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Mindi Abair: Game Changer

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While Weinberg observed that Abair seems to have it all, her dream come true life still has its occasional nightmarish aspects, as well. For instance, she had some misfortune when her car was broken into while running errands just a few minutes from home earlier this year. "My alto saxophone, mouthpiece, and oh everything, was stolen. At the very beginning of the year, they were stolen out of my car about five minutes from my house in Hollywood. It was in there for five minutes unattended. Five minutes. My sax was taken. My mouthpiece that I played for ten plus years, that was customized, there's not another like it on the planet and it was taken. My wireless system, Ipad, Iphone, everything. I kind of realized that the saxophone was the last thing I was really hanging onto. And once that was stolen, I realized that 'Wow, I am just full Buddhist now. Complete un-attachment.'"

She continues, "I don't need the 'stuff.' I do need a saxophone and a mouthpiece, and that appeared magically. Yamaha was just great. They gave me a new horn. They shipped it in from New York and they found something close to the model that I have, which is an older model. It's a beautiful new horn."

Though Abair had lost items that were irreplaceable, both personally and professionally, she looked at this as another dream opportunity. "Nothing like getting your mouthpiece stolen to light a fire under you to finish the prototype that you've been working on for two years." Abair had been working on a new, customized Mindi Abair mouthpiece for a couple of years with Theo Wanne, a premier mouthpiece designer and manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. She continues, "While I was up in Seattle, I met with him again and we finished it. That mouthpiece is going to be a signature Mindi Abair mouthpiece. That will come out, I believe in the fall of this year. That will be my first mouthpiece with my signature on the top of it. That's like my baby. So some good things came out of losing the last things I was attached to. Hopefully you take something bad and try and create something better from it. You take it and try and one up yourself and do better next time. And make something good out of it."

And what's next for the saxophonist / vocalist / jewelry designer / musical philanthropist / mouthpiece designer? "Obviously, the live record will be the next thing to sink my teeth into. But as far as what comes next, boy, I couldn't have seen Aerosmith coming, so there are certain things you just can't plan."
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