It was all worth it. I sit in a coffee shop near Spring and Lafayette and play the music video to Amanda (pictured with me and the bear above); the girl we eventually cast to play the female lead in the new music video, and I study her expression. She smiles and she laughs, which in turn makes me smile and laugh and, when the video comes to an end she says simply, with the slightest inflection of pride; 'It's perfect.'
It's probably not perfect. But damn… I am so happy with it, it actually made me cry a little.
To catch you up if you haven't been and read parts one and two (do have a read!), the journey I've been on in the last month on the countdown to the release day of new single 'LAST PAGE' has been one of epic proportions.
Geographically and emotionally I've been all over the place, crossing back and forth between the East and West Coast of the States as I tried to reshoot the entire music video, whilst also trying to attend every single interview and event my publicist sent me too, as we (and by 'we' I mean the amazing team of people I now have across both shores) try collectively to make 'LAST PAGE' as big as it can possibly be. There are some things you cannot do alone, and as I write this, with only five days to go until release day, I am so aware of all the people who have brought me, and this new single, to where it is.
This week will be one of the most exciting weeks I've had in a while, and come Friday I'll be asking a few of my closest friends to gather around a table (I'll bring the whisky, I'll need it to steady my nerves more than anything), to share my excitement as we see if 'LAST PAGE' can enter the charts.
Last year, when I released my debut EP around the same time in November, it totally hit me by surprise. I was sat in Holborn, London with a mate and I'd been watching the UK charts all day to see if 'Architect' was on there, and then as I scrolled down I saw it! In the album charts at #149! I was so happy, and I just wanted to jump up and down. By the end of the night, thanks to a little/a lot of help from my friends, it had climbed to #15 in the UK Indie Album Charts and I was as overwhelmed as I was drunk. It was a defining victory and something I never expected.
One year on and we're here with a different song. There is the smallest of chances that 'LAST PAGE' could do really well. But I'll happily take that chance. Regardless of the success, or even lack thereof that others attribute to it, I know that I've done my best to make it soar.
I can't wait for you to hear it.
And Another thing...The NEW single is here - check the Link and see http://geni.us/Lastpage