At the SGA Pro-Shop on Wednesday evening, our VIP’s were Wallace Collins, Esq., and Poez, a remarkable spoken word artist a/k/a Paul Mills, Esq.
Poez came into my world as I ran across Washington Square Park in the 70s, rushing to class at NYU. First time I caught him out of the corner of my eye and the corner of my ear. Next time I slowed down to hear him, but kept running. I was late for class. The third time, I stopped and missed class.
He was compelling and magical, and still is today. He has a brilliant mind and is a great performer. He performed Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe, and it was if I was hearing it for the very first time.
We spoke about how being a musician helps being a good lawyer—it has to do with passion, timing and purposefully living. I believe this.
Wallace was an artist signed to Epic Records and became interested in the contracts and legal end of things. He was just back from Midem in Cannes, France and we spoke of the significance of the music-related meetings there, and how the changes in the industry have affected the conferences around the world.
We discussed how can a singer/songwriter can have a presence and benefit by being represented at Midem. Then we came to South by Southwest in Austin, which has now also become an international event.
The evening went on beyond its normal time frame and no one wanted it to end. They stayed late talking—any later I would have charged them rent.