Some Friends


June 8, 2012

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If I have said these words once, I’ve said them 100 times, that I am who I am because of the people who have entered my life and made it better. Every single day, I am inspired and motivated by my friends and family, all of whom give me a sense of purpose and give my life meaning. I can say without equivocation that, were it not for my friends and family, I really don’t know where I would be today, as my success in life is attributable to them as much as it is attributable to me. I would be disingenuous if I ever were to think otherwise.

Much like everyone else, I had friends who have stood by my side throughout all sorts of heartache and all sorts of glory, as well as friends who have come and gone. I suppose that’s the nature of the enterprise, some with a longer shelf life than others. But, at any given time, the people in my life are my heroes, when heroism can often be in short supply.

Jake Incao is a musician from Long Island. We met seven years ago, when Jake was opening for Huey Lewis And The News at a local concert. As happens with many friendships, ours grew unexpectedly, starting with an e-mail exchange over common musical interests. Over these past seven years, though, Jake has been a part of so many of the pivotal events in my life, performing at one of my New York State Senate fundraisers, writing and recording “Hold On” for the documentary, Hope Deferred, and epitomizing a sensitive soul in a sometimes hardened world. In fact, Jake is one of the most special people I could hope to meet.

This week, Jake released a song on iTunes and YouTube, “Mind Wide Open”, which is highly worth checking out. You can find it here.
Mind Wide Open


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