Last week a singer-songwriter, who had been most insistent (like the old woman and the judge) that we get together for a ‘one on one’, dropped by my office. The songwriter hoped that I would agree to a) be her songwriting coach and b) introduce her to producer‘s or labels that would be interested in signing her.
After we had moved on from discussing the weather and completed the usual pleasantries associated with meeting someone new, she took out her acoustic guitar and played some of her original songs for me.
I could hear the makings of a good writer in her… and I can honestly say that I was impressed with bits and pieces of each song… a melody here and a lyric there.
But that’s like saying that the parts of the apple the worm hasn’t eaten are quite edible.
What happens when the curious child in us makes music or writes songs?
When we feel no pressure from adults, from peers or society, trends, the popular people, the FB likes, our audience or fans, the leaders of our community and or the Boss that signs the checks… we are free to say what we want and… how we want.
We can write absolute nonsense and it wouldn’t matter.
We could experiment with topics, rhymes, beats, time, instrumentation, lyrics and so on.
We could, in a sense, throw musical paint at a canvas to see what it looks/sounds like.
Or we could just turn the canvas upside down? It might be what we had in mind but couldn’t say in an upright position.
With no one to impress… what can you hear or see in your curious child imagination? Continue reading
A pastor of a very large Church once said to me…
“You’ll never make it here in the US you know…”
‘Here’ being the Christian-Gospel world.
And this curious child replied.. Continue reading
I want to invite you to watch our new short film entitled “The Release” which tells the story of a victim of child abuse who, after an encounter with a mysterious man, finds the courage to let go of her past and allow the healing process to begin in her life.
The film will challenge some viewers, while playing the role of a timely intervention to others.
Emotional wounds are not so easily detected or understood. There is no X-ray machine on which we can lay our broken hearts or troubled minds and for many of us, the wounds of our childhood, having been left untreated for so long have caused us to limp through life without any understanding or belief in a cure or… release.
If, after watching The Release you want more information about emotional healing, then please visit this help page.
And if you want more information on how you can use this short film in your community, church or counseling center please visit our media page.
Here’s a link to the song featured at the end of the movie.