Thank you for letting me share this wonderful experience with you!
I hope you enjoyed this series about songwriting.
Now for the performance!
It was Saturday, at twilight, at Taproot, I couldn't ask for a better place or audience of friends.
Looking out at everyone's faces was the best. I am so glad that I can finally look out and see love instead of fear.
For so many years, I used to stand in front of audiences so scared of what they where thinking about me.
It was so hard to look out at people and not be scared, scared that I would make mistakes, or look bad, or get upset with how they were reacting to my most vulnerable self.
I am super sensitive, I was that little girl who was always way too shy to speak. It was painfully hard for me to talk to people, even as a teen.
So for me to be able to finally stand in front of an audience and share my music that lives in me and in the heart of my friends, was just so transforming.
Let your dreams become reality!
On this day, August 8, I witnessed a dream of mine, set free ~ writing a song with friends.
I was surrounded by love, beauty, freedom, friends, as time stood still long enough to write this song.
We hope you enjoy it!
Here is the moment we completed the song and we captured our practice performance.
The plan was to sing it for everyone that evening at the Saturday Night Sharing.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Part 1 was brainstorming and coming up with verse 1
Part 2 was coming up with verse 2 the next day out in nature
This is Part 3 the essence of Taproot Teacher Training
[Me, Jodie Mesler and Jean Miller]
In this blog post, I want give you a feel of A Dream Set Free, which is a very important part of songwriting. What is the collective feeling of this time together?
[Our small group, moms with kids 1st-3rd grade]
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, states,
"We look at a painting and see beauty, with music we become beauty...
in the sculptural and pictorial realm we look at beauty, and we live it;
in the musical realm we ourselves become beauty...but in music humans themselves are the creators.
What they create does not come from what is already there, but lays the foundation and firm ground for what is to arise in the future."
The songwriting vision I had before I got to Taproot was...
Part 2 of my songwriting experience at this year's Taproot Teacher Training, hosted by Jean Miller and Barbara Dewey.
Saturday morning, August, 6, I sat under a tree as I witnessed God Manifested beauty.
In front of me was
a beautiful lake,
with a vacant canoe,
beside me was rolling grassy hills,
and above me where blue skies with white puffy clouds.
I took in the sounds all around me, the buzzes and hums of summertime.
The warm wind gently blowing in my hair.
I sat with my guitar and just played with no singing, taking in this feeling.
Planting this feeling in the song.
Finally, when the time was right, I tried out our lyrics from yesterday.
"A dream is just a simple thing,
It starts as a seed.
A wish deep within your heart,
That longs to be freed.
Planted deep, and still asleep,
Don't hold it in, let it out."
Then, new lyrics for verse 2 came to me as I rested in this...
How many times have you had your dream set free? Here is one of my dreams being set free and I want to share it with you.
A Dream Set Free is a beautiful new song written by me and my friends at the 16th annual Taproot Teacher Training, hosted by Jean Miller, of Art of Homeschooling and Barbara Dewey of Waldorf Without Walls.
Over 30 amazing friends came together for this training and retreat from all over the USA to Camp Asbury in Ohio. These incredible parents and teachers are changing the world on breath of love at a time.
It was an inward and outward, playful and collaborative project that was so amazing!
Guess who was in this session?
What a great start to our session, having her with us.
Anna has been a big help here at Living Music. She loves music and she loves helping me make videos.
She is featured in 8 of my Youtube videos and she is in my piano courses, Playful Pentatonic Piano. In the courses, she is featured singing the songs, playing the songs, and playing the games.
The teens these days spill the tea with each other, so we spilled some tea together on our ride to get some lunch.
It is so hot! It is not normally this hot yet, I am missing my 80s temperatures, as we are experiences high 90s-100s in Atlanta.
Summer is here, and I told her that I am excited about getting ready for my trip to
Ohio, for Taproot Teacher Training.
She had some really great things to say, I love middle school kids!
Here is what I asked her:
Have you ever wanted to give your kids a musical education that is different than the way we were taught as kids?
Have you ever just wanted to explore the fun of music making and play your favorite songs without all the stress and high standards of classical music?
What about all the wonderful music that we listen to and enjoy, don't you want to just have fun with what you love?
That is what my students at Living Music got to experience.
Saturday, I was blessed with the pleasure of hosting a Spring Outdoor Music Festival for my students.
I have 4 Levels of Music Lessons for each stage of their learning process:
To begin the show, Colorful Bones rocked out the first song featuring Bella on flute, covering Paul McCartney’s song Let ‘Em In.
I re-wrote the lyrics to include my students names...
I just want to continue to encourage you to continue to pour creativity and arts into your children. I am amazed at the rewards that continue to happen now that my children are growing up.
I want to share one of the best days of my life.
My biggest dream came true~ playing in a family band, just this past Saturday.
All the years of raising my kids and teaching music lessons, I find myself standing beside my husband, 17-year old daughter, Bella, and my brother and we are performing for all her friends and our family.
It is so fun to dream and then watch the dream unfold in front of your eyes.
Bella played her flute, played her bass guitar, her electric guitar and she sang with us.
We have been practicing our songs for the past year every Friday night at my brother's house, and we finally performed for everyone in his backyard on this beautiful March day for Bella's 17th birthday.
If you are a student of mine, or you are enrolled in any of my flute or piano online...
Do you enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day like we do?
I have so much to tell you!!! And I have 2 gifts for you! It’s a St. Patrick’s Day song, and a Monthly Practice Plan. There is even a simple recipe, too!
We have enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day ever since our first son was born on March 16, 2001.
Turning 21, is quite a milestone, so I asked him if he wanted to go to an Irish Pub for his birthday, he said that would be awful!
Instead of going to a bar, he asked us all to go to Pine Mountain and go hiking with him. I guess all those daily walks during our homeschool days paid off, even in the cold, icy, and wet days.
When my kids were little, we always celebrated by wearing green, hunting for 4-leafed clovers, and making a festive snack.
Here is Bella when she was in 3rd grade.
Wanna do this with your family? Just take a piece of bread, spread some peanut butter on it, then take a banana and cut 4 coin...
I love having you here! Thank you for being apart of my musical journey! I love all of you, my friends and family! And this is a great time to send you all
My sister, Jenny and I love Valentine's Day for this very reason!!
She loves it so much that she just name her new baby, Valen. He is a precious baby boy. She really wanted to name him Valentine, but she couldn't talk her husband into it! But I think Valen is a great name.
I have a free song for you, with the chord and lyric chart, called I Love You So.
My cousin, Jamey and I wrote it together. It is a cute song to sing with your kids around this time of year.
He has a son that is 5 years old, named Oden and I am teaching him music lessons each week. I sing this to him all the time. It's his song, because....
This song was written 6 years ago, before Oden was born (I am pretty sure it was about Oden's mama).
I played the piano part for...