So honored to be featured in Spectrum Vibe Issue 2
About 2 years ago, my producer Ron and I started talking about an album of classic love songs. I don’t remember who came up with the idea, but we both loved it. The idea was to sing popular songs and change the gender to male to express my experience… and the experience of so many…
Some of the songs on the long list
The process took a few months to complete and then it was onto the next phase – find songs that felt right together. We also had another requirement – we wanted at least one song from each decade from the 1920s to this current decade. Want to know which songs we choose?
When I got the invitation to the Lifebeat Appreciation Party, I had no idea there would be awards given, and I definitely had no idea I’d be receiving one, but I’m thankful. Lifebeat does amazing work raising awareness about HIV/AIDS using the power of music and it is an honor to contribute anyway I can.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore
I usually focus on singing during my concerts, but this time I choose to do something new – not only did I perform songs from each of my 4 albums, but I also shared personal stories about my life and the recording process. Thursday was also the first time I’ve done a such an intimate show: no band, no background singers – just me, my guitar and the music.
New experiences can be scary, but as I’ve learning more and more – sometimes those are the most rewarding. It was great performing songs like Faithful and Beggar’s Cup again after all these years, and talking about how I got over a breakup. The show felt like dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in years.
After the show, I usually go into the audience to thank people for coming, and while doing so I could see the love in people’s eyes and hear the gratitude in their words – its nice to know that I’ve been the source of joy in someone’s life.
I’ll be returning to Billie’s Black this Thursday, October 24 at 8 pm. Admission $10.
271 West 119th st
NY, NY 10026