I am just now back from a whirlwind trip to LA, three days of nonstop activity. Friday I left my little angel home with Daddy for a "boy's weekend" (Thanks Jim for letting me go! Thanks to Grandbobby and Kathy for babysitting on Sunday so Little Man's daddy could get some stuff done!) I flew out with one of my best buddies and music partner, the amazing Mr. Don Henry. My fabulous friend singer/actress Ava Dupree picked us up from the airport with her hunnie the adorable forver young Wally Holmes, who wrote the song "Rock The Boat" that was a hit in the 70's. Don and I could not stop singing it all the way out there
So I'd like to know where, you got the notion said I'd like to know where, you got the notion
to rock the boat, don't rock the boat baby rock the boat, don't tip the boat over rock the boat, don't rock the boat baby rock the boat-t-t-t-t
Ava and Wally were like a comedy team together and had us cracking up! They took us to a wonderful Italian restaurant aptly named "Guidos" where one might expect to find Tony Soprano! On the way home Wally had the idea for all of us to sing (acapella) a song we had written which noone knows. So we all took turns singing at the top of our lungs and that is when I discovered I was losing my voice. NOT good when you have a house concert planned thirty some-odd hours later!!
Ava took us to where we were staying, my B.F.F. Maura Hanlon Smith and her family's awesome house. Maura and I met on our first day at a school of performing arts in New York City and did our monologues for each other that we had to perform that day. Twenty (or so) years later we are still doing monologues for each other, but these days those monologues are about our own lives, on a long distance phonecall, sometimes with a glass of wine in hand. :) I could weep talking about how endlessly proud I am of her. She and her cute hubby Adam have built an amazing business called Celebration Entertainment. It has been featured in People Magazine as they are party planners to the stars. They do kids parties and noone has a way with kids or events like they do. She is also an amazing singer--a great performer with a strong business sense too. And her family is so beautiful. Her kids are so precious. It was soooo wonderful to see them!
Saturday Maura had a big event she had to run off too so while Don chilled in the cutie-patootie guest house I borrowed their little Saturn hybrid and skidaddled over to meet my friend, screenwriter/music journalist/supervisor Scott Taylor. We had a great dinner at one of my favorite restaurant's there named Gladstones and got to brainstorm some ideas for my project, like possibly doing a stage version on a larger scale. Gladstones is amazing, right on the ocean! It was super neat even though it was pouring down rain! (And they say it doesn't rain in Southern California!)
Then, Sunday was showtime! I rested my voice as much as I could enjoying a morning with Maura's little boy jumping on their trampoline in the sun that had just come out while Maura was off setting up yet another party after getting up early to set up our party (I tell you she is amazing!)
For the house concert I would say we probably had about 40 people. We all cozied up in the livingroom and Don and I for the first time performed ALL of the songs that go along with my book, A Journey to the Son, all about my drama-filled road to motherhood. We have quite a few moments of added (and needed!) levity and we had a blast! A lot of great folks came out along with some old friends I knew when I lived there. Also, two very special guests, fellow amniotic fluid embolism survivors Deb and Miranda. BUT I will write more about that when I get pictures to share. It was a special reunion! The house concert morphed into an Oscar party. Horray for Hollywood!
We woke up earrrly the next morning (Monday) and got to LA an hour and a half early for the only stressful part of our trip (security lines about a half a mile long) But, we got ourselves and our guitars on the plane in a nick of time.
I am exhausted but happy. Happy to see the guys, Little Man's smiling face and excited giggle when he saw me were priceless. But the moving trucks show up day after tomorrow so it is back to reality and bye bye la-la land!
Thanks to everyone though who made it a GREAT trip!
Watered-down earth mother, singer/songwriter and actress, Lauren Braddock Havey has penned a parenting memoir, A Journey to the Son, being released October 2009 by Two Harbors Press. She is also concurrently releasing a companion CD, a “folk-rock opera” of the same name. For more info, please visit www.ajourneytotheson.com