About 2 years back I was working with an early stage video game company that had a pretty cool concept. One of the individuals on the team asked me to speak to a friend of his who was scoring (or writing the music) for the video game. In short order we were having in depth discussions about the meaning of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, the indelible nature of memories, the confusing reality of how our world takes beautiful souls like Gandhi, MLK, John Lennon, etc. by force (ironically out as I was weeping in front of Extreme Pizza of all places!) and many other deep worthwhile topics.
Justin Lassen has opened my worlds in ways that I never dreamed possible. He's completing his second symphony in Budapest titled A Suite of Grimm in the Mind of the Darkly Inclined. He's an acclaimed remixer having worked with worldwide known super groups like Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park. We exchange our art regularly. He sends me a song, I send him a poem. We both feel comfortable sharing our honest points of view about each other's work.
The great thing about it all is that my friendship with Justin has a sturdy foundation of honesty. Sometimes it takes a while to understand where we're coming from (noir symphony composer and MBA from Wharton are not necessarily...well normal I guess). That's the beauty, we're both comfortable with that. We share how it feels if we get uncomfortable with feeling abnormal patiently letting the other person express.
The last twist to our relationship is that we've never met in person. We've exchanged emails to fill a novel and have had a few lengthy phone convos. Yes, I know, it's not normal but that's us.
Justin Lassen steps into The No Blah-g Zone.