I'm in the final throws. I'm about to realize a dream that I have held since I was three years old. There is something very surreal about that. Part of me wants to sit and soak it in, the other part of me knows that I can't. The work is only beginning. But this morning, with my coffee, comfy in my housecoat. The cat purring on the chair. A new day fresh off the assembly line. I'll stop and notice.
Last night we had a listening party. A group of friends and neighbours who didn't have long weekend plans came by the house. They are the first to hear Plush Red Chair in it's finished state. I was nervous. I didn't realize i was nervous. But I was nervous. What if they didn't like it? What if they did a polite clap? What if they
looked at me at the end of it all and said the dreaded, "It was good."? I was nervous. Before we started. I took a picture of everyone. Here it is. I said a little bit thanking them for their generosity - the people here pledged above and beyond - and then I pressed play.
- First song. Big clap. That's fantastic.
- Second song. Where's the tissue?
- Third song. Big smiles. So good.
- Fourth Song. Oh my God!
- Fifth song. More tissues. That was so beautiful.
- Sixth song. Wow
- Seventh Song. I LOVE THIS SONG!
- Eight Song. Rock on!
- Ninth Song. What a great song!
- Tenth Song. Ha! Love it!
- Eleventh song - Big clap. And hugs all around.
I felt like Sally Fields - They like me. They really like me. My friend Donna, the gorgeous woman 2nd row middle, has known me since I was a kid. We went to school together. Before we started I said to her I'm really proud of this album. I hope you like it. She said to me 'You never say that. It has to be good!" And that's when I realized I don't say things like that. Ever. But I am very proud of Plush Red Chair. Oh there are things that if I had the money I would change. But they're not things that keep me up at night. Its a good album. It may not be everyone's cup of tea. But it's my cup of tea. And I like a good cup of tea.
The CD is now in manufacturing. There is no going back. They are supposed to arrive just before the release on the 22nd. So now its getting the word out. Setting everything up. Preparing for my two concerts. And enjoying the ride.
I have two concerts coming up that you may be interested in, if you live in my area. The first is an exclusive house concert (there are very few tickets available for this one) in Lions Bay, BC. September 15th, 8:00 pm $25 It will be me and the four piece band singing most of the songs from the album and a few choice tunes for fun. Intimate. Lovely. Probably loud. :-) Click to get tickets
The second is the official CD Release concert. September 22nd, Vancouver, BC 7:30pm $30 This is going to be a great concert. The 4 piece band. Back up singers. Special guests. I even bought a new dress for the occasion. I'd love for you to be there and cheer us on. You can purchase tickets here
Plush Red Chair is coming. September 22nd. Come along for the ride.