I was at the Joshua Tree Saloon last Christmas with a friend. As usual, there were a group of local musicians performing that night. They were performing Joe Cocker cover songs (In honor of the day he died in 2014). Surprisingly, Joe Cocker covered a lot of great songs in his day, but, of course, "With a Little Help from My Friends" is his masterpiece.
Each song was covered by a different singer, and for "With a Little Help...", one Megan Hutch picked up the microphone. Megan seemed pretty small on stage for such a massive song - that is - until she started to sing.
She blasted out the lyrics, larger than life! She silenced the Saloon with her voice and her stage presence (not an easy feat). I don't need to make comparisons to other female singers from the past - THIS WAS MEGAN HUTCH.
It wasn't until a few months later that our paths crossed again. Megan was performing at lunch in the Saloon. Introductions were made.
To kick off my Music Documentary Project - Megan was my first choice. After listening to her CD constantly on a road trip, I got a vision for how to film "Surrender" - a daunting 7+ minute song.
Megan and I met and worked out the story line - a post-breakup song. From there we planned out a shooting schedule, scouted out some locations in JT, and then we began filming.
Special Thanks to Camille at the Joshua Tree Saloon for giving us access for filming - It's a perfect location.
Stay tuned as the film comes together - meanwhile you can check out Megan's album at www.meganhutch.com