Cory Kauffman

11 May

There are a lot of people who think that those with money are greedy. I disagree. I do think some people who have wealth could do a lot more with their fortune to help others in need…..BUT….I know if I had a lot of money, the first thing I would buy is a lion, a tiger, a grizzly bear, a gorilla and a rhino and make them duke it out on my private jet (which would, of course, be a G5). Don’t worry, I wouldn’t be on the G5.  I would set up video cameras to record their epic battle, because–of course–that plane is gonna crash when they start fighting!!  Then, I’d post it on YouTube and make another billion dollars from all its views!  Haha!  Big smiley face!!

But then,….after a while, it would be more self-serving to spread it around to people who need it more than me.

But just because you have a lot of money, doesn’t mean you don’t have a good heart and I know that, because I met a boy named Corey Kauffman in high school that proved this point.

When my band first formed, recording was very expensive. My band was as green as they come and couldn’t afford the cost of doing it in a studio.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times, you never become a musician so that you can also become an incredible businessman. At the age of 17, I knew nothing of commerce, I knew nothing of business, and I always thought my talent would take care of everything.

21 years later, I now know better. I know being a good businessman is instrumental in being a good musician. Maybe that’s why I was fortunate enough to meet someone like Cory Kauffman.

I haven’t spoken to Cory in years and he might not like the fact that I am writing this blog about him right now, but his story in my life deserves to be told. Cory Kauffman is the grandson of Ewing Kauffman, the owner of the Kansas City Royals, who won the World Series last year.

Cory Kauffman was richer than every single person in my entire school and probably richer than all of our families combined, but you would have never known that about him. Cory, in my opinion, was just another really good friend of mine that didn’t want any special treatment for his namesake.

Before I ever knew of his heritage, Cory made me feel like a good friend when I first moved to Raymore from Sedalia. The Corey I knew in high school was funny, bigger than life, and so willing to go out of his way to make a person like me feel at home in a brand-new school with brand-new people that didn’t know me.

He was the first person I met when I moved to Kansas City that went out of his way to take me around the area and show me the ropes for adapting to this new city life.

So when I joined my band in high school, the issue of making a demo to promote our newfound music became the subject of concern for us. Again, I had known Cory for a while. I knew what his name meant to Kansas City, but it was never mentioned by him.

But as it turns out, Cory was a fan of me and my band. Some of the first shows I ever did–this boy who could have bought and sold me on the black market if he wanted to–was front and center at each of our shows.

And when it came time for my band to go into the studio, we got a mysterious check that paid for the entire time we spent recording our first demo.  It was rarely brought up after-the-fact and it was a project we never paid him back for–nor were we ever asked to pay him back.

Ive had little contact with Cory since moving to Texas, but that’s probably more on my shoulders than his. I’ve lost touch with a lot of good people who helped me be who I am today.  I do know that Cory has gone above and beyond to make a living outside of his namesake.

But I know whatever he is doing with his life is good and honest, because he was good and honest with me when he didn’t have to be. That first demo he paid for led to many more albums I made, many more experiences I had as a musician and many more opportunities that all started from him opening that first door for me.

Money is clearly a powerful thing in this world, but being a good person–like Cory-doesn’t have a single thing to do with money. So thank you, Cory.  I’m sorry this thank you note is 21 years late:). And also, Cory, I think a video of these wild predators fighting on a G5 could take us over the top…it’s just an idea, but a very profitable idea:)

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