So I didn’t get discouraged with that and being around Patti and being around a lot of people in the industry, I’d meet record company executives and I remember telling this guy who was the vice president of MCA Records that I wanted to do my own solo thing, and ask if he could give me some advice. George Howard was on that label. He told me that George Howard he had a hard time getting to where he was and if George Howard had a hard time doing it, you being a woman, I think it’s just gonna be real difficult for you. However, you can’t let other people deter you, you’ve gotta have the vision for yourself more than anybody else. If you don’t have that vision for you getting there, you’ll never get there.
Smitty: Yeah, I like that. That’s great advice for anyone, actually.
PW: Even now there are days when I think “Maybe I should be doing something else,” but we always go back to what we love, don’t we?
Smitty: Yes we do. We’re drawn to it like a magnet. It’s kinda like even when you wanna get away from it, something draws you right back. And aren’t we glad that you have stuck with it and you keep giving us this great music and now this great DVD, so we love you, girl!
PW: Oh, thank you. I definitely appreciate that.
Smitty: Absolutely. I heard that you are one of the featured artists on the upcoming Brian Culbertson All Star Cruise.
PW: Yes, and I’m very excited about that.
Smitty: It’s just going to be a party.
PW: Yeah, this upcoming cruise, they’re gonna have some really, really, really cool people on this one. I can’t believe some of the artists that are gonna be there that I’ll have a chance to meet.
Smitty: Talk about what you anticipate in terms of being able to mingle with the fans and have that interaction because when you think about it, when you’re on tour or doing a show, you come out, you do your thing, afterwards you sign a few autographs, take a couple pictures, and you’re out and you’re on your way to the next gig.
PW: Yes, you’re right.
Smitty: But in this case, you will have a captive audience of fans on the ship and everybody gets to mingle for six or seven days. Talk about what that means for you.
PW: It means I’m never gonna stay in my cabin. I’m gonna like end up sleeping for a few hours and then I’ll be back out again. That’s kinda what happened on the cruise last year. There was at least one day I was like, okay, I’ve done things every single day. There’s gonna be one day where I’m just gonna relax. I don’t get a chance to have a lotta chill days where I don’t do anything but lay around and kinda veg out. I was just going to stay in the cabin for one day and I still didn’t even do that. I just had this like itchy feeling, because there was so much going on.
Smitty: Oh, the cabin was just a stopover.
PW: It was a stop, it was. You know, sleep, shower, change, back out to the world, back out and into the action.
Smitty: Yes, isn’t it fun when you get to actually sit down at the bar or by the pool with the fans and they’re talking about your music and you’re talking about how much you appreciate them listening to your music and then they start to tell you intimate things about your music and what they really like about it, perhaps things that you may have never heard before.
PW: It’s really cool. I made a few friends on that cruise. It was people who….we just started talking, hanging out by the pool and next thing you knew we were hooking up at the clubs and I still get e-mails from people from that cruise. You’re right, usually you’re in one location and you are off to another city, so you don’t ever really get a chance to have that kind of interaction. I’m looking forward to it.
Smitty: Absolutely, so I am. Yeah, just think, you’re gonna be with Gerald Albright, George Benson….
PW: Oh my God, now.
Smitty: Can you imagine?
PW: I love George Benson. I am such a George Benson fan.
Smitty: Yeah, and Nick Colionne, Eric Darius.
PW: I just did a show with Eric, yeah, Eric’s a great saxophone player, boy, he’s really gone far.
Smitty: Yes indeed. So it’s just a lot to look forward to, it’s like the gig to get up for.
PW: Yes it is.
Smitty: Well, let’s talk about Elixir because I’m really digging the record. David Mann…what a great keyboard player.
PW: Isn’t he? He really is.
Smitty: You’ve got some great cats on this record, and you did some amazing things on this project. I love the title track, but my favorite is “In the Cut.” That’s one of those tracks where if you haven’t been up on the dance floor all night at the club, you’re gonna get up for that one.
PW: You know what? I really like that track too and when I was here in the studio, because a lotta times you don’t know what you’re gonna come up with. Sometimes I’ll listen to old school stuff and I’m like “You know, I wanna do something that has an old school funky vibe.” And I was listening to “Play That Funky Music.”
Smitty: Yeah, Wild Cherry.
PW: I was like “Oh, that’s such a funky track, I wanna do something with that kind of groove behind it,” so I just started playing around on the keyboard and I came up with that groove and I just liked where it was going. I really wanted it to be something danceable, something funky, and because it’s instrumental music, it doesn’t mean it can’t be funky enough for people to get up and dance.
Smitty: That’s true.
PW: It’s great at the shows when I do it. I make everybody in the audience get up and dance.
Smitty: Yeah, why not?
PW: I wanna have fun at shows, you know? I know it’s supposed to be Contemporary Smooth Jazz, but it can be danceable.