I know I’ve been a bit absent on here recently, and it’s because two thirds of the summer had sped by without me even noticing it when I realized that if I didn’t make enjoying the summer a priority immediately, it was going to be fall in about five minutes. So I went to the beach. Over and over again. And it was absolutely the right thing to do.

Live entertainment for the 'hole' family. Do they ever proofread signs??

Besides just lying around in the sun, though, I’ve actually gotten some important music things done. I’ve done some great shows this summer, written some new songs (finally! Thank god!), put out the Everybody’s Crazy in New York music video and gag reel, and recorded vocals for and written with singer/songwriter/producer Zach Adam, who’s had plenty of success in Israel and is really starting to make a name for himself here in the US. Very exciting stuff! It’s so great to be actual friends and collaborators with someone so talented and accomplished who has his own studio and can really produce and push the songs out there. I really hope big and good things come from that collaboration, but either way, I’m really enjoying working with him, and that’s the most important thing.

Zach Adam setting up the vocal booth for me

I’ve gotten into the mindset recently that it really is true that enjoying the journey is more important than getting to the destination, so I’ve been really reveling in the journey as of late. The destination is still super important, and I will get there, but until then, I’ll be journeying it up, and having a great time making friends and making art along the way. I just have to balance this enjoying life and taking things slowly with consistently getting important things done and I’ll be all set. I am finally getting a little tired of being so relaxed, though, so after my trip to Burning Man in a few days, I really want to buckle down and get going again. New music, new videos, and most of all, way more muscle put in to promoting my stuff! Gotta build that fanbase up somethin’ fierce!!

One of the perks of being a pop artist is that every now and then (and hopefully more and more as time goes on), fans make fan art with pictures of you! At my last Sugarland show on 7/25, an amazing photographer named Greg Frederick was there who took incredible photos of me, which you can see on facebook. Then, visual artist and fan of mine, David Graham, used one of Greg’s pics to make a poster to promote the video for “Everybody’s Crazy in New York,” which was really awesome. Here it is! Thanks Greg and David! (Please note: the video is not actually rated R! 🙂

David Graham's poster for the "Everybody's Crazy in New York" video. Photo credits: Greg Frederick and Chris Hanley

Once I had loaded the footage on to my computer, total editing time for this video was two hours. Two. Hours. And yet, how long did it take me to sit down and do it? 4.5 months. So, did I procrastinate completely unnecessarily because I thought it would take more like 20 hours? Yes. Have I learned my lesson? YES! The lesson is: don’t procrastinate. Ever.

This is also the last video I think I’ll do completely on my own. I’ve recently come to know a lot of amazing, creative people who I think can and will help me to make videos that are sharper, more professional, and just better all around, so I look forward to working with them on future videos. I think the next one up I’ll do is Dance Dance Dance, and I think it will be black and white and mightily fierce.

So, as many of you know, I have been sitting on the footage we shot for the “Everybody’s Crazy in New York” music video for over a year, but now I’m finally getting my act together, editing it, and putting it out there ! I’ve just released the hilarious and unbelievable outtakes video, which includes documentation of the ridiculous conversation we ended up having with a crazy old guy we found on the street while we were shooting. It is so much fun.

I think I might actually be able to get the music video out before the end of this week. Wish me luck!

JC Cassis performing at House of Yes Photo: Teresa Tsai

So, Friday night was totally ridiculous. After months of planning, it was FINALLY time to put on the Team Buhara Benefit Concert and Dinner, for which I booked bands, secured the venue, and dealt with a lot of emotional fallout from catastrophe after catastrophe leading up to the event. Seriously, this event felt like it was doomed pretty much from start almost to finish, but then, miraculously, and because this is always the way things happen in showbiz, just after the bottom fell out of everything multiple times right before the event was to start, everything came together and was great. Our target was to raise $500 to keep the children of Buhara, Uganda, in school for another year. Even without a full house of people, we raised over $700. People’s generosity was really amazing, and it just goes to show that when even a small group of people band together to make a difference in other peoples’ lives, it can really work. The bands came through, the people came out, the coffers were filled, and knowing that we really did a lot to help people in Uganda get another year of access to education was a great feeling. So after spending my whole day prepping and running around and standing on my feet and freaking out over that, it was time to lug my two giant bags of equipment and costumes etc over to the House of Yes for a last-minute show at the Gay Gay Gay Freakshow party, put on by my friend and collaborator JJ Japanime.

Performing there was a dream come true and totally awesome. I did “Everybody’s Crazy in New York” first, and “Friday Night Forever” later, both of which went over really well. I’m looking forward to doing more shows there at future parties. Performing at parties or places with built-in crowds is simply the only way to go until I’m a big enough name and have a team to help me fill a room with people on my own. Can’t wait till that day comes, though! 🙂 Also, I need a roadie if I’m going to continue to have to lug this much stuff around.

Also, a photographer from the Village Voice was there, so I hope one of the photos of me runs in there! That would be so amazing!!!