Hey Hey, LA LA
If you're a musician, or an artist of any kind of that matter, there are three great American cities calling your name -- New York, where I spent a lot of my childhood, Nashville, where I've spent all of my adulthood, and L.A., a place that I've been intrigued by since I was a teenager. So, I was thrilled when the opportunity arose for me to visit L.A. two weeks ago for the Durango Film & TV Songwriters Expo.
It's one thing to visit a place like New York or LA as a tourist, and a completely different thing to visit as a professional. The last time I'd been to LA, I was 16 and my main goal was to snuggle and hold hands with my long-distance high school boyfriend (we felt so mature) and visit Santa Ana, where my grandfather had grown up. This time, I was traveling with a caravan of dudes -- Perrin Lamb, Lee Hester, and the guys from The Co. -- all excellent songwriters and "label mates" of mine with Sorted Noise, our licensing company. I love these guys dearly.
The weekend was crazy and amazing, jam packed with music, meetings, handshakes, happy hours, business cards, thrift shops, crab catching (really), showcases, boardwalks, and ocean views. But mostly, I was really excited to bond with these amazingly talented guys, and some of the other Nashville artists that we connected with at the Expo, like fellow Belmont alumna Brooke Annibale, the heartbreaker Jill Andrews, and a band I've been a fan of since well before we shot the shit in LA, Milktooth. The trip was amazing, rowdy, and magical and I can't wait to do it again.
And then, there's also this:
Perrin Lamb covers "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers. (unmute it.)