What do you do when the art you create doesn’t easily fit within a particular commercial label? For those of you who are out-of-the-box, tell me your story.
Writers often hear this kind of feedback from publishing houses: We love your book, it’s compulsively readable and I finished it in one night! But, sadly, we have to turn it down because we wouldn’t know what shelf to put it on at the big, chain bookstore, and we’re not sure if we should market it as memoir or a parenting book.
Wednesday’s guest, Candice Night, understands how this works in the music business.
Blackmore’s Night, Candy’s band with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (of Deep Purple and Rainbow), bases their sound in the Renaissance times.
But before we talk about the new music, I must make my confession.
When I was young and used to lock myself in the bathroom to sing and perform into the mirror, one of my favorite songs was Speed King. Here, you can go ahead and click the iTunes button:
I did all guitar solos, and until my brother knocked on the door, I was the rock star.
There, it’s out of the way. I used to pretend I was Ritchie. And I bet I’m not the only one here who did.
I have no shame, do I?
Okay, so Wednesday, you’ll see Candy all dressed up and on stage, and she’ll talk about songwriting, collaborating, and combining Old World music with rock ‘n roll. She’ll talk of ghosts and castles and share some opinions about what’s played on the radio these days.
So today, I thought I’d show her dressed down a bit. This is probably my favorite picture ever:
And this picture shows her as I know her when we play soccer together – no makeup and a contagious smile. Candy is a playful spirit who knows all the words to the musical Hair, makes killer spiked orange cremesicles, and loves any occasion to wear a costume.
Stop by Wednesday and say hello to Candy. She has a great story to tell!
ADDED NOTE: Unbelievable. You guys know how I love to give away prizes, and I was going to give away an absolutely HUGE prize to the first person to send me something about the Polamalu hair-pulling. And NO ONE sent me a photo or video or posted a comment about it. I’m shocked.
So I’ll add this link myself. Once you get to the article, click on the slide show on the right, and you’ll see the whole hair takedown of my beloved Troy Polamalu.
Prizes some other day!
Oh, one last thing, but a good one. You remember how Mr. Henderson was in Hollywood last week for a screening of his movie at the FAIF film festival?
Well his film won the BEST SHORT FILM award. Yay for Mr. Henderson! And also for Green-Hand, who let us shave his head for the movie, and Bach-Boy, who played Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in it!