superman_Every time I head out to Anaheim for the NAMM show, I know I have an incredibly hectic week ahead, this year involving everything from back-to-back manufacturer meetings and ConventionTV@NAMM reporting duties to networking with music products retailers and supervising the 27th annual Music & Sound Awards. That last one, though, is perhaps most fun of all: There’s nothing quite like approaching a booth out of the blue, walking up to, say, a Sales & Marketing Director who’s been evangelizing on behalf of his or her product for hours and, with sincere congratulations, presenting that person with an award for having the very best product in its category, as voted on by the industry’s dealers. The pride that’s evident in their faces makes me feel great: for the winners themselves, of course, but also for the industry that benefits from their innovation and expertise.

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