I’m so thankful I didn’t listen…

The song “Reflection” is one that I recorded a few months ago.

As you’ll see in the video, when I sing the line “if I were truly to be myself I would break my family’s heart” it hits very close to home.

When I headed off to college my dad said,

“don’t major in voice, you’ll never be able to support yourself as a singer.”

I graduated college and joined the Navy….as a singer. ⚓️

The people closest to us don’t want to see us fail.

So out of love they encourage us to play it safe.

Get a “real” job.

I’m so thankful that I didn’t listen.

And when I was stationed in New Orleans I took my dad out for dinner. ? My treat. ?


Same Verse, Different Song

While working with choirs and bands I often use the phrase “same song, different verse” when we’re about to head into a section of music that repeats itself.

Do you ever feel like that applies to life as well?

Tasks like laundry, dishes, grocery shopping….they are on a never ending loop and never completely done!

Since they’re a fact of life, I’m working on a fresh perspective.

same Tasks with a different Attitude.

same Verse, different Song

The results? I’m doing the dishes while listening to fun podcasts and focusing on how grateful I am to be able to work out while sorting sweaty laundry. As for the grocery shopping….I’m still working on a new attitude for that one!

In the spirit of changing songs, this week I’ve taken a traditional Gaelic blessing and given it a new melody. You can give it a listen below.

It’s not about Perfection, it’s about Expression

 “Music is an art form that transcends language.”  Herbie Hancock
I have often heard that quote, but it wasn’t until a recent trip to Cuba that I actually experienced it. 
Members of our music team were working with the local musicians to provide music for a church service. We had everything carefully planned out in advance because we did not speak each other’s language and I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. 
After playing the music we had planned and practiced I thought we were done. 
The pastor walked up and asked me if I knew Amazing Grace. 
Just like that. In the middle of the service.  
I said yes and before I knew it he was sitting at the keyboard playing. 
My brain was going bananas with excuses and protests….
I only know how to sing it in English, they won’t understand.
We’ve never practiced this, what if it sounds awful?  
I’m not even sure this is a good key for my voice……

And then…..I just started singing. 

What resulted is one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. 

Was it perfect? No. 
Was it wonderful? YES! 
It’s not about perfection, it’s about expression.
Curious about how it sounded? Check out the video below….
and please don’t judge my hair 
(no hot water in the shower–need I say more?)