Ray Conniff Gets His Rhythm
The sax player gave him $20, which at that time was a lot of money. He also passed him a pamphlet, outlining the basic principles of positive thinking (though Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's book The Power of Positive Thinking was not published until 1952). My dad clutched the $20 and promised to read the pamphlet. Semireligious in tone, it explained that the universe is unfolding as it should under God's law. It also pointed out the basic laws of attraction—if you put out good energy, good energy comes back to you. My father surmised that knocking on doors, begging for work was turning off prospective employers. He was giving negative and getting negative back. He also realized he needed to further himself musically.