The “When You Can Fly” Rollercoaster

My new single “When You Can Fly” is a song that has definitely been the source of some heartache for me!

A week after I wrote the song, Reba McEntire’s record label flipped out over it. I got a phone call saying that Reba and Trisha Yearwood were taking it into the studio to record it for Reba’s “Duets” record. I spent the day on cloud nine, holding my breath…imagine having a song recorded by not one, but TWO of your musical idols!! But by the end of the day I hadn’t heard anything…and the next day, still nothing…and finally I got a phone call from my publisher. “No dice on the Reba cut, Vic. At the last minute they recorded a ballad instead.”

Needless to say, I cried myself to sleep that night. I was devastated. Since then I’ve had those kind of near misses more than I’d like to mention, but it’s all just a part of the music biz rollercoaster. You always risk having your heart broken every time you pour your guts out onto the page.

Anyhow, as time passed I couldn’t fight the feeling that this song says something very special. I also felt in my gut that it was destined to BE something special – I just didn’t know exactly what. Of course, I had no idea I would end up with a record deal, and that one day “When You Can Fly” would be my new single, my title track, and also my first official CMT video (airing soon!). So go figure.

Anyhow, as usual, the rollercoaster was worth it. Just like the song says:

“Why walk when you can fly?

I’d rather jump, I’d rather fall, I’d rather trust, I’d rather try.

Why crawl when you can climb?

Even if you’re gonna hurt, even if you’re gonna cry

Why walk when you can fly?”

So PLEASE CALL AND REQUEST IT AT YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION!!! (How cool is it that I can say THAT??!!)

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