The young man who came to help me in my studio...editing video; shooting video; doing what a good producer does: serve as confidant, champion, AND devil's advocate...Matteo Zanetti has returned to Italy to finish his university studies. Matteo, whose picture you may view on my website, came to me out of the blue, and I can only wonder at the deeper reasons (some old connection) for the blessing of his active and dedicated presence in my life.
I was already in a highly productive period, but with Matteo's very focused help, his humor and incredible willingness to try new things, I was able to accomplish in just two months what might have taken me the best part of a year.
One hopes the experience was rewarding for him, but as for me...well, you wouldn't even be reading this, OR know about my novels, OR have "Peace Talks" and music videos to view were it not for Matteo being so ready to be useful. There's no other word for it. And because Matteo was useful to me, my wish now is that the results of all this--our--"productivity" will be an inspiration to you, kind reader.
Thank you, Matteo. Thank you, my new friend.
- Stephen Jerrome
- Los Angeles, CA, United States
- I am a writer, photographer and musician living in Los Angeles. In the last few years, new written work--numerous plays, screenplays, and two novels--have demonstrated this to be the most productive period of my life. The journal I have also kept for thirty-five years has, of late, become a personal sounding board for my thoughts on peace and the state of the world...about which I remain hopelessly optimistic! My writing here will be in tandem to video "Peace Talks" I have recorded, and which will be released throughout 2011. You're welcome to visit my website, the "Studio 5" link, to see my photographs. As a classically-trained pianist, I have been composing music all my life. Two guitar re-mixes of piano music are attached here, as well as several music videos, including "Consider Peace" the title track of an up-coming CD. Balancing writing, photography and music has been a long and challenging path...not to be recommended! Yet this very Aries diversity reflects an enthusiasm for the modern world of which I feel very much a part.