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That’s Not Something You Say Every Day #11

December 14, 2023

I have an all-day recording session booked for this Saturday (here in Washington).

In preparation, I’ve been adding little snatches of cello here and there to the songs I’m working on, rearranging the piano accompaniment in spots, figuring out synth pads (which makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about when I’m really just flying by the seat of my pants), and the like.

I texted one of the singers I had lined up to give him the address. Hours later, this texting exchange went down:

Singer: “FYI, I came down with strep. No voice. Strong possibility I’ll be okay to record a harmony by Saturday though but I don’t wanna promise anything.”

Me: “That sucks. Strep hurts. Ken would probably love it if my voice was disabled. 😂”

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.