Was a bit impulsive and crazy last night and decided to drive back to Chicago-area after the NSAI pitch-to-publisher event in Nashville (big howdy to a few of the other writers I had a chance to meet last night: Mark Box, Harry James and Sarah Popejoy).
Pulled into my driveway at 3:45am this morning (about an eight hour drive). Some observations — there are OODLES of cars and trucks on I65 between midnight and 3:00am; Pilot Gas has adequate coffee and overpriced Twinkies; I discovered the best way to stay awake is to have very loud conversations with myself and scream at the top of my lungs during those few moments everything just becomes a blur… Awww, don’t worry, I was safe!
This time around, I was demo-ing a couple of Christmas songs to present to Carol and crew to plug. I know, weird doing Christmas tunes in July! Anyway, George Clinton and the boys at Bayou Recording were awesome… Ronnie Kimball did the vocal for “Dearest Mary” (actually, changing name of song to “Rockin’ the Light (Dearest Mary)”). What can I say, I dig Ronnie’s voice and also his laid-back vibe coupled with utter professionalism. I know it’s not Christmas, but what the heck — you can listen for yourself: “Rockin’ the Light (Dearest Mary)”- featuring Ronnie Kimball.
btw, thanks to Randy and Fran for letting me hang out during their recording session at Bayou. Nice meeting y’all (that includes you too, Weslee)!
Also recorded “You are My Holiday” with Gary Earl at his studio and we got that bouncy, Christmas-y feel I was shooting for. His wife Robin is a vocal coach and was there for my vocal session as well; that was different for me and it was nice to have the input regarding phrasing, etc. during the production phase. So, I got a great demo and Gary and Robin were turned on to “Miss May’s Nut and Fruit Crunch” which I recently discovered (man, that’s tasty stuff)!
At the top of the post, I mentioned the NSAI Pitch-to-Publisher night, and that went okay; always an education, these events. Met the absolutely fabulous HUG LADY!! Last count, she’s over 37,000 hugs and still hugging strong! What a delight and she TOTALLY MADE MY DAY! She’s got it right and she’s embracing her calling — what a love-bug. With that, here’s a big ****HUG**** for you, my friend. Hope your day is unfolding with lots of light and love.