I have begun working on my next release, and I had the time of my life last Friday at a 12 hour session at Ocean Way, working with some of the best musicians, songwriters and singers on earth. I am not sure what this next album will be called, but I have 10-12 songs, most of which I have written, for it. This session last Friday was made up of songs I have written. I am enjoying working on finishing them, making sure each line is the best it can be. I had not seen some of these old friends of mine in years, and it brought back memories from when I worked with them at the age of nineteen on Music Row (when I got my first publishing deal). I used to work daily with Mark Capps, the sound engineer, at the Soundshop owned by Buddy Killen. Mark now has a collection of Grammys, and the same goes for most of the people pictured. Photos in the order pictured: Bruce Bouton (steel, dobro), Jeff Taylor (piano, keys), myself, Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Mark Capps (engineer) and Jeff Crossan (co-writer on one of the songs). Last that day we did the background vocals with Monty Allen and Suzanne Young, and they were perfect together. The whole day could not have been better, and we all shared a musical chemistry that was special. Pictured also is Kaitlyn who was assistant to Mark Capps as engineer. I began the day with B. James Lowry, as we started with guitar vocals and built from there. We all had a lot of fun and look forward to the next time we will be recording together at Ocean Way on Music Row, a beautiful studio with excellent microphones and equipment. It’s nice to be back home in Nashville again, the best place to write and record for me as an artist.
Well, Sarasota was so inspiring from a standpoint of fitness that I am still getting up early to workout. There is no Siesta Key, but I do an hour on the treadmill and mat Pilates afterwards five times a week every morning and feel so good!
I am working on three new songs and excited about recording them next month with some of the greatest musicians here, some of whom are now in the Musicians Hall of Fame. It is especially fun since I have worked with all of them in the past, and this will be the first time we have worked together in many years. I am happy about working with my old sound engineer again who has now won a collection of Grammys for his sound engineering. We are keeping the music simple and real, starting out with guitar vocals and going from there. I have written them all, so this project is close to my heart. I am really enjoying the creativity in it all as I am producing it all. It’s good to be back where I live in creative Franklin, TN.The first thing I did when I got back in town was get to my outreach to underprivileged children who live in the crime-filled projects of East Nashville to see them again for the first time in so many months. I love them so much! God is at work as I will be starting back up our Christian-based Character Counts Club this Wednesday with treats donated from Publix. I will also be in touch with Walmart and Target via my 501c3 for more help going forward, as we have rewards and incentives for good grades, too. We have the “Honor Your Mother” program to reward each child with ten cents a day for every day they obey their mothers, to equal $3.00 per month per child, and we have seen kids go from bad behavior to perfect behavior. I am also planning to teach a child, already in the fifth grade, how to read. I plan to get them all Bibles, and we are excited about learning songs, playing games and learning more about Jesus this Easter season. I plan to begin auditioning them for a singing group, as I plan to teach them new songs, harmony and choreography. I plan to call the new singing group “The Rich Kids” because they are rich in God’s love!www.lightingthewayworldwide.org
I am not missing the cold weather now up North, still in Sarasota working on new songs here I am writing, which I plan to record when I get back to Nashville, and expanding the work of my nonprofit here to help more underprivileged children. My brother came to visit, and we had a great time with my mother. I had planned to be back in TN by now but with the weather and COVID, I am so thankful to be able to work from here. I have a very healthy lifestyle here, up at 5:00 and walking the length of Siesta Key and back (almost 7 miles) by 8:00, then Pilates at 8:30, and then working all day from here. I am enjoying being a snowbird and plan to be back in Nashville next month. And, in addition to web site updates for DwaynaLitz.com and new songs, I am also working with new health coaching clients via DwaynaLitzHealthCoach.com. It’s easy to practice what I preach here in healthy Sarasota! I love every minute of it! With new friends here from NYC, I feel right at home.