I thought I would do a little throw back thursday with the blog today and reminisce about the time I thought Alison Krauss was a crazy psycho woman. Now, I know you are all thinking, wait- how could this happen, Erica?! So, let me set the story straight.
Well, it's about time I release some new music!!! I'm super excited to share with you the secret song that I wrote for my husband, and surprised him with at our wedding. I wrote the song back in February with my friend Sarah Williams. I was telling my friend Sarah that sometimes Billy's schedule was very different than mine and we would go days without seeing each other. After 4 years of dating, I was ready to come home to him after a long day. That's where I came up with the title "Come Home To You." Sarah had just gotten married also, so we were both on the same page with wanting to come home to our husbands!
Writing the song without Billy knowing was easy. I'm always heading off to write songs and sometimes I tell him about them and sometimes I don't, so he didn't really think anything of the write that day. But recording it was a different story. I had to tell him I was writing with the same person over and over and we just never could finish the song (while all along I was recording it every night with my Producer friend Charlie). After night 3 of "writing" (recording), Billy asked me what the song was about. The first fake title that came to the top of my head was "Take Another Piece of My Broken Heart." So I just kept calling it that. Then, he asked me how it went, and I started humming Faith Hill's "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart"--and I got away with it!!
Another day, right before we were leaving to go to Georgia the week before the wedding, Billly was putting some files on my computer. While he was doing that, the song was RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM on my iTunes. But, he didn't look too closely and just x'd out of the screen. Phew- I got away with it again!!!!!
Another time, I had to secretly tell the DJ of our wedding that I was planning this secret song for the first dance. I even talked to the DJ about it while in the car with Billy, but I was so covert that Billy never thought anything of it! (I guess I'm good at being sneaky!)
On the wedding day, Billy thought we were just going to do our first dance that we had choreographed ahead of time. But right before the first dance, my mom took the microphone and announced that I had written a song for Billy. He was so surprised and caught off guard. We slow danced to the song and the surprise turned out perfect!
Now, I'm releasing it for you all!! The final album version will be available later this summer, but I am releasing the version that I played at my wedding to my mailing list TODAY! This song is so special to me and I cannot wait for you to share in the magic moment.
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Billy and I dancing to the secret song.
Billy really likes the secret song!
Billy and I doing our real first dance, after the secret song. We choreographed a dance to "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Well...I'm back from my honeymoon! I guess I could blog about that, but I feel like I've been all about getting married and not about the music lately. So, now that I'm back from the honeymoon, I've been hitting the ground hard with the music. In fact, I already wrote a new song yesterday!
We also have some more shows coming up. The first show we'll play this summer is at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta opening up for Ricky Gunn on 7/9. I accepted the offer to open for Ricky because I already knew of him from watching his music video on CMT...and when people are on TV- you open for them! However, since I've been kind of out of it with the wedding planning, I waited until we got back from the honeymoon to put the band together.
As most of you know, my viola player and background vocalist, Katherine Holmgren, left me high and dry to move to....Kansas. I know. I don't know why Kansas would be more appealing than Nashville....but moving on...I'm not upset at all at losing a crucial part of our band. So, I figured the guitar player we had been playing with could at least still do it...but he informed me he'll be on vacation. So, I texted my plan B. My plan C. I texted a piano player. I texted my plan D. I texted my piano player plan B. And so on and so forth, times a million. NO ONE can do the show! I thought when I moved to Nashville I could throw a rock and hit a guitar player. But apparently, they're all gone. Why did I even move here? I'd probably have better luck finding a guitar player in Kansas!
But alas, when you have no one to turn to, you can always turn to family. Luckily my brother sings and plays guitar, so he'll be performing with me 7/9. He lives in Atlanta though. Maybe I should move there?
Well, by the time this blog posts, it will be 10 days until my wedding day. WOAHHH! Whenever I have an engagement party or bridal shower, people always want to hear the story of how Billy and I met. So, I figured maybe some of you would want to hear the story!
The love story started back in 2009, before there was love involved. Billy and I were both music majors at Samford University and we ended up being in the same Music History class. There was a group of 4 of us (that included Billy) and we all sat together every class and named ourselves "the quad." This was a very exclusive group, where I took all the notes for the class and then taught the other three people all the information. Looking back, it looks like our responsibilities were uneven, but oh well, I got an A in the class! I was dating someone else at the time, so Billy and I were strictly friends and study buddies. After many study sessions for the Music History class, the quad also started hanging out outside of class, and doing one of my favorite activites, playing Rock Band. (Also looking back, I wish I spent more time playing real instruments than fake video game instruments during college.)
The quad playing Rock Band
As I got to hang out with Billy more, he became one of my greatest friends in college and he was the person that I always wanted to invite somewhere because he made everything more fun. We had lots of inside jokes, like our rap group called Magically Delicious, where our rapper names were Four Leaf and Pots O' Gold. (We still argue over who is who, we both want to be Four Leaf.)
Billy and I posing for our Rap album cover
But alas, our good times came to an end and we parted ways when we graduated college. (I'm still mourning the loss of college every day of my adult life.) I ended up breaking up with the guy I was dating after college, but moved straight to NYC, and Billy stayed in Birmingham and taught percussion at a High School and worked at a coffee shop. It seemed there was no way our paths would cross again.
But THEN! My friend Shara started working with Billy at the coffee shop.
Me and my beloved friend Shara!
It turns out, the only thing they had in common at first was...me! So according to Shara, Billy started talking about me...a lot! One day she texted me from work and said, "Billy has talked about you our whole 5 hour shift. I think he is in love with you!" I responded, "Oh I love Billy too, he is such a ball of sunshine!" (But not really meaning love love, just more generally loving him as a person and not thinking anything of it since I was 1,000 miles away!) But in true texting-miscommunication-fashion, Shara took the loving him a little farther...and told him I was in love with him! So, after a few weeks of middle school communication via our friend Shara, Billy and I both decided that we would talk on the phone and see if there was anything there! I was a little hesitant at first, thinking maybe nothing would come out of it, but it turns out we had a lot to talk about. We ended up talking on the phone for about 4 hours each night. One time, we talked on the phone for 8 hours! I don't think I ever slept during that time! After 2 months of long distance phone talking, I finally flew to Birmingham to go on our first date. Although Billy paid for our first date with a gift card he had, I decide to let that go (obviously not, because I still bring it up!) and we made our relationship official.
We spent the first 1.5 years of our relationship long distance, buying plane tickets every chance we got. Then, we decided it was time to move to the same city, and we chose Nashville, TN. We've now been dating 4 years, but we're about to start the marriage countdown at 0 in 10 days! It's cool to look back and see how the person I always wanted to hang around in college is the one I will hang around with forever! He is still a ball of sunshine and my best friend. I'm glad I gave that phone call a chance, and I'm glad my friend Shara was determined to be a matchmaker. I couldn't think of a better match!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.