The NAMM show is an annual international trade show representing, educating and promoting the music product industry. This incredible show, held in Anaheim, CA, draws a diverse crowd from many aspects of the music product industry, as well a wide group of musicians and recording professionals. I was lucky enough to be the guest of a friend who repairs amplifiers.
Timothy B. Schmit was scheduled to appear at the Carvin booth at 1:00 on Saturday. He arrived on time with his son (I’d guess he’s around 10). Timothy was wearing jeans and a black long sleeve shirt. They chatted with some Carvin people for a bit while and started signing.
The line of Timothy’s fans had about 20 people in front of me and perhaps another30 behind – many carrying something for him to sign. Timothy sat at a table with a stack of 8x10 color photos of him with the bass he designed for Carvin. There was a chair beside him, and each of us sat next to him as he autographed a picture and allowed us to take a photo. When I sat down, I told him my name was Ronda and gave him the lyric sheet from his solo album Feed the Fire. There is a full-length foldout picture of him on the inside. As he signed his autograph on his picture, I told him, “The Long Run was my first concert ever. My parents took me when I was 9.” He simply replied, “Wow.” He asked me if I also wanted one of the Carvin pictures signed, and I accepted. I told him how much I appreciated that he traveled so much so that we could see him perform, and I recognized that touring took time away from his family. He paused for a moment and said sincerely, “I have a really great job.” I thanked him for that, asked to take a photo with him, shook his hand and left.
He’s as soft-spoken and kind as a person could be. If I had one word to describe this meeting, it was “Peaceful.” I was grateful to meet him and have the opportunity to thank him. It was well worth the drive to LA!