Witness the epic antics of Emmy, the Maine Coon we adopted from the Humane Society. The song, “Let God Love” is an original, and so is she!
A song that I wrote ended up as a line dance in Austria years later. That’s what you get with a Swiss publisher, two American songwriters, an Austrian band, and an Italian line dance teacher!
The movie that I’m in, Send My Mail to Nashville, is going to be a web series on You Tube. Stacey K. Black directed and edited the documentary about songwriters in Nashville and will release the movie as a series with ten episodes next year.
Here’s a radio interview with me talking about singers and songwriters that have influenced me.
Stacey K. Black, producer, director, editor, and singer songwriter, spent two years of her life creating the music documentary, “Send My Mail to Nashville”. It’s an extraordinary movie and I was grateful to be one of the many songwriters she featured. Her film offers a powerful and touching inside look at the songs and stories by songwriters as they live and work in a city with an estimated 55,000 songwriters. Interviewing songwriters at all levels, Stacey thoughtfully shows the peaks and valleys songwriters go through.
The film does an excellent job telling the songwriters’ stories and the various ways they create, record, perform, and promote their music. It is clear that Stacey genuinely cares for the songwriters she features. She shows how fun, but also how challenging, making a living with music can be in “Music City”. Filled with plenty of great, original songs and impressive performances, the movie features Trevor Finlay, Jennifer Friend, Kevin So, Joe First, Shashi Light, Jack Frisby, Stacey K. Black, Don Hillaker, Peggy Hustad, Joel Shewmake, Lydia Smith, and Steven Wylie.
“Send My Mail to Nashville” has been making the rounds with film festivals and will be released in the near future. For more information, go to the movie’s Facebook page at
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What do Hedy Lamar, Oprah, Rita Moreno, Joan Chen, Florence Nightingale, Debbie Allen, and Laurie Anderson (and many other famous women) all have in common? They are all Jill of all trades, master of many… women who are multi talented “Renaissance women”. And we could add another woman to that list, Stacey K. Black, pictured above. Stacey has been a top hairstylist for major TV shows, a film and TV director, a writer, a filmmaker, a singer, and a songwriter… and she loves telling people’s stories with all of those skills.
There are lots of example of people who have managed to be a generalist and a specialist. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are many reasons remarkable, talented women like Stacey are able to achieve mastery of several different skills.
- Although women traditionally only had a few choices for careers (nurse, secretary), the options for careers for women now are greater than ever. Men have had those opportunities for centuries, so there are many examples of “Renaissance men”, but in recent history, women have been allowed to show this creative diversity as well.
- Like cross training in athletics enhances performance overall, learning one skill (such as writing) can help you learn another skill (like directing) more quickly and deeply than specializing may.
- If it’s true that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, we are living longer than ever before, so we have more time to learn multiple skills than we ever have before.
- We are more open as a society to changing careers than ever before, so we have more support and encouragement to try different careers.
- Many careers don’t require professional credentials to show mastery. So, although you still have to go to medical school to be a doctor, you can discover how to write or make films with all kinds of avenues. And technology is making it easier to learn those skills as well.
The opportunities are greater for all of us to be multi talented than in any time in history. So, let’s recognize and be inspired by the creative potential of the generalist and the specialist, the women and the men, who continue to make this world a better, more innovative place to live!