March 21st, 2012

21 Mar

As close to music as I’m ever going to come

By Silver Blue | 4 comments


Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I ran an Unofficial Fan Page to former Columbia Recording artist Jane Olivor (who performed the Academy Award nominated song “The Last Time I Felt Like This” with Johnny Mathis from the movie “Same Time, Next Year”.

I first met Ms. Olivor in 1999 at the Birchmere, in Alexandria VA, when she played there for Valentine’s Day. I gushed appreciation and had to sit down before I hyperventilated.

In 2001, I actually was able to have dinner with Ms. Olivor:

In 2002, I was offered the opportunity to become her Web Manager. It was a stunning ride on the merry-go-round, during which time I saw her in concert five or six more times.

The only other photo I have of us together is:

Well, things have a way of changing and we parted ways as “the record company wanted to take over her official page.” (That was the official “request’.) Such is life, and she’s never really had a website since.  Being that close to the machinations of the music industry, however, left the polish quite tarnished. I’ve never looked at “stars” with the same eye again. Fame simply doesn’t impress me. I’ve met my share of performers over the years, from Star Search winner Sam Harris, to Annie Lennox, to Basia, to Roxette … and to me, they’re all human. When they perform, they all have the ability to take my mind away from reality for a short while. But they all bleed red, they all have bills to pay, and they all put their pants on one leg at a time.


Silver Blue… who isn’t famous for any reason, and as no desire for fame and riches… yet if I know that if I make one person smile, one heart remember, one moment brighter, then I have more fame and riches than the biggest superstar there is.

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