The good news is that when we are about to give up, it is sometimes just before we find what we were looking for all along.
Often, it looks different than we thought it would…
But sometimes, we find exactly what we were after.
After her album with the Matrix was canned, Perry worked on her solo project, but Columbia couldn’t figure out how to market her either, and in 2006 she was dropped from a major label for a second time. By then Perry had spent five years in the dark, satanic song mills of Hollywood. She’d done the hustling and the e-mails, the demo singing and the shitty songwriting hookups. Plus, she was broke. “No money,” she says. “Car repossessed. No cell phone. Everything dead and gone. No hope, basically.” She got a job at a company called Taxi Music, listening to other people’s demos.
-John Seabrook, The Song Machine