Atoms of gratitude came easily this week when I actually took some time off to visit Jimmy, and his extraordinary songwriter brother Donnie Demers. It felt weird being in an old skool studio again, but this wasn’t just any studio. I was watching my friend Jimmy sing on the very spot Michael Jackson recorded Thriller thirty years earlier, in studio A at Westlake Studios.

Jimmy Demers

Jimmy Demers laying down a 'Message to the World' in studio A

Sadly, I was running late, and missed the Children’s Choir setting down their vocals on “Message to the World,” but nothing makes my spirit soar higher than listening to Jimmy sing his heart out. The combination of one of the kindest, most thoughtful souls I know  coupled with those beyond gifted, powerful pipes (man oh man, that man can sing) is sure to be a message that will move the world.

The Demers Brothers and friends

Jewels with the Demers Brothers and friends

As JLo would say, “I had the goosies all over.” It definitely was the high note of an already fabulous week. Thank you so much to the Demers brothers for letting me bask in their brilliance, sheer bliss!

Tofu Marsala

Tofu Marsala

It put me in such a good mood, I came straight home to make a delicious bowl full of tofu Marsala with some fresh whole grain bread to tear and mop up the yummy sauce with. Premium members will get to try this recipe out on the next menu plan, so be sure to join now! What is on your gratitude list this week?

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  • March 25, 2012
    4:26 pm

    Sounds like the music session was a wonderful way to soothe the soul. Funny, I’m listening to Judy Collins, Ian & Sylvia Tyson and Neil Young amongst others right now. This is music that calms me down and puts the world to rights. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and took time for yourself. Can’t wait to see the tofu recipe! I find I’m wanting to eat healthier right now, must be the weather. Hugs to you and Daisy!

    • March 26, 2012
      9:50 am

      Listening to Jimmy sing is always an incredibly uplifting experience, but I’d never seen the brothers work together in the studio before – really interesting. They did the studio version of finishing each other’s sentences. I guess when you’ve known each other all your life, you develop a communication shorthand – they were very fast and proficient.

  • March 25, 2012
    7:11 pm

    Wow! What a moment! To start.. the studio! Man! If those walls could talk! Great company, music and the best looking tofu dish I’ve EVER seen! Can’t wait to try it!

    • March 26, 2012
      9:51 am

      Why thank you kindly madame – it’s one of my fav tofu dishes, and I’m not a huge lover of tofu.

  • March 26, 2012
    2:17 am

    Yum…oh and the food, too. Studio time, whether recording or observing, is THIS woman’s favorite thing to do. What a treat! 🙂 Sounds like a great time!

  • March 26, 2012
    9:53 am

    In all honesty, I’ve had enough studio observing for a lifetime – I just went to be supportive, and I’m so glad I did. They work very differently together than some of the rather large egos battling it out I’ve witnessed in the past. Not a drop of blood drawn.

  • March 27, 2012
    9:03 pm

    Crazy to think that Thriller was 30 years ago!