As some of you may know, I am also a singer/songwriter, having written a number of songs, I’ve also recorded quite a few of them but have never been quite happy with my Garage Band level of recording, and frankly, intimidated as to how to go further with what seemed initially like a very user friendly, easy to record, program. This proved to be partially true, yet there was an additional complexity to recording and completing something to my satisfaction.
I’d also made making music, songwriting, and recording a low priority over the last two years, what with the many changes and shifts that Life has required in those two years. Maybe that’s an excuse, but I really don’t think so. What you make as a priority is a choice, and if your fortunate enough to not have to struggle, then your choices expand exponentially. If you’re operating at a survival level or close to it, priorities change quickly and seem less like a choice than a necessity.
Good news is that something has compelled me to narrow it down and start by developing just one song at a time. This was brilliant advice from Spirit! So in the past few days I’ve been focused on the latest song that I’d written, called I Believe in You. It’s a song where I address all those who I love. It’ll be a piece of my legacy both here and when I’m on the other side.
So I’m working this song and today I made a choice and had the luxury of devoting several hours to its creation. I realized that I’m learning not only about the recording program, but it’s been a chance to challenge myself creatively. I’ve had occasional bouts of guilt, hearing the inner voice saying, “Well, yes, but you really should be writing or working on the business.” Lately those voices are quieter and less frequent, but they do sneak up on you.
Today having elected to continue developing the recording of the song, adding some “fills,” guitar licks that are apparent, unobtrusive, and hold your interest. I was pleased with the results, came upstairs and noted the Earth Magic Oracle Cards sitting on the table. As a means of checking in, earlier Jesseca had asked, “What does Spirit want me to know today?” She pulled the Love card, with it’s one word message, “compassion.”
So I thought I’d ask the same question. Pulled, of course, the Music card! Its message is “Harmony.” From the guidebook with the more extensive comments and reading:
Ah, music! What would life be like without music? It’s not something that we humans invented but instead has been around since time began. Subtle and dramatic textures of sound have existed as long as there have been beings that could hear. For our ancient ancestors, paying close attention to sounds, rhythm, and vibrations from the environment helped them to survive. Yet it has also been compelling for our species to create music through our own voice and through musical instruments.
As we humans have evolved, so have the instruments that we’ve created, some of which when played mimic the music of the natural world. Where there is more than one instrument played or two or more people singing, the resulting harmony can blend into one unified sound that is pleasing to the ear. If the notes are out of synch, there’s a notable dissonance that can be disturbing. Here we see two women with stringed instruments creating a harmonious blend. They’re so absorbed in their playing they appear to be in a trance, as if they’re simply allowing the music to flow through them.
This is a time of considerable harmony for you, one where the various elements in your life are flowing together smoothly. Just as in musical harmony, it’s the interface of the various aspects that merge into a cycle of symmetry and balance that evokes inner feelings of harmony. The challenge is to sustain this inner harmony even when there is considerable dissonance outside your own mind, heart, and body. Note the sensations, emotions, and thoughts you experience when everything seems to be moving along well. Take three deep breaths and let your breathing be the anchor that reminds you of this state of consciousness. Whenever you perceive chaos around you, know that it’s a mirror for your own inner turmoil. When you recognize this, take three or more breaths to bring forth the memory of those times when life was like a symphony. Then every time you exhale, you’re releasing the energy of your internal state of harmony into the world, and it will have an effect.
I’ve been saying to Jesseca that making music is back on the top of the priority list. The metaphor of harmony is a perfect message for the recent holiday season, so thus I will both make music and do whatever I can to maintain harmony with all of Life.
The creative surge that I feel, that passionate embrace of doing that which we love, is currently being focused on while recording my original songs. Stay tuned to when the songs will be available either on CD or through electronic means.