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Jumping Off Cliffs and Nashville.
Submitted By Anonymous
I went to Nashville for a couple days this week to record the “Moms on the Move” song. I can’t wait til you hear it! It will be up on the site after it is mixed.
I brought my fourteen year old son down to play some drum tracks on the song...and to experience a session with Bob Farnsworth.
We arrived at Bob’s studio, Hummingbird Productions, with his greeting “Look! A raccoon!” Dilan and I tip toed with Bob to the creek on his property and, sure enough, we witnessed a raccoon digging for crawfish. I thought, “I wonder if Jay-Z ever started his session this way?”
I believe a parent’s job is to recognize your children’s gifts, and then find mentors for to guide them in a positive way. Bob is completely unaffected by his industry success and sensitive to every human we encountered during our stay who wanted to send him their demo. Not only was I able to have Dilan experience the kindness and excellence to which he can aspire in this industry but he got to hang with Ma Bet, Bob’s 80 year old mom (who resembles Vivian Leigh) to instill the importance of being a gentleman. She said, “Bless his heart," in such a perfect Southern way that I am certain his heart was truly blessed after our visit!
Nashville is so cool. Bob’s awesome brother Steve took us to the main street of town starting at the famous “Tootsies,” and we went door to door to see performers dressed in jeans and cowboy hats, perched on mini-stages jammed with equipment, singing and playing, and hoping an interested agent is in the audience.
I made a wish for every one of them in the hope that they would persevere if their dream was to “make it” in the biz.
There is no question that perseverance is more important than “talent” when it comes to success. When you are at the very point when you think you must quit or you are going to jump off a cliff; that is when you say, “Okay, now I have to keep going!”
If your intentions are good and you believe in yourself, something will happen to let you know you must stay on the path you are on or change the path you are on.
As Mick Jagger sings, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.”
Well, I needed to record the song, I needed to spend some one on one time with my youngest son to see what I need to do now to enable him to succeed with his talent and I needed to meet Brian.
Brian is the studio engineer. He is confined to a wheel chair from a car accident. Yet, he flies around the studio as if he, literally, rides on a magic carpet; running wires, connecting gadgets, positioning mics and recording tracks with the energy of a child and the joy of an athlete who just won an Olympic Medal.
I met Brian because I kept going and now, when I come to the next cliff, I can just think about him and that session in Nashville.
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