Did you ever have an experience in your life that helped you appreciate your talents while validating your vocation? I had just finished recording my second album at the Jersey Shore when I got an email from a Canadian helicopter touring company.
Black Swan Helicopter is located in Berwyn, Alberta and has a population of about 600 people. Linda and Wayne were the owners and Linda was looking for a song that would that be inspirational and represent the many services that they provided. Fortunately, she found my song “Flying High” on one of the internet sites that included my music. “Flying High” is one of the many instrumental songs I wrote and is reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s badass guitar playing. After a few emails back and forth we became fast friends and the company licensed my song and presented the CD’s to new clients on sightseeing flights. Before long, I was invited to come visit my new friends in Canada and check out the business and the people behind the scenes. It was more than a promotional tour-I really felt a connection with Wayne and Linda. They flew me to Alberta and we spent a fun filled week together. Both were such gracious hosts and drove me to Berwyn to meet the employees and pilots while touring the helicopter facility. It was like one big family and I was warmly greeted by everyone. One of the highlights was when Wayne took both me and his son, Darren, on a private helicopter excursion. WOW!! We went into places that you’d never think a helicopter could maneuver into. An unforgettable experience that brought me closer to my Canadien friends. The following is an email I wrote to one of my close friends while in Canada. I was quite excited and as you’ll read, It was the music that made it all possible and what brought us all together.
“Hope all is well my good friend! Things are AMAZING here…I’m being treated first rate and feel like a Rock Star!!! Everyone here is a fan of my music and I’ve made some awesome friends. I’ve performed several times and I’m really enjoying the experience. So much to talk about and all I can say is Music Rules! I got a personal tour in a helicopter over Alberta yesterday and went up close to moose, buffalo, elk, and deer. It was just like the shows on the Discovery Channel. The helicopters are very maneuverable and squeeze into places that even people can’t get into. The land up here is so beautiful and picturesque that if I could, I’d purchase a few acres to “kick back” in. I’ve been chillin’ with some of the pilots and man, are they interesting dudes with a very cool story to tell. Everyone is really friendly and very interested in my music and career. I put on a small concert Sunday and performed all my tunes on my first two CD’s. Performing felt great and the music was well received. All for now-we’ll talk soon-Anthony”