Dear Kickstarter backers and friends
I thought you'd enjoy hearing the latest development in the story of the album you helped to fund. I'm going to tell you the full shaggy dog story, because I do love a good yarn, so bear with me.
On Christmas Eve, the driver's window of my elderly Nissan Micra fell off its runners and into the body of the car door, while I was on my way to collect my friend from the airport. We managed to wedge it back in place, with judicious use of Tricity Vogue business cards, and it held out until I got it to my mechanic's in the new year. My heart was in my mouth: if the repair cost more than £50, I told Andrew, my mechanic, I was going to get rid of the car once and for all, because I couldn't afford to keep it running. He fixed the window for thirty quid, and I was so grateful I asked him if he'd like a copy of my CD to say thank you, since he'd said he was a bit of a musician himself. He said yes please, so I bunged a copy in the post.
About a week later, I noticed a missed call from Andrew - I'd been cavorting about in blue stockings and a brown paper 'bear trapper' outfit for this promotional photo at the time. I called him back, wondering if my car needed to be recalled for more hefty repairs, but in fact he was ringing to tell me how much he liked my album, and how much his wife liked it too.
Then he told me that his wife worked for Universal Music, and wanted to know if it would be okay for her to pass on a copy of my album to DECCA? DECCA as in the home of Ella Fitzgerald, Gracie Fields, Judy Garland, and three of my favourite contemporary singers, Madeleine Peyroux, Imelda May and the gorgeous Melody Gardot. "How many copies do you want?" I asked. "I've got a cupboard full of 'em..."
A few weeks went by and I forgot all about it, until Andrew rang me back this Tuesday morning to say that his wife had passed on my CD to DECCA, and they wanted to meet me. Could I let him have my email address please, so he could pass it on? (Yes, I had forgotten to send business cards with the CDs. Duh! I'd used up most of them propping my car window shut, anyway.)
On Wednesday morning, there was an email in my inbox from Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director of DECCA, that said: "Hi, Jo passed on your CD, really enjoying it, do you have any London or other gigs/events in the near future?"
I waited a few hours to reply, a bit like you would if someone really hot had just asked you out on a date, and you didn't want them to know quite how excited you were about it. Now I'm sitting on top of my inbox waiting for his response. It's been two days now, and it looks like I might have to wait until next week to hear any more.
If and when I have more news, I'll pass it on, but in the meantime, dear backers and friends, please keep everything crossed for me!!!