It seems I'm not content with spending months researching, writing and editing a book. You would think that amount of blood, sweat and tears would be enough to fulfill the creative charged existence of any author. Apparently just not this author. When I embarked on writing one of the most difficult subject matters I've ever tackled, I decided I needed more of a challenge. So began the journey of A Shade of Violet.
I stumbled across Beau Maynard in an online musical directory that Beau had no idea he was a part of. Thank god for the internet pixie's that mysteriously added him to that directory. After Kylie and I met with Beau at one of his gigs, an excitement began to burn through my veins. Beau was a harmonious, yet creative force who was eager to be a part of something different. I emailed Beau my tragic and disgraceful first attempt at song writing. Beau has kindly not laughed too hard over my effort. After several meetings where we fumbled through explaining the book, the characters, what the song was to represent, discussing melody's and cords, Beau presented us with one verse. ONE VERSE THAT BLEW OUR MINDS! It actually brought Kylie to tears (*fist pump*).
A few weeks later, with a finished song in hand I found local Gold Coast music producer, Corey Pryor. Corey's own musical journey was full of epic stories which spanned the globe and places like Nashville, where music is the pulse of the land and very much sacriligious. Corey, Beau and I had an immediate kinship, a combination of love for music, creativity and a cruizy yet ambitious personality. After a full day in the studio, (where we may or may not have fondled a silicone breast implant, not within a woman's body mind you), we had a song. Once Corey worked a little production magic on it, we had a song ready for iTunes.
Now reflecting on the journey of adding something like this to a book release, I can say with certainly it added a lot of unneeded extra pressure and stress, but it was totally worth it and I wouldn't have done a single thing differently. Music is a big driving force behind my writing and words, so to entwine my two loves in such a way was a process I will forever cherish.
Thank you Beau, you are a friend for life and forever etched into my career with fondness! You can follow Beau HERE
Thank you Corey, you are one cool dude with an ear for tone and tune. You really are a production genius!
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