Hello Everyone: Busy times...That's a good thing, but it can be hard to keep up with everything. Just a quick note to say hello and quickly touch on a few items. First, thanks to all of you for your kind comments regarding my "City of The Angels" video on YouTube. So many people have never seen me perform live or heard me sing (though certainly a fair number of you have) that it's interesting to receive your wide and varied comments. One never quite sees themselves as others do, so it's fun to get the feedback from a good cross-section of observers. I notice we've had over 200 "plays" of the song. That won't set any YouTube records, but it does indicate that a good number of you are curious enough to have given the video a look. Watch for new videos featuring "Jim Hudak and Friends" to be added to both YouTube and onto this website in the near future. In fact, if you click on the "Video" link on the homepage of this site, you will find a short video describing an idea I have for a television show called "Music By The Bay." It shows some historic Jim Hudak footage along with interview clips that outline the TV show idea I've been kicking around for some time. Special thanks to Pat Mosca for some fine editing work in putting the video together. Referring back to the City Of The Angels, my recent trip to the Los Angeles Film Festival was very enjoyable. It was nice catching up with a few of my old friends and colleagues, including Stephen McDonough, Barry Knittel, and my good friend Lindsay Spiller, among others. I also met some great new people and composers, including Noah Perry from the East Bay Area and Vance and Tracy James Marino from San Diego. We had the privilege of attending a workshop featuring the great film composers Dave Grusin and David Newman, who we also chatted with briefly after the workshop. Back home in the Bay Area, I've been meeting with some local entertainment attorneys about doing some music and intellectual property rights consulting work, which I'm excited about. The aforementioned attorney, Lindsay Spiller, along with entertainment attorneys Robert Preskill, Ned Hearn, and John Coker have all been particularly helpful in getting me on track with some of my ideas. All this and a continued busy performance schedule has kept me hopping. I'll be seeing my brother, Don, along with my parents up in Portland, Oregon next week. It'll be the first time our family has been together in nearly 13 years, so it should be special. The occasion is the 80th birthday celebration for both Mom and Dad (they were born exactly two months apart in 1928), and we'll also be seeing members of both sides of the family at a couple different family reunions. Nothing like a return to one's roots to gain some good perspective on things. Besides all that's been happening that I've touched on, I also want to do some serious recording of lots of new material this fall. I'll be assembling my musician and engineering friends and associates for that purpose over the coming months. Thank you again for your interest and support. Best wishes to all of you for good health and prosperity. Yours in Music and Life, Jim

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