Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am currently on the road. I left on Thursday October 8th on the red eye to Boston, MA. I arrived early in the morning. The sun was coming up on the horizon.. and it was quite beautiful.. Even being in the back of the plane... literally, it was not a bad trip. I went to Hertz, and rented me a 4 wheel drive vehicle.. cuz I had a long drive up to Vermont ahead of me.
As I drove on the 90 Mass Turnpike... I was struck by the beauty of the season. Fall is upon us. The people here in this part of the country certainly know it is, the coolness of the weather, the change of the colors most definitely tells you that the new season is upon us. In Cali... we have our cool days.. but we do not get the brisk temperatures.
Some of you are probably wondering why I am here again and why I went to Vermont. I had an opportunity to do an Echoes show with John Diliberto.. and thought it would be cool to share with Will Ackerman my producer as some of the musicians that were on the album TRILLIUM. Essentially I thought perhaps this would go down like this: Me do two songs... Will do two songs and Jeff Oster do two songs.. perhaps Eugene Friesen in the mix as well. What actually happened was amazing. The evolution of what we did was this: We taped a living room concert with my music in the mix, one of Jeff's songs "Fools Gold"... and I then we also taped a Christmas show. John interviewed me, and Will. He also talked with Jeff regarding Fools Gold. We were able to procure David Cullen, Jill Haley, Derrik Jordan, Scarlet Rivera, Jeff Oster, of course Will and I. Will invited the Echoes team up to Imaginary Road Studios and we did the taping there. Corin Nelsen and Jeff Towne did a fabulous job recording everything. Kimberly Haas is the Executive Producer.. with John Diliberto as your host.
Sunday October 11, we taped the Living Room concert... which was much fun. Will Ackerman, Me, Jeff Oster and Derrik Jordan did live renditions of songs on my album. I wish we could have done BLUE ICE and CARPE DIEM... but sometimes you can't have it all. I was amazed at the synergy.. I even got to jam with Will, Jeff and Derrik that day. What a fun memory for me to have.. I even have video. I won't be posting that... but the pics are worth a thousand words...
Monday, the rest of the musicians showed up.. and we started working and taping the Christmas show. Each song had its place in the show.. and of course we got silly and had a GREAT time!
Again, the synergy between everyone.. was amazing. John Diliberto made us all feel pretty comfortable. It was nice. All the interviews, shows etc will be broadcast(ed) in November and December on Echoes. So I hope ya'll will check the Echoes website and tune in where ever and however you can!
I would say that being in Vermont is heaven on earth. I enjoy it every time I go.
The weekend coming up.. I will be heading down to Tennessee. I will be visiting a GREAT friend of mine. She and I were college buds way back when. We have kept our friendship and have kept in touch even tho we are miles apart. She came to see my first gig at BB Kings in LA. Talk about supportive!
For those of you in the San Diego, LA/OC area, November 15, from 5pm - 7pm I will be performing here with Scarlet Rivera, Jeff Oster and Lars Hidde:
Soul at Home
As it gets closer, I will post more info.
More to come....