This tribute song has been through a neat process. It came about because I was asked to open the 500th performance of "The Folk Revival" radio show on a National Public Radio Station. This got me thinking about how being a Singer-songwriter started, for me, by hearing the music of other women Singer-songwriter's on the radio. A tribute to them seemed right. Although the song I performed for that live show is different from this version because I included bits of their songs, which I thought was perfect because the station is covered by Harry Fox Contract, and so covers are ok. My trouble began when I wanted to record the song. I am a singer songwriter who writes originals, my journey into exploring how to get permission to keep those bits got very tricky because I was dealing with some iconic establishments, and their AVI department heads. I did give it my best but the logistics became insurmountable. I did not give up, instead dug down deep, listened to my heart, and crafted a more subtle tribute that did not impede anyone's copyright.
This song is all about gratitude. When you hear a song that makes you fall in love with the magic of music all over again, there is history there. Music has evolved from the deepest feelings, from hearts that found a way to set it all out in a song. Fans that fall in love with a song carry it forward and help it grow. Did you ever fall in love with a song? I did, and this song is a tribute to those women in music whose music helped me grow through inspiration. Call it retro, call it ol'fashioned, I don't care what you call it, theirs is the music that got music to where it is today, and I STILL hear their influence right here in my heart.
Singers be true to what you love and sing your song, YOUR way so that those hearts that hear will make room for your inspiration and keep music growing STRONG.
Thank you, with all my heart, for listening.
Recorded at Ultrasound Production Studios, Hanover MA.
Copyright (c), (p), Colette O'Connor, 2017 (All Rights Reserved).
Sound Engineer: The Irascible, Joe Clapp
This song debuted, live, on NPR station WICN, Worcester MA as a special tribute to kick-off Nick Noble's 500th show Anniversary on The Folk Revival. Life is good.
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter