There is some nostalgia in me today and I wanted to share with you some musings since the great honor of winning a Grammy® in the 56th Annual Awards for Best New Age Album.
Many people ask me how winning this incredible award has changed my life.
It was startling the day after I won to return to my regular unglamorous life. All the fun stuff. Endless loads of laundry, dishes, and changing the potty sheet's on my little one's wet bed at 2 in the morning.
After the exciting flurry that comes with a being a Grammy nominee - the press, the limos, the Grammy dress shopping - it was hard to imagine life going back to how it used to be. I had started to believe the award would come with elves that would forever more do all those everyday chores for me... hmm.
Still waiting for those elves to appear.
Here I am in my Grammy dress designed by my good friend and amazing artist, Ginny Heenan.
But, even without the elves on call, it has been an incredible ride. And the best part of it isn't this lovely piece of shiny hardware. Although now I finally have a place to drape all those single socks that have lost their matching pair. It's really the wonderful people I've met and come to call family through my journey that make this ride worthwhile.
The listeners who got interested in my music, who have become more than friends - they are my extended family. The people who send me beautiful emails from around the world, and inspire me with their encouragement and deep and interesting ideas about music. The fellow musicians who support, mentor and stick with me both through the celebratory times as well as the ever tenuous times of the music industry. All of you are the real reward. You are my shiny bright. You that have become added to my family through music. You are irreplaceable and priceless.
Maybe part of my nostalgia is triggered in that I'm now releasing a new album The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical PIano Music. It's a piano album, like Love's River, the one that won the big award in 2014. Similar to that album though, but even in a larger way, I've poured my soul into it. I've lived a little longer, loved a lot more, perhaps learned a little more, and am here before you with my heart dripping off my sleeve. Maybe you will hear that in the music.
Me on the Red Carpet.
Part of my music family - San Francisco Chapter, Grammy® Nominee Party
Me and my amazing Producer and husband, Eric Sullivan
My family at the Grammy® Awards
Will I be at the Grammy® awards next time? Who knows!
But, most important to me is that I get to keep creating music, and I've got you by my side along the way. It's the best!
I'm so deeply grateful to be an artist and not a day goes by that I'm not reminded how tremendously lucky I am to do this work. To have this opportunity. It feels like my life's purpose, and therefore it feels like play.
It's my musical family that fuels me and that make this experience priceless. It's that I'm fueled to do more of what I love, because of you. And it's much more you than any award that is giving me this great energy, encouraging me, giving me strength and faith to keep cookin in my lil music kitchen.
Thank you for giving me all that good stuff.
And by the way, I really wouldn't trade my very unglamorous life for anything. Potty sheets and all.