On The Road Update
With lots going on I thought I would write to you all to share some thoughts on this past week!!!
First of all… I am happily exhausted and having a BLAST!
I know I touched on it here and there but, I started last week really under the weather. It is heartbreaking when opportunities like GMA and The View come up and you don’t feel you are at your best. I can hear that speedy cold medication quiver in my voice and that bit of fear that creeps in when all the tools in the toolbox aren’t as sharp as can be… Well? I am my worst critic so again, it is tough. But – with that said – that is what makes it alive. Learning to accept imperfections is a challenge for all of us and I am no exception. I was in great spirits however, and hopefully that transcends all! I have had moments of hitting high notes flawlessly in my life but without the passion and excitement to back it. I would take raw and empassioned anyday…though again, we all want to be at our very best with millions watching! So, to amy of those out there commenting… yes, I know how I sound. I am under no delusions!
I taped a performance of RISE which will air in a couple of weeks on the weekend GMA and there too, I found my power a verse into the song…. Early morning, LA time, running from a quick change, never having performed the song before..a LOT of elements. But, there again, it was alive with all of those elements and eventually found it’s way. I could see the faces of the people in Central Park hearing and feeling the message in that song and it got me out of my own way! So, thank you New York!!! LOL!!! I was also lifted by the Harlem Alumni choir…they were SO fab!!! In case you want to know more about where this song came from, check out 3BillionandCounting.com! This song is a labor of love that was born out of my man, Dr. Rutledge’s passion for helping those who are being threatened to be held down…to own their power and RISE!
Tiffany has been like rock with her energy and vocal prowess! I know that anyone watching and listening can hear that but I wanted to personally acknowledge that I truly appreciate that and am as impressed as I have ever been by that gal! She is at the top of her game right now…in the midst of doing what she truly loves and it shows! Her album Rose Tattoo deserves your full attention….so go buy it now!!! I am also enjoying watching her enjoying the fashion aspect of the performances. She jokes that back in the day she was all about the denim jacket so now she is goin’ for the glitz and glamor, especially in the shoe department! Hmmm… I have not checked to see what size shoe she wears…. Better not leave any laying around Tiff!!!
The live shows have been thrilling! All that I mentioned above goes away in the midst of a live concert with all of that feedback from the crowd! I have always loved being onstage in front of a live audience more than anything!!! I get truly overwhelmed when I have that contact with all of you and can feel all we have shared through muic over the years. It is an amazing connection! Thank you for all the loyalty….
My band and dancers have been incredible. I had to mark a lot in rehearsals and they had ultimate trust and professionalism… this is not a glamorous tour! We are doing this because we want to bring some fun to the children of the 80’s and everyone has truly banded together to make that happen!!!
On another note…. Whoopi Goldberg is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Random side note I know…. But truly one of the most gracious performers I have ever met!
I also wanted to share with you what a ball I had doing a cameo in Rock of Ages.. WOW! Surreal going from playing Katy’s Mama to Russell’s Rockerchick buddy! I am in a crowdscene/mashup/musical number with some rockers from the 80’s!!!! Seeing the Sunset Strip re-created in Miami was a trip. Everyone on that shoot made me feel like part of the family…. Awesome time!
I do hope you come out to see the show and join in the fun! I am finally able to catch my breath and go on vocal rest for a few days, much to the dismay of my loud New York friends! I am resting and restoring for this next string of dates!
After these shows I will finally begin recording my new album… The life I have been living has been feeding me as a writer and I cannot wait to share it all with you!
Send me good healing and grounding vibes….
Thank you all for all the great energy you send my way now, and have throughout the years! X DEB