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About Sam Larkin: brick through glass

sam-posterSam gave me advice when I was in my early 20s about establishing a career.

“I don’t know what to do Sam, it’s like a fixed game.”

“It’s easy Bob I know what you need to do.”


“You go to 1rst Canadian place and you throw a brick at the entrance, smash the windows. In broad daylight.”

“Smash the windows?”

“The front doors. Exactly. And while they take you away, the police that is, you make sure you explain I’m Bob Wiseman The MUSICIAN!  – you simply insist that that’s who you are. ”

“Uh huh.”

“I’m telling you Bob, make sure you are quoted, always, as MUSICIAN Bob Wiseman every time you speak about what you did, like every single time. And they’ll want to hear you, they’ll want to know what you got, where it is, what it sounds like. Or maybe you say I’m Bob WIseman SONGWRITER… whatever. That’s how you do it.”

“I’m not sure I can do that Sam.”

“It’s very simple Bob.”

“Okay thanks, see you next Week.”

“We’ll read about you in the papers, Bob. Good luck.”

About Sam Larkin: reincarnation

sam-black-and-whiteSam believed in past lives. I never could get my head around that line of thought. He told me when we met in 1982 that I had obviously been playing music in previous lives.

“Are you for real?”

“Oh yes Bob I know it.”

“You know it?”

“I know it.”

“Sorry this is all there is Sam or at least I need to live as though this is all there is.”

“No Bob, couldn’t be that way. ”

“I think it’s just vanity and the fear of dying that makes people believe in that.”

“Nope. The proof is in your playing Bob. There’s no way a person could develop that in one lifetime absolutely no way.”

“Anybody could play the way I play.”

“No Bob, not anybody no way.”

“You remember past lives?”


“Tell me.”

“Doesn’t work that way Bob.”

“Doesn’t work that way?”

“It’s accessible under certain conditions, not in this body at this time.”

“Ok, see you next Wednesday.”