“Imagining”

Here’s another song written in Toronto. That city has been good for my creativity. This time, I was there as part of the Creative Coalition, a weeklong event that brought songwriters together for co-writing and recording. There were about thirty of us in attendance. We’d meet every morning at a local studio, be assigned our partners for the day, then get down to writing and recording. The goal was to have something finished to play by the end of the night. A lot of pressure, but a blast. I like the kind of friendly competition that springs up in those situations. A touch of the Brill Building in the early ’60s.

My partner on this song was Rebecca Valadez, a Latin Grammy winning vocalist with a terrific voice, and a silly sense of humor. It was one of those songs that seems to get written in between jokes, one-liners and lots of laughter. Rebecca were sitting together in the corner of a dimly lit room. That much I remember. There was a real sweetness about the melody and lyric that made us think it would be a great wedding song.

The recording came together easily, and the beautiful sax solo is by my old friend Bryan Cumming. He used to play with Molly and I a hundred years ago in another band, Wild About Harry.

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