I found out through the grapevine that he got sick but it wasn’t until I got a personal message from him on Facebook that it finally hit me.
A good friend of mine (in his 20s) has non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. And according to his message, he’s got a 6-month prognosis. I’m praying that he’ll beat the cancer and live another 50+ years even though the odds are against him. I do believe in miracles. But whatever the outcome, I hope he’s coping through his everydays and loving life in the process - no matter how tough it gets.
It makes me think. It puts my view into perspective…what really matters.
What matters to you? Think about it. And be THANKFUL about them. I’m trying to do the same.
Convenience is such a fallacy. Convenient is mediocrity. The 21st century pop culture society has led us to believe that living in a convenient existence meets the standard of living. Truth be told, it doesn’t even meet the status quo.
Be uncomfortable. Our comfort zones just gives temporary relief with no direction. Friction produces fire.
And if you need to take a break, don’t take or do what’s “convenient” but REST.
I haven’t hung out with her (in person) in such a long time now but here’s my talented friend Missi Hale. We go way back - when both of us were still livin’ in Nashville and we’ve written some songs together.
Her background consists of doing a lot of vocal sessions in Gospel music. This tune came up on my iTunes tonight and figured to share with y’all tonight. This was part of her EP back in 2005. Check out her other credits HERE.
This is called “Made to Shine" - a very encouraging song. One of my faves from her. Her vocal versatility is pretty mind-boggling.
She’s in LA now - working for Glee. (no big deal.)
…so here’s 100 songs I wish I wrote. Some would makes sense to y’all and some would probably make you go “huh?” - but alas, ‘tis true. And this list doesn’t even touch the surface but I’ve always wanted to list some on Tumblr. I’m sure I missed a whole bunch more… but here goes…
in no (I repeat…NO) particular order:
» song title - artist/band or songwriter(s)
Amazing Grace - John Newton
I’m Moving On - Rascal Flatts
Until You - Dave Barnes
As - Stevie Wonder
Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder (uuum, yeah…)
Change The World - Eric Clapton
Hey Jude - Beatles
Come Together - Beatles
I Can’t Make You Love Me - Bonnie Rait
Back To The Middle - India.Arie
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
Stop This Train - John Mayer
This is Your Life - Switchfoot
Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
Death of Me - Tony Lucca
Turn Around - David Ryan Harris
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Let The Rain - Sara Bareilles
Between The Lines - Sara Bareilles
Love Song - Sara Bareilles (yes, 3 in a row!)
Every Season - Nichole Nordeman
Say - John Mayer
Runaway - The Corrs
More Than Words - Xtreme (yes. classic.)
If You’re Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield
Grace’s Amazing Hands - Dave Barnes
At Last - Etta James
Back at One - Brian McKnight
1, 2, 3, 4 - Feist
Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
If You Want Me To - Ginny Owens
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
Twentysomething - Jamie Cullum
The Heart of Life - John Mayer
Never Say Goodbye - Jojo
All My Life - K-Ci & Jojo
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
This is the Last Time - Keane
Everything - Michael Buble
Progress - MuteMath
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
You Are The Sun - Sara Groves
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
New Soul - Yael Naim
Umbrella - Rihanna (ya. I can’t lie.)
Love That Will Last - Renee Olstead
Home - Marc Broussard
Shoot The Moon - Norah Jones
To Know You - Nichole Nordeman
Hey Ya - OutKast
Little Lies - Dave Barnes
Breathe - Sixpence None The Richer
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Island In The Sun - Weezer
Supermoon - Zapmama
Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon
Up! - Shania Twain
Get Out of This Town - Carrie Underwood
Toxic - Britney Spears
Water Runs Dry - Boys II Men
Something To Talk About - Bonnie Raitt
All of Me - Billie Holiday
Trouble - Amel Larrieux
Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight - Amos Lee
Killing Time - Allen Stone
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
Wonderful Day - Alain Clark
Blow Me Away - Alain Clark
Chasing Pavements - Adele
Deciphering Me - Brook Fraser
God Loves Ugly - Christa Black
Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
Put Your Records On - Corrinne Bailey Rae
Fix You - Coldplay
Indescribable - Chris Tomlin
Cruisin’ - Smokey Robinson (I also love D’Angelo’s remake)
Trouble Sleeping - Corrinne Bailey Rae
One Fine Wire - Colbie Caillat
Colored People - DC Talk
Crush - David Archuleta
Miles To Go - Dave Barnes
Dream A Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald
Right as Rain - Adele
She Was Mine - AJ Rafael/Jesse Barrera (true story :) )
Your Angel Now - Alain Clark
Valentine - Kina Grannis
Move Along - All-American Rejects
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Under The Influence - James Morrison
Wonderful World - James Morrison
Call The Police - James Morrison
Undiscovered - James Morrison
Celebrate Me Home - Kenny Loggins
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
comment/like/reblog…and let me know which ones you agree, disagree, and/or surprising to you - and perhaps a “new find” for you because of this list. ;)
“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.”
“It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.’” Jean-Luc Godard
So true. But i think originality is defined as this. So if think about it, originality can be achieved if you redefine it this way.
Just for kicks: So I’ve been back and forth with a few major labels ‘cause they asked me write tracks (pop/R&B) for a few artists. I can’t really put too much detail. ;) But here’s a little tune/demo I did. ha. why not. it’s not done yet. I probably need to change some things here and there….but this is just to share. I’m so stretching my songwriting limitations… feels good but somewhat emotionally draining…
so far in my music pursuit, people have asked me to sing songs for them and dedicate them to - boyfriends, girlfriends, fiance/fiancee, wife/hubby. It all comes with the territory since a lot of my songs deal with relationships. I think it’s cute and wonderful…
I’ve also gotten some requests to write songs for their significant other (or for their wedding day, for example).
Well see…here lies a slight problem.
Writing songs take A LOT of work. I just don’t spew out melodies and lyrics and then 30 minutes later I have a song ready for the world to listen. It takes hours. If not, it takes days. And even so, after I’m “done” with a song, I let them sit/simmer for a bit and then I go back and try to tweak things - maybe even rework some lyrics/melodies altogether. It’s a “huge” process in which I’ve grown accustomed to through the years but that doesn’t mean the crafting does not take a lot out of me.
So bottom line, songs don’t just fall from trees - at least for me. And if I write them half-heartedly, I would not be satisfied and wouldn’t even let y’all listen to them. And so again, I’m flattered that people would ask such favors (to write a song) from me because it shows their belief in my songwriting abilities. Truly. However, on the other side of the coin, I’m somewhat torn because I can’t help but think that some people these days don’t think songwriting or creating music doesn’t take much passion and effort.
It does for me.
I’m not saying that I will not write a song for anyone at all cost, etc…But I’m posting this because this is my perspective (and maybe other fellow artists’ perspective) that some of you out there might not understand.
And as much as I would love to write songs - completed ones on a daily basis, I just don’t work that way and probably not realistic for any songwriter/producer/artist out there. Creativity in general is an “eb and flow” process.
So that’s my thought of the day…
Y’all know that I love you guys and gals for supportin’ - always.