Watching the Costa Rica surfing team get in a huddle and shout-out Costa Rica made me think of Eric Haller, singer, songwriter and how I met him and his brother Bret Haller in the surfing state of California with our opening greeting being, “what’s up dude”.
I had been living in Los Angeles with two black supermodels next door to me who had opened the door while only a small opening for other models of colour. Iman who had this dude move in with her called Bowie, and Beverly Johnson who at that time was dating Chuck Norris. Almost everyone in our building was either building a new place to call home like Iman and Bowie or waiting for the right place to come available and for me that was a home built by a Canadian artist Douglas Reisbrough overlooking Laurel Canyon infamous with rock band and the creative type. My home was on Elusive Drive on a dirt road with one neighbor the Haller’s. Mike Haller and his two son’s who had their own home on the property Bret and Eric Haller.
One day while standing on my front gate Bret Haller stopped over to introduce himself and I asked him what you guys do over their curious as everyday I would hear drums and guitars. Bret told me he and his brother Eric had a band Current User and they were recording an album and they had done some music for Sean Penn on his film Indian Runner. Mike Haller passed away fighting the fight with cancer, and Bret Haller about 10 years or so also fighting cancer. I will always have a special love and place in my heart for the Hallers. Eric Haller who now lives in Costa Rica and I can understand why, Costa Rica is a bit like Elusive Drive, nature and rustic or as I call it the Switzerland of Latin America.
Bret Haller gave me the CD from Indian Runner and here is the song from that film and this link will take you to Current User music that these dudes were working on next door to me on Elusive Drive.