Or how about ‘Oh, Donna, oh, Donna?’
The Knack, Ritchie Valens… Terrence Brewer!
Even though there are no words to it, KCSM played my song on the radio at 7:44:57pm – Cat Nap (For Cathy).
So, I’m at home, sittin’ in my comfy chair with my Turbo Boot off, listening on my iBook to a live stream of the Bay Area’s most popular jazz station – no not KBLX (no offense, but that’s not real jazz – that’s smooth jazz — and fyi: Kenny G is not allowed in our house!) but 91.1fm KCSM all the while thinking of the homework I should be doing instead of the 50 things I was doing. When all of a sudden, I heard a familiar melody coming from a familiar sounding guitar – and – OH MY GOD! THAT’S TERRENCE PLAYING CAT NAP!!! MY SONG!!
Before I actually knew what I was doing, I jumped up from my chair and ran to the door, actually jogged or hopped or possibly even flew out to the car to hear it on the car radio! There is was loud and clear, my husband on the radio! I knew the station had been playing songs from his CD’s since Tuesday, but it was the first time I actually heard him on the radio and playing my song (okay, enough of ‘my song’, I know, I know – I’m just so excited!).
So, as I’m listening I call T (who didn’t answer because he’s playing a gig at Butterfly), then my mom, then Janet, then Angela and as my neighbor pulled up, I yelled, “Hey do you hear this?” and he said, “Yeah“, and I said, “That’s my husband on the radio!“. I wanted to start the engine and drive through the streets yelling “THIS IS MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND THEY’RE PLAYING ON THE RADIO!!!” at the top of my lungs – but, I did show some self-restraint:)
Sidebar: I’m so excited at this point I feel like I’m going to throw up.
So, when it finishes, the DJ, Greg Bridges says, “That’s new music from guitarist Terrence Brewer off The Calling: Volume One. Terrence brings special sounds to the night with Cat Nap, for Cathy“. So, you know when I hear my name being said I did let out a squeal of delight that I’m sure the whole neighborhood, well at least two neighbors down on either side of us, heard.
After some minutes pass talking to my mom, recounting the entire episode, I decided to call the station and thank the DJ for playing it.
So, here’s how the conversation goes…
Me: “Hi, if my husband knew I was calling, he’d probably kill me, but I just wanted to say thank you for playing the song by Terrence Brewer – Cat Nap“
Him: “Oh, you know the song?“
Me: “Yeah, it was written for me!“
Him: [with surprise] “Oh, your husband doesn’t know that?“
Me: [getting tongue-tied] “No, he does, he is my huband“
Me: “Terrence – Terrence Brewer is my husband!“
Him: [laughing] “Oh. Sure. No problem, I really like the albums.“
Me: “Oh, thank you, that means so much coming from station guys like you“
Him: “Where do you live?“
Me: “We live in Alameda.“
Him: “Oh, you’re local?“
Him: “Well, I DJ at a station in Berkeley, KPFA, and I’d love it if Terrence came in and brought his guitar and played something and we could talk.“
Me: [grinning from ear to ear] “Well, you’re talking to the right person. I do marketing and promotions for him. Do you have an email address where he can contact you?“
Him: “Yes, it’s…” [you didn’t think I was going to give it away did you?
Me: “Oh, he’ll definitely be in touch with you; this is great. I’m so glad I called.“
Him: “I’m glad you called too. Gotta run – we’ll be in touch”
Him: “Bye Cat“
See, you just never know what a phone call can do for a person… or expressing your gratitude in the present, for that matter!
So, another live radio interview soon… details to follow…