Over the last year I’ve fallen in love with music again. I hadn’t realized that I had gone years without paying attention to it. And now it’s back in my life and I never want to let it go.
I was in the studio a couple of weeks ago – put down some harmonies on someone’s record. I had forgotten how much I love being in a studio, making my contribution to the creative process and then hearing the finished product of magicians and genius’. I’m ever amazed at what songwriters, singers, musicians, engineers and producers can create and how they move a soul.
I did a CD in 2001 and while I’m not ashamed of it by any means, it was my first effort in a clearly defined genre. I listen to it now and I’m charmed by it’s simplicity, but I know I can do better – creatively and vocally. I now know the rules I can break – and that’s absolutely essential to the creative process. So with much encouragement by people I respect and who are not related to me , I’m inspired to take the lead on a new CD.
I haven’t written a complete song in over 10 years and today I finished my first song for my next CD – all the lyrics and the chord structure. I’m absolutely thrilled!
Do I rest? NO! I’m off to start the next one… but I leave you with a song by Neko Case who inspires me to accept my nature and own the life I have – for in the end I am the only one to answer for it and it should at least be true.
I can say that I’ve lived here in honor and danger
But I’m just an animal and cannot explain a life
Down this chain of days I wished to stay among my people
Relation now means nothing, having chosen so defined
And if death should smell my breathing
As it pass beneath my window
Let it lead me trembling, trembling
I own every bell that tolls me