When I was in my twenties, a friend informed me that I was the most driven person she had ever met. Certainly knocking on doors until one opened, was a specialty of mine. It worked. But many times when better opportunities appeared seemingly out of nowhere, I wasn’t able to make use of them. I was too busy following through with responsibilities resulting from the determination to make things happen. At some point, another friend told me that when things just come to you, you know it is the will of divine energy. Now, I try to stay in conscious contact with Spirit. Often, I sit quietly and listen to hear if I need to take any action. Being an “action kind of gal”, it requires great patience on my part to remain still until I’m told to do something. However, “cooling my tools” is resulting in improved progress with much greater joy and ease. My mission to share the inspirational songs that have come to me, is laced with gifts like a website in trade, free professional photos/studio time/videos shoots, plus gigs that seem to drop from nowhere. Currently, I have been invited to record my latest song, “Heaven Is in The Heart”, with the one and only Sandy Stone. I will also be doing a live debut performance of “Heaven Is in The Heart” at a mini-retreat presented by beloved teacher and healer, Master Khaleghl Quinn, on Sept. 23 at the beautiful Hillside Swedenborgian Sanctuary in Albany. An informal video of my new song will then be released on YouTube, and the audio recording will follow soon after. Ahh-h-h-h… It’s amazingly good on the other side of the door. I don’t have to knock. I just listen, and answer.
Music heals the heart like nothing else, and I am so grateful for the inspirational songs I’ve been given to share. I will be singing 3 of these originals at the Unity Church in Santa Rosa on Sunday July 15. The service is at 10:30, and all are invited. Unity is truly a loving place where all paths are welcome. (4857 Redwood Road, Santa Rosa, 707-542-7729) It would be wonderful to see you there. Meantime, back at the Berkeley bungalow, people have been telling me that I have a “good” story worth sharing, so I have attempted to put it in writing. Shocking how easy it was to condense it into a page and a half, and re-reading the synopsis of my life was truly an eye-opening experience! If you’d like to read Cynthia’s Story, you can find it on the inspirational page of this website. Humm-m-m-m… Actually, if you count each song as 1 that equals 4 chances to share.
It’s a little hard to write my note this month because it seems like I should be writing about my Dad. But instead, I’m busy writing songs. If I could pick one thing that I like to do the most, it would be songwriting. Time stops, the world fades away, and I am one with the spirit of lyric and song. Words drop from the sky. My fingers mysteriously find their way on the keys. Creative excitement owns me, and little mortal me practically disappears. In fact, all vanishes but the music. It’s magic! I fall in love with each song, and I am grateful to my very core.
It’s time to put Mom & Dad’s photos up on the mantel again in accordance with my yearly tradition. When I was little, we had a different custom. May 1st meant dancing around the Maypole, weaving brightly colored streamers into a beautiful pattern, and handing out May Baskets full of flowers. It was a fun and lovely way of celebrating Spring, or so we thought. Unaware that the holiday had been assigned a new meaning in the late 19th century, we were happy in our innocence. (Actually, as savvy as I’d like to be, it’s still easy to catch myself in blatant naivete.) Anyway, it’s May again, and I have quite a case of “Songwriting Fever”. The melodies are dropping from the sky like blossoms in the breeze, and I’m gathering them up in a crazy frenzy. What a blissful blessing…. Best May Basket ever!