Friday, August 6, 2010

Music Hotel

Music Hotel © 2010 by Ken West, all rights reserved


I was walking two or three blocks near my hotel. Dusk was turning into darkness. I spotted the seedy-looking hotel I had passed the other night. But tonight it looked different. The yellowish light from inside looked warm and inviting. I could see a tall, dark man through the plate glass window. He was setting up a microphone as his companions got their guitars and shiny brass horns ready to play. I continued walking.

By the time I came back, music was coming from inside the place. Couldn’t really hear the melody, but I could almost feel it with my eyes. I moved closer to the window. The formerly dingy hotel lobby now looked like a Cuban nightclub. Patrons of the hotel lined the walls, listening to the tall guy singing as his fellow musicians played along. I wanted to go inside and listen, but I didn’t. I watched from outside, standing alone in the dark.

The next day, I went over to the hotel to ask about the performance. No one at the hotel admitted that it had ever taken place.

But, I saw it. If only I had gone inside to listen.

Ken West, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, is president of Better Grip Media LLC and author of Get What You Want! Workbook… available worldwide on and other online booksellers. In the U.S. at

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