I met David Choi for the first time in his studio in L.A. a few weeks ago. What a cool cat! He told me the story of how he started out as a writer for Warner Chappell and his quick transition from being a contracted writer into YouTube super-stardom. After we talked for a bit and ate a few Starbursts, we launched right into recording a cover of “Rude” by Magic. Everything was spontaneous and done on the spot. While we were recording, we got a phone call from producer Marc Schrobilgen, telling us that Interscope Records had agreed to let us film in their showcase room. So, yeah. I was rather excited about that. Many thanks to David for inviting to collaborate on this cover with him. Enjoy!
I spent my childhood in California and to this day, I have not been able to shake it’s magic from me. I’ve spent the last month working, playing and making memories with my family in Los Angeles. I leave to go home in five days and as I’ve been packing some things up this morning, I can’t help but feel immense gratitude for the ability to travel and let my children see the way other people live in this world. This has been a goal of mine for a long time and to see it come to fruition right before my eyes is not something to take for granted.
Many thanks to my comrade, Joe Corcoran, for appearing in this video. He’s the original musician on the album for this song and I was lucky to be close enough to his home turf to film this video (which was filmed in Echo Park, Los Angeles). Also, I want to thank Chris Duce and Natalie Neal for their hours of work on creating this little video. Enjoy and share!
Buy the song HERE.
When I was a newlywed, my husband and I lived in a ramshackle cottage in an industrial neighborhood. It was right next door to a boat dealership and in the general vicinity of a large steel manufacturing plant. There was a fresh layer of soot on the counter tops daily. The kitchen sink didn’t work, so we did our dishes in the bathtub. We put new tile in the bathroom, but we failed to remove the old tile first and therefore, the bathroom door wouldn’t shut. My husband did what any reasonable man would do in that situation—he took the door off. In short, it was a dismal place to live, but we were young and we loved each other and eventually we got out of that hell hole and life went on. And oh yeah, I wrote a song about it called “All the Pennies.” Last week, my guitarist and I performed it live in his studio in L.A. and here it is on your computer screen today. (Directed by Chris Duce).
P.S. You can buy this song HERE.
I wrote this song in the days that followed my last goodbye to a friend who passed away of cancer. Death is a poignant teacher. For me, it stirs up all kinds of questions: “How can I create greater meaning and depth in my own life? What experience am I creating for my children? How will their memories of me as their mother be when it’s my turn to go? How can I make life more joyful?”
I love the production of this song. The drums and tambourine are so simple, but I love the beats that they fall on. (Fun factoid: I was lucky enough to have Jamie Wollam play drums on this track. He was a member of Tears for Fears’ touring band at the time and this was his favorite track on the album).
Also, many thanks to Joe Corcoran and Jess Penner for appearing in this video. Joe played the mandolin and bass on the actual recording. I invited Jess to come sing in the video simply because I love her voice and have been a fan of her music for a long time. By the way, her new album “Building Heaven,” drops on August 5th!!! I’ve previewed it and it’s absolutely awesome.
Thanks to Chris Duce for directing this video and Natalie Neal for assisting.
I have been a fan of Raw Melissa’s foods for years. Any time I want a treat, I head to my local whole foods store and grab some of her raw macaroons. They are heavenly. Recently, Melissa invited me on her cooking show and it was a no-brainer for me to take her up on that offer. This is a tutorial on how to make an amazingly delicious and light recipe for Strawberry Hibiscus Sorbet that would be great for entertaining guests (the red color is beautifully festive as well). Enjoy this video and make sure you visit MelissaChappell.com for the full recipe.