Whenever I hear the first few bars of “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole’s anthemic pop song that played over the credits of “Dawson’s Creek,” it’s like I’m transported in a time capsule to 1998 in the very best way. I get a little nostalgic for my last single days on the town, the sleek and sexy Tom Ford at Gucci era, Gwyneth’s pink Oscar dress, laughing my head off at “Something About Mary”—everything but the super-short haircuts that everyone seemed to have! So much has changed in 14 years. Back then if you’d have told me that one day I’d have two amazing daughters and my own clothing line, I’m not sure I would have believed you. And never in a million years would I have guessed that Paula, the woman who also made me want to belt out “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” at the top of my lungs, would be such a dear friend. Her daughter Sky was one of my daughter Belle’s first best friends in preschool. Here’s a photo of the two of them looking extra adorable in 2006. Over the years, as the girls have stayed close, our friendship has grown, too. I can honestly say that she’s one of the most creative, passionate and committed people I’ve ever met, a true artist in every sense and a seriously devoted mom. Paula’s been performing and recording since 1993. But her sixth album, Raven, is self-produced. She had help from musicians she’s collaborated with for years, but she did it without any support from a record label. Paula’s following in the footsteps of other strong artist/entrepreneurs who are delivering their work directly to their fans, and it’s a spirit I can definitely relate to. In order to release Raven and cover the costs of mixing the tracks and packaging the record, she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the funding gap. Here’s the trick: She has only TWENTY DAYS LEFT to reach her fundraising goal! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/473613321/paula-cole-new-independent-album-raven-0?ref=live I hope that you’ll support this hard-working and talented Mama by becoming a sponsor/donor and preordering the single, the CD—or even the record in VINYL (How’s that for nostalgic?)! I’m excited to help my friend continue to make her gorgeous, moving music that never fails to make me feel like singing along.