Saturday, April 23, 2011

My most encouraging text messages

I've just got myself a Blackberry, and I'm busy transferring data over from my old phone. I was deleting messages and these are the messages I have found that I kept, because they were so encouraging! Thre are also a few Facebook messages and other electronic communiques I kept because they meant so much to me, and have reminded me how my music has made an impact on people:

"Hi Rob, wanted to let you know that I received your CD. Thank you for all your assistance. Will support you always." - Pranesh Daya, the very first person to buy one of my CDs.

"Hi my friend, I love your songs. I must listen more and talk on Sunday. The duo with that girl is my numero uno." - Flo/Tzipora, a great friend and fellow musician.

"Thanks my baby - Love Mom." - a message from my mom after I gave her a gift - yes I admit it, I'm a real mommy's boy!

"Awwwww... but I miss u... :) Thank u for everythin!!! Luv u lots.... :)" - Priya Singh, one of my singing students.

"You go! I attended... AWESOME!! You're great Rob!" - Sabrina, one of my Facebook friends, who sent this encouraging message after she attended the U2 concert in Johannesburg in Feb 2011. My friends had asked me why I wasn't attending, and I said because Bono hadn't asked me to sing with him. Sabrina agreed...

"Hey Rob, I still can't enough of your voice on Could This Be Love." - Cubique Deejay Cb, a DJ in Jozi who played the house remix of my song at clubs all over the city.

"Hope she sings and barks like her rock daddy. XXX Blessed Christmas to you and yours XXX." - Starr Veldsman, cool Facebook friend, on hearing we had got Kiri, a our new labrador pup, for Christmas 2010. Named after the New Zealand soprano Kiri te Kanawa, Kiri has been such a bundle of joy from Day 1. And she has just brought me a twig from outside and put her dirty wet paws all over my clothes! Love her to pieces...

"I'm rockin tha t-shirt 2nyt at catch up zone. Will b playin at 12. Peace Mr Rob!" - DJ Cuebur, Mr Talented, who turned my song into a house hit and made it popular in clubs. It was finally released on 15 April 2011 on the Candi Roots Album - two days after I found out about my SAMA nomination! Here's hoping it gets re-playlisted on radio, and that the album goes platinum...

"Rocking 'could this be luv' ryt now..." - DJ Cuebur, 17 December 2010, at a club in Mpumalanga.

"Yo Rob the song is submitted, just waiting 4 it 2 be aired, I played it at 4 clubs and already it's a hit, especially with the ladies. Will keep u posted." - Tshepo, DJ from Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

"Ey Rob, listnd 2 da trak u made with Cuba... killer killer killer." - Tlhoni 'Nico' Dietsiso, Facebook friend & former Soul Candi student, 3 Dec 2010.

"Hey Rob, that's awesome news. Well done on that and I hope it opens many doors for you. What a great start to the year! X Kristel." - Kristel Birkholtz, super-talented violinist who has recorded on my albums, congratulating me on becoming the first person in the world to do my licentiate in singing through Rockschool - and passing with distinction...

"Hi my friend. Hope u well. Want 2 know if I can buy 2 of ur Christmas CD's 2 take 2 my sisters as Christmas presents?" - my brilliant friend Nan, who is my #1 fan in the world.

"Hey Rob, tk u 4 the personalised CD & 4 coming 2 the party. U were amazing & our friends loved your gr8 personality & being with u!" - Deirdre Randall, wonderfully warm wife of a former student of mine, Ken Randall, after I attended their son Matt's 21st birthday party in August 2009. I gave him an autographed copy of my first album as a birthday present.

"Hi Rob, u guys did a great job on your CD. Which one did you think I liked best? It was the 4th track, Could This Be Love. Great song!" - great friend Bridget Devine, after the release of my first album, back in 2008. I always knew that song was a good one - sometimes you just know... Maybe it's the intensity with which you write it, when you really have something to say...

"Music is schedules in synchronicity." - Beyers Bresler, my BodyTalk therapist, who has heard me rant & rave about my music career while he's trying to align my body. I love the overlap between what he says & the teachings of John Demartini, the coolest human behavioural specialist on the planet.

"I just bought your book! Sign it!!!" - Noelle Baroody, the coolest American chick in South Africa, now back in the US, in Arizona. She bought my book 'Flip Simon the Finger.' Check it out here:

"Do not do it again! It was perfect this time!!! Love Mom" - my wonderful mom again, with a text message she sent me after one of my very first live radio interviews back in 2008.

"Hey RR. Tx u 4 such an amazing evening last nyt. U have an amazing voice. I was privileged 2 b there 2 celebrate with u. A big congrats! NK." - My #1 fan again, Nan Kramer, the night after our first album launch back in September 2008.

"Hi Rob - well done for the other night! Great CD!" - Jody de Reuck, my former therapist (she HAS to like my stuff!)

"Hmmm, not too bad at all... and I am quite discerning... I wouldn't say fussy, though :)" - Jacqui Tasker, one of the most beautiful - and difficult - women I have ever met. That she likes my stuff is testimony to the fact that it has SOME quality at least, since she has such high standards...

"Thank u. U have my admiration & respect." - Andrea Crystal, my academic supervisor, when I was busy finishing up my master's degree. I always say that the 3 most difficult things I ever had to do was learn how to sing properly, release my first album, and finish my master's degree. Andrea was brilliant in the way she helped me, pushing me to new heights in my academic career... My D Litt et Phil is about the music industry, so I'll always be grateful to Andrea.

"Ate your triple choc pud - sorry - not!" - A cheeky message from my mom again...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm a SAMA Nominee!!!!!!!

Just a quick post. Tonight I was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) - the local equivalent of the Grammys! I'm thrilled to bits! It's such an honour.

Keep you posted...