We have arrived at the last song on the Strangeways album. Months ago, I could not even comprehend getting to this point- and now that I'm here, I don't even know what to say. This week I announced that I have completed the whole Smiths Project but the actual day I finished was not all that eventful. After I mixed down the last song, I got up and washed dishes. I had to clean the house for my son's 4th birthday party and didn't have time to pause for reflection.
This past Sunday was a different story. I received so many wonderful comments, words of congratulations and thanks- and it finally hit me. I DID IT. I burst into tears and hugged my man and my son. I'm so relieved to be done, proud that I actually did it, and also a little sad that this journey has come to an end.
But, you haven't heard the last of me. You will soon hear my collaboration with Curt Smith, lead singer of Tears for Fears. I will be doing some internet collaborations with several of the wonderful and talented people I have met online this year. I'm also going to record a CD of original songs that have been floating around in my head for years.
You have all been the most amazing cheerleaders, supporters, and friends. I will not share you!
With the drive and ambition, the zeal I feel, this is my time.
I am dedicating this song to my love, Josh Cadwising. He is the one who suggested I do the whole project in a layered vocal style like I had done only two times before. He is full of good ideas! Many of the images you've seen on this blog were his photographs. I'm in awe of his creativity and the way he views the world. Josh, thank you for listening to me babble about music all year and putting up with an often-stressed-out me. I love you.
Josh and our son Jaden. The two people who matter most to me.