Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Dream Come True

I have achieved a lifelong dream. About 5 years ago, I joined an original rock band, along with my good friend Cami, and we became their backup singers. For over a year, we drove an hour away to practice and record in their studio in New Jersey.
We never asked for nor received any remuneration for this work. The purpose of our efforts was to get our voices on the CD as a stepping stone to singing careers.
After several months in the studio, we moved out into the spotlight and began doing live gigs, included among them singing at Toad's Place -- a very "you have arrived" club in New Haven, CT, where names as big as the Rolling Stones have played.
Eventually, the band as we new it disbanded and regrouped, sans the female voices, as a heavier metal band. At the time, I thought all our work would be for nought as they rerecorded screams and guitar riffs, and presumably, left out all Cami's and my parts.
But recently, I was given a nice surprise. We ended up being included on the album after all, in five songs. You can hardly hear us -- it's mostly oos and ahhs. Some of the softer ballads in which we had bigger parts were not used. But still, I'm proud of the fact that my name is listed in two separate places on the CD and, noticeable or not to the human ear, my voice is definitely on there.
Listening to the CD brings back great memories of the good times we had, the great work we did and the incredible talent these guys have, and I just want to say thanks a heap to Joey Dia (lead guitarist, singer and songwriter), Marc Chandler (drummer, backup singer and songwriter) and Andy Kaden (the most incredible keyboard player you ever saw, backup singer and songwriter).
The band's website is currently under construction. Once it is finished, I'll come back and point you to it. Until then, I just wanted to share my proud moment with my loyal followers! : )

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Bob Marley Said It Best

I often have a difficult time understanding why world peace is so hard. Why can’t the Israelis just GIVE the Palestinians the land they want (and deserve) and be done with it? Why can’t England just GIVE Ireland Belfast and be done with it? Why can’t the insurgents in Iraq sit down at the bargaining table and use their words to say what drives their anger and discuss how we can fix it?

Then recently, I was listening to a Bob Marley song called “War” and it all became clear. The song very eloquently explains why we can’t all get along today, and provides a very clear explanation for what it will take for world peace:

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned… until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation… until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance that the color of his eyes… until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race… Until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship…international mortality… will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained. Until that day…everywhere is war.”

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