I made a short slideshow for the benefit concert Monday night.
First I had recorded that song I wrote for Dan's 30th birthday to encourage him about his music career, but in the end, I decided to go with a composition written and produced and played by him. I wanted to point to him another time, in another way. I wanted more people to hear what he worked on. It was written for a small indie film about a year ago. I remember him working on it and watching the film together. I had very high hopes for him as a film composer. He loved films. A few years ago I bought him tickets to a John Williams concert at Lincoln Center. Stephen Spielberg was there and they lowered a screen and played scenes from all of the movies Williams scored along with the live orchestra conducted by Williams. It was a great night.
This is the link to the slideshow I used: here.
But I had also put it together with the first song that I recorded last week so I could compare them before deciding. A good friend of Dan's has a production studio and was kind enough to donate his time so I could do this. I'm very grateful- as hard as it was being in a studio singing again- it felt right to record this song. We were in a huge time crunch to do it before the benefit so I'd love to work on it more some day, but my only regret is that Dan's playing will never be on it. He so wanted me to record this song, but I just never got around to it. It wasn't a priority for me, being a new mom, and trying to take care of the practical things while he focused on music. Now I'm sorry that I didn't see its importance. Making music together was a true gift we had. But for the most part, I left it wrapped up and didn't bother to tear it open even if things got messy. So here is that version: