Dec 8, 2018
December 7, 2018
Happy Holidays! Time goes by so quickly! I have been largely quiet publicly this year, with the exception of a couple of performances of my show. But A LOT has transpired both personally and professionally. After getting married to Tanya in January, Tanya could no longer weather (literally) the Maine winter and we moved to Santa Fe, her home town, in May. So most of the winter and spring were taken up with buying and selling houses, packing up my nearly 30 years in Maine, moving and unpacking, fixing, painting, and settling into a new life. We managed to spend 10 days in Maine, at my island cottage, last July--a short respite from the rigors of moving. Then I flew back to Portland in mid-August and spent a month in Maine with my daughter Reid and three grandkids, helping out while she prepared and then birthed her FOURTH child (my second grandson), Rhys on September 5th. Tanya flew in a few days later to spend a couple days with kids and to be filmed, on the island, with me for a documentary that will be released in 2019 called Invisible. I have no doubt that this will be a major film. The subject matter is timely and fascinating! The director T.J. Parsell (http://tjparsell.com/) is exceptionally talented and a very sweet man. The film is based on gay women songwriters in Nashville who have written hits for the top male Country singers over the decades from the 70's to present. TJ came to see my one person show in Nashville this past June after knowing of me through some of the film's participants. I was surprised and honored to be asked to be a small part of it. Plus Tanya and I made a new friend. I can't wait for it's release!
So it's been a year of great change for me--marriage and moving cross country! I am just now barely adjusting--though I do love our home here in Santa Fe. It's a large adobe house in an vast, older development (we have 2.5 acres) about 12 miles from Santa Fe proper. We are of course in the high desert (almost 7000 ft) and have nearly a 360 degree view of mountains. There is all kinds of wildlife around us--lots of coyotes (they are so bold), snakes (Tanya had two in the house while I was away--Thank GOD!), owls, beautiful birds, a tons of bunnies (they look like "bunnies" that's why I am using that term--cute!) and we have a bobcat that occasionally likes to sleep on our roof . Both Tanya and I have actual studios in our home. Hers for her story and business clients, memoir labs, and solo show boot camps, mine for --well, surprise--my music! Wow! And finally--I am USING IT!
NEW MUSIC COMING! NEW ALBUM COMING! Yes! I have been writing songs and will start recording my first album as CIDNY Bullens within the next few months in Los Angeles at Longhouse Studios with Wendy Waldman co-producing with me. This album will reflect, through the songs, my life and experience as a transgender person, as Cid, for the last seven years. So, in a way, it will be "themed" as was Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth was about my daughter's death and the aftermath. Of course, the subject matter is very different, but the songs, as I said, reflect the feelings and experiences throughout my transition. It will be entitled (at least this is what I think now) simply "Cid". I do not have a release timeline as yet, but I am hoping that some time mid 2019. You can CONTRIBUTE to this project and help with recording and more than that, promotional costs here: https://igg.met/at/cidbullens
I am extremely excited about this project! I'm excited about the songs so far (I still have a few to write). I'm excited about working with Wendy and the musicians I know in LA (and ones I will ask to participate from other places). I'm excited about the possibilities that releasing this record may bring for me in the future.
This new album is ONE of the projects ahead for me. But it's the only one I am talking about openly right now. (My memoir will be written but maybe not this year.)
I'll keep you posted on all things.
In the meantime, I am incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life. That includes all of you--my family, my friends, my fans, my followers, my supporters, who have cared about me all these years.
Speaking of supporters, I am launching an Indiegogo campaign to help finance the making and marketing of this new CD. I hope you will consider contributing a few bucks. In this year of transition (well, YEARS of transition 😊), the reality is that outside help will be necessary to make the best CD possible. Thank you!!
Wishing you all the most peaceful and joyful Holiday Season and great good fortune in the coming year!
With love and gratitude,
MY ONE PERSON SHOW PRODUCTION SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life has had successful runs in LOS ANGELES (twice), NASHVILLE (twice), ALBUQUERQUE, NM, SANTA FE, NM (twice), MELBOURNE, FL, and PORTLAND, ME (three times). I also did a special performance of the show in NYC.
I have a pending show in Los Angeles in June of 2019. Will keep you posted!
IF YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO BRING THE SHOW TO YOUR CITY OR TOWN, OR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and I'll give you the details.
You have to see this! It is an extraordinary story of an exceptional human being. What a story! What a life! What a fantastic show! "
Sir Elton John
IN OCTOBER, 2016 SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life. RECEIVED THE NASHVILLE SCENE'S 2016 BEST SOLO SHOW AWARD.
CLICK ON "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN:Not an ordinary life" TO READ ABOUT IT AND WATCH THE TRAILER.
CLICK HERE for an interview/ad for Alexander Watches that was filmed in June 2017.
Here is an interview I did about my show on WCSH Portland 207 show featuring my song "Gravity and Grace".
Here is a story on me on WGME TV Portland in 2016 before I premiered my one person show: