much has happened in a short period of time that I hardly know how
to take it all in. I know in one of my other letters I talked about
the "seven year itch." I had no idea how "itchy"
I was. I actually feel like I'm going through a transformation,
and because it is still in progress I don't really know how I will
both nervous and excited about the future. On the career front I
have some big projects on the horizon. I have a brand new record
deal and new creative people who are working with me to produce
a new album. At the time of this writing, I cannot tell you exactly
what kind of record it will be and that in itself is very exciting.
We are exploring some different directions and working through the
long process of finding great songs. Because it's the first album
for this label, no one wants to rush and it feels wonderful to have
the luxury of taking my time.
you know, CAMILLE is a huge thing in my life. The show is constantly
being adapted and improved with new writing and new songs and soon
we will be doing a 45-minute reading in Manhattan. We are one of
only four new shows that were chosen. If things go well, we may
be doing a short tour to put the show before audiences and critics
so that we can see what we have. Getting a show to Broadway is ridiculously
hard and there are certainly no guarantees, so it is great that
we have been given this opportunity to continue our fight to tell
this woman's story. I believe it is a story worth telling and I
believe that people will relate to Camille's struggle.
concert career continues in full swing and for that I am as always
very grateful. Every time I get out on the stage I am humbled and
blown away by the support and affection that you show. Like anyone,
there are tough times in my life when I really need that support
and at no time has that need been greater than it has in the last
year. It's hard to put into words what you do for me, how you have
carried me, held me up, given me courage. I consider myself a big
chicken, a big 5'10" chicken, and there have been plenty of
times when I just wanted to bury my head in the sand. Of course
that is just a euphemism for what I really do when I am afraid or
depressed, which is to stay in bed and eat large fattening meals!
Who's with me on that? I know I'm not alone. Bottom line is that
I can't thank you enough. You are chicken soup for the soul.
for the concerts, Jeremy and I are at work on some new material
which will start to creep into the show. You will see the tell tale
"cheat sheets" scattered around the stage and piano because
I don't have them locked into my brain yet. The steel trap that
is my brain has let me down on more than one occasion, as you all
know. Most recently to I think rather humorous effect on "Don't
Rain On My Parade," and I would like to again thank that kind
young man who helped me out and then stole the show with his stage
dancing! He was FABULOUS!
there are so many people I wish that I could give a real thank you
to. I see so many of the same sweet faces in the first few rows
and I am amazed at the level of support and the effort put into
coming to so many shows.
many people are responsible for making my "home away from home."
All the great fans; my wonderful, talented band that keeps me laughing,
teaches me something every night at dinner, and plays so beautifully
every show; Jeff Osborne who is always such a positive force, keeping
us safe, holding our hands and making us sound as good as we can;
Jill Siegel who is going through her own beautiful transformation
and as always doing everything with a smile; Dave Hart because no
matter what happens he always has the best attitude and a childlike
love of life and now has Ronni to share it with; and Jeremy Roberts
because I truly mean what I say every night at the end of the show-
I don't want to be up there without you.
a great job and I'm lucky to have it. However, I never want to forget
that it is a job. It's one of the best jobs in the world, but to
me it must always be a job and not my life. While I am in this state
of transition the one thing that remains ever clear and constant
is that whatever else I may be, I am most importantly Jake's Mom.
He has just turned five and he is my greatest challenge and my greatest
joy. At times he makes me crazy as he tests his boundaries, at times
he makes me want to cry from the shear power of the love I feel
for him. In the selfish narcissistic world of showbiz he keeps my
world real and normal and normal is very good.
as always, I want to give a very special thank you to the women
of THE VOICE, Ellen, Amanda, Lori and everyone else who helps to
put this volume together. You are so often among those sweet front
row faces. So much time goes into this newsletter and you do such
an incredible job.
we go again. I hope to see you all "on the road" again!