Category Archives: Darren Herman

LEROI MOORE 1961-2008

From a statement on The Dave Matthews Band website:

LEROI MOORE 1961-2008

08/19/2008

We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.

I cannot stress enough how much this band has touched my life – both personally and professionally. I wrote about this in my book and multiple times on this blog. My deepest condolences go out to the Moore’s and all friends of the family.

I’ve met Moore a few times and he was one of the most understated members of the band – extremely reserved, but had a big presence on stage. We are going to miss him as the tour continues…

Hermanweb Has a Facelift!

I’m pleased to announce that my wife’s blog, Hermanweb.us, has had a facelift which has been in the making for the past few weeks and I think it looks beautiful. We launched the full version early this morning and pages that were missing from the previous site are now back online.

We originally launched Hermanweb when we got engaged to alert our families and friends about what was going on in our lives. Lots of wedding details were added and it became the hub for our special day. We then realized that we had built up a following – and Sherri because a content producer that people were reading everyday. When we ran into family friends in restaurants, temple, and at parties, they knew exactly what was going on in our lives and on special occasions, would bring up questions based on the blog postings that were written. The power of communication is amazing.

HermanWeb

362 posts and over 175 comments later, Hermanweb is thriving. I invite you all to check it out and let Sherri know your thoughts. It’s always evolving with restaurant reviews, movie reviews, vacation information, and such- so each day is different but a major part of the “Herman” lifestyle.

Cristi and DarrenThe designer of the site is our friend Cristian from CandesProjects. Cristian and I go back a few years as we met online as his previous work was unbelievably inspiring so I had hired him to work on a few projects for me. We sponsored Cristi to come to America for the first time last year and spent quite a bit of time with him and he became a great friend to both Sherri and I. Subsequent to all of this, we’ve referred a number of clients to Cristi and he’s got a thriving business. If you ever have any design needs, be sure to reach out. He’s incredible. He’s also the person who designed this blog.

Enjoy

Thursday Afternoon Update

As many of you know, I’m down in North Carolina on a little R&R (vacation) and have spent quite a bit of time catching up with family, friends, and my RSS feeds.  There are a few things I’d like to address with this post:

  • Contact Form – If you have tried contacting me through the “contact form” on this blog and didn’t get a response, please try submitting again.  I realized that my mail-que was building and we had to delete all contact form responses.  The form has been fully updated and is hosted by a 3rd party so that I will receive all inquiries.
  • FutureMeme.org – Last night, I soft launched FutureMeme.org, a project (not a business) to get many thought leaders to participate and write-in their predictions.   There is a wish list of folks we’d like to have participate but YOU should participate as well.  Check it out.
  • Outerbanks Pics – I uploaded some of our NC pictures to Flickr.  I love the pic of the BBQ sandwich.  Sherri has been blogging about our trip over on HermanWeb.

Back in NYC on Monday…

Greetings from Sand Hill

Sand Hill PicMost readers of this blog know that Sand Hill Road is hub for many venture capital firms in California. I’m spending the week down at Sand Hill Lane, in North Carolina with family and friends. Blogging may be light during this time, but I’m in the midst of reading a few books that many of us would find interesting and will blog about them.

Here are some pics from the first day.

Microblogging: DH's Tumblr Page

I’ve got a Tumblr page setup for micro-blogging… quotes, thoughts, pictures, videos that I find fascinating… generally, they compliment this blog well. Sometimes, they are totally random.

Feel free to check it out. For those of you who are RSS buffs, there is a separate feed for the Tumblr page.

Unofficial 6th Member of DMB Leaves

Just days before the 2008 Summer Tour kicks off, the unofficial 6th member of the Dave Matthews Band, Butch Taylor (keyboardist) has suddenly left the band.  There has not been much else released besides this, but we all hope him well for the future!

Speculation on some of the fan boards have been about Butch getting back to his own band (bt3), being marginalized on stage and quitting after a fall-out, health reasons (family), and others.  I want to wish him the best on his future endeavors as he’s provided tons of enjoyment over the past years.

Who will play keys for the upcoming tour?  Any thoughts?

Butch Taylor

Press Mentions, Photography, and Monday's, Oh My.

Not sure if you have, but you may have ran into me in your Monday morning reading:

Saturday, I had spent some time sharpening my photography skills in Central Park and have posted a few of my photos.  Take a peek at them here if you’d like.

Press Mentions

Carlin on the Earth

Sherri‘s been watching George Carlin late at night and I found one of his monologues about the Earth to be absolutely hilarious (apologies for some of the swear words). I found it online and here it is:

We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the fucking planet?

I’m getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. I’m tired of fucking Earth Day, I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world save for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. They don’t care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun?

The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles…hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages…And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet…the planet…the planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE!

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little styrofoam. Maybe. A little styrofoam. The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.

You wanna know how the planet’s doing? Ask those people at Pompeii, who are frozen into position from volcanic ash, how the planet’s doing. You wanna know if the planet’s all right, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble, if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. Or how about those people in Kilowaia, Hawaii, who built their homes right next to an active volcano, and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new pardigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?” Plastic…asshole.

So, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that’s begun. Don’t you think that’s already started? I think, to be fair, the planet sees us as a mild threat. Something to be dealt with. And the planet can defend itself in an organized, collective way, the way a beehive or an ant colony can. A collective defense mechanism. The planet will think of something. What would you do if you were the planet? How would you defend yourself against this troublesome, pesky species? Let’s see… Viruses. Viruses might be good. They seem vulnerable to viruses. And, uh…viruses are tricky, always mutating and forming new strains whenever a vaccine is developed. Perhaps, this first virus could be one that compromises the immune system of these creatures. Perhaps a human immunodeficiency virus, making them vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases and infections that might come along. And maybe it could be spread sexually, making them a little reluctant to engage in the act of reproduction.