When I first showed up at "Lee Parvin's" recording studio, in Pacifica California many years ago, I brought with me my own musicians. We recorded a couple of songs and soon after that Lee said to me, "Julie, the problem is, you are so much better than these musicians". This was my first recording experience and I honestly had no idea of what I was capable of. The next thing I know, Lee brings into the studio some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area. We initially were just going to re-record a couple of songs but once we got into it, I decided to record everything over again with these amazing musicians. This taught me a valuable lesson. Because we recorded "Spiritual Blues" with such a fabulous caliber of talented musicians, this album is honestly "timeless". It was an honor to be respected by all my musicans and Lee Parvin and I certainly feel the same about them.
"Spiritual Blues" was sent to Tommy Mattola (Sony) and Warner Brothers. Both responded with very positive feedback. Mr. Mattola was asked if I (Julie Frank) should continue her efforts. He responded by saying, "Yes, and I want to hear more". Warner Brothers wrote a beautiful letter asking to hear more as well. Instead I moved myself and my then young daughter, Micah, to Maui where I have lived for over 20 years now. I have offered my talents here in community theater for many years as well as my singing whenever I can. I am blessed!
The songs I choose to record/write on this album purely came from my heart center and not my head center. Each song holds a lot of meaning to me, especially my Fathers (Alan Frank) song, "The Lovin Child" that he wrote for our sister Patty when she was a young girl. I brought my Dad into the recording studio to listen to the final recording. It touched him so much that he cried like a baby. It was a moment I shall never forget.
We lost our sister Patty in February of 2010 and our Dad in May of 2011. "The Lovin Child" has even more meaning to my sisters and myself now!
Let us walk in Grace and in Peace on this earth.
Mahalo Nui Loa