NANCY 'NOW' - MONTHLY DIARY
I've been waiting all year to release this single/ video! It was tied up for a while in contract negotiations but in the end I decided to release it on my own label, Salerosa Records. I wrote the song a few years ago, and have performed it live many times, so by the time I went to the studio to record it, it was feeling pretty good. It's a song about change, which seems appropriate in this surreal time we're living in. You'll hear great guitar work by Luis Robisco, bass and audio production by Juan Soto, and percussion by Juan Heredia. Jorge Pérez for Libra Producciones directed the video, which was shot in the province of Malaga, Spain.
In these strange times of change, do you ever feel like you're 'breathing in indigo'? Feel free to share the video, and leave a comment on Youtube.
Back in the studio this month with my long-time rhythm section Juan Soto (bass, sound engineer), and Juan Heredia (drums and percussion)… one of the reasons I came to Spain to record all those years ago was to find musicians who understood, in a natural way, the rhythmic impulses I feel when I write. The symbiosis of my vision and their ability to bring it to sonic life is a wonderful thing to experience. Plus, it’s fun.
I also had the pleasure of playing at a lovely private event in Fredericia, Denmark, and spent a week in Madrid doing some networking and sitting in with friends there. I look forward to spending more time in Madrid this year!
This year is already gearing up to be exciting, mostly because so many projects I've been working on are coming to fruition. Life as a musician feels risky at times; we spend so much of our lives working on our craft without knowing where it will lead. Still, the creative force is so strong, as is the will to refine, learn and progress as an artist, that we continue.
I've written dozens of songs in the past few years, and when I'm in that process of creation, which balances skill, experience, and intuition, it feels all-consuming. I follow the process until I get the song to that point where it can rest, then put it away in a drawer.
When some time has passed, I pull it out, see if I still think it's any good, and if it feels right, I start thinking about instrumentation and how I might arrange it, and who to call to lay down the tracks.
This month, I pulled out eight songs that I've written over the years and decided to bring them to life. I called on my long time musical colleagues Luis Robisco (gutiar) and Juan Soto (bass) to lay down the bed tracks with myself on piano and vocals, and from there I'll be calling on some special guests to play percussion and flugelhorn.
Here are a few moments of video, below from our time in Estudio 555 in Malaga, Spain. Songs will be released as singles throughout the year ahead on Salerosa Records.
Also, very excited this month to release the music video portion of my project 'Nancy Ruth in Morocco'. The song is called 'Just Can't Let It Go - Extended Mix in Morocco'. Documentary about the project in the works...
This month took me to Toronto, Canada! So great to be back in my native land, and to dust off my winter gloves and hat. As well as catching up with colleagues, I'm pleased to announce a new partnership. I've signed an Admin Publishing deal with Red Brick Songs Music Publishing; it was great to meet the team of pros there - they really care about music.
Later this month I'll be back in the studio to finish production on the songs I recorded in New York: Turn the Lights Back Down, and Where the Sea Melts to Sky which features members of the New York Philharmonic. Three more songs are in pre-production, and then there are those I'm still writing... it's an ongoing, never-ending, always exciting process.
The Morocco project, phase one (music video) is also completed, and I'll soon be working on the documentary portion and plans for its release.
It was a busy month of travels to Valencia and Madrid, culminating in the long- awaited movie pre-premier of La Ley Del Embudo, a new Spanish film that features two of my songs, Sigo Viviendo and Llórame. It was fun to do the whole red carpet thing, and sing for the 'who's who' of Spanish cinema. I'm really pleased with the way the music complimented the scenes, and of course that the film's director/ producer Alfredo Carrasco used my music. He said, 'the lyrics and vibe are so perfect for these scenes'! And of course that people left the theatre humming the melodies made my night. It was a great event, which took place at the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España. Here are a few photos...
New York, New York! It's always great to be back in the Centre of the Universe... I'm here recording two new songs: 'Where the Sea Melts to Sky', which will feature piano, voice and a string quartet. Joe Gianono did the arrangement and we've got an all-star lineup ready to record at Zampol Productions, with multi-Grammy award winning Oscar Zambrano engineering. The other tune is a jazz ballad called 'Turn the Lights Back Down', which will feature piano, vocals, and bass. More details on all that very soon... for now, I'm enjoying the vibe, catching up with colleagues, hearing great music, and trying to cross streets like a local.
Thanks to the wonderful Frankie Sticks for this fun, freestyle romp of an interview - we talked about what’s great about the New York music scene, playing with people you have nothing in common with, cipollino, Jack Sheldon and Charo, following musical instincts despite good logic, projects in Morocco, why my dad sold his drums, and bringing the band to Africa. And this is the condensed version ;)… get a cup of tea, relax and hang with Frankie, Preston and me for this 25 minute conversation in New York City.