@Chris Sorry I took a sec to respond to this one!
Reading Louis' personal memory of that day actually got me a little teary. The whole experience of being embraced by the community on G+ and then by Google itself was such a whirlwind. It was lightning out of a clear sky. Once it took hold everything went so fast. Everything was so new. I was just kinda hanging onto the magic carpet and marveling at the view. I was so proud to be in the same room with people like Vic and Louis, eventually people like @treyratcliff and @rgaran. I never went to college. I was proud of who I was as an artist, but I hadn’t been in the world much. To have such brilliant minds. Such accomplished company invite me in, and sit rapt with attention as I sang and answered questions and told stories. “Empowering” barely touches the profound impact that had on me as a person.
Before all of that I’d been practicing and playing shows and writing songs and day dreaming about being discovered… But it was always a fantasy of some record exec in the back of club saying, “You’re a star, kid!” It was never a vision of me and my laptop in my room with people from all over the world on the other side of the screen and the world’s biggest tech company scratching their heads in board meetings saying, “Well, we built it so people could chat with their families and hold bi-coastal business meetings, but some girl keeps breaking it by singing into the damn thing!”
I think that day at Googleplex gave me a glimpse of the person I wanted to be. Google treated me with such kindness and respect, from day one. Talk about giving women a voice! They gave my voice a chance to soar and showed me that I could use my voice for more than just singing. Since that day I’ve given so many talks and keynotes and workshops at colleges and schools all over the country… I sat in that chair and said I wanted to travel the world and sample the sounds, I did that. That day sowed many seeds, but most of all it got me to stop day dreaming about being discovered, and made me realize there was so much more to discover in myself and the people around me. Reading what Vic said to Louis, that was like an “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment. You rarely get a chance to hear what people say about you behind closed doors. The idea that I moved that guy with my music, that’s something I’ll hold in my heart now.
So, the song! I’ll never forget how my producer Ram and I wrote it. It’s forever anchored in that time and place. I was the night of my first Hangout Concert. We were playing for people ten-at-a-time as they lined-up around the digital block to get in. Faced the closest thing I’d ever had to a sold-out club – even if it was inside my computer – I didn’t want to stop until I’d sung for every last person. So it must’ve been four or five hours in. We stopped at six. Six hours straight. I remember I didn’t realize my feet were numb ’til I stopped singing. We’d run out of songs, so Ram started jamming out a little riff on his bass… And I started freestyling. I just sang about what was happening. Every word was true. I saw the sunrise in Norway when someone in the Hangout faced their laptop the their own apartment window. I’d never felt seen like that before. So alive. So in love. Yeah, every word was just the truth of what I felt and what had happened. We wrote most of it right there. In the moment. Finished it the next day and it became an ode to that time and to all the people who stepped in and changed my life just by listening. I really felt like I’d never be alone, that we’d found and made a place where we belong together.
Ps. @Scobleizer Do you remember the second concert when you tried to get in and couldn't? People kept saying, "Omg! Robert Scoble is trying to get in" and I didn't know the tech world at all, I had no idea who you were, so I was like, "Sorry Robert! Hangout's full!" People thought I was so sassy... I just had no idea... 😂