June 13, 2019
June 13, 2019
Santa Fe, NM
As I stated last time, it has been a whirlwind since February! In fact, I returned to Santa Fe just shy of two weeks ago with bronchitis and wicked fatigue. Just no time to catch a breath (literally, at the end.) BUT it's ALL good! I'm finally getting back my energy, just in time to return to Nashville next week to start mixing my album with Ray Kennedy. I will also record a duet with my dear friend Jess Leary, who is starting to record her new solo album. I was gone for six full weeks--mostly in Nashville recording, but then drove to Maine to visit my daughter and grandkids, and for a short trip to my summer cottage in Penobscot Bay to open it up for the season. Then drove back to Nashville for some interviews and more recording for a few days, then drove home to Santa Fe.
I wrote in my last blog, that recording was a magical time in February and March. That theme continued in April and May. Rodney Crowell came in and sang on the song "The Gender Line". Beth Nielsen Chapman and I sang our duet that we wrote together called "Not With You". Siobhan Kennedy sang a beautiful harmony on "Laugh In The Rain". We recorded a brand new rocker I wrote while there in Nashville, to which Ray added some of his brilliant ideas, called "Lucky For Me". This particular song, I feel, is a bookend to "Finally Rockin'", my song from my very first album Desire Wire. I get more excited about this new record each day. I say without hesitation that this will be my best album since Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth.
Before I left for Nashville on April 19, I got a call from the director, TJ Parsell, of the film Invisible, in which I am featured. He called to tell me that he and the producer Bill Brimm, had decided to take my segment from the feature and make it into a documentary short. They were submitting the short to film festivals all over the world. Huh? What? As of a few weeks ago, the documentary short The Gender Line has been accepted into its first film festival in Melbourne, Australia, premiering next month. Wow!
A quick thank you to Jim and Mary Murphy, along with their daughter Mary Kate, for a wonderful time in Greeley, CO at the house concert I performed on April 20. I played my new songs, some for the first time ever. I was glad they were well received! Tanya and I, as we did two years ago, had a wonderful time. We thank them for their support and generosity, and for their willingness to have me play in their home! I don't do as many house concerts as I used to--I miss them! Maybe with the new album.
And FYI, believe it or not The Refugees (Wendy Waldman, Deborah Holland, and me http://www.therefugeesmusic.com) are putting out an EP of new music in mid-July. I hesitate to mention it, because it's been put off so many times, but we are getting there. So for you fans, out there--keep the faith just a little longer.
I still don't know when my new album will be released or how. I suspect the full release will not be until early 2020, but I'm not sure. Believe me, you will know as soon as I do. I will know more about pre-availability by the end of June.
There is so much going on right now for me. I'm taking my vitamins and eating right (again). Sleep has never come easy, but I'm working on that too. I'm back to the gym as of last week and took my first trail bike ride in this high altitude yesterday. I want to be ready, prepared for whatever comes next. Maybe a move to Nashville? We shall see!
Oh, and here's a link to an interview I did last month in Nashville with the great Peter Rodman. He is an incredibly talented journalist and interviewer. We've been friends since 1979! Lots of little factoids in here that not everyone gets out of me. Enjoy!
Meanwhile, enjoy the warmer weather and I'll be in touch.
With much love and gratitude--
MY ONE PERSON SHOW PRODUCTION SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life has had successful runs in LOS ANGELES (twice), NASHVILLE (twice), ALBUQUERQUE, NM, SANTA FE, NM (twice), MELBOURNE, FL, and PORTLAND, ME (three times). I also did a special performance of the show in NYC.
IF YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO BRING THE SHOW TO YOUR CITY OR TOWN, OR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and I'll give you the details.
You have to see this! It is an extraordinary story of an exceptional human being. What a story! What a life! What a fantastic show! "
Sir Elton John
IN OCTOBER, 2016 SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life. RECEIVED THE NASHVILLE SCENE'S 2016 BEST SOLO SHOW AWARD.
CLICK ON "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN:Not an ordinary life" TO READ ABOUT IT AND WATCH THE TRAILER.
CLICK HERE for an interview/ad for Alexander Watches that was filmed in June 2017.
Here is an interview I did about my show on WCSH Portland 207 show featuring my song "Gravity and Grace".
Here is a story on me on WGME TV Portland in 2016 before I premiered my one person show: