I Can Do It
“I Can Do It!” Powerful words aren’t they? I have found that just saying a positive affirmation like this one to myself can keep me going when the road is looking too long, or the mountain is too high. There are many times when I am doing a project that my negative inner-critic comes in with a million different excuses of why I won’t succeed. I wrote these words to myself to remember that anything is possible and I believe we all can do what we want, if we keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I Don’t Have To Be Perfect
Truly a song written to my inner-critic to just get out of the way and let my light shine!
There have been times in my life where I would somehow sabotage myself or a project, with the idea that “I will only put this out there when it is perfect!” What is “perfect” anyway? Who sets the standard? In making the declaration to myself that I am doing the very best I can, it gives me permission to just go for it…and that feels great!
Who Cares Who You Love
I have lived in San Francisco for many years and have always been involved with the gay and lesbian community. I have actually never written any political songs or made a stand for any political policy – until now. The fact that Proposition 8 passed (the bill that stated that same-sex marriages are illegal) has made me realize that I needed to add my voice to the cause. The idea that same-sex partners, who have been together for years and have built a life and have a family, would be denied the same rights as me, a married woman, has led me to be a fighter for the cause. My prayer is that this bill will be overturned all over the country and that these Americans will have the same rights as all of us.
Thank you to my co-writer Robert Anderson for helping me bring this song to life!
Check out more of Robert’s music: www.devotionsings.com
The Call Of Something More
My favorite line in this song is a quote from Rev. Michael Beckwith, “that pain pushes until the vision pulls.” I have had many times in my life where I felt confused and torn about what I was doing, and wanted desperately to have the answer of what I was supposed to do next. I realize now that everything was guiding me along the path, but first I had to get quiet enough to hear that call, from that still small place in me, of what I was being nudged forward to do. Now when I feel that discontent, I have a new reframe of it. I realize that Spirit might be leading me to a new path that ultimately will bring me to more self-expression and fulfillment.
Oh how often I hear myself saying, “I wish I knew but I just don’t know!” This fun little song was written to myself to remember that I DO know! If I just stop, breathe, quiet my chattering mind and listen, I can usually hear the truth of the situation. I just need to be reminded every once in awhile that I can stop doubting myself and trust that I do actually know!
More = Give
This is a truth that I work with as a spiritual practice all the time. I have found that when I am looking to “get” something, the real truth is that if I come from a place of giving first the end result feels so much different than just looking to “get.” This is the true foundation of what tithing is all about. There are so many statistics of how people who regularly tithe their money or time wind up receiving more of what they are giving away. I look at it like a circle – that I have to first ‘be’ that which I want to become and freely give it, before it will come back to me.
This Too Shall Pass
When I have been deep in what I call “ the pits” it has always been a comforting idea that even though it is so hard in that moment, eventually whatever I was going through would pass…. and it always did. The concept I like about this song is that both joy and sorrow are temporary conditions – they both will flow in and out of our lives and we can always know that something else is right around the corner. This song was written with my good friend Jack Fowler, who has written some of our New Thought standards. What a joy to collaborate with him. Check out his music at: www.jackfowler.info
Cry If You Want To
99% of the time I just write and record my own music, but every once in awhile a song comes along that moves my soul and I want to share it. Such was the case with this song written by Casey Scott. Since I lead or co-lead so many women’s retreats, the subject often comes up about people feeling embarrassed about crying. I am a cheerleader for tears! I truly think that it takes courage to let out your feelings, and when you do, it is the gateway to healing. Needless to say in my workshops we all become weepy wonderful puddles and it feels great.
For more information about allowing yourself to cry check out my friend Lee Glickstein’s website: www.thewaterworkers.cm
…and thank you Lena for turning me on to this amazing song!
Every Little Thought I Think
This song feels like going back to my roots. For many years I sang in blues and jazz clubs, and as much as I don’t do that anymore it sure feels good to write a song in that genre. My band consists of some of the best jazz players in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you can sure hear them doing their thing on this song. That’s my hubby John Hoy, who co-wrote this song, doing the cool guitar solo, and all the vocals were done by the amazing Annie Stocking who makes any song of mine into vocal magic!
One of my favorite songwriters is JD Martin, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to write a song with him. We were at a songwriting retreat where our names were picked out of a hat with the assignment to write a song about feeling good about our bodies – especially when we look in the mirror. As we discussed the idea, JD and I kept asking the question, “Why do we make everything so hard with this idea of perfection when we are already good enough - just as we are, and that there is nothing more we need to do?” The title was born and we wrote the song in about an hour! Check out JD’s music at: www.garrett-martin.com
I Am A Gift
Another songwriter who has influenced and inspired me is my new BFF, Karen Taylor-Good. This song feels like it was birthed by Spirit. At a songwriting retreat, Karen and I wrote one song and were about to call it a day. I asked Karen if she wanted to try writing a short little affirmation chant about feeling good about our ages, getting older, getting wrinkles, etc. I thought we would spend about 15 minutes writing something that would be just a personal chant for us – and what manifested is this song. To declare to myself that no matter what my inner critic or society might say, that I can still feel that who I am is a gift, has been healing and very powerful. Karen also recorded a beautiful version of this song on her new CD: “Let The Light In.” Check out Karen’s many wonderful CDs at: www.karentaylorgood.com
What a gift to work with two wonderful co-writers on this song: Karen Taylor-Good and Robert Anderson. At the songwriting retreat I have mentioned, the three of us were given two hours to come up with a song. We all threw out ideas and nothing really had any juice until Robert mentioned how he was grieving the loss of his father and how upset he was that his father was not really “seen” by his caregivers at the end of his life. Both Karen and I had the same experience with our fathers and within minutes we were all getting teary and emotional talking about our similar experiences. This was one of those magic moments as a songwriter – to create a song that, in the process of writing it, healed me, and hopefully, will heal others.
Just Show Up
I am a big fan of the duo of Jan Garrett and JD Martin, so when they were in my area and asked if we could get together and try writing a tune I jumped at the chance. One of my favorite expressions and life mottos is simply “just show up.” A lot of my business “strategy” has been just that – just show up, put myself in the game and see what happens. For some reason that title just showed up the day I met with Jan and JD, and we wound up writing this song in a very short time. I guess Spirit just showed up for us in writing this song!
Check out Jan and JD’s wonderful music: www.garrett-martin.com
Just Stop It!
I was thinking that this song needs to have a “fasten your seatbelts” warning since it just explodes out of the gate! Even though this is a rather rambunctious song, every time I would play it for someone questioning if it should even be on the CD, they would start dancing all over the room as they listened to it. So on it went! The idea for this song was having a fun upbeat dance tune that also addresses our inner critics in a way that has some lightness to it. I realize that sometimes its not that easy to simply say “stop it” to that voice – but sometimes we just need to take control so we can carry on with what we need to do in our lives!