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The year is almost over and I’m still reeling from everything that’s happened in the last 12 months… I couldn’t feel more blessed about this past year’s adventures, unexpected twists and turns, surprises and the most exciting news that kept flooding in, week after week. Looking back on it now, after the month of May, it all changed – drastically. The build up, granted, was intense and very gradual but nevertheless, I couldn’t be more grateful for every bit of it.

After our song, “Is It True?” came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, was later voted the Eurovision Song of the Decade and most recently (or precisely – today) hailed by ESC Awards in Europe as the Song of the Year and yours truly, alongside co-writers Chris Neil and Oskar Pall Sveinsson, Lyricists of the Year, and was also recorded by Swedish Idol winner, Erik Gronwall for his debut record which was released this past Monday, it seems that unlike what we had expected, the song has really brought on some major changes that would have been totally unheard of a year ago. Nothing comes easily, of course, and the amount of work that I had to undertake shortly after the tune took off has still got me reeling from excitement, sleepless nights and incessant creating, planning and executing 24/7.

For those of you who have waited patiently for the book (a work of fiction that is now being reworked as a memoir) – well, I can’t wait either! I’m now on Chapter 9 and quite frankly, writing and rewriting the same story can be a little daunting at times, but also super-exciting. Plus, now I’ve got a fantastic collaborator by my side, Chuck Taylor (if you look him up on Google or Wikipedia, your jaw will drop, I’m so blessed!) so it doesn’t feel all the overwhelming anymore… But it is a major responsibility, nonetheless.

In addition, we’ve got a Broadway project in the works, a record (some very surprising song choices, unlike what you’ve heard on MySpace! Stay tuned for details!) and of course the solo gig at the Metropolitan Room… Be sure to make it! Can’t believe it’s already happening in a matter of weeks. So many songs to master, lyrics to learn by heart (ooooh, hate that part, but it’s a must, what can I say!) and fortunately some of the most incredible musicians to rehearse with in the coming weeks… That’s the best part. Billy Stein, my musical director, co-writer, producer and the most amazing, creative and witty person I’ve come across – it’s really something working with Billy… We played at SteveStocking 2009 last Tuesday and that was so much fun!! Especially the Christmas number… “White Christmas” …. One of my all-time favorites!

So much more to report but daren’t keep this too long. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Happy Holidays and above all, may the New Year bring you all more happiness, joy, prosperity, inspiration, health, stability (oh yes, in every way!) and peace….

Countless blessings and thanks so very much to each and every one of you for your incredible support throughout this year and all the years past,

Tinatin xxx


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A couple of days ago, I posted a news scoop on my new Guitarati application about two brand new tunes in the making…

In fact, one of the songs was mentioned in my earlier blogs where I talked about a long songwriting session with a real musical gem – Billy Stein – on a miserably rainy day.

It’s called “Beautiful” and the title came as no surprise, because when Billy and I first started laying down some musical ideas for the tune a couple of weeks ago, we kept telling each other that it was already beginning to sound “beautiful”… So we thought, why not keep the title? (That is, when it’s done and posted on myspace and you don’t agree that it’s beautiful, then we’ll have to find a new title!)

We spent a session or two going in circles with the different ideas for a final topline, and ultimately we realized that coming back to the tune the following week would do us – and the song – a big favor! 🙂

Earlier this month I started working with another great songwriter, Jeff Franzel, who like Billy has worked on some amazing projects and has got a whole list of incredible credits to his name. Jeff, a longtime songwriting partner of mine Ayhan Sahin (remember “Wild”? Billboard Top 10 Critics Pick for 2007!) and I are currently finishing another new song called “If I Lose You Now” (more on that later – we’re recording the vocals this coming Thursday!!!) Jeff and Billy just happen to be based literally across the street from each other (that’s quite impressive for NY!) and also have a million mutual contacts and friends in the vast world of music, so I thought “wouldn’t it be fun to introduce them?” Who knows why their paths haven’t crossed yet tete-a-tete!

And there it was… A fresh pair of very musical ears heard our “song in the making” – Beautiful – and made a suggestion or two “just as an idea”… And guess what? The three of us finished the entire song (so far just the music, lyrics are on their way – due any day now!) within a couple of hours, as I had to rush to a meeting at EMI, so a little bit of pressure was all the more inspiring and stimulating!

I was just listening to the rough guide vocal on my iPod and I’m so excited about this song… Every now and then, you come up with something brand new with a great group of people, which in itself is a blessing, and you can feel the excitement deep down – you know it’s going to be something special!

Hopefully this feeling of genuine anticipation for the new song will manifest itself into a brand new “musical baby” that the three of us can be proud of. ‘

I sent Billy a text yesterday telling him how excited I am about finishing the song and playing it to EMI: for those of you who don’t know, I met Billy Stein through Manhattan/EMI when I was preparing for the private performance earlier in April, so needless to say, I am immensely grateful for this wonderful hook up! Playing with Billy was so much fun not only at EMI but also at the Songwriter’s Circle (check out my Bitter End photo album to see our snaps!)

All that’s left to do to make “Beautiful” really beautiful is determine what is “beautiful” – that is, come up with a lyric! I’m still toying with the idea… It’s strange but I’ve never really been that good at positive outlooks in the lyric. If you think about it, “Thinking of Someone Else” is a cruel lyric (Chris Neil, one of my co-writers and producer on the record alongside Ben “Jammin'” Robbins, is one of the most talented male writers from a female’s perspective, that’s for sure!) And even a happier song like “Connected” is a bit on the cynical side, too: it’s an online chat that grows into a bond between two online characters, one of whom turns out to be a computer program – a mere software – “data flows through its veins” – while the person on the other side of the screen has fallen for this computerized character believing in all honesty in its truthfulness and “humanness”. We’ve all been through this at some point, I guess, except maybe not on this level of cruelty and “robot”-esque unrealness. Do you remember the online chat boom in the 90’s? Who knows who the people we spent hours chatting with back in our teens really were???

So, anyway, getting back to the new song and the upcoming lyric – just for a change, I’d like to try a slightly more positive vibe this time around… Even if it’s got a twist by the end of it all… Otherwise, I won’t be true to myself, will I? 🙂

Time to retire to bed – it’s Monday tomorrow – again!

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