Things have been busy! The biggest recent news was that we received our eighth Emmy for Lyle Lovett’s version of my song, “KHOU Stands For Houston.” The song, which was co-written by myself and Marv Danielski who provided lyrics, originally debuted a few months earlier when our friend, Dale Lockett, commissioned us to produce it for the station. The original version featured a gospel choir, and Lyles version was, of course – distinctly Lyle. Thanks to the Academy, Lyle, KHOU, Dale and Marv for giving us this opportunity.
We scored a couple of beautiful corporate films earlier this year for CoBank, produced by Moxie Creative Communications Agency, and for Country Financial, produced by Takeda Entertainment for BI International. The former was about CoBank, the company that supplies the financial underpinnings for our country’s farmers and coops, and the latter covered one family’s experience of the Tuscaloosa tornadoes, and the help they received from Country Financial to help get their lives back on track.
A couple of cool TV promos were on deck in the last few months. We created the music for “Afternoon Shuffle” for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and then “What Did Jay Say” for WTVG-13ABC in Toledo to promote their chief meteorologist, Jay Berschback.
A bright spot of the summer was the five song EP we produced for Shalyn Tanny, a young, new artist you should keep an eye out for. Four of the songs on the disc are Shalyn’s originals and we added a progressive cover of Carole King’s classic, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” We think this project is going to bring Shalyn some well deserved attention.
It’s Thanksgiving weekend as I write this, and I can’t help but contemplate how grateful I am to all of you who have supported our business over the years, and all of you wonderfully talented folks who helped us create this body of work that I’m so proud of. I hope you all have the warmest of holidays, and that we get to create a lot more great music in the years ahead.