TOPIC: Birthday Song for a Dad at a Family Gathering
TOPIC: I LOVE MY WIFE!
A Husband Shows His Love for His Wife on her 40th Birthday
Alan came to me wanting a song for his wife Gina that I could perform live for her at her 40th Birthday Party. The goal was to blow Gina away in the presence of all the people who loved her best of all. As I listened to Alan talk about all that Gina is to him, a sense of this song began to emerge. Gina is and always has been a very powerful woman. But listening to Alan talk, it seemed to me that her power had evolved, as she had grown into her own womanhood, and wife-hood, and motherhood, in a unique and beautiful way. Alan explained how the first time he saw Gina in all her strength and certitude, he had been so blown away, he could barely think of a word to say. That lead to the opening lines of the song:
The first time that I saw you I was speechless
The way you wore your power like a bullet-proof vest
TOPIC: 50th birthday song
This month we are turning our focus to Laura. Laura gave herself an incredible 50th Birthday Present.
She commissioned a song to celebrate the serene and centered place she was coming to in her 50th year. And, as always, there's a twist.
Due to a devastating accident, Laura has been in a wheelchair for the entirety of her adult life. You'd never know it to talk with her on the phone or sense how she comes across over the internet. And in fact, she asked, when I created her song, that it not be "all about that." Because SHE is not "all about that." But we did work this harsh and, ultimately, rather defining turning point, into the video that my sister-in-law, Anne, created for you for this Song-of-the-Month. We did so not in an attempt to "make it all about that," but as a way of helping to share and amplify the wonder of Laura and her journey, which has inspired me deeply.
TOPIC: Baptism: in voice of young brother to new baby
TOPIC: Celebrating Recycling!
TOPIC: Husband to wife: Christmas
TOPIC: Re-committment ceremony
TOPIC: Retirement of youth group leader
TOPIC: Song of Gratitude to Many Friends at Once
Song of the Month