Spirit As Me
"...but the little dreamer has to hear the next song played...." There is no question that Hilary's love of music threads back to her genes. After all, her father and grandfather were one time jazz musicians and composers. Hilary's first teacher was, respectively, AM / FM radio. She was exposed to all styles of music such as jazz, pop, folk, rock, and the sound of Motown. Instead of playing outside with friends, Hilary preferred listening and singing to the songs on her radio. Her vocal teachers were Diana Ross (Supremes) Marilyn McCoo (5th Dimension) and Linda Ronstadt. It wasn't until she watched Joni Mitchell play guitar and sing the songs she wrote, that new freedom emerged. This influence inspired Hilary to teach herself to play on a borrowed guitar and to pluck out melody lines on an inexpensive organ. Although she had never taken lessons, her tenacity prevailed. This new forum provided a vehicle to connect her intense passion to music. Her singing reputation grew quickly and was reinforced by the crowds who sat and listened to her voice. Hilary continued to write songs and joined a group; unfortunately, she was too young to perform in the clubs. This did not stop her from finding other gigs. In fact, she has since been the featured artist at coffee houses, charity events, and city events. It is not surprising that Hilary's musical abilities and professionalism make her a favorite to crowds. Many fans have asked for her CD, for they can see that she is a prolific songwriter. Inevitably, Hilary beckoned to the call, and she has recorded her first CD that contains eleven original songs titled, "Spirit As Me". "Spirit as Me" is a project that has been in my heart for a long time. However, the making of this CD was quite the contrast from the computerized sample loops form used today. Working with the right combination of real live musicians gave my music warmth and emotion that I wanted to convey to my listeners. I feel this CD has achieved my goal of telling my interpretation of the experiences of life. For example, the birth of a child, and what that brings to one's life, the different flavors of love and the discovery of grief through loss. Each song was written to evoke emotions no matter where those emotions may lay. Whether they are deeply suppressed or worn on the sleeve. "Spirit as Me" was written for the ebb and flow of life. Johnny Mulhair is an incredibly talented producer and musician. He makes it very comfortable to bring the character of each song to life. He also gives intuition and patience to each song's uniqueness. You can hear and feel each expression from his guitar. Johnny Mulhair is one of the best guitarists around. I have not only had the pleasure and honor of working with him but seeing him play live which demonstrates and exhibits his smooth effortless mastery of the guitar. Paul Goad has the talent and skill to be a one man band. He plays multiple instruments on "Spirit as Me", he plays bass, organ, harmonica and various pianos. He has a genius to interpret and arrange a song's potential as they are played during a jam session. Music flows through him like light travels through the air which makes collaborating a true joy. His production talents are definitely show cased on "Heaven Help Me". He is able to verbalize and bring to life my unspoken vision for the song. He is a true professional that is open to direction and is generous with this gift. Brad Billingsly is a master of rhythm. He has the flexibility to play any type of percussion. It doesn't matter how large or small the piece is, he will lay down the percussion track effortlessly. Brad comes in and does his thing and requires no introduction, for his percussion speaks for itself. He is a wonderful musician to work with. Let me add that these musicians are masters. They are my "Real Guys". I look forward to sharing their talents with you all live on stage.