The highlight of the tour was the Elie Samuel/Lisa Dixon wedding of the century. Elie and I go way back. He is the person who named me "Daisy." We were regulars at Mallard Ice Cream, and one day Elie confessed to me that he simply couldn't remember my name because it was actually "Daisy." Clearly, the name stuck. Elie's one of the most joyful people I know, and he is blessed to have found his soul mate in Lisa- who has the brightest smile, cooks the best food, and helps people live more vibrantly with her business NourishRD. Together they travel the world seeking amazing food, taking pictures, and writing about their experiences. I can't wait for them to come back to Austin so I can tag along on more food-related adventures (we've barely scratched the surface, y'all!)
Elie and Lisa asked me to write an original song for their wedding ceremony, which was held at Randy Bachman's rock and roll mansion out in the country. When I wrote the song, I didn't realize my song was going to be right before the vows, which was probably for the best (no pressure, right!) The song- entitled "I Do"- was a big hit. Elie and Lisa were beaming and exchanged their vows from under trees with hanging chandelier. Elie kissed the bride and stomped on glass in true Jew form, and the wedding went off without a hitch. Seriously.... it was the most perfect wedding I have ever seen. Not a single awkward moment or fumble. Nice work team! Afterward we enjoyed a local and farm fresh gourmet dinner by Ciao Thyme and I got to feel like a rock star. Lots of folks stopped to compliment my song/voice after the wedding, asking where they could get copies of the song. I guess I'll have to record it on my first full length album and take the wedding world by storm. :)
I'm thankful for a beautiful tour, and I've returned to Austin with a clearer spirit. I am in love with my musical life. I may not have a partner or kids or a "real" job." Cleaning houses to support a songwriting habit is not part of the traditional trajectory toward adult success. But I love it, and feel a burning optimism (I keep meaning to get that checked... :) I love traveling, driving and flying to new places, meeting people, seeing old friends, showing up bright, sharing my songs and making folks laugh and cry and kids dance. I love coming home, writing, and working hard for small company I care about. I can't wait to make a full-length album. I'm sitting on a collection of quality songs I'm excited to release- like a chicken with eggs begging to hatch- and practicing patience as I learn the process and prepare to launch my music into the professional sphere.
I've been thinking of the phrase "its always darkest before the dawn," in relation to my musical journey. It has been nearly two years since I quit my career in social work and moved across the country to make my first demo. I'm at times hard on myself, as I'm still working on my first recording project. I continue to repeat the mantra - "I am right on time." I can feel all the elements lining up for a successful launch. But I still have a lot of work to do.
Thankfully, I'll be working from my new studio. I moved all my stuff in today. I actually signed a lease. My roots are sinking deeper in Austin and I feel unspeakably blessed.
Thanks for being part of my journey.
Check out my handsome neighbor, Mr Foxyloxy. He lives in a den in my backyard.
I feel very blessed to be sinking root deeper in Austin, TX.