Good Monday All!
Happy August and last full month of summer! Based on my last post, we have all learned a great deal of lessons regarding past relationships. Some of the highlights were: You can’t change people. You can’t will someone to love and respect you. Marriage is work. Marrying the wrong person is never going to work, no matter how hard to you try. You have to live with the mistakes you’ve made, but hopefully learn from them. Hopefully, we can pass these lessons onto our children so they won’t have to make the same mistakes we’ve made. Thank you for sharing this week.
I digress… What is your favorite Written/Performed Work?
This week, and the entire summer for that matter, has been very busy as I am getting my book ready for parents and kids, in the midst of the rest of my very busy schedule. Because my family is moving in five different directions and our schedules have so many moving parts, it can seem a bit overwhelming at times. These are all blessed people problems, but I still have to continue to find balance in the midst of our forever-changing days. I have to remember to remind myself that there are only 24 hours in a day and I can only do as much as I can do. When my days get really busy, I tend to go somewhere quiet, take a deep breath, talk to God to get clarity for the day and proceed with a new priority list. Because I am proactive by nature and a recovering perfectionist, at times, I have to remind myself that I don’t have to handle everything in a single day. I have to remind myself that I can’t wear my “Super Woman” and my “Wonder Woman” cape on the same day. I have to pick one. Besides, both of those outfits would look hideous together! Another thing that I do is take advice from of my creative foremothers.
As a songwriter, lyrics and chords speak to me, even more than the melody and the hook of a song. I have always been a lover of words and how they come together to make powerful statements. I love the sound of words spoken, the movement of words in a song and the look of written words. That’s probably why I love to talk, write and express myself through them. My husband calls me a “Worder” because he likes the way I express myself as a literary/music creator (and I sure he would add that I am rarely without something to say). This week, many of Nina Simone’s songs have been resonating with me and serving as voices of comfort, cheerleading and encouragement. If you haven’t seen her new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” I would encourage you to. Her version of “Feeling Good” has really blessed me this week. Another one of my favorite foremothers, who has been speaking to me through her writings this week, is Sojourner Truth. She is probably my favorite She-roes in history. I am honored to share the same African history with her. With that being said, I would love to hear who or what inspires, speaks to or encourages you.
Exercise: What is your favorite written work and why? As I mentioned, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” is one and Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A woman?” is another. I will start the contribution off by sharing excerpts from both of my favorites.
“Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me - And I'm feeling good”
Performed by: Nina Simone
Witten by: Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
“Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.”
– Sojourner Truth
Have a great week…on purpose!
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