Do you remember the day you met your best childhood friend? I remember when I first saw Michelle from afar. She was the new kid in elementary school. She was so pretty and had a cool short Dorothy Hamill like haircut. Super different from us Nashville girls. She had a unique style and I seriously developed a girl crush. I wanted to know her. Upon first sight, she seemed shy and quiet. But I was partially wrong. Michelle has always been shy upon meeting her initially, but even back then she was a full out performer. She was a super silly, smarty pants, hilarious, talented little girl. Who would have known that she would be the one friend that I have laughed with more than any other person in my life. We connected in many ways, but music and laughter was the connection that changed my life. That chemistry from back in elementary school created a longlasting friendship which has become a big part of who I am. We started playing and writing music together as kids - the violin, clarinet, guitar. We were on the dance committee together in Jr. High and demanded our principal get a silver mirror glass disco ball. While we both had relatively strict parents, somehow they allowed us to fly to Oklahoma to see Duran Duran as teenagers. We went to every rock show in Nashville as soon as we were of age. We were given guitars by rock n' roll boyfriends in college and as many of you know we eventually became partners in a rock n' roll band as adults, complete with recording deals, touring schedules, sleeping on floors together, living together for years. Our personal lives were meshed together and we loved it - at one point our boyfriends lived together and at another point our boyfriends were brothers, and actually now our boyfriends both have the initials J.P. Of course now I live in NYC, and Michelle is in Atlanta, GA but we always talk about making an album together when we are 80 years old. I am certain it will rock. Our partnership has never ended and she influences me on a daily basis.
That's us in Jr. High. We were even color coordinated! I love my headband and Michelle's sailor shirt. Alright, so enough rambling - you get it, I love Michelle.
I am writing this because I wanted to share with you something a bit more personal regarding my influences. This friend of mine, K. Michelle Dubois is a genius musician. I feel so lucky to have performed and composed music with her for so long. She just put out a solo release, which I am listening to right now. I love it. It is called Lux Capone. You should download it now. It is a perfect summer breezy pop album, with the sweetness and the sour which I crave, The dissonant sounds are reminiscent of a beautiful summer storm. I will let you decide for yourself.
Click this link to her album.
Michelle has also released music with her band Luigi which you can find on her site.
Here is the link to Michelle's site.
Oh how weird I am clicking on to her site right now while listening to her album. So I am hearing, Star's Lament (Ultrababyfat) playing over Footsteps on Wingspan (from her solo album) and it sounds amazing!!!