During the summer of 2014, I watched a number of my friends and family celebrate high school and college reunions. Although it helped me remember just how long it's been since I graduated from high school, it also put things in perspective. I learned and made more lifelong connections from my time in the music industry than in high school. This got me to wondering if it would be acceptable for me to be more excited about a reunion of my musical peers than my academic.
I posed this question to the group of individuals I shared countless evenings with at The Five Spot and received tremendous response. Some of which I didn't expect, and some from people I wasn't even friends with. Quickly, it grew from something that was only supposed to be a passing thought into the prospect of a real thing.
It took no time for me to realize that this was something our community was interested in. Making the reunion happen. But what about the rest of the world? All of the people that found themselves in the music. I began thinking of how to include them, and came to the conclusion that the story needs to be told. People need to know how it came to be.
And there it is. This project is an attempt to connect the world with the love and acceptance that we felt working together just a decade ago. The family atmosphere and the connection to the city of Philadelphia. A modern Motown of sorts.