Hot Fun In The Summertime..

nikki_viv.jpg

There is no place like NY in the summertime, love it, love it, loves it!!
Every place is jumpin' off and poppin', opportunities knockin', I'm running into friends, old and new..
The sun feels good on my skin..I got a new do..
I'm pullin' out the strappy sandals and the sleeveless tops and tight jeans (well actually.. I never really put the tight jeans away) and the miniskirts and sundresses..

Hello fellow sunworshippers.. Got a lotta catchin' up..
Sorry for the long silence.
Been on hiatus for a while, just takin' it easy and reflecting..
Making a lot of life changes, still some to go.
Revamping my interiors and exteriors you could say, and it was high time..
Figuring out what doesn't work anymore can be hard sometimes, I seem to get used to things and want them to stay same 'cause it's what I know, what I'm used to and so it feels comfortable. Even when it starts to get uncomfortable.. Hopefully you understand where I'm coming from a little..

I decided I'm going to take time to reach out and get to know a few people I've been admiring from afar and see if I can forge a few new friendships.. To my great surprise I got a few totally unexpected calls from people saying "You know, we should hang out sometime.. I've always liked your vibe and been wanting to reach out to you". Seems they'd been making an effort to reach out to people they want to get to know too! Life is funny like that sometimes.. You say you want to make a change and try something new and all the doors open and the phone starts ringing to that end! God or Fate or whatever you want to call it.. I've decided to say NO more to doing things that don't make me happy, even if those things are attached to a lot of $$ at the other end.. I plan to start putting 80% of my energy into my music instead of my usual divvying up between the work that pays and the things I love which has been leaving less time for me.. The thing about doing your own music is you make less money (at least in the beginning) but whatever.. I'm preparing to work with less even though I'm praying and hoping for more :-) This is a big change for me but I'm ready for it.. I want to make time for the people and things that I love and I finally figured out that A. I can't do everything and B. The time is now... I had a bad car accident last week.. 10 car pile up.. Wasn't hurt bad.. Just bruised up, concussion, really sore.. Scared the hell outta me though.. Totaled my car.. Brand new Mini :-( In fact, this whole year has kinda been like that.. A lot of big changes.. Not always smooth.. But que sera sera (one of my favorite songs.. check out the Sly Stone version, *sidenote: did you know that Sly Stone dated Doris Day?). Kinda helps put things in perspective.. The important things just become crystal clear..

Album 1 is complete.. Album 2 about 70% done with the music. Need to finish vocals, artwork, photo shoots etc.. Still haven't decided which one to release first.. I ran into my friend and publicist Kat, yesterday at the movies (Sex and the City).. I know that's a sign.. ;-) Anyhoo, heading out on the road again with the legendary Joe Cocker.. whom I adore.. I can listen to him sing all day and nite.. I don't even want to hear myself sing all day OR nite... Lol We'll be opening for Tom Petty who I also love! If you see us heading to your town, come out and see us.. Look for the new record in the fall.. Promise. 'Til then, if you get the chance, check out new music by these artists.. because they're awesome.. And because music can change the world..
Sandra St. Victor - Sinner Child
Kimberly Nicole - The Yellow Brick Journey
Colin Smith - The Wilderness Lots of love..

See you somewhere soon..

nikki_viv2.jpg