Here’s a song I’ve had around for many years, well, the music at least. I reached out to my friend Humberto Gatica just to say hello. Humberto is the recording engineer who recorded and mixed Chicago 16, 17 and 18 so he’s the guy who put the sound together I heard in my headphones on day 1 of recording vocals on Chicago 18.
He asked me if I had any songs and I said, “Well, yeah but that’s not why I called. Just called to say hi”. He said, “Because we’re about to cut for Celine”.
I told him, “Let me get back to you…” because I knew I had this music.
I called Randy Goodrum and said, “Hey, Humberto says Celine Dion is going to be recording and I have this music written. She lost her husband this last year so if we can maybe write something from the perspective of her singing to her husband…” he jumped and said, “Oooh, I love the angle. Let me spend some time on it.”
He got back to me later that day, and the lyric was just about finished. Talk about inspired… wow.
I submitted it and haven’t heard back but I’ll tell you this… this is how I’ve changed from where I was as a young writer/man. It was all about the expectation back then. Now? I remember thinking as we’d finished this and I put a vocal on it, “It doesn’t matter if Celine Dion cuts this song. I cut it and I’m very proud of it.”
And since then there has been so much loss in the world… not to mention what people my age have been going through over the last several years in terms of losing people… the timing was/is perfect to let this out. I hope you all enjoy it.