Day 100. I have given $1,000 to 100 different people so far. $10 doesn’t sound like much, but trust me it adds up. Although some people remind me of plenty of things I could have used the money for, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. It has been amazing.
If you live near Grand Forks, ND, I will be on the air with Denny and Kerri of KYCK 97.1 FM Wednesday morning a little after 8am Central Time. You can listen live on the Internet as well at http://97kyck.com/.
Last Wednesday I went out in search of a recipient for my $10. I ran into several former recipients of my Year of Giving: Kenneth B. (Day 30), Bill C. (Day 36), Nikki G. (Day 66), and Manny H. (Day 85). Now when I walk around my neighborhood I always run into someone that I have given to before.
I came across Bill Davis who was entertaining Metro riders entering and exiting the Dupont Circle station. The 46-year-old Maryland resident has been playing music since he was in elementary school when he started playing the saxophone. I too started playing the saxophone when I was in elementary school, however, I produced much different sounds. I recall my brother Ryan comparing my playing to the sounds of a slow dying moose.
Bill has been around the music industry for a long time. He shares one of his most proud accomplishments; producing Peaches & Herb’s Colors of Love album. You might remember Peaches & Herb best from the late 70’s hit Reunited.
“Reunited and it feels so good
Reunited ‘cuz we understood…”
Bill said he was going to use my $10 to buy him some new reeds for his saxophone. My name must have subliminally influenced his decision.
I asked him what he thought of my project and he said, “Giving is a beautiful thing.” That it is. Speaking of giving…I’ll give you a little peak at Bill’s musical talent. Check out the following video.
UPDATE: Nov 15, 2011:
I ran into Bill this morning at Metro Center. As I climbed the escalators I was greeted by the crisp November air and the melodic tunes of Mr. Davis playing the saxophone. It makes the vibe of the whole area kind of cool. We chatted for a second. He said he was doing alright and might even stop by David’s farewell party next Monday night.