Bob was working with my husband George Newall on the Schoolhouse Rock "Earth Rock" series for Disney, which was in production over the year of 2008– the very year I was diagnosed with "Bilateral Vocal Fold Paresis", a condition most likely caused most likely by a virus. My voice was trashed. Bob came over several times and recorded versions of tunes that were being proposed for the series in our basement studio. It was then that I really got to understand and appreciate his brilliance, talent and unique style. I had spent 3 decades listening primarily to female vocalists and Sinatra–(ironically Bob and Frank have the same birthday!).
Having the opportunity to see Bob working in my own home was enlightening.
When my voice came back after 3 surgeries, in spring of 2009 I asked Bob if he would consider working on a tune with me. It would be a chance to break out and be guided by someone I trusted and who understood my situation after a terrible 18 months of being vocally incapacitated.
We rehearsed 3 times and decided to go with two songs. The first, "There Will Never Be Another You", I chose as it reflected so succinctly how I felt about Bob, and second "Give Me The Simple Life" which I believe is a life motto we both share.
Bob arranged the tunes and played piano. We got Frank Tate on bass, who I'd worked with on several gigs in the 80's, and Bill Goodwin who works with Bob on a regular basis to play drums.
We recorded in August of 2009 at Nola Recording Studios, where every legendary jazz musician and beyond have recorded. The studio is renown for its grand piano, originally owned by Errol Garner.
In just about two hours I had what i'd been dreaming of for my whole life.