We received an email inquiry from Journey fan, Reiko Imrie, about a week ago asking us about the festival schedule (in particular, when we’d be screening the Journey film). I told him the date and he replied saying he was sadly going to be out of town and would miss the MN premiere. A few days later, he excitedly wrote us back saying he got his dates wrong and would indeed be able to attend. We told him we looked forward to having him there and to invite all his friends, in which he replied with this very touching letter that he shared with us. Thanks, Reiko for reaching out to us and your genuine passion for music represents a big reason for why we produce this festival every year.
“This is a copy of my letter to my friends. I thought maybe you would like to read….
Many of you already know I have been a big fan of, Arnel Pineda, the new singer for Journey. It is not in my professional area and you may be very surprised to see a different side of me. There are two main reasons why I have been rooting for him for over 4 years now. The first one is easy to explain. When I was in high school (music major high school in Osaka) I practiced piano after dinner until 10:30 every night then did homework listening to Journey. When I practiced Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and e.t.c., I listened to every layer of melody, harmony and was checking the tone carefully. When I listened to Journey (of course LP records), I simply enjoyed the sound and allowed it to release my tension from practice. Listening to Journey brings back good memories. The second reason is: Arnel Pineda was born in the Philippines, never had any voice lessons or any music education, but he could always sing very well. He sang for food and for a place to sleep and for his family. In my case, with two music professors as parents, I started ear training and piano at age of three. I can’t help respecting Arnel for what he has achieved, even though his world of music is so different from mine. As Journey’s lead singer since 2008 he sings nightly in front of 15,000 and performs amazingly despite the pressure of joining an established band. A documentary about him – “Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey” – will be in Minneapolis for one night only on Friday, October 12th at 7pm at the Ritz Theater (345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413) as part of the SOUNDUNSEEN13 Film Festival.”
— Reiko Imrie