Sometimes we have to let go of those we love but one way or another if we truly love them, they will come back to us again.
Episode #556A: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Person Interviewing: Dianne Meinke
Song name: I’ll be here waiting
Music Genre: Singer-Songwriter
“I’ll be here waiting” began in a diary I kept after I found out my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She sincerely wanted me to know she would always be there no matter what happened in my life.
Several years after her passing I finally had the courage to revisit the diary. It was on a mothers day, I sat on my bed and tearfully extracted her words to me for the song. I then posted and shared it on facebook.
The response was overwhelming. So many could relate. Whether it’s a son or a daughter a mother or father we’ve all been there or will be at some time. Sometimes we have to let go of those we love but one way or another if we truly love them, they will come back to us again.
Primarily an acoustic pop style which is heartfelt, uplifting, positive, inspirational and genuine.
We did no pre-sales. Playlists seem to be our road to greatness. The song was listed on over 200 playlists. I use CD baby and Radio Access to track and verify alot of what’s happening with music but lately Spotify has introduced some new tools to artists profiles that I plan to look into.
I have a new project coming up and I’ll be experimenting with a pre-release strategy on my website and newsletter to see how effective that may be to my new music releases making it even more accessible in one place to friends who stay connected with me.
I’ve been designing a coloring book on the live stream so I plan on offering that this year on my website in a pre-sale special limited edition signed version mailed directly from me. Think about signing up for my newsletter to stay in touch.
I think the subject matter of this music is timeless. It’s part of life, growing up, growing old and saying goodbye which happens many ways and times in our lives. It’s what my mom wished for me and I’ll carry her wisdom into my future as far as I can. I always hope to be the example she was to me so I can pass the message on to the people I love and meet throughout my lifetime.
Creating the music…
My songs typically begin from an idea, a phrase, a poem, something from my diary. I keep a notebook by my bed all the time. If I am out and about, and an idea strikes me I will also use the voice recorder on my cell phone to record the words and or song even if it’s a partial idea. From there I usually work out the song on my guitar or on the piano and I always hit the record button when I do. There have been many times the songs have been written on the fly, words and music all at once, start to finish. I have also done this on stage in a live performance before. Make up a song for the audience on the spot. I truly believe it’s important to work your craft as often as possible.
I have written and recorded a lot of songs which have never gone anywhere. Some I thought I should have thrown away but then sometimes they surprisingly come back around. Ten Thousand More was one of those songs and it’s a good thing I didn’t throw it away.
When it comes to balance. How do you reach a place where you have amazing creativity with enough time to create and while enjoying time off… Is it possible?
“You can. It is difficult. It requires a schedule & discipline. It’s the same when you own any business. The danger in not finding balance would be the potential for burnout. That could be extremely detrimental to the business and most importantly your health.
I use “creative free time” as a way to still create but not have really any expectations for end results. Such as trying a new art technique for fun or learning how to play some cover songs or going out with my friends and singing karaoke”
What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking?:
There are two, and they go together. EQ your voice to what you sound like when you speak – cup your ears. Then EQ & separate every other instrument to the voice to create the blend. Listening is THE most important part of recording. Then sing into the mike like you are singing the song to someone specifically that you know, whether you are on stage or in the studio, the listener will think you are singing to them personally.
I live in… Texas. I’m still checking it out.
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