Sep 1, 2017
It has been said, each one of us has a gift. These endowments are unique and just as an orchestra collaborates to yield great music, so it should be in our daily encounters. This film, “Five Easy Pieces”, illustrates one man’s struggle to see his gift as a gratuity rather than a cursed burden. Many of us struggle in this way, so instruction is needed. We now offer to you, in a teaching effort, Mr. Tom Harker’s words, as we all attempt to reconcile gift and acceptance.
O Captain! My Captain!
Tom Harker meant the world to me. He was a father figure, a mentor, a confidant, a rebel, a partner in crime, my fearless leader, a supporter, an inspiration, and a friend. Tom gave me the book, “The Velveteen Rabbit” and he told me I was real and that was damned important. I did not know what he meant by that proclamation or his gift of the book. Who was the Boy and who was the Rabbit? Tom is the most real man I ever met. I am proud to have worked closely with him for years and to have been the other half of his “Dynamic Duo”. So please join me in listening to his inspirational words about music, movies, and life.
It took 15 episodes to get to this moment, but it’s here and it begs revelation. Moving Music, in grand part, is about leaving something behind for posterity. The audience will change, but the message will remain personal and exclusive. For me, it has been about the one most important lesson I have learned so far in life; you need people. Ty and I could not do this alone. We need every person who has, or will agree to interview about the precious influences that led them to discover a gift or endure the artistic hard times. I think perhaps that is why Tom Harker starts a band with the name “Tryin’ Times”. It’s not the times but the people who comfort each other through those times that matter. I only worked with Tom on 3 occasions, but I actually learned so much. Now, just one more time, Moving Music is humbled and proud to offer the Tom “Ukulele Man” Harker interview about “Five Easy Pieces”.