A long time ago in a land far away I dreamed I would one day become a successful musician.
Cherry Vanilla was one of the first people to help me realize that dream.
She's just written a book about her life's journey. She did a reading this week in NYC and I attended the event. Even accompanied her on piano for her on one of her poems, 'Groupies Lament'. A poem/song I used to perform with her.
She read a few excerpts from her book 'Lick Me' and if you're at all interested in what the New York music scene was like in the 60's 70's and 80's buy this book. It's a great read and written extremely well by someone very dear to me. There's also a foreword by Rufus Wainwright who is a close friend of Cherry's.
In some ways, more than TR and Utopia, I owe my initial break to her.
She introduced me to people like Mick Ronson and Michael Kaman who did more to champion my talents than anyone at the time.
Not only is she a sweet soul, she's also a savvy, smart and deep Woman.
My love and appreciation for her is endless.
On to .....
The HUNDREDS (yes HUNDREDS) of people who have submitted their picture(s) for my upcoming CD cover.
I'm writing, writing, writing songs. Just started recording a batch and, as promised .... will be sending out snippets of what you plunked down your hard earned money for.
As you all know, it has to be as close to PERFECT as I can get before I release any samples but I'm going to let you hear something by Xmas. There.... I said it. Christmas.
There are still spots left for pictures but they are going quickly and before you know it, that window will close.
Don't be left off the cover!
I'm also thinking about some second and third prizes in addition to the main contest prize to have me in your home for a concert, dish washing, cooking, cleaning and reading you a bedtime story. Hell, I'll even walk your dog if you ask nice enough.
I've just managed to squeeze in the recording of a cartoon theme song that should be on TV in the coming months called KIM as well as writing (along with Mark Alexander) the main theme of a documentary titled The 13 Wonders Of Spain that will be airing on PBS later this month.
So even though I haven't been "out there" I've been toiling away in my dungeon for the past couple months.
Hang in there with me guy's ..... it's going to be a great 2011.