I would like to thank all of you for coming with me on my video journey! Your viewing, comments and support have been what kept me going from Day 1 – Day 14, and I thank you dearly!
February is often a difficult time of year for many of us–the days are longer, yet spring seems so far away (well, for many of us Canadians, anyway). February can be a cold and dreary month, and we sure did have some cold, bleak weather the first two weeks of it. In the past I have struggled with the blues this time of year, and I didn’t want to give in to that familiar feeling this year. I knew that I had to break up my usual pattern by doing something extremely different this year; something that would push me to my limits, physically exhaust me, mentally challenge me, and be intriguing enough that I would spend all of the time working at it, leaving no time to brood.
In the early new year, I was beginning to feel that familiar slide, and I still didn’t have a good coping plan in place. I know that I get a lot of satisfaction out of creating and giving, but I just couldn’t come up with an inspiring project. On the 31st of January, I received a message from a friend who wanted to use one of my songs in a YouTube video to promote an event. I consented, watched the video, and that is when the light bulb went off. I decided right in that moment that I’d make videos, beginning on Feb. 1st, for two weeks, leading up to Valentine’s Day, in honour of love, and as gifts to any who cared to receive/watch. I had a plan and I knew then that I could begin to take action! It was exciting!! I had no idea what I was getting into, but it didn’t matter at all! All that mattered was that I had a plan!
Until February 1st, my experience with making YouTube videos was limited to sitting in front of the camera, pressing record, and playing and singing a song – either on guitar or piano – hitting stop, uploading the video to YouTube, and publishing it as “public”. The set of skills that I had was pretty narrow, and the amount of experience I had was quite minuscule.
I didn’t know where to begin, so I googled movie making software and realized that I could download Windows Movie Maker (WMM) for free, because I use Windows as an operating system. That was Step 1.
Once I had the program, I opened it up and got started. Step 2: Skip reading the manual and jump in. I’m not a “manual-reading type” anyway, and it looked super straightforward. Not only that it was already February 1st–I didn’t have time to read a manual! I had a video to make!
My first three videos were made with photos and text set to music, and I thought all of the following 11 videos would be made in a similar way. I didn’t think I’d be up for the huge task of recording footage, learning how to edit it, splice it together, and sync the footage to the song. Not only that, the temperature outside at this time was around -30 C, and the long term forecast didn’t look promising. I didn’t think that I could get any interesting footage in my relatively small home. Little did I know how limiting, and quickly dull, it became to make videos solely from photos. That said, one of my favourites of the batch (#3) was made solely on photos. Despite this, I knew after Day 2 that I’d have to step things up a bit and learn how to take videos and set them to music.
Well, I think that I’ll continue on with small explanations about each video and their making. (That reminds me of one of my favourite VHS tapes of ALL TIME!!!: Michael Jackson’s The Making of Thriller. My Aunt had this VHS tape and my brothers and I watched it until we knew each and every part, and every single line of dialogue, like the backs of our hands. Those were the days…) Anyway, back to 2014, and my little video project. Ahem… Let’s see here…
Day 1 (“Love Remains“): It was easy to decide on what song to use for this first video. I just chose the track my friend chose for her promo video, without even thinking about it. Once that was decided, I quickly decided to use only a selection of the track. Filling up 3:49 of music with visuals was WAY too daunting for a first go at it, and 1:53 seemed more achievable. Once I made a snippet of the track in Audacity, I had to figure how and where to start in WMM, so I opted to use one of their formatting “templates” as a jumping off point. Before importing music, one must import either photos or videos, and of course I had no videos, so I chose some photos from a selection of my favourites from photoshoots I’ve had with various photographers in the last couple of years. I also took some of my own photos with my fairly dated cell phone camera (which doesn’t even have the option of a flash), namely the shot of the heart shaped rock on a decorative box, surrounded by one of my scarves (I was having a creative moment – lol!). This video took about 4 hours to make. It would take me less than an hour to make now after my two weeks of experience.
Day 2 (“Time“): I didn’t quite know what song I would choose, nor what I would do for images (I used up all the good ones in Day 1!). After a few minutes of deliberating, I chose my song Time, and decided that I would take photos of the lyrics written out in one of my notebooks. Well, I have quite good penmanship, but no matter how much effort I put into it, I had a hard time making the lyrics legible, especially when a certain degree of legibility was lost in the process of photographing each page with my cell phone camera. So, I took photos of blank note book pages and used the text capabilities in WMM to add the lyrics to blank pages. The angels that show up in this video are photos taken of small, lovely ornaments that my Mom gave me for Christmas. The background for all of these photos is my desk, which is black.
Day 3 (“Fly and Drift“): I knew that I wanted to make a video for this track. This particular song is dear to me, and the track was recorded live off the floor and contains a “live” element to it. I dabble in the visual arts, and enjoy creating collage out of painted paper. I decided to create very simple collages for this video. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to paint the paper, so I used origami paper that already had colour and texture to it. Using my black desk as the backdrop, I formed the simple (and small) collages on it, took photos of them, imported them into Photoshop, edited them, and then used them to make the video. This video was extremely time-consuming, even with the simple collages. I remember feeling exhausted at the end of it, and kind of at a loss of what I could possibly do for the fourth video.
Day 4 (“Come and Dream“): By day two, I was already exhausted of photos and photo ideas. I knew that I had to bite the bullet and start taking videos. On the evening of February 2nd, it was snowing, so I set up my video camera and took some footage of the snow falling outside of my front window. It looked sparkly and beautiful under the street light, and that reminded me of the very simple song “Come and Dream”. However, due to the darkness and my dated camera, the footage was grainy. Though with the goal of making a video a day, I had to use it and figure out how to use video footage in WMM. It was actually quite simple. fortunately, and this was easily the quickest (and remains the simplest) of all the videos. I needed a break at this point in the project, and to be able to explore new ideas/options, and build up some experience and confidence in how to move forward. It was the perfect stepping off point from working solely with photos to working solely with video.
Day 5 (“Perfect Love“): Up until this day, all of my videos had been fairly serious. I needed a change of pace, and thought it would be fun to work with one of my light-heated songs! I was tied up with my day job on the day I set out to create this video (which was Day 4 in the project). After picking up my daughter from school, I had to make the most of my time, since I wanted to use the daylight for lighting. I quickly got ready, picked out an outfit suitable to the style of music (old time country) and got to work. I googled difficult math problems and wrote one out on a blank sheet of paper with a felt pen, and I asked my daughter to find me something heavy to carry (she came up with the pile of books), as well as something light (and she found me a feather!). We had so much fun together! I put the track on repeat and decided to record from the interlude. Away I went with it, along with my daughter who coached me through! I recorded myself singing two tracks, and then I did all of the other little parts in small videos. The filming started at 4:15 and I was done by 5:00! After homework and supper, I got busy editing, and that is where the real learning took place. Editing took about 3 hours, but it was kind of fun! I was so pleased with the light-hearted humour in this one. It was just what I needed to give me the energy to think about Day 6.
Day 6 (“Bright Star“): Gee… I can’t remember how this one came about. I wanted to do something elegant to fit with the sentiment of the recording, and I guess that is what I set out to do! Again, the filming was quick and the editing was more time consuming. All of filming took place in my living room, which faces south and gets a lot of great light. I noticed that the light is particularly good in the afternoon (less shadows), which works out great with my teaching schedule. I did most of the filming on my teaching break in the early afternoon. My aim was elegance and grace with this video, but I can tell you that I tripped several times in that gown I was wearing. I had wanted to do some walking scenes, but they were the furthest thing from graceful, so they didn’t make the cut! The footage I used is of me sitting very still and standing, also very still. I remember being extremely tired at this point in the project, and wondering how on earth I would be able to make another eight videos!
Day 7 (“Good Day“): Oh, my. All I have to do is just think about the day I made this video, and I start to laugh. I don’t know how many times since making it I’ve burst into giggles, usually at inappropriate times, thinking about all of the fun I had shooting the video for “Good Day”. I didn’t start the day thinking I’d work on it. I actually got out more paper and some paints and thought I’d use collage as my medium, and I also thought I’d work on a different song altogether. Then, while I was teaching my first batch of students, I thought about “Good Day”, and I had an “AHA” moment (and a private little giggle session that hopefully my student didn’t notice). In my teaching break, I got to it. I laughed so hard at times that I wouldn’t know how to move forward, and then I’d have to compose myself and go for a deadpan sort of look. The filming, even with the long intervals of laughing, was quick once again. The editing was also quite snappy, though I enjoyed it so much that I wouldn’t have minded to have spent more time on it, if I’d had the time. There are many favourite parts in this video for me, but I have to say that the last second of it, when I’m ducking out of the picture (to pick up the remote to turn off the camera), might be my most favourite moment. I look at the camera and make a ridiculous face at it. That part cracked me up, over and over again, when I was editing. My daughter also laughed out loud when she watched this video. She’d sing along, and then burst out into a fit of giggles. Ahhh… Priceless. Making the video for “Good Day” certainly was a good day–I’ll never forget it!
Day 8 (“Games“): On the day I made “Good Day”, I asked my Mom if she might mind going on a small shopping spree for me. I had a list of things such as a spinning top, a blackboard with coloured chalk, white material that I could make a flag out of (which I never did use), and some other little things, which she was able to find for less than $40! The next day, I was able to get started on “Games”. Once again, my teaching/rehearsing schedule didn’t allow for me to get started until the late afternoon, when it was getting dark already. I decided to go with a somewhat literal interpretation, showing a spinning top, a hand of cards, dice being rolled, and me being unable to rest. Filming was very quick again, but I stayed up most of the night editing. I had several problems that I couldn’t figure out. It seemed that I was doing everything as I had for the previous videos, but the problems seemed endless. I had to start over many times, and I felt at a loss as the hours clicked by. Finally I got the finished video saved and in place, and then I viewed it to notice a few areas that could have been better. Oh well, I had run out of time and energy, and I had to leave it as it was! And, as it was, feedback was great! I had wanted to make something evocative and haunting, and I had to play a character very much unlike my “Good Day” persona–that was challenging! Having the pressure of finishing on time, and being physically exhausted, made me commit to saying, “Okay, it’s done!”
Day 9 (“Soul Shine“): My daughter really wanted to be in the “Perfect Love” video, and I had to appease her by saying that she could help direct the video, and that we would make a video together on the weekend. By the time we were done our Saturday errands and outings, which included swim lessons and lunch with one of my brothers, neither of us felt up for anything at all! But, we got home and the afternoon sun was shining beautifully in my living room, so we filmed a bit anyway. I got all of the footage that I needed of my daughter, as well as all of the chalkboard footage. This song features a children’s choir made up of several of my piano students and I was really unsure how I would be able to film anything at all that could replace the lovely image of kids singing. The footage of writing on the chalkboard doesn’t quite replace this, but it is a visual distraction for sure! Not only that, I didn’t want to try to do something that we already did so beautifully when filming my professional music video, “A Glimpse of Heaven”. The footage of me singing was done late that night, in the small quarters of my teaching space, on a patch of bare, blue wall that is no more than 3′ x 3′. I really enjoyed editing this video, and I don’t recall any major technical problems. The sunlight was gorgeous earlier that day, and I love how my daughter seems to glow in it. I love these sunny bits in contrast with me singing in my blue teaching room.
Day 10 (“Here for You“): One evening after I finished one of the videos I was working on, I decided that I would try to get a little ahead, in case something came up and I wouldn’t be able to film on one of the days within the two weeks. I believe I filmed this fairly early on, maybe on the day I worked on “Bright Star”. I was glad for it, because I knew that if one of my other videos wasn’t coming into fruition, I could always work on this one. It was great to be able to edit this one – quite simply – and post it. It’s one of my favourite songs from my album Life is Like This, and I wanted to make the video simple and intimate.
Day 11 (“Love Just the Same“): Somewhere within the two weeks, I wanted to try to get some footage of playing the piano, and it seemed like this song would be a good one for that. My piano is in my small, blue teaching room, so I had to set the tripod on top of an amplifier to be able to point it down on my hands. Like in “Games”, I wanted to create something a little more haunting, and as well to somehow match the old sounding upright piano with the visuals, which I think I achieved somewhat. This recording includes a layered cello arrangement that was one of the first compositions for an instrument other than piano that I’ve done since graduating from university. I enjoyed working on this song when I was recording it, mainly because of it’s artistic and emotional vibe, and I wanted to try to capture those qualities in the video. I recorded all of the footage late at night, so the lighting, especially during the walking scenes, was fairly dim, despite my lamps! I should mention that I have a pretty bright somewhat industrial type of light that I use when painting walls, or painting collage. The other lamps I used were a couple of reading lamps. One thing to be sure of is that my favourite light to work with is that of the sun.
Day 12 (“You Will Be Guided“): A few months ago I signed up for a full-day marketing workshop that took place on February 10, which is the day in which I would be filming my video for Day 12. This video would have to be edited on the Feb. 11 and posted live on Feb. 12. I wondered what I could possibly do, being in a workshop all hours of daylight. “You Will Be Guided” is one of my favourite songs on the album Life is Like This, and I really wanted to include it in the video project. I had started making collages for this video on the day I decided to film “Good Day”, though I knew that I wouldn’t have time to continue with the collage idea when I would be at the workshop all day. I didn’t want to miss the workshop, but I was starting to feel a little panicky. First thing in the morning, I set up the camera in my front window to capture the sunrise. But the quality wasn’t superb, as you can imagine, and not only that, it wasn’t a particularly pretty sunrise. A few days earlier, on a sunny warm day, I had taken some footage of my feet, while walking up and down the sidewalk in front of my house. If any neighbours had seen me, they would have likely thought I was nuts, since I was filming my feet only. I thought the feet footage could be incorporated into this video. The only other thing seemingly possible to do, with the tiny bit of time I had, was to take footage of me driving to the workshop. So, I set up the tripod (did I mention that this tripod is older than I am? It’s my Dad’s!) in my van and recorded myself driving and singing! This was no easy feat. I had to prop/jam the tripod into place because it tipped over on each of the first five turns I made. Then I had to figure out an angle that somewhat worked, and then remain as calm-looking as possible while driving in early morning rush hour traffic to the university area on icy roads, all the while singing in sync with my song. The footage I got was all that I had to use. That night, after the workshop (which was truly invigorating, thankfully!) I got busy uploading my footage and seeing if it was something I could work with, and sure enough, it was. I got started on the editing which I finished up early the next morning.
Day 13 (“Let Go of Fear“): As well as having footage of playing piano, I thought I could add a bit of interest to things by doing a video of me playing guitar. “Let Go of Fear” seemed like a good song for that! The day I filmed this happened to be really sunny, and it got sunnier as the hour went on. The footage of me playing guitar is in different light than that of me not playing guitar, which I thought might pose some problems in the editing. However, I chose a filter that helped blend the two takes. Again, this was a quick video to film and edit, and there weren’t any big problems with it. One of the things I spent a great deal of time on was the effects, mainly because of the lighting issue. I had originally made this video to look sort of cartoony, and then I didn’t like that, so I made it look a little more plain, and that seemed a little dull. It’s amazing how the time can go, simply by trying to find the best contrast/brightness/tones and effects. This one was fun to make!
Day 14 (“Every Minute“): When I was about half-way into the video series, I knew that I wanted to end with my song, “Every Minute”. It’s a love song that I wrote for a girlfriend who got married in 2009. I knew that I wanted to incorporate some drawings as it is the only song of mine that has strong visuals such as wolves and owls! As well as finding the chalkboard and coloured chalk, my Mom found a crayon board, which is very much like a white board though uses crayons instead of dry erase markers. It was the perfect thing for this video! I wanted to infuse some humour in this song, as the song has a lighthearted feel to it. Not only that, I really enjoyed having fun with “Good Day” and I wanted to have fun again with the last video. There is an extremely long instrumental interlude in the middle of this song, and filling that space with interesting visuals was a bit of a challenge–I didn’t know how I’d ever fill up that space! There is a short clip of me winking in that section, which was just me practicing for the second verse. I also did some odd-looking dance moves, like the clumsy character I describe in the song, and used more bits of me drawing on the crayon board. Not only is the interlude long, the song is also quite long! I sped up a lot of the footage (for effect), which didn’t help with the challenge of having enough interesting footage to work with! Because of that, I used footage that I didn’t think I’d use, like the short bit of me fixing my hair and sighing with my tongue stuck out. (That was really just me feeling tired and fixing my hair!) Unfortunately, this video gave me the most technical trouble of any of the previous ones; so much so that I was fearful I wouldn’t be able to finish it. I lost my editing sessions five times, which forced me to restart the computer and rename all of the video files each time. Because of that, and the looming morning hours, I had to be quick in WMM. I didn’t choose any transitions (which are sort of animations that help blend from one scene to the next, either by blurring, fading, cross-fading, etc. I didn’t even know how to use these properly until about the 6th video!). It seemed that any extra effects in WMM (including these transitions) were using up more memory and computing power (I know, I’m not very technical – I’m more intuitive) and maybe had been causing the program to freeze. It was kind of a good thing though, because I had really wanted to experiment with not only speed changes, but straight cuts from scene to scene. I was able to tackle both of those things in this video!
Thank you again for coming on this journey with me! It took me/us through half of February! I miss making videos, though I know that it would have been impossible to keep up that kind of pace for much longer than two weeks! When I do get back into it, I will be much more knowledgeable and experienced, and I may also by then have a newer camera and better software. I learned a lot during this process; of things both technical and creative. Most importantly for me, the project was reaffirming: I love to create things – ALL KINDS OF THINGS – from songs and music, to tasty meals and music videos!
Best wishes, and thank you for reading!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Ahhh…. This is a time of year in which we feel we may start again, with a clean slate and a new set of goals to work towards. For me, this time of year – when the holiday buzz has simmered into silence – usually results in time for reflection, which usually leads to anxiety-based insomnia, in which the simplistic thought of “How am I going to do everything I want to do?” circles around aimlessly, bumping into other simple thoughts, until my mind is one big, noisy, senseless brain jumble. In general, I usually set far too many goals (it’s my nature, and not one of my finer qualities), and have such high expectations of myself, that a framework for failure is established by default, because it is impossible to succeed at absolutely everything, especially when it takes a good part of the year just to read through the list of goals. So, this year, I am setting the goal to be a little less goal-driven, and a lot easier on myself when I don’t meet my expectations. (My heart is pounding like a jackhammer as I’m typing these words because, as we know, change is hard.)
My musical goals for 2014 are to perform more frequently in other areas of Alberta and British Columbia, and to connect with more people in radio. I want to continue writing and recording, and to get a little more savvy in my home studio. I’d also like to sharpen my ad hoc graphic designing skills so that my promo items can have a little more snaz to them.
My life goal for 2014 is to reevaluate where time is being spent. I don’t want to run such a demanding schedule, in which the weeks flash by as solid blocks of busyness, containing nothing unscheduled or spontaneous. Sometimes it’s nice to have NOTHING on the go, in which we have the freedom to do anything, or nothing, at all. Doesn’t that sound refreshing? (And with those words, my heart beats more calmly.)
So, onward and upward! Here’s to a realistically productive – and relaxing – 2014!
Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you happiness and success in all that you set out to do!
Well, there’s no beating around the bush about it: winter is here! And that means that many of us have a harder time staying balanced and happy. The colder, shorter days are tough, and then after Winter Solstice, the colder, longer days seem even tougher. In hopes of having a happy winter, I’m starting off with some good habits.
The first one is a morning walk. I love walking my daughter to school, and we usually walk even on the cold and brisk days. Fortunately she loves bundling up – let’s hope that habit sticks through the teen years! – and though I’ve always been pretty good about dressing warmly, at the end of last winter, I wore right through the liners of my old winter boots! In the early spring, I decided to purchase some really good heavy duty (and just plain heavy) industrial winter boots. No more cold feet for me!
The second good habit is to practice some sun salutations on a daily basis. My living room is quite empty, as it doubles as a rehearsal space for the youth choir I direct. So why not also triple its use and practice yoga there? (Notice the cheery yoga mat colours? 🙂 )
The third good habit is to play and sing daily! In the spring, I began to learn Chopin’s fourth piano Ballade. Rather than shelving it until next spring, I am going to continue learning it throughout winter! As well as piano, I want to continue improving my guitar chops. I recently figured out how to read tablature, and I want to continue honing that skill. Also, I’m going to sing at least one happy song a day, and, I’m going to write some happy songs throughout our cold, dark season! (I write most of my darker works in the winter time, and while I do believe there is a place in the world for every piece of art, the ratio of dark to light could be balanced out some.)
And lastly, I’m going to practice gratitude, and with a particular focus on abundance (of all things good, like: good health, good food, good friends, peace, love, happiness, security, etc) rather than scarcity.
So, bring it on Winter – I’m ready for you! 🙂
Thank you for stopping by! Stay warm; be well and be happy!
We Albertans have been been blessed with a glorious end of summer and beginning of fall. I love this time of year for many reasons; as a teacher and as a mom, this time of year represents new beginnings and fresh starts.
I’m happy to be back into the swing of things, and this year I feel energized and able to take on some projects, music and otherwise! After a long bout of feeling fatigued, it is certainly exciting to have an abundance of energy!
One of my projects is creating lots of space in my home, and in particular clearing out clutter (I type this as I look at my cluttered up desk! It has been neglected, but is next on the de-cluttering list!). I envy the artists that thrive in cluttery creative workspaces, and that can sort of sprawl their work out around them and grasp inspiration from that sprawl. I’ve never been able to do that, and I find that only once everything is in its proper place, and once everything is dusted and clean, can I relax and delve into creative space.
Performance-wise, I’ve recently played at some unique places, one of them being at the Edmonton International Airport! I was placed on the departure side of security, right near a couple of gates, and was able to sing to folks who were exiting planes, waiting for planes, and boarding planes. It was such a wonderful thing to be able to do! The audience of travelers was ever so receptive, and I met some really kind folks that took the time to talk with me and purchase CDs. I performed right in front of the Living Wall: . It really did feel good to be in the presence of so many plants! The other unique performance of late was a house concert in support of the Stollery Hospital. I was performing alongside two of my favourite songwriters: Rob Heath and Marty Pawlina, and we played to a really kind audience of people. What a great way to spend an evening!
My favourite show of August was part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret (a show I highly recommend for the future!!). What an awesomely fun event! I laughed all night long, as well as had the privilege to perform some of my songs with an incredible house band!
I’m sure enjoying the September light that is filtering in through my front window right now, and the way it glints off of the leaves that are beginning to change colour. This morning will be the perfect morning for tidying up my desk while I ponder a couple of ideas I have for poems not yet written…
Enjoy the rest of September, and thank you for stopping by!
I love that during the summer months there is less structure to the day, which allows more spontaneity and “go-with-the-flow”. Summer days feel longer, and not because of the extended sunlight — or not solely — but because “the living is easy”, or at least easier. There is no mad school rush each weekday morning, nor early morning teaching on Saturdays. I guess the beauty about being a music teacher is that during the summer, there is no teaching at all!
For me, summertime is for indulging in books, and allowing the time and space to ponder them. It’s for being outdoors to enjoy the flowers and the neighbourhood yards. It’s for eating ice cream on the lawn, and running through the sprinkler (yup!) when it’s too hot out to do anything else. It’s for slow moving mornings in which that first cup of coffee can be savoured rather than gulped. And rainy summer days are good for cleaning out the odd cupboard, or the “everything” drawer, or any other sort of simple and unimportant task that doesn’t get done September-June. Summertime is also for catching up with old friends, many of which are also teachers and too busy to get together during the teaching year. It’s for day trips to Pembina River, and longer trips to B.C.
Summertime is for filling up every nook and cranny of the memory bank, with every beautiful impression that summmer lends, to be drawn upon in the drearier seasons.
The month of July was a wonderful month. I played some extremely fun and inspiring shows; my most favourite being Flower Fest 2013. I got out to quite a few open stages and connected with lots of great musicians here in Edmonton. There were quite a few “on-the-fly” jams in which I was asked to join others on the keys. (I love those sorts of sessions!) I performed at some Sunday services at our spiritual centres in Edmonton, which was very fulfilling. I also performed at Maggie Walt’s last fashion show in Edmonton. It’s always fun to be part of her events.
Maybe one of the most exciting and happy things about July is that I’ve been able to donate $300 to the Red Cross, in support of their flood relief efforts. This donation came solely from music sales in July, both CD and digital. I will continue donating half of my sales until… I don’t know when… For a good while longer. It’s good to share and help others in need, and many southern Albertans certainly do need the aid.
Well, here’s to a great August! (Savoured cup of coffee raised!)
Happy summer to all!
It’s been about a year since I’ve worked regularly at my part time job at Maggie Walt Design. Though the daily drone of a day job can be monotonous at times, I miss many, many aspects of having one; and one such aspect is the drive home. There is something magnificent about a western skyline in the late afternoon, especially as the days lengthen, once we’ve made it over that so-called halfway mark in winter.
February, in general, is a month in which many of us feel tired and not up to par. Not just the regular tired, but the sort of exhaustion that effects all aspects of our being. In 2012, February was a time in which I felt this sort of exhaustion. As well as that, I was pretty self-absorbed. Life felt messy and out of hand. I spent a lot of time in the grey matter, sorting through a large area of grey thoughts. Nothing was black and white. Nothing seemed all that clear.
On one particular day, and on one particular drive-home-from-work, I felt dazed and pretty low. I was confused and kind of helpless feeling. (I probably should not have been operating a motor vehicle in such a state!) Just as I was getting ready to enter a traffic circle, my eye caught the silhouette of two gorgeous pine trees, backed by a glorious western sky of sweeping oranges and purples. It was stunning! (I probably should not have been operating a motor vehicle in that state of awe either!)
It was a simple thing, really: two trees and a patch of sky. But, I felt enlivened by it. I felt a wave of gratitude for life in general. I felt that awesome sense of connection that we often feel when things groove.
Those two trees, and that patch of sky, pulled me out of that grey space.
That night, I wrote the song “Life is Like This”.
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It’s good for me to have a website again; it’s a place to keep myself a bit more organized! (One of my fears is that I forget to show up to one of my performances. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’ve come close before…) Now I can keep all of my music and writing related things all together in this nice new space!
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