When we played this year, the audiences were just wonderful. So many friends and old acquaintances from the past, suddenly all just resurfaced, and I had such a great time reliving the memories and creating new ones. Many pro musicians came up to me and introduced themselves. Most of them learned guitar from my many Instructional DVD’s and now they are performing live everywhere. A few young musicians from Europe were there as well and they are successfully touring with their bands now.
MANY people came up who owned my guitars and they brought them along, and I signed them, dedicating them to the specific players, and they glistened in the sun and everybody marveled at those Esteban Axes!
I also accompanied a wonderful dance troupe called Terpsichore Dance Co. and Denise Colter, one of the lead dancers arranged and choreographed a lovely dance to my song PERFIDIA, from the Flamenco and Rosas album. We performed it together 5 times and everybody was cheering after those performances, that’s for sure!!
It was a great time to relive a LOT of memories and we made many new friends as well.The history on this is: I could not even play my guitar from 1980 – 1990, because a drunk driver hit me and the result was my left arm and hand were basically without feeling for almost 10 years. When I was able to play again in late 1989/1990, my very first gig was playing on the street in Scottsdale AZ, and guess who gave me the gig?? Judi Combs of Thunderbird Artists who sponsor these Art and Wine Festivals. I could barely play, and I was arranging love songs for the guitar, because I could no longer play any hard classical or flamenco. She was so kind and asked me to play at her festival.
I got a little amp, and brought my stool and my guitar and plugged into a local store’s electricity. I put my foot on a footstool, set a few of my Love Song CD’s in my guitar case (Songs from My Heart) and just started playing slow love songs, like Unchained Melody and A Time For Us and a few others. People would gather around and just stand there and watch me play. Once in awhile i would sell a few CD’s, and I WAS PLAYING GUITAR AGAIN!!! I was playing in front of PEOPLE and they LIKED IT!!
This was a big turning point in my life. I was like the Phoenix Bird rising out of the ashes for the first time in 10 years, starting a new life! I was excited. I shall never forget Judi for giving me my first gig. After that I played ALL of her festivals. I was starting to make money and I was playing again! There was NOTHING better than that in life for me!
I pay tribute to her now and her Thunderbird Artists in Arizona. I play one or two of her shows each year and I am GLAD to do it. It brings me back to my roots and I shall never forget her kindness in hiring me for the first time almost 20 years ago!! Now she has a nice stage for me and the lines of people at the CD tables are longer now and the crowds are larger now, and I play with my band, my daughters, Teresa and Stephanie, and we have such a great time reliving the memories!!!
Rock On..Esteban ps/ remember, when you are up against a tough time, get out your guitar and go play for a friend, a coffee shop or even play on the street with your guitar case open for tips. Miracles can happen!! Plus you will have great fun and your attitude about your life will change for the better!!