I would to thank Larry Fishman of Fishman Transducers... for making products that I would pay many times over what they cost, but sound like a million bucks! I will never forget, I think it was 1993 and I was in Nashville for a NAMM convention and the brand new FISHMAN artist amplifier/speaker cabinet proto type had just been manufactured. Someone at Corner Music handed me a guitar and they plugged me in... and I began to play Box of Tissues, and it was the most authentic sound I had ever heard from a system that was not for a stadium, but for a room of a 60 persons of less. It allowed me and inspired me to create the song the way I truly wanted it to be presented, and for the first time here was a small tour-able, afford-able and adorable sound system that I trusted. What a gigantic step for acoustic musicians! By the time I looked up, the whole store, all the sales people and the customers were gathered round me... it was like we were all transformed at the same time. Larry (so far back) made me realize the guys who make these amazing sound equipment are the real artists making us all sound/look so good, and they got callouses on their fingers to prove it - just like us.
I love my Audix 0M5 vocal microphone. I have been using it for live performance both on guitar and at the piano for about 10 years. To me it has been important to sculpt my own sound... something that aurally and consistently makes me sound like me. I know that I hear my voice in the fallback and the slap back in an amphitheatre or club as I am kissing my Audix 5 I am inspired to sing my best and I am confident that what I am pouring out through the larynx of my soul is exactly what I want my listeners to hear. I am grateful to Cliff and the whole team at Audix, and especially my old buddy Phil Garfinkel for introducing me to this awesome product directly.
I have tremendous gratitude for the many enormously generous folks who have lifted me out of my wanna be doldrums and onto their stage or their house or their advice or their technical genius that in a moment of great fortune I was awake and at the right place at the right time - listened. Those who have woken up at 4 in the morning to send us off back on the road like my Aunt Mary Jo did on more than one occasion, feeding the whole band and crew golden waffles with fresh cream and strawberries, and Nancy who has helped me host my dearest comrades that I have befriended, and she graciously extended her extraordinary kindness to as well, or my west coast Nancy who made us some awesome Goulash at midnight when we gaggled into her home - muddy tired and rode hard. Sonny Ochs, Ingrid and Werner, Andy Curran, Alison Wellsfry, Jane Woglemuth, Lee Bowers, Diane and Susan, Susan and Cyndi, Jules and Judy, Maurie and Helen, Sherlyn and Ilka, Michele and Karen, Diane and Kumquat, Erica and Naomi, Erica in Trogen, Dee in Johnson City... there are so many many more. I am blessed to have so much love. If you are reading this and your name is not here, it is because I didn't wish to share your name(s) of our relationship this way... but in no way is it meant to demean you or the awesome folks that I cited.
PS: At some point I will write a memoir but until then this will suffice, I hope.
I would like to thank Richard Hoover and the entire staff at Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Richard designed the most perfect guitar for me, an H-14 concert size guitar. It was love at first strum... then folks began asking for this exact guitar, so it has become the SONiA Model. I am so grateful to have this guitar, and to have it named after me is quite astonishing, and to quote my dear friend Maestro Roland Haug of the Ludwigsburg Youth Symphony and dean of the Besigheim School of Music, to get a guitar named after you in the music business is like getting the Oscar for best performance!
here it is: http://www.santacruzguitar.com/instruments/sonia/