Thank You

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Thank You

Where does one begin when so many people are involved? Without Joelle Jarvis I wouldn't have met Bob Jacobs, so a big thanks to Joelle. Bob, President of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, loves these stories as much as I do and made a verbal deal with me the moment I mentioned the idea to him—for that I am very grateful. Thanks to the entire staff at Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Those who helped me along the way are many. They include my son, Jeremy, to whom I dedicated this book personally and who, professionally, has proven to be one of the most connected and knowledgeable people in the music business; Danny Hayes, not only a great lawyer, but also an amazing friend and supporter along with his entire firm, Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes; Eileen Bradley, one of my oldest friends and an amazing talent coordinator; publishing executive Brad Rains; Mark Young; and the many publicists, managers, record company and publishing executives, agents and personal assistants who helped to carve out some time from these talented and very busy songwriters' schedules. Some of you are old friends and associates, and I'm fortunate to have made some new friends along the way. You know who you are and, hopefully, how much I appreciate you.

I want to thank my clients, many of whom I am lucky enough to also call my friends, for their patience and support—David Cassidy, Lamont Dozier, Stefanie Schaeffer, Nancy Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas, NAMM (International Music Products Association), to name a few. Thanks to my JAG PR associates, Laura Johnson and Jane Covner, and my amazing assistant Lyna Avanessian.

I must thank Benny Ashburn and the Commodores. We grew up together in this business from the day they had their first audition at Lloyd Price's club in New York City in 1970. They gave me a graduate course in the music business in the streets of New York, on tour across the country and the world, and then moved me to Los Angeles where I've lived ever since. It's been an interesting journey — but that's another story.

My friends and family are always there for me. I'm lucky enough to say that the list is too long for this page, but you know who you are and how much I love you. I fear leaving someone out and suffering the ramifications!

Mostly, thanks to all of the amazingly talented songwriters without whom there would not be a book nor songs to reflect our moods, bring us up, soothe our pain, make us laugh and cry and play a lifetime role in our memory bank. What seems fairly unanimous is that songwriters believe they are fortunate to have their gift and largely feel like the mediums between their source and the pen. We thank them for heeding the call and for the great contributions they've made to our lives — and, of course, to this book.

~Jo-Ann Geffen

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