...and I'm here attempting to write a blog post. It's been a long, productive day (not without it's frustrations) that has culminated in the exciting moment of pressing share on the first Official Music Video of my upcoming album THE NAUTILUS.
It's amazing to think of all the circumstances, people and tireless efforts that have brought this video and single into creation. It all started years ago around Valentine's Day when I wrote the song, "When You Were Mine," inspired by an ex-boyfriend, the nostalgia I was feeling, and the ridiculous materialism of that day.
Fast forward a few years to Cuba December 2016. I ended up in the tiny home studio of Laura and Moisés in Havana and we started recording a demo for the song. I came home from my trip, raised some money (with the support of all you lovely people!) and went back to Cuba to record the full album, this time with my dad Bruce as co-producer and engineer. Every person who stepped foot in that studio gave their full hearts and passion to the project. It was an absolutely breathtaking creative team (shout-out to Laura, Moisés, Yoelsy, Luiso, Rayhner, and Bruce). We brought the tracks home and through the long, dark winter my dad and I finished up the editing.
The video was created by an amazing group of people, with directors Amelia and Chelsea at the forefront, supported by a roomful of my dancing friends, choreographer Chini Perez, leading man Ferhayn, and myself. We taped shiny poster board to the floor. We smashed a lot of Valentine's candy. And we laughed a lot. Seriously. I couldn't keep a straight face most of the time I was on camera. Then Amelia and Chelsea finished up the final edit.
And that brings us to today. So many hearts have poured into this. So much loving, hard work. This is why I'm so thrilled to share this video and song with you today. This was a collaborative effort. I hope the love and joy I felt throughout the process is transmitted to you in some way when you listen. You can buy the single here.
And don't forget! The full-length album THE NAUTILUS is coming out on July 6. So excited to share it with you.
Love to all,