Sure I’m a recording artist, but my daily life as a mother of 2 grade school children, and a step-son who’s in high school, is about making meals, taking care of our home, making sure our family’s lives run smoothly, chauffeuring, parenting, organizing and doing many many chores, not to mention my freelance web and graphic design whenever I can - and of course songwriting with what’s left in any given week. So going to The Grammys is definitely the other side of the coin.
Though I have been a voting member of NARAS (The Grammys) for the last year and a half, I’m not one for concerts (I’d rather be in them than watch), but when the opportunity presented itself and I was one of the lucky 15,000 to get a ticket to a concert that sells out in under 5 minutes, I couldn't deny the thrill. Then realizing the stadium would be filled with creative and amazing people soaking it all in and giving it all they've got, it hit me hard. WHOA! The Grammys, and I have a ticket.
Immediately the preparations began. I spent heaps of time visiting The Skin Girls in Vancouver getting my skin primed with microdermabrasions, facials, and more! I got my eyebrows tinted, eyelashes extended, and fingers and toes painted. I shopped and shopped and eventually found a really cool dress rental place - Rent The Runway - and picked 2 dresses to be sent to my hotel for me to wear to the big festivities. I set meetings in Los Angeles and organized my schedule of events galore, prepared my family and home for my week away and now I've boarded the plane… ready.
|On left - a spray that is to help your feet stay comfortable in high heels|
On right - Jody getting a Oxygen Facial and pampering at The Skin Girls
A few of us are going to a Jimmy Kimmel taping this week. There is also the Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert on Thursday with Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge, and Cindy Lauper. Two events on Friday and then one of the big highlights for me, I’m emceeing and singing a song from my latest release, Seven, at an event at The House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd. I've written my opening monologue, rehearsed my song and will leave the rest to fate. Awww yes, fate, it is important to remain balanced and calm in all possibly life defining moments, and from this point forward that will be most of the work, remaining calm.
GRAMMY Live. It begins at 12 p.m. This is where all the awards you don’t see on tv will be handed out. Several friends are nominated this year and watching them cross the stage to possibly accept their awards will be a prize in itself. Then we’ll toddle across the road to Los Angeles Convention Centre to attend main event - The Grammys - and from there the Official After Party.
So for this stay-at home Mom, this week will be all about wearing dresses and high heels everyday, being preened and promoted, smiling and being present, all while being surrounded by exciting and creative people. I will also miss my children madly but I’m following my own dream and setting an example for my girls that you can be, do, and have all you desire if you focus and work towards it.
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For more information on recording artist Jody Quine, please visit her website at www.jodyquine.com