Karl Westman, of Soul Captain Music, was my "music guy," when I worked at Ogilvy. I don't know how many spots I worked on with Karl, but every one of them turned out well and we always had a good time working together. Not once did I get that pulsating thing around my temples where those veins that are usually recessed decided to get up and go for a walk.
Karl taught me a lot through the years. A lot about story-arc because music should arc in similar ways. Karl's hands when listening to music were like a conductor's. They illustrated the arc we were always looking for.
I've learned through 40 years of advertising, that you find two types of friends. Transactional friends--you like each other, but only so long as you're helping each other. And lifelong friends. People you're in it with for the long-haul, long after you no longer work together.
Somehow I made a lot of lifelong friends at Ogilvy. People I'll know the rest of my years. Karl is one of them.
Some months ago I asked Karl for a blog post. This one came in on New Year's Eve. It seems like a good way to kick off the year. A little learning, a little wistfulness, a little love.
Thanks, Karl. Keep dancing.