by your performance that he has been talking about you and referencing your show constantly ever since.
Josh is a guitar player and a song-writer, like you. There are so many ways in which you remind me of him. I met Josh when I was 16 at a rock and roll show. We fell in love and have been together for 16 years now. When we were young, he played songs for me and I told him that he must share his talent with the world. He played in a band and has been writing songs continously since he was 7 years old but he always had a day job (he was a stone mason running his own business).
Then three years ago, Josh and I decided that we couldnt stay in our hometown any longer and work our dayjobs any longer. I am a painter who has worked as a waitress for 10 years. So we made a responsible two year plan to move away from Virginia while tying up all our loose ends. But a week later, our house was sprayed from underneath by 15 skunks and we were chased out of the house into a hotel room. The skunks kicked us in the ass and taught us why wait. It reminds me of your message: This is your life, go live it!
So we did, we sold everything we owned, packed up a tiny Honda Fit with paints, canvas, easels, guitars, amps, and our dog, Harley. And we left without knowing where to go except that our dreams were no longer going to be in the background of our life.
And now three years later Josh is playing 5 days a week and I am about to publish my first children's book. And watching you today made me realize that you have to jump in or you will never have the life you want. I feel like I jumped off of a cliff three years ago and there was so much fear of failure and so many people thinking we are crazy but here we are and we are actually paying our bills with art and music. And Josh is a guy so much like you, huge heart, loves his fans much more than fame, and does this because he can't stop playing music.
I want you to meet him. I'm just throwing that out there because, if I have learned anything in the last three years, it's why not try?
Josh plays solo acoustic and he is doing something quite different as well. He was a lead guitar player for a rock and roll band for 10 years and no he plays alone. So he brought the effects from his telecaster days to acoustic guitar playing. And it is really amazing.
I want you to listen to his CD's but they aren't reflective of his current work. The latest was recorded three years ago. So maybe someday you could meet and play music together.
I looked on your tour and it is amazing that you and Josh will be playing in Florida at the same time. We are traveling down to Florida this February in our 1962 Airstream for Josh to headline a Festival in Sarasota. I noticed you are in Clearwater the same night.
Very Cool.
If you want I will buy you a beer or coffee in Florida if you have time.

Anyway, thanks for doing what you do and being an inspiration to dreamers everywhere.

Cheers,
Eliza
434-996-7388

(3698) Rick Huntley
Tue, 28 January 2014 17:09:45 +0000

Thanks for an amazing, touching concert at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo last night, 1-27-14. I am a new fan!

(3697) Geoffrey Kelly
Tue, 28 January 2014 07:13:44 +0000

Hi Tommy, Just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed the concert. You were brilliant, and it was great to see Gerry playing with you.
All the best on the rest of your tour, and I sure hope we cross paths again. Cheers Geoffrey Kelly (Irish Rovers)



(3696) Theresa Soo
Tue, 28 January 2014 06:41:25 +0000

You're not just a legend in acoustics, Tommy... your music truly is an Aussie signature- happy, fun and spirited! Thank you for being such a blessing. Quite certain I am more prodcutive at work and then, relax better at home listening to your creations.

..looking out for your next Australian Tour...and you simply have to stop by in Perth, please! :o)

(3695) gretchen brown
Tue, 28 January 2014 02:57:59 +0000

I've been listening to you since forever -- first time c. 1985 at Kinselas in Sydney, then the Hakoah Club in Bondi Junction, then you remember when you played Black Stump, the Christian music festival outside of Woollongong, and now here I've seen you all over the place in the USA. I've turned on countless friends to you.

So.....when the heck are you and my new also-love Jake Shimabukuro gonna collaborate on something? You guys are made for each other. Get moving, man!

(3694) amy levinsohn
Tue, 28 January 2014 01:19:42 +0000

Hi!

You're playing in my town tonight! I've heard we have great acoustics at CalPoly! I can't wait to hear you play "Classical Gas"! Please don't leave it out of your lineup. I have to hear you play this piece in person!!

Love and Peace,

Amy

(3693) Jared Hevrdejs
Mon, 27 January 2014 17:05:56 +0000

Hi Tommy,

I was at your workshop last night in San Luis Obispo.
Thank you so much for signing my guitar!
I want to make sure the autograph doesn't wear off.
What KIND of pen did you use to sign it?
And, do you know how I can preserve it?
Thank you!!!

Jared Hevrdejs

(3692) sanjay
Mon, 27 January 2014 13:12:33 +0000

hello sir,
i am from india and i am guitar learner it has been 2 years since i have been playing guitar i know to play angelina and a bit of classical gas now i tried to learn drivetime but its difficult to play i saw the tabs still its confusing i have learned guitar on my own .i didn't go to any guitar class and i dont have any godfather but i find u as godfather because ur plucking are beautiful.i am struggling on drivetime what should i do and i have one more request can u please tell maton company to open in india bcoz india is one of the poor country and they dont buy such expensive guitar still if it opens in india so that i can try those guitar eventhough i have no money to buy its my request to u.i hope u read my message

(3691) John Zanzi
Sun, 26 January 2014 22:47:41 +0000

Hi Tommy. Love your guitar playing, the soul behind the music, and your sense of humor. Recently I found your collaboration on Sultans of Swing with Pedro Javier González and John Jorgenson on You Tube…that’s about as good as it gets! I have been trying to learn the details of that song since it came out in the late 1970’s, and happy to say that now I’m about 95% there! Your collaborative version takes the song to a new place, and I am now working on that.

Just saw that you are conducting a Guitar Camp this summer in New York; I would love to attend that; it would be awesome. However, I live in northern California and with travel costs, this is a bit out of reach. Any chance, you would consider conducting a Guitar Camp on the West Coast of the U.S. in the near future? If so, I’m there! Guessing that would sell out fast too. Thank you for considering that idea.

Thanks for the great guitar music and spirit!
-John


(3690) Barbie Matthiesen
Sun, 26 January 2014 20:22:48 +0000

Saw you last night at the Balboa (for the third time). You are by far the best performer I've seen! See you next time around in San Diego.