I’m so excited to tell you about my new song, DIVA! It is the first original song that I’m shooting a video for where I wrote the lyrics and the melody. When my producer Kevin Dorsey agreed to let me write my own music I thought this meant that he would sit down with me and step by step help me write these songs. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth. In fact, what he did was send me the music and I wrote the lyrics and the melody all by myself. When I presented my song to him I thought he would tear it to shreds. He has VERY high standards and I can always count on him to tell me the brutal truth! In fact, he didn’t rewrite one word. Of course, when we went into the studio to record DIVA he showed me how to add harmony parts and backing vocals and just all around prettied my song up.
For some reason Kevin knew that the more hands off he would be, the more that I would learn and the more confident about the whole process I would become. He seemed very intent on making sure that my voice (literally and figuratively!) was heard. Kevin knew that I could do this even when I wasn’t sure that I could. I am beyond appreciative for the confidence that he had in me. I’ve learned so much from the whole experience.
Since the song is fun and has a retro sound, the video for this song needed to have these qualities as well. Kevin came up with the concept and arranged for us to shoot at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, CA. With its red leather booths, collection of classic cars and diner feel, Bob’s seemed like the perfect place to shoot my video. We shot the video over three days. The first day was spent shooting footage of the classic cars and extras. The second day was spent shooting the scenes at Bob’s. The third day we shot the old-movie scenes and in the process set off the fire alarm with the smoke machine. The Los Angeles Fire Department came and shut down our set and the whole building had to be evacuated!!
I love how bright and carefree this song is but I also like the very direct message that it conveys. I was thrilled when I saw the video for the first time because I think the video portrayed my message exactly as I had hoped. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making DIVA a reality.