Tickets are flying away for this exciting event in my hometown . The show will be filled with many of the new songs from Hope Is , at least one from my first album, Waiting, and even a brand new, unrecorded song.
The Edmonton band is made up of 5 of the best local talents you could hope to hear ( surprises for you) as well as many of my own incredibly talented family members : my husband ( funny and fun opening act) and electric bass/vocals, my sisters, Paula and Pamela ( all the way from Ontario) on harmony vocals, my brother in law , Albert – alternating on piano and djembé drums, his daughter, Natanielle, will arrive from Winnipeg to play a sultry cello . And our own daughter, Emily , will be making us all sound good!
It is such an honour to share my music with you. But , honestly, I don’t really view it as ‘my’ music. ( Thank you to The Holy Spirit who gives me an occasional nudge or two as I strive to create uplifting , Spirit filled, inspirational music.)
February 22nd was a cold day but the atmosphere in the National Music Center was SO warm and welcoming! I am so very very pleased with our CD Release.
We had a near to full house and I saw lots of familiar faces and lots of new ones too. My band was just so tight. The music was so beautiful at times that I was close to tears. My wee children’s choir sang my ‘African’ tune Close Your Eyes and got a lovely response from the audience. I saw tears in THEIR eyes at that point. I presented 14 new tunes and one from my last CD, Waiting as well. Hope filled the room when Paula and I tag-teamed in telling her cancer story. But we got through it and ended with ….HOPE!
I cannot believe that months and months of preparation are finally nearing fruition with my first CD Release this Saturday at the National Music Centre. My sister, Mary, and fellow singer arrives tomorrow from Ontario to add her smooth vocal harmonies . Only 2 more rehearsals this week and we ” drive down to Cowtown ” . The band is huge and amazing. I have an incredible horn player/ digital strings player ( Dominique Roy) flying in from Edmonton to join us …even though he has to leave his own weekend music festival to do it! I have Thom Golub on Stand Up Bass , Albert Felicitas on Djembe drums and grand piano. Garry Sylvester , a Calgary native will be lending his wonderful flute playing to the mix. I love my drummer, Dean Pierno, who is also making the trek down from Edmonton. My sister, ‘ the miracle girl’, Paula Drew will be singing with Mary and of course my gorgeous opening act ….Terry Bachynski ….will be with me on stage for electric bass.
And : I have a surprise for the audience ….the children’s choir from Falconridge School , Calgary,will be coming up on stage to sing Close Your Eyes, a song I wrote about Africa.
I am so very hopeful that we will have a great audience and it is my goal to share a little bit of what I have learned about HOPE in 2013.
Perhaps the title should actually read : ” Proud Mom Creates First Music Vid with Movie Director Son ” . I guess you could say I had an early Christmas present because my Darren found time in his crazy busy schedule to help write and direct the ‘mini movie’ for my title track , Hope Is. My sister , Paula ,and I flew out to Vancouver where we rented a car for the journey to West Van and our gorgeous location. Emma Stookey allowed us to film the whole story at her Grandfather’s log cabin which was built circa 1940 and sits atop a bluff overlooking the ocean. Emma and her husband, Mitch, are part of Darren’s Combination Films team and I am so excited to see the finished result. Part of me feels foolish to be just starting a music career at this stage of my life. I’m 55, I walk with a cane, and have had some sort of joint surgery going on since I was 2 years old! ( Arthritis) . But I also feel extremely blessed to be able to share my musical gift this way…..and what fun I have had doing so!!! Paula HAD to be with me for the shoot since I wrote the song because of her battle with the dreaded breast cancer. My beautiful sister , the miracle girl , is celebrating her 3rd wedding anniversary today and she is cancer free. Now THIS is something to sing about :) !
After a week in the studio with James at 2 Bodies of Water Studios I brought home a scratch copy of Hope Is to hear it in different stereos in its unmastered form. I am SO happy to share with you that I think this is my best work to date ! James has already done a fantastic job with the first mix and our musicians sound great! I have some surprises in store for you too.
What a wonderful adventure this all is . I just find that music really helps to lift me up no matter what else is going on in my life. ( 3 separate deaths this week of old friends :( And HOPE….we all need it so much, don’t we?