We had a blast spending the evening at Yoshi’s San Francisco, with Kaitlin McGaw and the Mr. Right Nows.
We debuted our new song “Heartbeat” and in true form of the band name, performed with a one-night-only performer on percussion!
With Dave Fairchild on bass, and Tommy Shepherd on drums, it was a wonderful composition for the evening of music. Tommy and I usually perform in Alphabet Rockers together, rapping about shapes and singing to kids age 2-7 – very far from the singer-songwriter realm in a jazz club.
Thanks to our fellow musicians who had fabulous ensembles, the Blind Willies and Lia Rose, also debuting new songs and taking risks, as songwriters inspire one another to do!
Much gratitude always for Bay Vibes who make live performances for songwriters absolutely enjoyable in the Bay Area.
In June, I was commissioned to write 9 songs for a client interested in creating upbeat, hip hop/pop songs with kid-friendly lyrics. [Um, no problem - I was down!] I paired up with Jason Villaroman, GRAMMY-winning engineer from the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend, and we started writing and producing tracks around the clock. After we met the deadline, Jason headed out to tour with Sergio Mendes, and upon his return we booked time at Fantasy Studios to keep it going.
We collaborated on several new tracks, including “We Found Everything” and the song “Go!” – and mixed down one of our favorite songs from the commissioned project.
We love working at Fantasy Studios – where we burn the candle at both ends and try to get the most of our time! Pictured here is Jason, and our contributors Andrew Wilkins and Zach McPherson. We love working with Jeffrey & Alberto at Fantasy, and of course studio manager Allison!
This fall Jason and I are producing the debut record for Marcus D, an emerging artist with alternative/dance tracks inspired by Tori Amos, David Usher, and Prince. At the end of the year, we will return to production for TV and commercials. Hear some of the sounds on soundcloud.
Thanks to Songs Alive! and Katie Garabaldi for inviting me to Songs Alive showcase this month. Hosted at Cafe Velo Rouge, the Mr. Right Nows and I piled in for an intimate and packed night of songwriting. Also featuring Rich … Continue reading →
In 2008, I attended a music conference in St. Louis. May seem like a random city to go to for a music industry conference, but wow did it deliver. I hadn’t expected much – meet a few new people, listen to some business and music lectures [or doodle and snooze] – the usual thing. Instead, we had unique workshops on things like choices to make in performance techniques, personal strategies in social media, and then most importantly, setting goals for 3 months, 6 months, 5 years, and even lifelong. Wasn’t expecting that! at a music conference? It was life-changing.
At the end of the conference, I met a stunning songwriter, Mari Rosa, who had flown in from New York. We exchanged a few words, business cards, stories about our music, and then impulsively, I asked if she wanted to stay in touch on our goals from the conference – as what they called “accountability partners.” She agreed, and to this day, we talk weekly to take on the challenges of music business together.
This inspired me to write an article – “Buddy Up” – which was published in the October 2011 issue of Electronic Musician. It was a joy to write about how we don’t have to do-it-alone in this interesting music business. My friendship with Mari Rosa has changed the way I do business, pushed me to the next level as a musician, and has made me a better person, because she shares such incredible life advice. My view is that buddying-up doesn’t apply just to this industry – if you have goals you are reaching for, find a like-minded person and help one another plan and get there.
Here’s a few fun pics from our friendship since then: