I’ve Never Seen A Straight Banana

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …

In the category of weird stuff you find on the Internet from the far distant past …

If you’ve read my best-selling book, Impact: How to Get Noticed, Motivate Millions and Make a Difference in a Noisy World, you may have read about a strange, young kid by the name of Richard, who used to hang around Recnac Studios in Tampa with his girl friend Marla and talk about sitting in on sessions with the Beatles.

At the time, I was only ten years older than the kid, having built the recording studio out of nothing, by doing joint ventures if you can believe that.

I never knew quite what to make of the kid.

Apparently, he was 16 years old at the time and one night he and his girl friend tried to go see a washed up Tiny Tim who was playing at a roadside TraveLodge motel on the edge of town. Since they were underage, they couldn’t get in to listen to him, but apparently he met them in the lobby of the hotel and offered to give them a private concert in his hotel room.

Fast forward a day and they were knocking on my door asking if they could bring Tiny Tim by to record.

Tiny Tim, was a pretty strange guy, but he was a walking encyclopedia about the original Tin Pan Alley music and I sat there and recorded song after song all afternoon.

I had no idea what ever happened to the tape …. I guess Richard held onto it though and eventually turned it into an album.

I was doing a search and stumbled across my name on this page …


Scroll down and you will find what Richard wrote about the experience along with a production notes credit that mentions the studio and my name.

Richard Barone’s book, FRONTMAN: Surviving The Rock Star Myth (Backbeat/Hal Leonard Books) includes an entire chapter about his experiences recording Tiny Tim.

Apparently, Richard went on to do okay in the music world …


Just goes to show you how tiny things make a big difference.  If you want to read more of them get The Impact Factor: How Small Actions Change the World.

By the way, Recnac Recording Studios was the dream of a young man with almost zero resources who couldn’t even get a recording studio to let him work for free, who turned things around in a couple months and built his own recording studio from scratch — but that’s another story!

You never know who you are going to influence as you go through life, so make your small actions good ones.

A little kindness can go a long way.

All the best,

Ken McArthur





About Ken McArthur

Ken challenges us to realize we ALL have an impact – whether we want to or not – on thousands of people who we touch in our day-to-day lives by demonstrating that simple things make a HUGE difference. The popular host of a series of live events that bring together top-level marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations and non-profit organizations to create multi-million dollar joint venture relationships – he creates incredible, intense impact for product launches and multi-million dollar profits in surprisingly short timeframes. Regularly asked to speak at leading marketing events, he has managed product launches ranked in the top 400 sites on the Internet. Ken McArthur is also the creator of AffiliateShowcase.com, a pioneering affiliate program search engine and directory system and the founder of the MBS Internet Research Center, which conducted the world’s largest survey ever attempted on the subject of creating and launching successful information products. Not satisfied to concentrate entirely on large organizations, Ken also works with select individuals to help them create a decent living utilizing the power of the Internet. Ken was the official mentor for Sterling Valentine as he took his launch from ZERO to over $100,000 in less than 8 days. Ken and Sterling documented the process as a “proof of concept” for Info Product Blueprint a massive home study course that is the “bible” of info product creation. Ken offers top-level coaching and mentoring programs designed to help individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations reach masses of people using the techniques, tactics strategies and systems that he has developed specifically to help people spread their ideas, products and services around the globe.

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