Some of my blog readers know -but some of you probably do not- that from the age of 18 to about 31, I was a performing singer-songwriter. It is not something I have shared much about on my blog these past years...my interests and direction have been otherwise directed...but that is changing. Because of that, for those of you who are interested, here in a nutshell is some history.... it's hard to write about myself in this way so excuse how it reads....
I got a music publishing deal in my twenties. I recorded songs for a record deal, but that record deal fell apart and so that led into years of me releasing all my albums on my own. I toured here and there in the US in support of my releases (mostly colleges and cafes) and also opened for some bigger acts.
I also had the opportunity to release an album and tour in Japan...even had a song in the "Top 10" there for a while. The band I was opening for in Japan was American, but very famous in Japan. I got to ride on their coat tails, playing for large audiences and getting very expensive meals for free. (If you can imagine, in Tokyo, eating at the very best places!! Unreal!)
Anyway, in all those years, my albums had some critical acclaim. I was lucky enough to have an amazing producer and engineer who really helped make my sound. I had some amazing things happen...but... I was never "big" in the sense that I never had a song on American radio.
Around the time I met Brad I was really burned out. I actually got an offer from a record company then but I turned it down! I was that exhausted. I wasn't touring anymore but I was still a working musician. I had a few national commercials and a song of mine was re-done by Lindsey Buckingham on one of his solo albums (you'll know Lindsey if you are old enough and a Fleetwood Mac fan- and I was a huge fan -so this was a big deal.) I had songs in a few movies... and a bunch of TV and cable shows. And then .....I really got burned out. Then I just wanted a family.
So that was it. For whatever reason, I didn't feel I could do both. I kept writing for a music licensing company that was under the wing of Universal Pictures. I had some little successes there. Not enough to really keep me afloat though, so a few years ago, I started my Lady Cordelia Designs business. And that is the business you see me talk about all the time. The sewn sketches, clothes designs...etc... It has been a helpful little business and it still is and I love it.
I didn't know if I would write music again. Though people around me would always ask about it.
They would say...oh..that's cool what you're up to now...but...are you ever going to put out another album?
And I would say...Dunno. I don't think so.
And they would say...Yeah. You will.
A friend of mine in LA. A dear friend who has been part of my musical life for nearly 20 years, emailed me the other day and asked me if I was ready to get back in the studio. He's been asking me for years. And this time, I actually thought about it.
For the first time in about 12 years now I am planning to record some songs. And, as I shared the other day, it is quite a process. It's not quiet around here as it was last time I wrote a bunch of songs. Now there are kids and animals and distractions...my family. That said, I have four songs finished. They came very fast as if they had been bottled for so very long and I finally popped the cork. I guess that's exactly what happened.
I played a few for my family the other day, and my mom cried. And then I cried. I think Brad almost cried too (almost.) I guess we all have missed this. This used to be my life. I was a songwriter. It seems so strange to me now and I'm so happy to have her back.
My old producer- who lives across the country now- wants to be some part of whatever is new. That too, gets me teary. At some point I will have to figure out how to raise the money to record the first batch. I trust it will take care of itself.
I am very happy to have this blog community to share this part of my life with. I will keep you updated and when new recordings finally do surface, whenever that is, you will be the first to hear.
Just so those of you who have never heard me can get a listen, I am attaching here one of my favorite songs that I did on my last album. That was 12 years ago! So excited to begin again.