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Behind the Scenes: Washington

May 17, 2022

Those Darn Titles

I am leaving for Nashville next week, so I’m thinking I should probably a) finish my latest song and b) come up with a better title.

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April 22, 2022

Spontaneous Co-write

I had started a song back on January 3 (as we know that seems to be the month when I’m most prolific in my songwriting, for some reason). I had eight measures of a pretty intro and there the song sat. Enter Katie. She came to hang out with me tonight. We somehow ended up […]

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April 12, 2022

Adding Harmonies

Last night was the third and final session in the recording studio for my latest song. Thank you to this great group of people for making it all possible. It was actually the first time I didn’t cry; I was too busy smiling and/or laughing my head off…I was just that happy.

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March 19, 2022

Laying Down the Cello Track

There’s just something about a cello… Brenda played every note that I had written and then did some improvising to harmonize with my notes: together, we made a great team. Then, there’s Michael and Jer setting up microphones and capturing all the magic. Ken? Well, Ken is paying for everything.

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February 26, 2022

Recording in the Pacific Northwest

Had an awesome time in the recording studio today. (This is the first time I recorded one of my songs in Washington—instead of Nashville—since I wanted to use a local singer.) Yes, I cried halfway through the first take, but quietly, not like my usual sob fest. I can hardly wait to add the male […]

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February 26, 2022

Music & Lucky Bear Socks

I’m heading into the recording studio in about an hour. I’ve got my music binder and my lucky bear socks. What more could I need? Oh yeah, a supportive husband who a) takes all these ridiculous pictures, b) pays for all my dreams, and c) is my biggest fan. Got that, too.

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February 18, 2022

My Mentor

I’m going to see this guy in an hour. Who is he? His name is Randall and he is my mentor. I wrote about him in chapter two of my first cancer book, recounting how within weeks of receiving my dismal diagnosis, I had wanted to hang on to hope by investing in a $600 […]

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February 12, 2022

Writing a Cello Score

I have no idea how to actually write out a cello score, but that’s what I plan on doing today. Oh, I know how the part goes. I can hear it in my head and have it scribbled out as piano notes because…well, because that’s my jam, but I’m pretty sure the cellist I hired […]

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February 10, 2022

Singing & Spaghetti & Selfies

Singing. Spaghetti. Selfies. It doesn’t get much better than that. Now that the cello section is done for my latest song, I went over the vocals with this girl. I usually hire singers out of Nashville, but this time, I decided to have Megan do the lead singing. We laughed so hard trying to get […]

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February 9, 2022

Six Hours

What? Play music for six hours straight, except for the tea-and-rhubarb-muffin break? Yes, please. It’s amazing how quickly your latest composition takes further shape—piano accompaniment and cello section—when you’ve had more than five hours of sleep in a 24-hour period (for the first time in a month).

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