Here are pictures from the “Been A Long Time” video release party at El Cid. Click here to go to the Gallery. It was a wonderful and exciting night that I’ll never forget. A moment that stands out is when I walked out on stage to introduce the video. The love, support and enthusiasm coming from you was amazing and overwhelming; I felt my heart ﬁll up with love and gratitude!
I was so happy to share with you Grandpa Ray’s legacy of love and connection and “introduce” you to him through the music and video. I was so proud to show you my Dad’s part as the farmer. Seeing the video on the big screen was powerful and I was surprised at how emotional I was in that moment, even though I’d seen the video so many times.
Playing and singing with the band was such a blessing. I promised to “sing my heart out for you” and “lay it all out there”. It’s scary to be so transparent, but so important to share with you my musical vision and the healing power of music.
This is the reason I do what I do. Because of all of YOU!
You gave back to me such beautiful feedback! I received over 70 e-mails, text and posts from you, my community. I’ve gathered them as reminders and afﬁrmations of your love and support; taking them in as big juicy hugs!
Here is a sampling of those afﬁrmations:
“Your video, your voice, your soul, I am humbled. You sing like a goddess!”
“You rocked down the house! Love, love, love your music and love the songs you wrote!”
“You and your songs are beautiful…connected…present…inspiring…awesome…amazing…touching…a blessing…gorgeous…poignant…phenomenal…fantastic…stunning…moving..pure spirit…passionate..emotional…authentic…courageous…exciting and heartfelt!”
The night would not be complete without some special thank you’s: Katie Campbell on background vocals, lifted my voice and allowed me to soar, thank you Katie! The band was phenomenal! Thanks to Kevin King – piano, Mick Taras – guitars, Eric Marcia- dobro, Paul Alexander Gonzalez – percussion and Jonathan Ahrens- bass .
Thank you Katayoun Amini for moderating the Q & A so thoughtfully and bringing out the heart and integrity of the message in the song. Thank you David and Ruby Sketchley, my dear friends and directors of the video, for coming to support me and be a part of the Q & A and the music; it made the night so special!