When I write new music- & I mean getting busy by stopping the world to write a dozen new songs- it is both exhilarating & exhausting. I love to be in this space because I just can’t soak up enough around me- and it seems like everything suddenly shows up to get folded in somehow! (Synchronicity?)
Is it random chance, really? Like when I’m stuck on a torch tune and take a break to go visit my favorite record shop that just happens to have a perfect live rare Sarah Vaughan recording w/ songs very similar…, or going to see another musician who just happens to play a traditional tune on ukulele in just the way I’ve been practicing mine…
Or how my new producer picks a band to interpret my songs- a band who just happens to be the most amazing group of incredible (kind!) musicians. I mean a hot band; phenomenal pros, who had a crazy knack for interpreting my music so beautifully fresh & right on. My music is inspired by a lot in the Americana realm. Americana being American roots music- a big frontier that includes folk, country, rock, blues, & jazz. This is one beautiful thing about our collective American musical legacy; our musical history RULE S with original genres that the world seems keen to copy- blues & jazz, Texas rock ‘n country, Appalachian, folk, gospel, even Tex-Mex- are purely American; Musical traditions born on American soil. My tunes for the last album were influenced by Americana & Tex-Mex. This CD taps early jazz, blues & torch traditions.
So I finished 9 songs in Texas this/last month so far- recording first the demos here, & then meeting up in a Texas studio w/ new people – the Charles Hearn Quintet, plus me & my guitar player Az. Four of the songs I wrote or arranged anew- just for this group of musicians- to take advantage of their chemistry & skillz. I wrote a 1930’s styled swing, and 2 jazz ballads for this recording session.
And how the magic happened! These sessions for this torch ‘n jazzy blues project were some of the most magical musical experiences I’ve had in practice & in studio. It was pure joy- much laughter, talking, playing, and taking the tunes where i’d never heard or experienced them before.
Lots of unexplainable moments where we just clicked into a groove; all the right elements in the mix. I actually got a little sad sitting in the airport to leave South Texas! It was as if we had just had time to warm up & then I had to go home! too soon!!
This is the ultimate passion to me; to be consumed by the thing you love- whether for a moment or a spell, and getting to share it! Engaging in something to the point that you melt into it- empty out- only to be filled up again by something far bigger than yourself , whether it be art, love, physical &/or mental creative exertion… Passion; to be alive, in the richest, fullest, possible way.
I’ve had a blast writing new torch & jazz songs. And what a luxury to work with musicians who make me & my songs better; so much more than I/they could ever be alone. And singing. I love to sing on mine & others projects.