It's All About The Music

It’s All About The Music
Written by Sandy Kastel


"It's all about the music," I told him as we sat in the Starbucks in Franklin, TN. "This time I want to record 'my' songs. Don't get me wrong. I love singing the standards I grew up listening to." I paused to take a sip of my chai tea.

The room was filled with people in meetings, on their computers, making deals and writing songs or screenplays. Behind the counter the employees were taking orders, making coffee and dishing out delectable sugary confections, hustling to keep the line moving. "Are you willing to get songs from other writers?"

He stirred his grande latte with the stir stick, then licked it with his tongue, his cigarette resting on the edge of the ashtray. I couldn't believe they hadn't enforced the no smoking policy here, yet. "I'm open to it as long as there are some of mine on the album." I was no dummy. I knew what he meant. Was I going to insist on putting only my original songs on the album? Of course, not. That would be a deal breaker and I knew it. So I kept the door open. I wanted to work with him. He was well respected in the industry and I knew in my heart he would be good for me.

"Alright," he said. "When do you want to get started?" He finished off the last bit of his coffee and put the cap back on the cup, gathering up the wrapping from his apple crumb dessert. "I'm ready!" I closed my day-timer and got my purse off the back of my chair.

"Well, okay, let's talk tomorrow and schedule a meeting for next week." With that we both stood and walked towards the door. I thanked the guy behind the counter as we walked past. As I looked around the room I felt an extra bounce in my walk. Finally, I was going to get the chance for my songs to be heard.

This is an excerpt from one of my stories in an upcoming book. Another one of my stories is featured in Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths, an inspirational book with stories from 26 authors. It was a great experience being part of a group project, especially working with Judi Moreo, award-winning motivational speaker and author of 9 books, who brought us all together. I look forward to working with her again.

Sandy Kastel, Recording Artist and Author Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths