If I was going to travel halfway across the world to meet this artist who had so inspired me, I needed to be on my game. You only have one chance to make a first impression, right? (Or in my case, second impression) What could I show him about who I am as an artist? My videos and recordings were from years ago- is that how I wanted to present myself? And what exactly did I want to do in collaboration? Where were my lyrics, song ideas to share? I needed to find the answers to these questions before I quit my job, left my comfortable life in Brazil and spent my savings to travel 10,000 miles to a place where I knew no one.
When you set an intention and truly embrace it, truly commit, life really steps up to support you. I was so crazy excited and obsessed with my dream that that energy seems to have generated a force field that pulled everything I needed to me. And, it was through my rabid curiosity and hunger to discover how I was going to make this all happen out of thin air, that life began to show me the way, step by step. I now understand that when you have a big dream, it’s like putting a destination into Google Maps. Once you press start, it doesn’t give you all the instructions at once. You only get the first step. Then you get the next and the next. That’s how things unfolded for me. I would make one discovery and that would then lead to the next. And looking back, it was much better that way. If I had known then everything that would have to happen for me to embark on this journey, I might have been more scared. As it was, I was just excited… for MONTHS. That felt amazing.
First off, I decided to invest in making some new music. I had a fortuitous talk with a fellow colleague and musical director of a band I am in Salvador, Brazil called DNA Urbano. He suggested that I start recording some original material and offered to help me produce it (we just finished the first song, called Eclipse! It’s being mixed, but I ’ll share it soon….). Another musician friend suggested I create a regular practice of writing lyrics. I consider myself an interpreter more than a singer-songwriter, but since I was open to trying new things I gave it a go. My favorite spot for inspiration was the beach- just a block from my home in Itapuã. I began to take my little notebook with me on my walks. Sometimes as sunset, I would just sit and write, not worried about making a song, but just getting used to putting ideas and musings down on paper- priming the creative pump.
I also began to reach out to fellow musicians and asked them how they wrote songs, asked them if they wanted to collaborate, asked them if I could record some of their songs. I know some amazingly talented composers in Bahia, Brazil. Recording their music would definitely be a way to collaborate. I spoke to another producer friend about my ideas and he got so excited, he started talking about making a CD together (and we will!) When you are really excited about your dream, your journey, the excitement is infectious and people want to be a part of it.