Wow, what a year it’s been. I did a lot of traveling; going to Detroit, New York, Paris, Hawaii and also spent a lot of time at Stinson Beach and in Alexander Valley, writing & working on music. The boys & I went into my recording studio (Pine Mountain Studio), which thankfully did not burn down in the Kincade Fire, and recorded DETROIT Girl too, a special selection of songs that brings me right back to my beloved hometown. There’s nothing like the raw sound of Detroit rock & roll. As always, we had a blast making these songs our own. DETROIT GIRL Too is available on all platforms and will be officially released at our year end show. I am especially proud of my band, all guys who did not grow up in Detroit, who caught the vibe of this record as soon as I talked of it. They got my vision and delivered big time. Come see my band & me for my 12th annual benefit concert on December 5th, benefiting Little Wishes and have listen. If you can’t make the show, please download the music, or order a CD or LP. And please have a look at the website for Little Wishes and learn about the important work these wonderful nurses and doctors do to help children who are in hospitals for long stays.
Before I left for my annual September/October trip to Paris, Graham, Jeremy & I recorded GOING HOME, a very meaningful record for me. It’s all acoustic, very atmospheric and straight from my heart. The record is dedicated to my Uncle Carl back in Detroit, who really encouraged me on the road to a music career. Every time I go back to Detroit and spend time with my family, I am reminded of how lucky I was to grow up there. If you have a listen to my song Detroit City on my 1st DETROIT Girl record, you’ll hear what makes me proud to be a Detroiter.
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As I write this, I think of how lucky I am to be able to make music with such a wonderful group of people. I think of all the love I have in this world and all the special people. And I am so grateful that, in these dark political times, I can do something to make a difference in the lives of others. Though there’s been lots of “goodbyes” in my life in the last few years, there have been lots of “hellos”, more lessons and more freedom than I have ever known. Life is good!