“Everything that Matters” is born
Some people say that the journey is more important than the destination. I agree. “Everything that Matters” has reached a destination, and today the album will be available for sale around the world. To be clear, the destination is quite important, and we hope the album will be purchased and enjoyed by many people, in many countries.
But as the launch occurs and we celebrate, beginning with a party in Moscow and soon in other locations, it is the journey I am most taken with. For it has been a journey beginning deep inside myself to find expression, melody, and verse around weighty matters and life experiences. And the journey has led me to work with others, vastly talented others, to turn my songs into the music that people can listen to today. The journey has involved, among other things, laughter, fatigue, pressure, exploration and triumphant celebration.
The journey continues, with all the challenges and adventures it holds. But today we can pause to celebrate the destination. Today, October 25th, 2011, is the day that “Everything that Matters” is born. I hope all of you will like it very much, as I thank all of you most sincerely for taking this journey with me.
“Everything that Matters” now available:
I completely share your feeling and congratulate the Baby’s father for this wonderful birth!
As a producer (or sage-femme), this was also quite a journey, always bring out what I thought was the best out of these beautiful and heartfelt songs, written by a talented guy I had met in some previous life.
Some of the images I keep from this journey are: you playing me your early New York demos at your Geneva office, recording better ones at the Geneva studio (sometimes with me on keyboards) the late-night session for “Morning In America” just a few hours before Barack Obama’s election (then being played at Obama’s inaugural staff party), lots of recording sessions with wonderful musicians, recording your vocals (and my sometimes too honest comments, knowing that you could always do better…and you always did!), me sending you mp3s after each session, lovely dinner parties at your Geneva flat and me trying to diet, the studio filled with people during backing vocal sessions (where I would sometimes join-in) and our surprise the first time we heard the big sound they had created, a fun clapping session around the microphone, flying to Darmstadt and taking-over as a recording engineer on the first session, being stopped by the customs at the Frankfurt airport for carrying the sessions’ hard disk (only the music was explosive), endless editing (diamond-polishing) sessions, days of emailing mixing comments back and forth… and finally, here it is and I am delighted with the final result.
I sincerely wish you the very best with this first album which I think is indeed “Everything That Matters”, no matter the journey.