“Go in your pocket, pull out your wallet, put it in the air and sing.”–Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars
You’ve heard the phrase: “be careful what you wish for.” This is a story about that very adage.
Five months ago, I was in Denver on a travel assignment. And because travel assignments always entail getting to do “really cool things,” you won’t be surprised to hear that I was given the rare opportunity to not only visit Red Rocks, the magical outdoor venue that, to performers, is considered the holy grail of places you want to play, but I got to go backstage and hang out in the 300 million-year-old sandstone cave-like rooms where musicians hang before their sets.
I sat on the very couch Macklemore (who I love with all my heart and soul) had sat on just one month earlier when playing for Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. I got to linger in the hidden tunnel beneath the stage where hundreds of famous musicians have signed their names. As I said in one of the articles I wrote about this trip, it felt like getting to mecca.
Every inch of the walls, steps and electrical wiring in this tunnel leading to the sound engineering room is covered with autographs: everyone from John Mayer, Sting and Santana to perennial favorite The Grateful Dead.
So what did I do? I took a deep breath, grabbed for my pen and signed my name along with the many recording artists that I’ve sung to, danced to and loved since I first turned on a radio.
So fast forward to today, less than 150 days later. I am heading to a real live recording studio to record (don’t worry I won’t be singing) the audio book of E-Squared.
It wasn’t just my “what I wish for.” Dozens of readers have emailed me with some version of this message: “Where do I find an audio book of E-squared? I want to listen while I drive to work, to New York, to my Aunt Bertha’s house for Thanksgiving……”
So together, I believe we called this forth. Me in a recording studio and a soon-to-be-available audio version of E-Squared.
So here’s to Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Phish, Poison, Buck Owens, Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy (who, instead of wanting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, decided to “be on the cover of Forbes with Oprah and the Queen)!
As Bruno Mars told Forbes when they featured him in their annual billionaires’ issue (He wrote the song, I want to be a billionaire so frickin’ bad), “The inspiration behind that song was, I was tired of spending half my day worrying about what I can and can’t spend on whatever.
“I wouldn’t have to worry about, you know, ‘I can’t afford to get breakfast, so I’ll wait until lunchtime to eat.’ If I was a billionaire, none of that would matter. I’d be eating diamond cereal.”
So, he wrote the song and a few months later, he was playing the track “Nothing on You,” which went on to get multiple Grammy nominations. Can’t say if he’s a billionaire, but as I said, “be careful what you wish for.”
I don’t wish to be a billionaire or be on the cover of Rolling Stone (not that I’d turn either down), but what I wish for “so freakin’ bad” is that peace will enter each of our hearts and spread like a Colorado wildfire across the planet.
Wish me luck in the recording studio.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
You rock! Really and truly, you hit it out of the ball park every time.
I have forwarded your emails to countless friends. You my new friend are making a huge ass difference in this world.
From Charleston, SC singing your praises,
Your book and ancillary products are going to make a huge difference in people’s lives. You’ll be on the best sellers list soon.
I’m so excited that you are getting to make the audio book! I can’t wait to hear and I hope you have a blast making it! Congrats!!!!
Good thought. How to we all collectively work to visualize peace “spreading as fast as Colorado wildfires? I have been recommending your E 2 book to everyone and will probably be my first choice for gifting is season! Thanks for the audio version. That will be great for non readers and those who aren’t sighted.
Woohoo! I’m so feakin’ excited! Both for you, and for me, cuz my teenage boys and I always pick the best and the greatest audio book to listen to on road trips. I was just saying to my perfect match of a husband, yesterday, that I wish we could get E-Squared in audio… So, I sent them e-books. Now, well do both! Thanks for the mind-meld (Startrek).
I hope you get your wildfire!
No need to wish you luck. You’ll rock the recording of the book!
I wish you luck big time.you make my heart sing,yay thanks soooooo much.
I’m thrilled for you, and for me too, for getting to read all the great stuff you write. And thanks for all the wonderful musical references in this post; I’m off now to find some Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show on YouTube.
Yay!!! Just last week I looked to see if there was an audio E-squared book. So happy and can’t wait for it to come out. I have kindle version and really love how you write 🙂
Very exciting and best wishes!
Super luck 🙂
You are like a charm for the world.
Hah! I was just up at Red Rocks 2 days ago! But, really, I’m not stalking you – just your good energy and wisdom.
Love love love your writing. E-squared is brilliantly written. It is scientific, which I love, and it is experimental, which is brilliant, and it is full of love and peace and connection. All of which we desperately need in this world. A true gem!