This month's song is written in the voice of newly adoptive mother Deb to her newborn son Teddy. It's a love song of grand proportions, because the story of Deb and Teddy is far from your typical adoption story (if there even is such a thing!) And it is one that I have gotten to see from an up-close vantage point for the past several years, as this story has meandered, halted and faltered at bit in places, and is now experiencing it own kind of "full bloom."
TOPIC: What Does it Mean to say YES on All Levels?
Stepping Into the Flow
This song makes me so happy! It's all about what it means to step into the sweeping, coincidence-filled energy that is all around us and available to us in the moment we say YES to the depths of our own journey.
Inspired in large part by Nancy Sporborg, who commissioned the song, "The Gracewave" this summer, my family said YES, YES, YES!! to a trip all across this magnificent country of ours (that's me and my sons Ben and Sam at the Grand Canyon, with photo credits to my husband Jim.)
To learn about Nancy--who was brave and brilliant enough to commission a song like this--and her journey, and her message, and her incredible book, "IT'S NOT ABOUT THE HIKE," to which this song is a companion piece, read on....
TOPIC: Hitting a Whole New Groove After 20 Years of Marriage
What Does It Mean to Really Soar as a Couple?
My favorite thing about this song is that it grew out of a couple making it through a serious TIGHT SQUEEZE and coming out so much stronger on the other side--astonished with their own strength, more deeply connected, and laughing that great, fabulous laugh of relief and joy you feel when you somehow land, together, in the right place.
Who do YOU become when the going gets tough? What does it mean, in those most challenging moments, to risk, to dare, to trust your gut, and, importantly, to truly move closer to the one beside you, rather than to pull away? This song explores what's on the other side, in life, when what you do together in the face of a tough challenge on the ground, is to LEARN TO FLY...
TOPIC: Navigating Through Pain into Self-Discovery
Waking Up to Your Own Beauty
There is magic all OVER the story of this song.
When Rose approached me at the end of a yoga class where I had been playing interpretive guitar, neither of us could have imagined the journey we were about to take, together and separately, in the bringing to life of this song. Rose says, "It feels so good to FEEL again," with an acknowledgement that this song helped that to happen in her life. There have been 4 (!!) magical things that have occurred already (!!) regarding this song and its short life. And probably more to come, we if keep our eyes open, now that it is "out there" and ready to meet the world...
TOPIC: An "Alzheimer's Waltz" for Love and Life
Celebrating a Life and Partnership
Rita lost her husband and long-time life-partner (and dance-partner) Dick, this past January. To commemorate his life and celebrate their relationship, she came up with a truly original idea: Why not commission a song that could be choreographed, so that she could dance to it, at his memorial service, as a way of celebrating his life and honoring their life-long love of dancing!
I thought this was an incredibly brave undertaking on her part. I listened carefully as she told me all about
TOPIC: WAKING UP INSIDE YOURSELF
A Journey Into a Deeper Place of Gratitude From Within
This week I completed the 200th song I've written and recorded in the studio! And I wanted to share with you that I've discovered that the one song I listen to the most of all, out of all of those two hundred--the one I am moved by, on a regular basis, is one I created just last year, entitled, "Of Grace and Gratitude."
TOPIC: Anna in a Blinding Snowstorm, Driving Toward the One She Loves
Love, After Taking a Breath and Entering Back In
This month I am sending you a song of LOVE that starts in a BLIZZARD of "nothing but white" and celebrates what it means to keep on reminding ourselves to REACH FORWARD, even when we find ourselves pulling back from love and connection. Read on to learn the story.
TOPIC: A Song That Invites You to See Life All Around You, Anew
What Would Happen if You Dared to Rise?
I once heard a woman speak, and what she had to say was so powerful that it it instantaneously and dramatically changed almost everything about the way I eat, that very day. And I have deeply, meaningfully stayed with this shift, two full years later.
Not long after that, I was asked by this same woman to partner with her to create a song that honors the Unitarian Universalist principal, "Honor All Beings." It took longer for me to write this song than any song I have ever written in my life - months and months and months.
But from the moment it was finally created, this song started spreading to new places. It made its way all the
I'm So Pleased to Share My TED TALK With You!
Here is the video of my talk and the song, "HOME,"created for TEDx WALDEN POND.
Song Audio is clearer on this mp3 audio than on the video:
I have always LOVED Ted Talks and was so honored to be invited to participate in the first TEDx to take place in my hometown of Concord, MA. It was a rare and special experience to get to stand up and share my story and this song, created specifically for this occasion. ENJOY!
TOPIC: Wife to husband, on his 60th birthday
Here's a Twinkly Story-Video About a Song Composed for One Exact Moment in Time
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