One of the greatest perks of our job is the people that we get to meet. Whether that’s out at a game or event, or over a coffee or lunch, the opportunity to meet and connect with people that read this site, support Bumpy Pitch or are just fans of the game is an amazing experience each and every time. We may be in the apparel business, but more than anything we are in the business of connecting with people. That may sound a bit corny but it’s something we believe in deeply.
Today was one of those days where I got to meet someone who not only has been very supportive of Bumpy Pitch, but who we are very big fans of as well. You may have seen us link to a few different videos or articles about Eric Whitacre. Eric is one of the most accomplished modern composers in the world. He’s worked with famed composers like Hans Zimmer “co-writing the mermaid theme for feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, written his own musicals, earned numerous award nominations and even had the number one classical album in both the US and UK. All of this and the dude is as down to earth and as cool as you could imagine.
But on top of all of that, Eric put together a project that literally sparked a global sensation when he released his Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep. This project “released in April 2011, involves over 2,000 voices from 58 countries. An exceptional orator, he was honored to address the U.N. Leaders’ programme (2010) and give a TED Talk (TED.com, March 2011) earning the first full standing ovation of the conference.”
In Eric’s TED Talk one of the things he speaks about is the length that people will go to in order to feel connected to a greater community. That sense of belonging and the connection you have to a group of people who you share something in common with is one of life’s great treasures. We chatted a little bit about this topic today, with much of it centering around the readers of this site and Bumpy Pitch and the community that has been built by the collective audience. It’s a pretty powerful thing and something I’m stoked to be a part of.
I love sitting and chatting and getting inspired by the amazing things that so many people are out there doing. It’s not easy to create something that the world pays attention to, yet Eric has been able to achieve that. It’s a great reminder that if you are passionate and skilled and have the desire and commitment to do something special that anything can be done. That’s definitely something I was inspired by in meeting Eric and something that all of us should strive to do.
Check out Eric’s Virtual Choir and his TED talk after the jump.