Daily Archives: May 11, 2011
I had a dream about David last night (the sequence unfolds!).
This time, I dreamed I was David’s manager (I guess somebody had to step in, right?), and we were on the road doing a test drive on a bug car (or rather a test run on a road trip). We were touring some potential hot spots for a newly conceived Reality TV type show: part “Amazing Race,” part “Globe Trekker,” part “American Idol auditions episodes,” etc. The idea behind the show is for David to star in this show that’s all about singing and finding undiscovered talent across America. So, instead of hosting auditions from city to city, David is touring city to city, town to town, backwoods to backwoods, looking for (or rather listening out for) amazing voices. A blending of “The Amazing Voice” kind of thing.
The goal of the show is to feature a different town or city where there are some amazing voices: in churches, at a local bar, at weddings, at funerals, at cabarets, at high school talent competitions, at coffee houses, on front porches, you get the idea. And David would meet up with these singers, we’d record their vocal sessions, and then feature David guest singing or guest dueting with these newly discovered talents. At each stop and the end of each episode, David would invite the singer(s) to Hollywood to his studio (that’s right: his studio) where he plans to record a new inspiration song, which David will sing with this newly formed back-up choir (that’s supposed to be the show’s finale).
During this “road tour” across America, David will be working on writing this inspiration song, based on his experience, and collaborating with producers on how best to use the choir and the various soloists that he meets.
While we’re in the car, we’re debating what the show’s main focus should be. Somehow, we’re divided over whether it’s all about David (as his manager, that’s my aim), while David wants the show to highlight the “everydayness” of great undiscovered singing and the social, economic, and political barriers that may face such people from being able to pursue a musical career the way he did. We also debate what to call the show – I want to call it “America Sings,” while David wants to call it “Everyday Singing,” because he thinks if the show has life, we can expand the concept beyond the U.S. borders and maybe travel to other parts of the world doing the same thing. We’re also extremely divided about who to approach to do the show. David wants to give Fox first dibs, but I’m somehow convinced that going the MTV or VH1 route with this show would give him more music cred.
Somewhere in our driving and scouting out locations, we take a stop in a suburban neighborhood and look for somewhere to eat. No sooner do we stop than some woman in a big tractor trailer backs up against our car and puts a dent in it! I’m totally upset and confront the driver, but David calms me down and tells me not to worry about it because the car is insured.
And then I wake up.