This year started out with several projects on my agenda. I knew it was going to be a great year for a lot of things and I am happy to say it turned out well for me.
I had already started working on songs for my CD in 2013, but it really started to roll in the early spring of this year as I set out to the studio with a wonderful group of musicians and an equally wonderful recording engineer.
I was about to celebrate my thirtieth wedding anniversary with my husband by taking a trip of a lifetime. A river cruise on the Danube. This was like the quiet before the storm, because the organizing and the last few details regarding the CD and release event were front and centre in my life.
After many years of performing I have come to believe there is no gain without a bit of pain. You’d think I had learned by now. It’s what keeps the juices flowing. This challenge of pouring your heart and soul into a musical venture not knowing for sure what the outcome will be.
More than Magic was released on October 31st at the Fourth Stage, NAC in Ottawa. Everything happened so quickly that night. One minute I was doing a sound check and the next minute I was signing CDs. I was fortunate to work with amazing musicians, Mark Ferguson on piano, John Geggie on bass, Margaret Tobolowska on cello, Rob Graves on percussion and joining us for the evening Rene Gely on guitar. We had fun and the audience was responsive and attentive.
You know when things are right when at the end of a performance the musicians are saying, “Let’s do this again”.
Now here we are in December getting ready for the holidays and preparing to greet a new year.
This year, as in the previous two years, I put on a small, seasonal concert at GigSpace. It was a lovely afternoon shared with many wonderful people. Mark Ferguson played piano, Sharron Timmins sang a couple of songs and my dear friend Evelyn Voigt read her lovely Christmas in Africa story. Marilee Townsend sat in on drums for a tune too.
Part of the proceeds, once again went to Harmony House.
After the performance we shared some cider and cookies. All in all a warm and cheerful way to start off the month of December.
There are no plans for recording a full CD in 2015, but the mind is churning already and who knows what I will venture into next.