Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I had a successful trip to the recording studio this weekend, as I not only finished my first single, I also did some networking and made some great contacts!

Here is the rough demo of my song. This is from my first trip and is very rough without a lot of the instruments or any mixing done. I hope you all enjoy it!!


P.S., yes I did survive the D2E gang... hahahhaaha (aka my brother's band!) There were some crazy funny things going on, but I must say, they treated me with absolute respect and were very sweet and accomodating. They are a great group of guys and so very talented. You can hear one their rough demos here . That is my brother singing both lead and background vocals as well as playing the drums. The song they worked on and finished this weekend is an original song called, "I'm Yours". It's great and the music is phenomenal!

Thursday, April 24, 2008


(me and the mic in the recording studio)

I wish I had more time. To blog. I have so much to say. About a variety of things. But, life gets in the way.

Going to Arizona tomorrow to continue polishing up my first single. I have to share the studio time with 6 smelly guys. The band D2E (Down 2 Earth) is also going... we are travelling together and I am bracing myself for flatulence jokes, odd smells and talk of nonsense. If they want to use a couple of those travelling hours (there are 5-6 to be exact) on discussing the La-la-Lakers and their great playoff start... then, I'll definitely forgive the smells and sounds that happen around me.

I'm so excited to be working again in the studio. It's been almost 6 months since I got to go in the last time. Things just got in the way. I have so many projects going, I don't know if I'M coming or going!

Anyways, say a quick prayer for me.. that I make the most of this weekend and come back still unscathed by my brother and his band of misfits!

The Queen... la-la-la- la la la.....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Emotion - Friend or Foe?

Have you ever met Emotion? Allow me to introduce you....

Emotion is your friend when you hear good news, watch the winning shot your team makes at the NBA Finals, see your best friend get married, hear a baby's first cry, receive a marriage proposal or share your testimony with someone who is down and out. Even when you mourn the loss of a loved one, Emotion sticks by you coupled with Memory and Comfort.

Then Emotion takes a hypocritical turn, becoming your foe, refusing to let you to see a situation clearly. It takes front seat in a heated argument, holds you back when facing fear, overcomes you at the worse possible moments, or becomes MIA when you need it the most. ("if I can just get one tear... just one....! arghhhh!")

Ironic that I would ever feel that way, because I cry very easily, for the absolute stupidest things. I hate it, because it always alters the impact, meaning or true emotion of whatever it is that I am saying, doing or trying to convey.

Emotion has not always been kind to me.

Sometimes even leaving me out in the rain... but I've learned one thing.

Emotion is not my master.
Emotion is my subject.
I have the power to control, alter and command Emotion to obey me.
Now I just need to convince my brain (and Emotion) of that truth. Ugh. We are complex creatures aren't we?....

I need to strengthen the "muscle" that moves and stops Emotion a little bit more.

As of now... I fail miserably.

So for every emotional uprising, forgive me and remember... Mercy given... Mercy received.


the q

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Me me me me me..... MOI

I was tagged by Deb who was tagged by Jenster to do a Memoir Meme. I'll do a slight change, to suit me of course.... so here's 6 positive and 6 negative aspects of my life. My 32 year memoir....







Negatives: Allergies, Gray, Procrastination, Knees, Walls, Clutter

Here are the rules:1. Write your own six word memoir. 2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want. 3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere 4. Tag at least five more blogs with links. 5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

The only problem is ... I have no new blogs to tag.. Awww! I'm a dead end. BOO HOO!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How to Dance in the Rain

My Pastor's Wife emailed this little story to me and I wanted to share it with you.
It sure helps get through life when you understand true love.

Whatever or Whomever you love today... love it/them with everything you have... dispite imperfections, circumstances or the effects of time....


How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.' I had to hold back tears as he left. I had goose bumps on my arms and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.' True love is neither physical nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm,

But how to dance in the rain.'

the queen

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Little Dumb Luck

Boy, here I was, so excited to win that ARC on Deeanne Gist's blog (considering I NEVER, I repeat, NEVER win anything....), and all along all I needed was a little dumb luck!
Take a look at these lucky ducks who seem to have Lady Luck on their side!

Queen Cat

Monday, April 07, 2008


Last night at church, my pastor preached "Fighting the Fight, Finishing the Course & Keeping the Faith"... it was an awesome message as it reminded me that my focus should be on Heaven and not on earthly gain. Because if our hope is in this world only, we are most miserable (to paraphrase the Scriptures loosely).

So now on to a little blessing that God gave me here on earth, as I wait for His coming... ha ha ha!

I posted comments on a blog on Deeanne Gist's website (www.deeannegist.com) on a couple of her posts. In case you don't know who she is... SHAME ON YOU! No, seriously, she is a Christian author who is absolutely amazing. Her fourth book, Deep in the Heart of Trouble is being released in May and if it's anything like her first three, I know we are all in for a treat!

Anyways, my sister (who is a moderator on Dee's chat room) received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of the new book in the mail. Oh my, how jealous I was! She is such a lucky duck! This is her second ARC (she won "Courting Trouble" also by Deeanne Gist last year).

Well, she mentioned to me that if I leave a comment on Dee's blog, I could win an ARC for myself. (I've got a classic case of the Lurks... always lurking around blogs and hardly ever leaving a comment.)

So of course, I had to come out of hiding to get a chance to win my own ARC. So I posted my comments with my fingers crossed and waited out the weekend. The deadline was Friday so I knew there would be some news regarding the winner on Monday.

Well today rolled along and being Monday, I was my absentminded usual self as I am every Monday, not remembering anything that I needed to. All of a sudden a get a instant message from Deb, shouting (ALL CAPS!) at me to check Dee's blog.

Lo and Behold.... I won.

I won.

Uh, I won?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?

My heart burst into song, the clouds in my brain cleared and I did a mental jig (I have bad knees, a physical jig would have put me out of commission for a while!). I WON!

So even though this win is so small compared to streets of gold, the Lord smiled on me and gave me a glimpse of Heaven. Being a winner sures feels great!

Thanks Dee! Thank you Lord! and thank you computer who picked my name!!!!

~The Queen Winner of the Day~