My name is Tara O'Grady. I'm what you call a late bloomer. On November 19, 1994, I stood under a full moon in Ireland and wrote a poem. Sixteen years later, to the date, November 19, 2010, under another full moon in New York City, I had in my possession that poem set to music, a poem that will soon join 10-12 other original songs on an album entitled "Good Things Come to Those Who Wait." How did this come about you ask?
I sing by ear. I've been singing since I was a child. I am inspired by the voices of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley & Hank Williams. I grew up on Irish traditional music because my dad is a fiddle player, but I love to sing jazz/blues/folk. So one day last year I decided to record the traditional Irish song, "Danny Boy," and other Irish songs and make an independent swing/jazz record called "Black Irish" for practically pennies. I released it this past summer. You can check it out at www.taraogradymusic.com.
One day in August, Alan Bennett, a music producer in Nashville (www.realactual.com), and a long lost friend from NYC, received a spam email from me. I sent out an apology email to everyone saying that I am not in the business of selling male enhancement pills but rather selling music CDs. This apology brought his attention to my newly released CD. He listened to it and emailed that he loved my voice and told me he wanted to make a record with me in Nashville because he believes in real actual music. I had never written a song before, but inspired by the November moon, in the first two weeks of November I sent him 10 song starts. I flew down to Nashville and Alan introduced me to his friend guitarist Pat Bergeson who was brought to Nashville by the legendary Chet Atkins (producer Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers). Pat has worked with everyone from Lyle Lovitt to Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris to Madeliene Peyroux to Alison Krauss (www.patbergeson.com). Alan also brought on singer/songwriter Dan Cohen (publisher/guitarist on the HBO series "True Blood" theme song - www.dancohenmusic.com) to help me to finish and arrange one of the songs. Alan and Pat are gathering Nashville's top musicians to play on this CD.
What kind of songs are we writing? I love language, so many of my lyrics are taken from found language - poems, craigslist ads, NY Times articles, voice messages, National Geographic sound bites, hidden compliments on blind dates, great lines from movies, etc. I also love the golden age of Hollywood, and anything retro. So, there will be mention of Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and phrases they would use back in the glory days.
Here are a few of the song titles: Shadow Blues, You're Eyes and Me, Audrey For a While, Steady Teddy, Myth of Genius, November Moon, I Want to Go to There, Think of Me, Love on the Underground, and of course the title track, Good Things Come to Those Who Wait.
But don't wait! The sooner you help us make this record, the sooner we can begin to record, mix, master, and produce. I will be flying back and forth between New York and Nashville to work on this project. We can't wait to share it with you.
- (38 days)