It is hard to describe the feeling of playing music live with great musicians. "Ecstatic" comes to mind also "pure joy". In so many ways I have been a closeted musician. After graduating high school I really did put songwriting on the back burner while I made movies. Then on it's own, the drive to write kept rearing it's head. First in sporadic, fits and starts, then in a slightly more cohesive manner (I wrote a musical based on The Ugly Duckling). Ultimately, I was led to a class at UCLA that officially turned the light on. Making this record in Nashville was an inspiring experience in that I was surrounded by the most crazy, talented musicians, and a producer,(Phil Swann), who had the insight to record it live. This allowed such spontaneity and spirit and for all of us in the room to feel that we were part of a living breathing experience. There weren't hours spent on compressing a drum sound, or days spent re-mixing a song. I do think some day I might like to work a little more slowly (We recorded the whole thing in a day, mixed and mastered in a week!!) but being on a budget allowed for a lot of grace and magic to happen. The songs are reminiscent of a bygone era. Inspired by tin-pan alley and a whole lot of 13 chords!! I hope you enjoy CROSSWORD as much as I enjoyed making it.