Words & Music

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Earth Day 2012 and Midnight Musings.

Part I – Earth Day

Today was Earth Day! …in case you forgot. We never really “celebrated” this day before because it made more sense to just be conscious of how our decisions leave their mark on our planet and to appreciate/respect it on a daily basis. But, this year, my son was old enough to understand things a little bit more and he was excited about going to experience the local Earth Day fairs around here. So, out and about we went. We spent the first half of the day at Newport Bay (near Newport Beach, CA) at the fair and did art with recycled materials and learned about the animals and plants in the surrounding wetlands and how to protect their habitats. We did a mini-hike around the wetlands and then headed to Crystal Cove beach nearby. My son really wanted to do a beach clean-up and I’m glad he suggested it. I had always thought about it before, but never did until today. Though we made only a small contribution, and it felt like there was just way too much trash around to ever be able to REALLY clean up the beach, I am glad we did it for two reasons. 1) Doing something to help is usually better than doing nothing. 2) My son felt proud and important and I know that he will remember that feeling and that it was connected to doing something good.

Part II – Midnight Musings

I would like to do more beach/park clean-ups from now on. Besides the fact that we are taking the time to care for the places we like to visit, it also is just a good opportunity to be OUT…out in the world that I love so much. I can’t tell you how many times nature has brought inspiration to me in one way or another. I just love things that are beautiful. They move me in a way that is indescribable and where can we find more perfect and imperfect beauty than in the world that surrounds us? I see a gray sky, a yellow poppy, I hear the ocean, I feel the sand under my feet….and I am ALIVE! I’m here. I’m here and what will I do with my time? What will I say? What can I share? Why am I here? All of these things run through my head and as I sit and think about it all….words&music come. So many many songs on the brain lately.

There are three that I’ve been working on recently and they are all WORLDS APART! The first is acoustic. I have the rhythm down – the timing (well, almost), but there are a few holes in the lyrics that I am trying to patch up. The second is another acoustic song. I wrote it over a year ago, but couldn’t get the music for it because I didn’t know how to play the guitar yet. I’m so glad that I can finally do it now and that I can do it on my own. I have been working on the right chords and getting the timing down. I really like how it sounds so far, I just need a little bit more practice with it before I record it. I think this will be the one I share this week coming…maybe. It is called “Think Too Much”. The last is…well…I guess you can say it is a departure of sorts. I wanted to try writing something from the perspective of an alter ego. Kind of like Beyonce’s “Sasha Fierce” or Cee-lo’s “Gnarles Barkley” characters. Sometimes you get a song that comes from another place…outside of your normal self. Even the music is different from most of what I do (although the song “Over” is along the same lines in some ways). Most of my songs come out of my fondness for minimalism. But, this newest song “Look, Look” is overdone…but it is overdone on purpose. And the lyrics seem to be about something very superficial, but the point of the song is not.

So there you have it…my teasers for what’s coming. I’m hoping to make up my mind on which one to put down first and to get a quiet enough house to record it soon!!! Until then…feel free to review some of the previous posts or to share your stuff with me:).

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Heal Me

As promised, here is part two of the back-to-back song posting for this week. No comments from me on this one. Enjoy your weekend!

Heal Me

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Moses Melkonian

As mentioned on my New Year’s post, I will be featuring the music of other musicians that I like on here from time to time and tonight is one of those times. I recently came across an unsigned artist from the UK named Moses Melkonian. I had never heard his music before, but when I watched his video for the song “We are Mighty, We are Young,” I was immediately drawn in. There is a simplicity in the message, yet the pulse — the vibe — of the music adds such depth and movement. I also like that he uses the spoken word for his lyrics because it, along with the unique, gruff quality of his voice lends a nice contrast to the bright notes in the melody.

From the information I gathered on his website, he is an independent artist working hard to get his music out to the masses, so if you like his music be sure to pass it on. Good luck to you Moses! Check it out for yourself. You can see him on facebook and here at his website: http://mosesjunkyard.wordpress.com/. If you look him up, let me know what you think.

I tried to embed the video of “We are Mighty, We are Young”, but had trouble, but you can view it via this link–

http://youtu.be/a_6GGHlLGV0

Happy Friday all!

Misfits

Well….I’m so glad to be home from vacation and over the cold!!  Good to be back in Cali…although I love visiting the South, there is nothing like home.  While I was there, though, I was able to work on a new song and it is one of my favorites right now because it’s more upbeat and playful than most of my songs.  Another reason I’m liking it so much is because it is the first song I’ve done without any pre-made tracks.  I made all the tracks from scratch by playing the digital version of each instrument (since I don’t have the actual instruments…one day).  Lots of fun messing with those:)!

As for the content…it is about two misfits who may not fit nice and neatly into the conventional mold, but they make a good fit for each other.  Sometimes, when it seems like the world doesn’t get you, it’s good to know you’ve  got that one person who does.  The song is …Circle Square.

New Year

It’s a New Year! The year went by so quickly…it always does. I have some personal goals for this new year, but I thought I’d share my goals I have for this blog for the new year instead.

This is not an exhaustive list and will likely evolve as the year goes on, but here is the beginning:

1. I plan on adding a few video blogs, with live home performances of new and old songs and, on occasion, some discussions about music and other topics.

2. Although I am constantly writing songs, posting two new, original songs every week is sometimes too much. So, I’ll be cutting back a bit and will be replacing the vacancies with music from known and not-so-known musicians/performers that I love.

3. I would like to re-design the look of the blog and add a few new widgets.

4. Charities are dear to my heart…ones that are really doing something, at least. I’d like to use some blog posts to expose readers to charities and local organizations and how people can get involved with what they’re doing.

That’s it…not many changes, but the ones I do make, I hope, will add to the entertainment and informative value of this blog.

For my 5 followers…:)… Thanks for checking in every now and then. May this year be better than the last for everyone!

Vacation

Hello! Well, I know today is Wednesday and that usually means it’s time to post a new original song, but due to technical difficulties it looks like I’ll be posting the new song tomorrow. Let me give you a little teaser, though.

The name of the song is “Listen.” And it was partly inspired by a recent rainy night in Mississippi. I am on vacation right now, visiting family here in the South. Two nights ago it was raining…or should I say “rainin’,” because the rain here in MS is nothing like the rain back in Cali. Skies could be blue all day, then…BANG! You find yourself in a torrential downpour. And the rain falls so hard and so fast, yet leaves just as quickly. Even the feel and sound of the rain is different here–a big, thunderous roar that shakes the frame of your house. That is the sound that got me thinking about the content of this song. It is about a storm that’s been going on for a long time in a place that is a world away from Mississippi, yet it has reached over across the ocean and has touched every one of us, here, in the USA.

As for the music… I used some more new instruments. I’ve been listening to some music from Afghanistan recently and came across the Rubab (or sometimes, Rabab). It is similar to a guitar in that it is a stringed instrument and is plucked. Another new instrument is the African Rain Caxixi and the African udu drum. I think the two ended up working well together in this song to add to the feeling of the building of a storm.

Well…hopefully tomorrow there will be no more issues with posting the song…make sure you come back and visit tomorrow so you can hear it! Have a great night all!

Dear Faythe,

I don’t want to give any anecdotal notes on this one.  I will simply say it is a letter to an old friend.  Also, I wanted to share that I have recently fallen in love with the kind of percussion you’ll hear in this song–Dear Faythe.  So much so, that you will most likely be hearing them again very soon.  I think they add drama and everyone needs a little drama now and then:).

One More Sunrise


I have lost two friends to suicide and have known several others who have attempted suicide.  You never see it coming….or maybe, you just were too busy and missed it.  I always think…man, how lonely must they have felt, how hopeless, for them to think that death was better than life.  And then, of course, the thought comes…”if they felt so lonely, how good of a friend was I to them?”  They were so young, so full of life.  I sometimes wonder..what if they would have waited for just one more day….one more sunrise?  Would they have found the answers they were looking for?  Would they have seen a way out of where they were?  I wonder.  Life can be messy….it can be lonely, at times….but, if you wait it out…just hold on….then maybe the skies will clear and the heaviness will be lifted.  This song is dedicated to the memory of two young people who never got to see what a new day would bring. It is called…Life is But a Dream.

Roller Coaster

Ever feel like your life is getting away from you….like someone else is driving you and making your decisions? This song…Roller Coaster is about someone in that position and realizing that no one put them into that position–he/she, alone, is responsible and he/she, alone, is the one who can regain control of his/her life.

Side note:  I don’t really like roller coasters…it has to be a really, smooth, not too crazy one for me to actually enjoy it.  But, I have much respect for those true thrill seekers out there.  If it weren’t for them, I probably would have never been dragged onto my first roller coaster!  Have a great weekend everyone!

The Breath

Today’s song post — the breath — pretty much speaks for itself.  Whatever you “breath into” or put energy into may have lasting effects…so use your breath wisely.  I love this art piece and thought I’d share it here:

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