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The Next Time You Look at Me

by Maria Carmi

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I try to respect Copyright law and not copy other people's words when I put out Yakety-yak. Still, I sometimes forget that I saw something somewhere on TV. Sorry for where I've blown it.

The Next Time I Look at You

THANK YOUs

Thanks for putting up with me, Lord Jesus. And Thank You for just Being there.

Thank you to my pastor Johan McGregor and his brothers for having the JESUS Conference at our church recently. I really enjoyed hearing a bit of their personal stories. Thank you very much for coming and sharing!

A great big Thank You to my producer Chris Folsom. He is AWESOME. Ditto for the Underground Treehouse musicians. Never cease to amaze me.

Thank you, CD Baby and partners! Appreciate you so much!

To every listener, Thank You very much. You're why I do this. I appreciate you.


CONTACT: mariacarmi@vfemail.net or DM me on Twitter @MariaCarmi1. You don't have to be famous. Just patient for me to get back to you. I'm a busy little beaver. And honest, I don't bite.

SONG INFO
This is a slow song, approximately 3'58. Please feel free to use any pictures/ads I've put out there, as long as they're not altered (except to resize it bigger or smaller). I reserve all rights.

YAKETY-YAK
[PLEASE NOTE: Some Scriptural references were obtained through Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible, 22nd American Edition Revised, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 55.5338.]

I'm still surprised by how much our pets understand us. For example, when Simchah sees me doing certain things, he'll know enough to come up to me to check if I'm going out. I'll say, "I'm staying home today." He'll turn away and go sit on his bed. But if I say, "I'm going to church," he'll look at me and wait for me to leave. Man, I love that little rascal.

FUN WITH ENGLISH
English and animals. Ah, now there's a match made in Heaven. I don't know what's come to roost, but don't be chicken about speaking up. When you play a game with dice, you just might roll some snake eyes. Oh, man, he's gone hog wild! But only when it's raining cats and dogs. Cat got your tongue? He may look sheepish, but he's got dogged determination. What a tiger! Sly as a fox, too. Actually, most of the time, he's just stubborn as a mule. That's the elephant in the room. I thought it was an 800 pound gorilla. You dirty rat! You skunk! You got a frog in your throat, you old bat? You dog, you! You lazy ox! You old crab, you! You old goat! Yeah?! You loan shark! You're going to end up in a kangaroo court! You're getting buffaloed, you old hound! That's bull. Maybe, but I'm a thoroughbred. Still, underneath all that grey and peroxide, you'll find that luscious mousy brown. Just don't bug me about it. And don't give me any of those crocodile tears, either. Monkey see, monkey do. Yeah? Well, Richard the lion-hearted wouldn't try to worm his way out of this one. So? You eat like a bird. Yeah? Well, you eat like a pig. Really? You should see my uncle wolf it down. A real guinea pig for my Aunt Can'tCook. Something smells fishy about that. Stop horsin' around! I'm makin' a beeline for the door, baby! See ya later, alligator!

Funny the way our brains work. Don't know if they're true or not, but I do recall hearing a couple things which might come in handy sometime. First, multiple short toots of the horn are supposed to be a better attention grabber than if you just lean on it. Second, if you need help, it's better to yell "Fire!" than "Help!".I guess if you're really desperate, you can try tooting the old horn ten or twenty times and yelling "Fire!" at the same time. That ought to earn you a free ride somewhere.

Are you one of those people (mea culpa) who has to wait until the exact time you were born before you start celebrating your birthday? Well, have at it, sister. Just don't forget to factor in any time zone difference (if you live in a different state now, for example), along with Daylight Savings Time (if where you live now observes it and your birth state doesn't or vice-versa, for example, or maybe it wasn't observed during the same months when you were born as it is now.) Aspirin optional.

I've always been quite flexible. I could easily do "the splits" when I was younger (pretty ouchy now) and could stand on my head and hands against a wall. I can even bend a finger backward with another finger. But flexibility in other things didn't come so naturally. I had to learn that. Yes, it's good to have standards when it comes to sin. God won't bend on that. But I've come to see that there are grey areas with which--if our heart is right--The Lord is flexible. For example, Jesus didn't condemn David's men for eating the Temple showbread when they were hungry (Matthew 12:1-4, KJV). Then there's Elisha who told Naaman to "Go in peace." when he was troubled about the Babylonian king leaning on his hand while bowing in a foreign god's temple (2 Kings 5:18-19, KJV). Ezekiel reasoned with God about not wanting to cook over human dung (Ezekiel 4:12-15, KJV)/ God even says in Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) "Come now, and let us reason together". God is reasonable. If it makes good sense, and it doesn't violate His word, He's open to it. He may not always say yes, but many times He will. My point is, we should be the same way. Don't always think there's only one way to do something, especially when it comes to nonessentials. Learn to be flexible. Just don't split your pants when you you go try to do "the splits".

Are some sins worse than others? Yes. Who said so? Jesus. In John 19:11 (KJV), He told Pilate "...he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin."

Believe God's Words over everyone else's.

Kids, don't start smoking. If you don't start, you won't have to quit.

Pray about EVERYTHING.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." - 1 Corinthians 11:31 (KJV)

"If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ... He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me" (John 14:15, 21 - KJV)

If you've invited Jesus to Be your Lord and Savior and are walking in obedience to God's Holy Word, don't putz around with garden variety faith. Have audacious faith. Have wild faith. Have ridiculous faith.

I recently worked for a week as a package handler. Tough job. I couldn't hack it. But I learned something. I was really impressed by just how hardworking those people were. There were ladies and men out there, probably quite a few with families to support. Kids, appreciate your Moms and Dads who bust their butts to feed you and give you nice things. Don't bust their chops when they discipline you. They just want the best for you. It really hit me how these people put everything into doing their job. One man who started with me worked in construction for his day job. I remember him saying he took on this second job for his family. That man worked his butt off. Some of those packages were insanely heavy to lift. But he did it. Again and again and again. No complaining. There were other people there in supervisory roles who had to deal with the pressure from topside. They also worked like maniacs. It got me to thinking about just how many hard working people we've got in this country. People doing what they have to do in order to make it. Industrious young people with great attitudes. People who sacrifice for their families. I remember how hard my parents worked. So don't worry too much if your guy or your Dad or Mom doesn't say "I love you" as often as you may want. Talk is cheap. Every time they lift those packages, they're saying, "I love you." "I love you." "I love you." And if they want to get themselves a treat every once in a while (maybe a new outfit or purse, a new power tool, or even a Silverado they saw on CarFax)--and they can AFFORD it--don't give them a hard time. They've earned it. Maybe you can go to Hawaii a couple years down the road. Just make it a weekend getaway for now.

Keep praying and keep going. Keep praying and keep going. Keep praying and keep going.

Keeping our vows. Tough to do 100% of the time. So I'm now very careful about making vows in the first place. Especially in light of Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (KJV). If you're living right before God, your angel's paying attention to what's coming out of your mouth. Don't want to make God angry "and destroy the work of thine hands". Even making promises to other people. Think twice before speaking.

FASHION TALK I love palazzo pants! They're elegant looking and flow when you walk. I like any type of flowing pants. I also love skirts that flow, and blouses, too. My latest thing is metallic shoes. You can dress them up or down, and they go with just about anything. For example--gold, silver, or bronze shoes look gorgeous with light colors (and some dark ones, too) such as pink, peach, lilac, or green. Silver or bronze go great with Caribbean blue outfits. I also look for other kinds of sparkly, feminine shoes. Pretty shoes can really make your outfit shine!

Cracker Barrel's gift shop has a terrific variety of items to choose from. I found that out a while back when I got a Cracker Barrel gift card and decided to check it out. I particularly like their pretty costume jewelry! I've also bought a wrap, a straw hat, and a purse. Love to go poking around in there!

Believe it or not, warmer weather is on the way! I've got some Wondercide ready for those pests that show up once in a while. I actually bought it for flea control for Simchah--but he just won't let me spray him! I give him Bravecto instead. Soooo...I'm now using Wondercide on ants. It's fantastic for that, too! Kills the little boogers on contact. But it's nontoxic for humans and dogs. Love it!!

You've got to hand it to SO MANY of America's major corporations!! They have REALLY stepped up and put their money where their mouth is when it comes to a living wage and major increased education opportunities! I've never seen anything like it. It absolutely makes you speechless. They are making a genuine difference--a HUGE difference--in the lives of Americans who've been struggling for a very long time. Please remember to support them. THANK YOU, AMERICAN COMPANIES!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

BEAUTY TALK Here's a tip for you guys for shampoo. (Most of us girls already know it.) You're supposed to alternate your regular shampoo with a different one every so often--just so you don't get build-up. And I've found this really cool all natural toothpaste at Walmart called "hello". They have different kinds, but I like the one that's fluoride-free. It's black (wild!), because it uses activated charcoal to both whiten teeth and remove plaque. I've noticed my teeth ARE whiter, so I'm sold. Tastes good, too!

"Intelligence for your Life" with John Tesh, Connie Sellecca, and Gib Gerard (what a good-looking bunch) is wild--Check it out!

Keith Urban rocks as a musician and a performer. Leon Bridges is also one seriously rude performer. Absolutely LOVE him!

Would you know what to do if you found yourself in a sinking car? Several years ago, I saw a TV show (don't recall title) that discussed this very situation in detail. They also gave the ORDER of the steps to take. I keep a printout in my glove box and review it from time to time. Here's the website: http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car.

Intestinal issues? See your doc, and try adding some steel-cut oats or old-fashioned oatmeal to your daily diet.

While walking around my area, I was somewhat disturbed to notice that there are still some people who don't close their blinds at night. In this day and age, that isn't a good idea. At night time--and also any time you're not at home--do your part to stay safe. Close those blinds.

Proton therapy can be a less invasive alternative to conventional cancer treatment. In Nashville call (615)208-2254.

I had been thinking of getting a marigold plant this spring, so I could use the flowers in a salad for eye support. But after my third (fourth?) rosemary plant bit the dust, I decided I'd wait a while. Of course, that aloe vera (that dropped on the floor and should have been long dead) is going like blazes. Go figure.

Pretty windows can be one way to beautify your home. They can also dress up the look of your garage when you put in a remote-controlled door opener. Personally, I love windows with semicircle tops. Still, any kind of design element can add beauty. Even if you can't change the windows, how about changing the window treatment? Go to a home design center to get some ideas. I grew up with shades rather than blinds and still prefer them to this day. (Less to clean, too, Mom always said!) Changing your indoor environment every now and then can really give it a fresh new look!

We shouldn't always think that we know the best way to do everything. Remember Jethro, Moses's father-in-law? He came to visit Moses one time and saw him sitting around all day long judging people's cases and complaints. How'd you like to do that for millions of people?! So he suggested to Moses that he should appoint other people to take the easier cases and then just handle the difficult ones himself. (Exodus 18, KJV) Moses didn't say, "Who do you think you are? Don't you know God speaks to me Face-to-face and divided the Red Sea for us? Haven't you heard about the 10 plagues in Egypt? The manna? Etc., etc., etc." Nope. Moses LISTENED to Jethro and did EVERYTHING he said. For one thing, I guess he was sick and tired of listening to complaints all day long. It made GOOD SENSE. Bottom line--Be open to REASONABLE suggestions. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise." (Proverbs 12:15, KJV)

"if thou shalt confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." YOU HAVE GOD"S WORD ON THAT.

Believe God's Words over everyone else's.

Kids, don't start smoking. If you don't start, you won't have to quit.

Pray about EVERYTHING.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." - 1 Corinthians 11:31 (KJV)

"If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ... He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me" (John 14:15, 21 - KJV)

If what you're dreaming about is utterly ridiculous and unattainable on your own--that's probably God. Just don't expect to get there on the Autobahn. Maybe more like Anzo Borrego.

If you wait for sunny conditions all the time before you act, you'll never accomplish anything. "He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. ... In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good." - Ecclesiastes 11:4,6 (KJV)

I used to always have to have the last word. But why be right if you can be at peace instead.

There are some uncommon traits that God values highly. One of them is steadfastness. Psalm 78:8, 37 (KJV) talks about Israel: "...whose spirit was not stedfast with God...For their heart was not right with Him, neither were they stedfast in His Covenant." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV) says, "Be ye stedfast, unmovable". 1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) tells us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith". How steadfast are you with God?

Possible ain't necessarily easy. Who said so? Jesus. "Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall HARDLY enter into the kingdom of heaven. And AGAIN I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:23-24, KJV) THEN Jesus said, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are POSSIBLE."." (Matthew 19:26, KJV) Just not necessarily easy.

There sure are some beautifully designed sets for various TV shows. However, my very favorite is Wheel of Fortune. I don't know who designs their set, but in my humble opinion I think they deserve some type of award. I used to remark to my Mom years ago about how beautiful their set is. Day after day, that set just keeps on giving! So if nobody else has ever told you, please just know that I really appreciate it. It's a big part of the draw of the show for me. That, and Pat and Vanna. I love it when Vanna tells little tidbits about herself (such as growing basil in her garden or re-uniting with old friends in South Carolina). And Pat's got a quick wit and sense of humor. Nice people, both of them. Thanks for making us use our brains all these years!

FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTER Scooby-Doo

FAVORITE FRUIT That's a toughie. I love dates, blueberries, mangos, kiwis, plums, and Italian honey figs, among others. Mom had a plum tree along with a potted citrus in our backyard. Those citrus blossoms smelled wonderful!! There was also an awesome Italian honey fig. Boy, the birds loved that thing! Got to tell you, I really miss having that tree! I enjoy watching things grow--especially when you get something to eat!! Would love to have a nut tree!

Like most modern Christians, I said a "sinner's prayer" in order to be born again. I used to think that if someone didn't say that, they weren't "really" saved. Only problem was, that's not a Scriptural stance. While it can be a useful tool, even a "sinner's prayer" won't work unless it includes the Bible prescription: "The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." - Romans 10:8-10, KJV.

TALES OF A GREENHORN. The wild vegetation out in the country is, shall I say--interesting. I never knew what polk salad was until I moved to west Tennessee. I'd heard about it in an Elvis song. I was amazed to find that there really is such a plant. People eat it, my handyman told me. Only it's poisonous and has to be soaked or something prior to eating. Blackberries grow wild out there, too. Never knew what thorny--or invasive--little suckers those were, either. People just call them briers. I can see why. There's also a plant that looks like an onion. I wanted to pick it and use it in my food. Until someone mentioned there's a plant that looks like an onion--only it's poisonous. Still, the most delightful type of vegetation has to be those geometrical weeds that abound during the warm months. You know. Like the one with three leaves. Or that other one with five. You haven't lived until you make it through three weeks of looking like the monster from the dark side of the moon. Those big rosy cheeks and eyes almost closed shut feel about twice as bad as they look, too. You think you're going to die. Only you don't get to. You get to live and learn. And boy, do you learn. You keep yourself and your dog out of the stuff, and you wash your hands if you ever do come in contact with it. Once in a lifetime will do, thank you...

Spiritual disciplines. They're REALLY HARD the FIRST time. The first time you forgive a great hurt. Man, it takes a long time to really process that. To really LEARN to forgive. Or the first time you fully surrender to God's Will. You don't want to give that major thing up--whatever or whomever it is. Dying to self doesn't come easily at first. HOWEVER, the more we PRACTICE it, the easier it becomes. You get into the HABIT. So forgiveness and surrender become part of you. If you can ever get over the hump of that FIRST one. THAT's the toughie.

"Charity...is not easily provoked" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5, KJV).

The Lord Jesus seems to have been under almost constant accusation and threats. When it was time for Him to die, to go to the Cross, He didn't say much, although He did not deny Who He Is (Matthew 27:11-14, KJV). It's very clearly stated in Matthew 26:63-66, KJV. He said nothing until He responded to the high priest who commanded Him to answer about Who He Is. The very reason He was crucified was a false charge of blasphemy, that he claimed wrongly (instead of rightly) to be the Messiah, the Son of God. The problem was, He actually WAS (and IS). False assumption, false conclusion. However, I've come to see that there WERE times EARLIER ON that Jesus DID proactively defend Himself. Case in point, John 8 (KJV). In vv. 13-14 (KJV), Jesus came right back at the Pharisees when they said that, since He was His own witness, His "record isn't true." Also, when it was implied that He'd been born of fornication, He repudiated it (vv. 41-42, KJV). When He was accused of having a devil, He flat out denied it: "Jesus answered, 'I have not a devil'" (vv. 48-49, KJV). (BTW, me, neither...) He also said, "Before Abraham was, I Am." (John 8:58, KJV) It made some so angry, they were ready to stone Him (v. 59, KJV). Jesus actually had to hide Himself and then leave the premises (v. 59, KJV). Lastly, He even confronted Judas about his betrayal: "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:48, KJV). How do you know what to do? Pray, and depend on The Holy Spirit to lead you.

Having said that, I don't have a need to respond to much. Those who know me, know me. Those who don't, don't. However, I do feel God wants me to clarify one thing. I'm a stickler for the word of God. He will never change His Mind about that, so I won't back up on it for anybody. "For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in Heaven." (Psalm 119:89, KJV) For example, as I've previously stated (somewhere back there), I support traditional marriage.That's what Scripture teaches. But I also want people to know that if they repent, God will forgive them. I want them to know God loves them intensely. Intensely. Many people have been badly wounded, rejected, ridiculed, and yes, persecuted and even threatened..Personally, I'm sorry for some things I said in the past. I know they've also had great inner searchings. Some of them are the nicest people I've ever met. Many are sensitive souls who gravitate toward the arts and creative endeavors. They're intelligent and gifted and accomplished. Most of all, they have value in God's Eyes.. Jesus's Arms are extended to them. So that's where I stand.

I don't think I noticed Tennessee driving habits too much when I lived in the country--except that people drove a lot slower out there. However, since moving to the Nashville area, I've noticed something that was different from L.A. driving. On left turns, drivers don't pull out into the middle of the intersection on a green light. Back in California, people haul out there like nobody's business. If the light turns yellow (or even red) while you're out there, nobody cares. So I was intrigued by the difference in Tennessee. Did some research and found a website that discusses a newish law. Check it out. If I'm not mistaken, it sounds pretty much like California now! Here's the website: http://tennesseedefenselitigation.com/BlogEntry.aspx?id=166.

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me" (Psalm 66"18, KJV) In other words, we're responsible to correct those sins we're aware of if we want God to hear us.

Don't gloss over learning to love as if it's not important, like it doesn't matter. We may think there's no earthly reward for it. That's not true (Proverbs 11:31; Psalm 58:11), but we may THINK that way. Still, we do need to keep our hearts, our motives pure. And it wouldn't be a bad idea to meditate in 1 Corinthians 13 every day. Want more? Check out Matthew 5:20-24 and 38-48. Test out everything by the Golden Rule: "Therefore ALL things WHATSOEVER ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12, KJV)

Believe God's Words over everyone else's.

Kids, don't start smoking. If you don't start, you won't have to quit.

Pray about EVERYTHING.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." - 1 Corinthians 11:31 (KJV)

"If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ... He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me" (John 14:15, 21 - KJV)

GETTING THERE There's a business side to music. If you're a songwriter, you can register your songs online with the Electronic Copyright Office (ECO). Next, I go to CD Baby. I get both my ISRC and UPC from them. Both the ISRC and UPC may be required when you register your works at various places such as ASCAP or BMI and Sound Exchange. There are also a couple things I learned to do from reading "The Power Summit" online. I register 1) my title and 2) my ISRC with Soundscan to track sales. Additionally, I get songs encoded by both Nielsen and Media Base. I upload to Nielsen @ www.media.bdsrealtime.com. For Media Base I first filll out information @ www.mediabase.com/mmrweb/NewMusic.asp and then attach my song in an email to them (digitaldelivery@mediabase.com). Their web form tells you that you also have the option of sending them a CD (Media Base Research, Attn: Encoding Department, 15260 Ventura Blvd., Suite 400, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403).

MEETING MR. RIGHT When I was younger, I thought love came easily. I thought it could happen any old time. Come to find out, true love just doesn't happen very often. Maybe a couple or a few times in your life. Or maybe just once. The Bible even says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven", including "a time to love" (verse 8). God has an order and a timeline for everything He does in our lives. That's why learning to wait on Him is so important. But when it's His time, don't miss it. Recognize it. I've also come to realize that falling in love with someone who is actually your type and who is also compatible spiritually and in other ways is rare. For that other person to have a mutual attraction to you is an amazing thing. If that door opens, it just might be God. What I'm trying to say is, don't take it lightly if you find someone special. Maybe they arrive in a different container than what you thought (heard that on TV from an interracial couple). That's okay. Just makes life more fun and exciting. So stay open. God puts people together, and He's pretty good at it. He knows who's right for you. Let God lead you.

Believe God's Words over everyone else's.

Kids, don't start smoking. If you don't start, you won't have to quit.

Pray about EVERYTHING.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." - 1 Corinthians 11:31 (KJV)

"If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ... He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me" (John 14:15, 21 - KJV)

MAKE HEAVEN FOR EVER
Have you ever invited the Lord Jesus into your heart and life? He Loves you so very much--even though He knows all about you. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6, KJV). Please pray out loud, “Lord Jesus, I believe You are Lord, the only Begotten Son of God, that You died on the Cross for my sins, and that God The Father raised You from the dead on the third day. Please forgive me and save me now. Make Heaven my home. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’s Holy Name. Amen.” Welcome to the family of God! Now start reading your Bible and talking and listening to The Lord each day. If you have a heart to be obedient to Him in the future, ask Him to baptize you in The Holy Spirit--"Whom God hath given to them that obey Him" (Acts 5:32, KJV). And find a Bible-based church that's ALIVE!

BIO
My Dad was a singer and a major musical part of my life. As a child, I was also influenced greatly by Julie Andrews for her captivating technical ability. When I was a teen, it was Barbra Streisand who stunned me with her artistry. I later found my wonderful voice teacher at a church to which my beloved spiritual Mother had invited me. I will be eternally grateful to both of them. I afterward learned about performance from a wise old vocal coach with whom I got along swimmingly. Everything came to a head one day while I was at a Shoji Tabuchi show in Branson, Missouri over twenty years ago. The only way I can describe it is that I was gripped by an all-consuming, overwhelming conviction that I absolutely HAD to do this. It was a confirmation of something I’d felt for a very long time.

I actually was thinking of becoming a background singer at that point. However, since I didn’t want to infringe on anyone’s copyright, I made myself write my own song. It wasn’t great, but I didn’t think it sounded like ear plug time, either. I decided to take a shot at the real thing and cut a demo. BTW, if it weren’t for my late Mom, I would never have found the producer that I did. She practically forced me to go into a Christian bookstore one time where I found a circular with his advertisement. In any case, he helped me with both songs and created a fantastic arrangement. He recognized one song as being country. That made a difference in the direction I ended up taking.

From there I started submitting the demo to labels. There were plenty of rejections but a few positive responses. I gradually settled on Comstock Records. My association with Comstock was nothing short of wonderful. Frank Fara and Patty Parker are two of the nicest and most talented people you could ever meet. I learned a lot from working with them and the veteran session musicians. Those session musicians don't say much, but man, can they play. What they taught me helped me with writing and learning the ropes in general. I am now flying solo with an amazing producer Chris Folsom and Airplay Direct--with my Lord Jesus at the Helm. Amen.




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