Friday, March 29, 2013

"The Elephant Diet" Day # 86 Couldn't say it better

I've been working on a song this week for a little girl with a permanent disability.  I do this from time to time for an organization called Songs of Love.  It has been a wonderful opportunity artistically.

Many times the child would list their favorite music artist so I could try to write in that genre.  The two names that showed up the most were Taylor Swift and Hannah Montana.  I began listening to the music of these two artists so that I could emmulate their style for the sake of the child that requested a song, as much as is possible with my little home studio.

Yesterday as I was walking, I pulled up a song of Miley's (Hannah Montana) on my iphone.  I've always liked this song, but when I listened again from the view that I have right now with this dream of a Christmas show, I couldn't believe how much I felt like someone has been reading my mind.

I couldn't say it any better.

The Climb

 I can almost see it

That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

Songwriter(s): Jon Mabe
Copyright: Stage Three Music Publishing Limited

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"The Elephant Diet" Day # 85 "Daffodils and Daydreams"

As you can see, the daffodils in my front yard have finally opened up their faces to me. They've been wanting to for days, but it's been too cold.

While they are blooming, I am dreaming.

I made contact with the tech director at Live at Rose Lehrman today and I am thrilled to know that their prices are extremely affordable. I had braced myself for a large fee, but it's completely possible!

Next step is to consider dates and then tour the facility and talk contract if that's the venue I decide to use.

Time to go for an afternoon walk and then head to the Maundy Thursday service at my church. I will enjoy the luscious tones of cello, flute, oboe and french horn, accompanied by your's truly on the grand piano. I am a blessed musician!

# 21 Gratefulness!

Have you ever considered keeping a gratitude journal? In this episode, I share excerpts from my gratitude journal.  It's helping to change the way I think!  

Check out this episode!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"The Elephant Diet" Day # 84 The Rose

I met with the sound company today!  It actually happened.

It helps that he came highly recommended by someone I trust.  His top suggestion?   The Rose at Lehrman, located near the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.

What do you think? Let me know fans.  Would you come to a show located in Harrisburg, PA...right off of I-81?

 Take a closer look here.

Monday, March 25, 2013

"The Elephant Diet" Day # 83 Magnets?

I heard a woman over the weekend make a comment about a show she recently attended a show at the Luhrs Center (a venue I'm considering for my show).  She had a wonderful time - it was obvious.

My heart fluttered at this comment.  I wanted to pull her aside and ask her so many things.

  • What show did you see?
  • Why was it so wonderful?
  • How much did you pay?
  • Was it worth that ticket?
  • Would you take a friend and go see it again?
  • Why?

Of course, as you might have guessed, was thinking about my own show and how much I want to come up with one that really touches people. I want them to laugh, have a great time and walk away feeling inspired about the holidays, about hope AND about going to the show again!

It was refreshing to hear her rave about it.  I smiled and went on my way. (she wasn't talking to me - I wasn't part of the conversation).  

Does your heart flutter inside of you sometimes when you hear something or see something?  You can't explain it, but it's like a magnet inside of you that says - "I want to do that too" or "that's exactly what I've been looking for".   It pulls you in and it is definitely an indicator of what you might be intended to pursue.  Like when someone has the courage to step out and do something you've always wanted to do.  It pulls you in, lifts you up, and gives you courage to take some steps of your own.

Just hearing one woman's comments about another show sparked my soul.  It's those little happenings that keep me going.

Tonight, I spent time preparing to meet with the sound company about the show.  We meet tomorrow for coffee.  This will be the third time we've tried to meet.

Here we go!

P.S.  I'm beginning to wonder if Spring is delayed in coming here to PA just to keep reminding me of the beauty of snow and keep me psyched for this Christmas show.  It snowed again all day???