Promo Only Summer Session Mon. Aug 16th - Wed. Aug. 18th, 2010 - a music conference where radio program directors, deejays and artists from all over the nation come to discuss the music industry. It is a conference where one can attend panel discussions on several topics in the music industry, network with one another and in the evenings party and see new and upcoming artists, or seasoned ones, perform.
Monday, August 16th:
The ache in my neck woke me up that morning, so no alarm clock needed. I arrived at 10:30 a.m. after renting a car because I was carless from the accident the evening before. At the check in desk I was told to come back to check in after 12:30 p.m. In my mind, I said, "Oh, no you didn''t just say that? Oh, HELL NO! I ain't waitin' no 2 HOURS to check in..." Out of my mouth: "I'm sorry, don't want to be rude, but I was supposed to check in last night, and I called to inform the hotel I'd be checking in this morning...I was in a car accident..." And I said it all with a smile. It's not that I was being fake, but when you need something in life, you're sure not going to get it by "getting ghetto" on anyone, lol.
7:00pm. Cocktail Party
I arrived to the Foundation Room within House of Blues. DJ Riddler was spinning. The room had major Indian decor and influence, with rich colors and little rooms within the room, all furnished with plush pillows and dim lighting..very very chic! It was an evening of mingling, business card exchanging, picture taking, radio interviewing and a bit of eating and drinking too. I refrained from alcohol because I'd be singing the following evening - I wanted my voice to do well and alcohol dries the vocal chords and the loud music was already a vocal hazard. Sirius Radio interviewed me, and I did some video interviews for several publications as well. I took pictures with Joey Fatone f & Chris from NSYNC; Joey remembered me, which I thought was very cool of him.
Kim Sozzi really was so cool to me! She basically hung out with me for a good portion of the night, and she was just so extremely supportive! Oh, yes, and Blake Lewis was there, one of the finalists from American Idol...he's most remembered as being a human beat box!
When my manager arrived he became a publicity lion amongst the music media jungle...Chris Willis, Kaci Battaglia and me are all under Big Management. Louder than all the music in the room: "Judy, Kaci, Chris, get over here....take a picture....do this interview NOW, meet this person NOW! Go in the room and do an interview NOW!" I will say this: I had fun! I felt good. I felt wanted and important. LOL. Almost 3 hours later, my feet were killing me...didn't want to admit it...I didn't want to seem like the "old" artist. So I endured the pain, sucked it up, like a real woman warrior would do. During one of my interviews, I noticed the words, legend and long-time, were used a lot. The word legend in the dictionary is defined as "a story coming down from the past; especially : one popularly regarded as historical. Okay, I guess that's a big compliment...like Gladys Knight and Barbara Streisand ae legends! DiMaggio is a legend! But Judy Torres?? Hm....lol. Not putting myself down, but I don't know...the word carries a lot of weight, and I just feel like there is an alternative definition to the word legend: "1 - A person who is popular for some achievement, but only that achievement. 2 - Someone who's received recognition before being said goodbye to in the music industry." Now, I am not meaning to demean myself, but since this is a blog and I'm supposed to be honest, I have to share that part with you. I got to my room and massaged the crap out of my feet. Gonna do it again tomorrow!