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Turning Thirty - the film?

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This year I joined the YMCA as part of my typical new year's resolution to get in shape (actually this year it was specifically to see my abdominal muscles). As luck would have it, I met a film maker named Parthiban Shanmugam. He is a fascinating guy, who is fun to talk to and always juggling numerous projects. He recently had his film, "Mathamma The Mother Goddess," chosen to be shown at the Smithsonian. I told him about my musical, "Turning Thirty," and he immediately became interested. We have had numerous conversations since then about what a film based on Turning Thirty would be like. His ideas just pour out, and I'm very excited about the possibility of making a Turning Thirty film. Parthi is also interested in having me do music for one or more of his other films that are currently in progress. So I have some more irons in the fire...

'Sing It Out' forwarded to producer

I subscribe to a service called "Taxi" where independent musicians can submit songs to listings from the music industry. People in the industry listen to and critique your songs, then decide whether it's good enough to forward to the producer or publisher who requested it. Well, I recently had the song "Sing It Out" forwarded to the producer for this listing:

POP POWER BALLADS a la Christina Aguilera's Beautiful, Mariah Carey, etc. needed by very successful European Producer who is working with a new female artist in Nashville. Songs must have incredible hooks and really showcase vocal talent. Please submit one to three songs online or per CD/cassette. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than May 20, 2005.
The TAXI listener had the following comments:

"A well-written ballad with good emotional dynamics and solid transitions between sections."

"An outstanding lyric! Excellent use of imagery to commu…

Opportunity Knocking...

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About a year ago, I met a fellow testicular cancer survivor through my turningthirty.org website. Turns out, he lives in Macon, GA, about an hour and a half south of Atlanta. Fast forward to last month, and I find myself writing a song and performing it for an event he put together. His name is Lee Perdue, and he started an organization called Youth Leadership Bibb County - a program for really sharp 10th-12th graders. He asked if I would write and perform a song at their graduation event. He wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music, and I donned a tux and drove down to Macon to perform it. He was very pleased with the song and the performance, and I had a fantastic time. The song is called "For Such a Night as This."
A few weeks later, I get an email from Lee, and it turns out that he has three different people who are interested in talking to me. Two of them are interested in discussing putting on a Turning Thirty show, and one is the marketing director at channel 13 WMAZ, t…