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I'm going to let the video do most of the talking on this one, but I will say this:
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A few years ago I was in Henderson, KY enjoying a beautiful summer day at my in-laws’. Richard was on the far side of the yard at his meat smoker, faithfully turning a batch of ribs. I closed my eyes to take in the scent of charred sweetness when I hear Dorothy’s infectious laugh, all full of life, coming from the sunroom.
That day in Henderson the sun laid lightly on the skin and the breeze drifted through like we were seaside. I let blades of grass go through my toes and listened to the birds happily chirping away…
Well maybe the City Girl in me is getting a little sappy here, but you get the picture: it was a really nice day. It was the type of day that inspires a songwriter to write a Summer Song.
I had my guitar with me and started picking out some chords. I wanted the song to sound like it had a porch swing built right into it. I wanted it to feel like that little smile you get as you’re drifting off in the hammock under the shade of a tree.
“Piece on Earth” is an ode to loving your Home. It's about accepting what you have and being happy with your life for what it is. No frills needed, just your own backyard.
I think that’s just how Dorothy and Richard have lived their lives. They’re still in the house my husband grew up in and have made a lot of history in that house! It’s also a house with a strict open door policy: you can expect friends and neighbors to stop in on the regular just to say hi. They have an open refrigerator policy, too. :)
So here it is: "Piece on Earth," my Summer Song, written in Henderson, KY. I hope it’ll make a nice companion to your summer days ahead!
I’m so happy to have been a part of such a meaningful and poignant film, “Still Sophie” directed by Caroline Knight, which will be making its world premier today in Charlotte as part of the 100 Words Film Festival (a festival where all films must use exactly 100 words! Talk about tricky!)
“Still Sophie” is a seven minute documentary that tells the story of a young woman, Sophie, who suffered a stroke when she was 19. After four years of therapy she’s made amazing progress but still struggles with aphasia, which is where her thinking process is completely intact but speaking those thoughts is extremely difficult.
Singing, however, is easier. Sophie has always loved to sing and that hasn’t changed a bit because of her stroke! In fact, the documentary features Sophie singing “Maybe This Time” and that’s where I come in – I’m accompanying her on piano!
What a strong, determined and beautiful young woman Sophie is! An inspiration!
Read more about “Still Sophie” and The 100 Words Film Festival.
That's right! I've posted two of these babies over the last couple of weeks so I thought it was time to call it what it is.
You see, I've been exploring my beautiful city of Nashville for the tucked away (or not-so-tucked-away) places that inspire me to find my muse in Music City. I hope you'll come along with me...
Quick 'lil post...just want to put out this montage video that Jonathan made recently. We're hoping it will help us book regional house concerts and gigs, but really it's just some fun footage that I think you all will enjoy!
Happy WEEKEND! :)
As summer starts to wind down this Labor Day weekend, I got to thinking about the highlights of the past few months. Waterfall excursions with friends, family reunions where I ate way too much, pool parties where I regretted that I ate too much, and even going on my first weekend tour with the band!
But one thing really stands out. On July 31st my husband Jonathan and I had the honor of curating a Nashville Fringe Festival event from the ground up. We called it "Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert" because we wanted to create a unique atmosphere where people can come together and get to know each other while enjoying a free live music event. Thanks to Jan Bossing with the Nashville Fringe Festival, we turned South x Sea recording studio into an East Nashville music venue and had a ball celebrating our Nashville Community!
Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert
Our M.C. Jason Marsden characteristically weaved his way through the audience (the word "stage" is a broad term in his book) and not only kept the laughs coming but spoke about the meaning of Community much more eloquently than I could imagine. My favorite part of his monologue was when he passed out blank Thank You cards to everyone because - well, what better way to build Community that to send an old fashioned personal note, right?
Our local beer sponsor Little Harpeth Brewing came through with refreshing craft beer that was perfect for the summertime heat. Also (you may have noticed this in the slideshow) we had two giant donuts - let me repeat - TWO GIANT DONUTS from Fox's Donut Den because, well, that's just awesome!!!!
Yes, our theme was the Nashville Community for this event, but we didn't want to leave everyone else out! That's where our friend Ford Heacock with FIREBREATHrecords came in. He provided high quality lifestream for everyone, everywhere. I regret we couldn't find a way to get our internet guests some of that delicious giant donut though...
I will leave you with one of my favorite songs from the evening. It's a cover song I sing called "Bei Mir Bist du Schöne," originally sung by the Andrews Sisters. We're having WAY too much fun in this video to be allowed, especially at the end when it gets all dramatic!! Enjoy!
Has anyone ever told you to let go of your inhibitions? When are you actually able to do this? Or are you? It's a nice thing to say or think about doing - but can we every fully let go?
These are the thoughts running through my mind after my co-write this weekend with my friend Robert LaSalle. We finished a song about a wealthy man whose spirit is getting crushed by his lifestyle. He drives a long distance to the ocean and leaves everything behind as he transforms into a Beach Bum (ever wonder where beach bums come from? well, now you know.)
Admittedly, it's an extreme example of letting go of inhibition, so much so that this character gives up possessions, social norms and loved ones. But I think the idea is something we can all relate to.
Falling from grace
Falling out from the Great Unknown
(The Great Unknown is calling me.)
After writing this song, the presence of my own inhibition is clearer than ever. I feel it in my own songwriting. You see, I love collaborating, but it's as if I mentally block myself from the flow of inspiration when I’m sitting next to a co-writer. I feel the most comfortable coming up with lyrics curled up by my lonesome where I can crawl into the caverns of my mind.
But I long to be open with others with my thoughts and creativity - I just don't know how to get there yet. How do we work ourselves out of these unconscious patterns? Robert says drink more alcohol - ha, I’m not buying into that solution yet. For now, my uninhibitor is a strong cocktail of therapy and acupuncture with one of those umbrella thingys for good measure.
I'll be posting the finished song soon!
A couple of months ago I posted a song in progress and now I'd like to share the finished piece! One of my most favorite feelings in the whole wide world is to call a song done, and "Navigator/Aviator" has been an idea laying dormant in my head for 8 years now - so the "done" feeling is REALLY a great one in this case!
My ritual is to take all the wonderfully messy scribblings I've been working with and to neatly type out my lyrics. Kind of like when you get a brand new wardrobe and you get to toss out all the stuff that always made you look frumpy anyways.
Also, I want to dedicate this song to my big brother Nate, who is my very favorite Air Force Pilot ( he likes my song, even with the obvious logistical inaccuracies - creative license!)