Tag: performance

Hold On

Hold On

Those two words can mean so many different things…

It’s a physical thing… Like, while on the subway, “The train is about to move… Hold on!”

Or… when you’re on the phone with someone, and you’ve got someone ringing your door bell…

“Hold on…”

Or if you’re going through a really tough time, and your best friend while consoling you says “It’ll be okay, just hold on…”

It’s also the title of a classic song from when I was growing up, that’s always been one of my favorites. That being said, just a little bit of backstory:

I’ve always been truly humbled and blessed to have such wonderful and talented people in my life. Last year, I started working on a project with one such friend, Tera Johnson who called me up out of the blue (we hadn’t seen one another in 15 years)  and said, “Hey, I’d like to do an album with you.”  The last time we’d been in a studio together was when we were both in college, and recording some project for either one of hers or one of my classes.

We’d kept in touch through Facebook as many of us do these days,  but it’s usually limited to seeing whatever someone shares to their profile. Pictures of kids, fun times, vacation posts, rants, etc… it’s not the same as staying truly connected.

I couldn’t say “no” to her request; I was truly humbled that she wanted to work with me again after all this time. She booked a plane and came down here to Austin some time after that phone call, and it began back in early 2016. She showed me some of the songs she’d been writing as of late, and some that she wanted to put together into a new album project entitled “Home”.

After the first day’s work in the studio, we were relaxing and unwinding, and decided to watch the movie Bridesmaids – a truly hilarious film. For those unaware, the song “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips is featured in the movie, as one the lead character and her bestie hold dear. As the movie was ending, Tera said “Hey we should go record that!” – Even after we’d worked all day in the studio, but both being the artists that we are, went up and did just that.

A few hours later, and some looks of surprise and exclamations of “Hey, this actually sounds pretty good!” – the song made it to the album, and is now the last track on Tera’s newest album HOME. We didn’t stop there, though. In addition to the song being the last on the record, it’s the first of a few music videos to come out for the new album.

You can find more information about Tera on her website, terajohnson.com,  her Facebook, and her YouTube Channel



Update: June 2017:

After sharing this on social media, the incredible Carnie Wilson herself chimed in and said she enjoyed it! So cool!!

Gimme Shelter – Playing For Change

Gimme Shelter – Playing For Change

Found this in my “New Videos” of YouTube… I’ve been following this for some time now, a group called Playing for Change, that takes a mobile recording studio around the world and records street performers playing together, and edits things like this. Phenomenal.