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You Are Water for OprahI love Oprah and have watched her show for decades and still do. One day years ago I came home  to a message on my answering machine from  Oprah’s producers saying to please call them back they want me to be on the show!

I was so excited I still remember the feeling, I  was beyond elated and I felt like I had won the lottery. I had  just written my first book Listen To Me Please ( I am now on my 4th book) and I was thrilled and beyond excited. I couldn’t wait for the morning to come when I quickly called with great anticipation. The producer answered right away, we chatted briefly,  laughed a bit till we figured out that sadly they were looking for different Ava.

 

I was so disappointed I almost cried.

I think my disappointment  definitely came across because the producer apologized many times and seemed to feel really badly. She said if I ever had something else to submit I could submit it she would take a look.

So hence began my  journey of  “What can I submit to Oprah to be on the show.”

Believe me I submitted many many  many different things over the years. And to the producers credit she always responded with a very nice no thanks, its not right for us:) My social emotional books for kids and parents  didn’t align with the shows theme. Although Oprah was very into psychological change and growth the show  wasn’t about  Emotional Intelligence and Parenting and kids feelings.

Over the years I  continued to be a big fan and after a number of years of  watching the show every day and loving it I was inspired to write a song for Oprah.  I felt her work was incredible, inspiring, amazing and generous to all.

I presented my idea to my co-writer Alex Forbes and I got universal music behind my idea and they fortunately loved it and then the wonderful talented  artist Haley Westenra loved it and sang it and put it on her album odyssey.

When we were co-writing the song I wanted to put Oprah’s name in the song, but my co-writers didn’t think it was the right thing  to do, so it was two against one majority rules so we just use O for Oprah and O magazine.

I again submitted something to  Oprah’s producer thinking this time the song  is it:)  and while the producer said she really liked the song it didn’t go further then that. Which of course was my last and final submission..

About a year goes by when all of a sudden while watching the show I see someone singing a song she had written for Oprah and low and behold the songwriter had used Oprah’s name in it…Oh well

When I looked into it, it turns  someone who worked at Universal music had moved over to Sony and they must have loved my idea from Universal and the next thing I know someone from Sony is singing Oprah a song..(It was a good song:) Perhaps Sony pushed the idea more then Universal or Oprah liked the song better or the timing was right . Who knows what really happened.

However I was recently reminded of the story  so I decided to post it here.
The album  did well it sold 100,000 units in the US so that was cool!
I still don’t actually know if Oprah  ever heard it..But let me know if you have an oprah story too!

Here is the song for Oprah I Called it  “You Are Water”

 

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