This weekend, we're flying to Hollywood. We are booked to
perform at the Into the West Oscar Party, sponsored by New Line Cinema's
Official Lord of the Rings Fan Club. We are so psyched.
Unfortunately, I haven't done nearly as much promotion for the
event as I would've liked. After five years of promoting day and
night, I'm kinda burnt out. Fortunately, our fans aren't.
So when I got an email last week from Hagar "the Horrible" (he
dresses as a Viking at Renaissance Festivals and kinda looks like
the comic strip character) saying he wanted my permission to
email the TV stations about our Oscar Party gig, I was like, "Hell, yeah! Why didn't I think of that?"
I didn't think anymore of it until a camera crew showed up that
evening. Jim Swift from KXAN News 36's "Out On The Porch" segment saw on
our website that we were playing that very evening and decided to
The interview went fantastic and ran this past Sunday. It also got
me thinking. Why on this earth does Hagar continually go out of his
way to help us? What's in it for him?
There are many reasons. I hope to go into many of them in future
articles. But let me tell ye, it's not for any financial reward.
We don't pay him a thing. Actually, he won't even accept money
or free CDs. He does it mainly for two reasons.
One, we've educated our fans to promote us. Two, and more
importantly, it allows him to "pay us back" for the joy
we've given him.
Hagar isn't so horrible actually. In fact, he's a lot like you
and me. All we want is recognition for what we do.
The biggest reward your fans really hope to receive
comes from two emphatic and sincere words: "Thank you!".