And time just stops.

This week has been the hardest of my life. I’ve has some extremely stressful and super long weeks but this past one has knocked me out and left me without any sense of direction. I’ll keep this post short as it is hard to convey my emotions.

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Last Thursday the love of my life, Suanne Gray, had what was believed to be a common cyst removed. During the procedure what doctors found was much different than what they’d expected. She spent the night and was released the follow afternoon. Tests needed to run and we we’re told that results might come as late as the following Monday. For the next 48 hours we held our breaths and it was very scary to say the least. No sleep at all. We received the news that the cyst was a very rare form of cancer on Saturday. The news knocked me out, I literally couldn’t stand up. Again we had to wait another three full days for her scans to be scheduled. More fear, tears, and complete exhaustion.

Suanne had her scans and blood work on Wednesday and met with her surgical oncologist that afternoon and the results much better than we had expected. Suanne’s cancer has not spread to other organs. Her surgical oncologist is suggesting and very non-invasive procedure will allow for 100% certainty that no other tissue and or glands have been impacted. Suanne heads to MD Anderson in Houston, TX this week for a second opinion. I am very positive and certain that my sweet darling, my one and only love, and my best friend will be fine.

Suanne is very much loved by so many and they have all been so very comforting during this most trying time. Suanne’s favorite artist, Shelby Lynne, took time out of her busy schedule to personally call Suanne and in her own beautiful words told Suanne to have faith and sent lots of love and support from California while wishing her a fast and complete recovery. This call was such a kind and heartwarming gesture. Shelby is the real deal and has such a big heart. It must be in the Alabama soil.

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So here we go to fight off this toxic stranger that certainly was not invited to the party and we’ll do what ever it takes to kick its ass for good. Thanks for your prayers. Suanne is a unbelievable soul with a selfless personality that has been focused on helping others her entire life. She has changed my life in so many beautiful ways. I met Suanne Gray on August 10th, 2005 and our nine years together have been easily the greatest and most defining years of my life.

Here is the first song I wrote for Suanne and it says it all.

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I love you more than there are stars in the sky my sweet Suanne.

Please join us for the launch of The Vintage & Lies Revue in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – Everyone at Rocket Tone Records is pleased to announce that The Vintage Music & Lies Revue will launch in Los Angeles on Tuesday September 9, 2014 8PM at Rockwell (1714 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-669-1550). The revue focuses on some of the greatest charts from the American Songbook, lots of lies, and features some of the finest jazz talent Los Angeles has to offer. Rockwell is a premier dinner club known for its top-notch productions, cuisine, and atmosphere.

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We hope that you’ll make plans to attend this wonderful night of entertainment for all ages. Seating is intimate and reservations are highly encouraged at: http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/435766/the-vintage-music-lies-revue/ The revue consists of world traveled musicians and regulars in the vibrant Los Angeles jazz scene including Monique DeBose, Johnny Bennett, Mark San Filippo, Ty Bailie, Gabe Davis, and David Moyer.

See and hear more at: http://www.vintagemusicandlies.com/

Rocket Tone Records http://rockettonerecords.com/

Roll on…

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.” Hunter S. Thompson

Now Las Vegas is not my favorite place to think of let alone visit for the purpose of pleasure which, for me, just doesn’t exist there. To think of doing business in this mess is just crazy but here I am weaving through the endless wave of tourists and wading through the air that holds me up like jello.

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Which way to the business day? Well you tell me says the sun that just sits there and waits to go down. Nothing seems to happen here before Midnight and what happens is not pretty. It’s a sad sad vision of people thinking they can beat the house and buy this town. There are some great shows but, when I think about it, this place brings them down to the level of eating a hot dog on a crowded bus headed towards middle earth.

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“The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Hunter S. Thompson

OK, I get it. I know what to do. Leave.

The Vintage Music & Lies Revue to Launch in Los Angeles

It’s fantastic to be a part of the wonderful West Coast line-up of The Vintage Music & Lies Revue. This concept has been in the works since I was living London in 2013 and it’s been a wild ride to get it alive a breathing in the city of angels for sure.

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This is a fantastic group of seasoned professionals know this catalog inside and out. There is this feeling of excitement and a sense of calm really as I really trust that they will deliver and the crowds will respond. If you’re in Los Angeles you can reserve your seats here: http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/435766/the-vintage-music-lies-revue/

Monique DeBose

Johnny Bennett

Rockwell is the premier dinner club in Los Angeles and we are all so thankful that they have provided the perfect match for our brand. It’s a beautiful room no doubt. I hope to see you there on September 9th.

Cheers.

 

Halfway to Everywhere

Well it’s been a minute and my only excuse is that my schedule has been jammed. My luck is that it’s been jammed with fantastic opportunities and also that I get to do what I love.

It’s music on the move. Rocket Tone Records, Secret Me, rehearsals, artist’s heading into the studio, short stories, song catalogs. It’s rockabilly, jazz, EPM, edge of country, and electronic sex rock that’s filling my days.

I am so pleased and thankful to be working with these greats!

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Loveska Flyer ImageI’ve also been co-writing with the amazing Bianca!

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Away we go!