When you've waited for something for a long, long time. When you've hoped, and worked hard and things start to fall into place. It's a beautiful thing. Goals within reach taste very sweet.
There is so much going on at the moment I have to remind myself to enjoy those moments and not let them slide by. I will never record a debut album again. It only happens once - so notice it Cayla! I'm trying.
For those of you who have been following me for a while, it's been a long time coming but it's finally happening... no more talk. The real deal!
As of this past Sunday, Bill and I completed the songwriting for the album. We have 10 wonderful songs. We've covered jazz/blues, Motown and ballads and a few genres that fall between. It's exciting to see the charts come via email. Another step along this winding journey.
There's more to do - we need to polish the songs. Work on the arrangements. Tighten up the lyrics. But the foundation is there and its a good foundation.
In the first week of June I'll be heading into the studio to do a demo recording of the duet we wrote called "Fool". We're sending it to a potential duet partner and the hope is to make a big announcement soon about that.
The album artwork is in the works. That's another fabulous announcement. But it will more than likely have to wait until mid July, but still - I'm excited. I hate secrets. But there's the whole cart before the horse thing. So quiet I remain.
June 12th Recording for Plush Red Chair begins. The real deal. I had a moment even typing that phrase. The reality of it all. It's actually going to happen. My eyes are welling up. I'm such a sap.
I can remember a few short weeks ago being afraid to sign a contract. Not knowing what the future would hold and how I would be able to record an album of this size. I had a grant that covered 35% of my budget and that's it. I've been able to secure another 35% - so now I have 70% covered. What I thought was impossible now seems possible. I still need 30% more funding, but somehow I'm not panicking anymore.
Out of the blue I received a card from some lovely friends my husband and I have worked with in the past. A beautiful card with $100 cash sitting in it for me to use towards Plush Red Chair. They wanted to help. I can't tell you how grateful I was and am to them. It's the kind of gesture that fills someone like me with hope.
There are people out there who are willing to help. Even supposed to help. Small gestures. Large gestures. They all matter and all add up. Together they will help to make this girl's lifetime dream come to fruition. How do you say thank you to that? You record a killer CD, that's what you do. And I plan on doing just that.
PS - If you would like to help towards the recording of Plush Red Chair and be an integral part of making it happen you can do that by clicking here and simply scrolling down to the "Donate" button. Thank you!