I subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine and I just finished reading her interview with Brene Brown…it was eye-opening and very stirring. Everything she said made perfect sense and reverberated in my heart & soul. I’ll definitely read her new book “Daring Greatly” and I’ve already had her previous book, The Gifts Of Imperfection, delivered to my kindle device. I see a lot of reading in my future 🙂
My last post was about a fantastic day I had with a new acquaintance writing music to go with my lyrics. Since then I’ve decided I need to learn to play the guitar and I need to work on my voice. I took guitar lessons about six years ago for about 6 months but I dropped it when we moved to SC and I’m just now picking it back up. My voice has not been the same since I had a sinus infection two years ago. I have vocal exercises that I should be doing daily but just like my guitar lessons, I stopped.
I’ve found a new energy and I’ve been doing both daily for about 4 days now…I plan to make it a daily occurrence to practice guitar and go through my voice exercises. I know all I need to do is just ‘make up my mind’ that I’m going to DO IT and it will happen. Much the same way I made up my mind to lose the weight and it happened; it took a year but it happened because I decided it would. That’s really the key to doing anything – you must DECIDE to do it. If you sit yourself down, have a heart to heart conversation with yourself and determine if you really want to do it, then you must decide you’re going to do it. This is such an important step and I’ve missed it for so long – I thought all I needed was the desire or wish to do something but all too often that fizzles out and I don’t get where I thought I wanted to go. I had my ‘Aha’ moment when I decided to lose weight. It was a very clear moment – I told myself that this was what I wanted and that I was going to make it a priority and I was not going to stop (no matter what obstacles I faced) until I got what I wanted. And lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. I felt so good about being able to achieve that goal…it wasn’t really losing the weight (although I feel so much better), it was more about staying committed to doing it. I’m famous for starting things and not finishing them or following through, so having a weight loss target and staying committed to it for a year was a huge achievement for me.
Now I’m setting my sites on learning the guitar and doing my vocal exercises. I sat myself down and figured out that was what I really wanted so I decided to do it.
I’ll keep you posted…ttfn.
Yesterday was an amazing day! I had written some lyrics to a new song and sang the melody to a back beat a few weeks ago, then I got a message from a new acquaintance who wanted to meet and talk about songwriting. We exchanged a few emails and I shared my song with her. We had planned to meet at a little pastry shop in town and at the last minute she suggested we meet at a music studio so we could work on some harmonizing chords to go with my song. I was so excited! She is an amazing piano player and singer and within an hour she had recorded a wonderful working tape of my song…it brought tears to my eyes. Having the lyrics, melody and harmony come together like that was just breath-taking. I have no idea where this might lead but it has inspired me to write even more and look into taking guitar lessons. It would be so wonderful if I could put a whole song together (although I really like the idea of collaborating) but I would need to take lessons. I’ve already checked with a few places and I’m leaning toward a music store that is affiliated with the local NSAI chapter.
I came home and played the song for my husband (actually it was only the first verse and chorus) and he liked it. I then sent it off to my mother so she could hear it because she had heard the version of just me singing with a back beat. She was really impressed. I have made a few adjustments to the lyric and I just about have it where I want it. Carrie said that when I was done I could send it to her and she would make a new recording of the whole song for me to have. AMAZING!