Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"The Elephant Diet" Day # 32 Twists and Turns

Usually I blog at the end of the day, after I have had a chance to eat my elephant bite for the day.

I'm writing this one at 6:15 am Nashville time. I woke up around 3:00 am. Not great for a day filled with photo shoots and recording. The biggest thing that can affect my voice quality real quick is fatigue. But we don't record until 2:00 pm so hopefully I can get more rest before then.

Here's the first turn of the twists and turns:

The president of Creative Soul Records who is leading this project for the next 2 days is suddenly very sick with the flu. The photographer's father is suddenly ill and so he has to go to IN to help move him to assisted living. (I know all about those interruptions). A different photographer has been called in.

As far as I know, Phil, the main producer of the day is ok.

Must be something special about to happen today with all this interference.

Aside from that, I received an orchestral arrangement of Joy To The World in my inbox last night. I was too tired by the time we arrived in Nashville to listen. I prefer to listen to things with fresh ears for the first time so I decided to wait until this morning.

The song has been given wings. I don't know how else to explain it. I just met with the arranger on Friday and he told me it would be 2-3 weeks until he had something done. It's been 3 days.

As I listened to his ideas, tears joined the occasion. To hear the music come alive with an orchestra does something an artist can't even explain.

My next thoughts turned toward you, the listeners. I tried to hear it from your view. Would you experience what I do when I hear it? How do I make sure that you do? Or that you are at least inspired in your own way. That is an art all in itself that I continually study and strive to master. That's where a live show producer comes in. I plan to work with him sometime this Spring.

Here's the twist of the twists and turns:

So now that I've heard what the arranger added to Joy To The World, I think I need to find out what it would cost to record an orchestra here in Nashville. He also sent me a PDF of the score with all the instrument parts written out. Amazing!

I've entered a whole new world.

It's only 6:33 am.

They start serving breakfast at 6:30. I'm very hungry!


  1. All I can say is WOW and AMAZING. I can't wait to hear it. I know what you mean about being awake early. I did not wake as early as you, I woke at 5 am, but I woke early because my head is filled with all sorts of stuff for my day of recording this week on Thursday and my music future ahead. Fun stuff to come! Isn't is exciting.

  2. It IS exciting and such an adrenaline rush and then crash afterward. I'm glad to hear you are recording this week. No wonder you are awake. Onward we march! Our creative God before us.

  3. So excited for you, Frances! I will be praying for you today....

  4. Thank you so much Kathy! Prayer is such a powerful force behind anything we do!

  5. Can't wait to hear how it all goes!

  6. It was amazingly hectic. But very good.