Yesterday I got a very special package in the mail.
You see, sometimes, business transactions are not about money. They are about trading services. You have something I want, and I have something you want so let's figure something out.
Of course getting paid for doing work is always great. But sometimes when in the music biz, trading talents is equally valuable as money.
I have done several trades over the years. I'll teach your kid piano lessons if you babysit my Preston. Or, I'll add orchestration to your song if you would sing vocals on mine. If you do artwork for my cd cover, I'll play the violin for yours. I'll let you use my song in your ski film if you send me a new pair of skis.
Trades are great. Everyone wins.
Well, I just experience the coolest trade ever.
A big huge box full of Swiss and German Chocolate.
Several weeks ago, a woman named Marion from Switzerland wrote me and told me that she really wanted to purchase my sheet music, however she wasn't able to do a monetary international transaction, and wondered if she could instead send me a box full of Swiss chocolate.
I only had to think about that for about 2 seconds before I said Um Yes.
So now I have enough Swiss chocolate to last me for at least a year, and a new lovely friend in Switzerland who is playing my music on her piano.
Here is a better shot of all the diferent varieties of chocolate she sent me. The coolest one by far I have tasted is the chocolate covered strawberry yogurt bar. Delish.