Carmen Perez, Marta Krupa, Diana Gone Wrong, Toni Braxton & oodles more

Things have gotten busier and I love that.  But I’m definitely committed to doing this once a week.  It’s fun, keeps me on track and I hope it inspires a fellow artist every once in a while.  I choose words carefully.  My blog will never be bitchy or negative.  I’m focusing in on the purpose of my blogging.

  • To write about live shows that I see.  To promote my brilliant friends who are producing art here in LA.
  • To keep you up to date on what’s happening in my world musically, with a personal twist of course.
  • To write about music news, developments, album releases, etc.

I didn’t see any shows this week…so that part is easy!  But Carmen Perez‘s single, “Overload” was #43 on the Billboard dance charts & was #1 for the 2nd week in a row on the NJ dance charts.  We’re looking forward to seeing it enter the UK pop charts very soon.  Her last single, “Emergency” went to #10.  I co-wrote both of these singles.  Carmen is a working actress here in LA and she’s become a wonderful painter too.  Ms. Perez is a TRUE artist and I’m very proud of her accomplishments & hustle.  Because it’s ALL about the hustle!

Diana Gone Wrong, is doing an east cost tour!  The band is currently stocking up on merch and practicing a LOT.  One of the best things about touring is that it really tightens up a band.  When they return they will showcase for the Majors.  Diana, lead singer and creator of the band, deserves GREAT success.  She’s also an artist through and through.

Another singing client, Marta Krupa, was featured on TMZ this week.  It’s a really cute segment.  -And she’s as talented as she is beautiful.  There will be more to come from Marta & her music soon.  Her star is on the rise.

I spent a lot of my time this week getting several of my singer/dancer clients ready for the Bring It On, The Musical audition.  The musical based on the movie is starting it’s run in Atlanta with an eye on Broadway.  We made a great showing I must say!  5 of my clients got callbacks.  It’s always reassuring to know that I’m helping people to get work in the industry…to achieve their dreams.

In my career, things are moving along nicely.  -More work on the movie musical, focus on the music I’m composing and covering for Praying Small (at the NoHo Arts Center in April), working on my album (adding a few wonderful songs by other writers), and some songwriting sessions.

I’d like to clarify what I mean by “movie musical” in the above paragraph.  My writing partner, Darryl Stephens, and I have tried to figure out what to call the piece that we’ve written.  -Because it’s not really a movie musical at all.  It’s a movie about an aging rockstar’s comeback tour.  There is plenty of music but it is all sung on stage, at award ceremonies, in recording studios…all settings where music happens in LIFE.  So what would you call that?  I guess it’s a movie.  -with music.  -sung by characters who are singers.  But that’s not clever at all.  Thus, I’ve defaulted to the vague, yet identifiable genre of “movie musical”, because it’s far easier to say.

Right now I’m listening to Sade‘s new album, Soldier of Love.  It’s gorgeous.  Definitely an album that needs to be listened too.  It doesn’t make much of an impression as background music.  It’s times like the moment I’m in now where the album really shines.  It’s sophisticated, it breaks my heart, and it’s the Sade that we know and love.

I’ve also been listening to Toni Braxton‘s new CD, Pulse.  I’m trying so hard to like it, because I’ve always liked her.  The songs are very good.  (I especially like “Wardrobe”, “Stay”, “The Break-up”, “Get Loose”, “I Hate Love”, I mean MOST of the songs are good!)   -So why doesn’t this album hit me like I want it to?  I think it has something to do with the way her vocals have been produced.  They are drenched in reverb & delay.  Most singers of Toni’s ilk are being produced more dryly these days, although Alicia Keys‘ new album, The Element Of Feedom, is also pretty reverb heavy.  Personally, It bothers me.  For me, too much reverb creates a distance between the artist and the listener.  I want to feel like the artist is in the room with me.  -So I hear the lyrics more clearly & I relate more deeply to the performance.  We don’t look at fine works of visual art through smokey glass.  Why are pop vocals being so heavily diluted?  Discuss.  :)

The week ahead is full and exciting!  I REALLY need to get back to the gym this week.  I’ve been procrastinating since the new year and it’s…MARCH!  UGH!  I’m much better on a deadline, like a performance, for example.  -But with nothing scheduled while I work on new music…  OK, I’m just GOING!  I’m so much happier when I’m working out.  That should be more than enough incentive.  I’m going.  -At least 3 times.  I’ll report back.

All the best!  Enjoy your week and create some beautiful art.  XO

PS:  I just saw this quote tweeted by my friend Kristen Hanggi.  It’s a good one!

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

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