I’ve got a feeling twenty-one is going to be a good year. Especially if you and me see it in together.

The album Tommy by The Who came out in 1969. The first time I heard it at a friend’s house, I was absolutely hooked and it clearly marked the gateway for me to progress from more mellow music to rock ‘n’ roll.

The concept of a rock opera was grand, ambitious, and was a change of form. It inspired so many other great works of art including Pink Floyd’s The Wall. And the artist inside of me illuminated with the prospect of multimedia experiences.

By the time Ken Russell made a movie of the film, I was three months shy of 16. I was a good driver by that time and my father was out of town, so a friend of mine and I took my father is 1969 blue Cadillac convertible and drove to Westwood to see the debut of the movie. Yes I know that was illegal, but it was Tommy, and I was a safe driver. 

Music has always been one of my most favorite things in life, it has elevated me in times of sorrow, bolstered me in times of fear, provided therapy for me in times of anger and given me some of the best moments of my life… going to all of the concerts that I have been so lucky to attend.

2020 has been the litmus test of our country. And heading into 2021 with the confidence that we will soon be rid of this plague and moving forward in a more inclusive direction, I would believe will give a lot of people hope that the future is bright.

Friendship is one of the most valuable assets in life. It is really the reason why I take the time every morning to write something. It gives me an excuse to stay in touch with you and all of my friends. 

Communication and companionship make the human experience and I am glad to be sharing mine with you. Wishing you and all of your friends and family A very healthy and very prosperous new year!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!