On Friday, May 31st, MankatoLIFE friend and contributor, Stacy K, is releasing her new single and video for the song Cheap Thrills.

“It was one of the first times I was hanging out with my now husband,” she recalled. “He was dancing around a campfire and laughing to himself while totally sober, encompassing what it means to dance like no one’s watching and enjoying your own company.”

Three years later, that moment became a song. While Stacy K was strolling her newborn daughter, suddenly both lyric and melody struck her. “If only all songs were like that!” she said. “I say it’s about camper vans because I had this vision of rolling through hills in a mini camper van and enjoying the cheap thrill of the scenery.”

He was dancing around a campfire and laughing to himself while totally sober, encompassing what it means to dance like no one’s watching and enjoying your own company.

A few weeks after recording her home demo, Stacy K recorded the song live at Hideaway Studios in Minneapolis with The Fontanelles, adding just a few overdubs later. “We really wanted to keep the magic of being in the present moment, so the best way was just to hit it live,” she recalled.


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In spring 2019, Stacy K, pregnant with her second child, phoned friend and band mate, Dave Mehling, to see if he would be interested in making a video for Cheap Thrills. He came up with the concept of the video as, “a journey of the artistic spiritual self.” The video was a one-man effort with Mehling as videographer, director and editor.

A release party for the single and video is scheduled for 9 pm at The NaKato in North Mankato on Friday, May 31st. The Fontanelles, and opener band Bee Balm Fields will be performing. The event is open to the public.

The song was produced by Stacy K and Jason McGlone. Engineered and mixed by Jason McGlone at Hideaway Studios in Minneapolis and mastered by Rob Schlette of Anthem Mastering. Video by Dave Mehling.

Don Lipps
A long-time resident of Mankato and North Mankato, Don is a veteran web developer. Don and his wife, Tina, have 5 grown boys and two daughters-in-law.