Happy New Year!! Thank you all so much for your support this year. 2015 was amazing. New songs, amazing shows, collaborations with friends and great musicians far and wide, and a new website. To close out the year, I am excited to release Crossed Wires (available for download now at cdbaby.com, the second song in The Woodstock Trilogy.
Here's how the song came to be: one day, I overheard someone on a phone call say, “hopefully our crosses will path soon.” This made me laugh because we’ve all had moments where our brains scramble things around, especially when we’re nervous or feeling overloaded. I started playing with other phrases and twisting them up. This led me to think about how for children - particularly children with learning or developmental disabilities - confusing, scrambled up things are happening all the time. “Crossed Wires” is a song about letting someone who’s feeling that way, a child perhaps, know that its all ok.
If you’re a parent or you work with kids, maybe this song will resonate for you. Maybe you give this reassurance on a daily basis. It’s a reminder that we all are trying to make sense of the world and we all need this reassurance - from someone. From anyone.
The Woodstock Trilogy sessions began In 2013 at Coldbrook Studios in Woodstock, NY with producer/engineer Julie Last (who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair, Shawn Colvin and John Lennon). The Woodstock region has long been a place that has inspired my writing and it was a dream fulfilled to be able to record there. I am overwhelmed by the good fortune of working with Julie and the session players who gave their talents to this song:
Guy “Fooch” Fischetti - Pedal Steel, Violin
Kyle Esposito - Bass
Eric Parker - Drums
I can't wait for 2016 to begin. There is much more music coming, including collaborations with my good friend, singer/songwriter Remy de Laroque. Thanks to everyone who listens to, makes and loves music!
Best and warm regards for a healthy and happy new year to you, your families and everyone you know and love,
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