I’ve been writing music since I was in elementary school, and singing since I was a baby. Literally. I can blame it all on my parents who not only have mad music skills, but also have made their living in the visual arts for 40 years. Check them out here! www.treeoflifeartworks.com
So, creating is part of life for me. Not that is always easy or consistent, but it has always been there. I’ve been leading worship since I was a teenager and writing music and releasing albums since I was 20. So that’s that.
But the music I write is meant to be shared, and for me, that’s the sticky part. The uncomfortable, awkward, inconsistent part of my creative life is how to make my music available. I write songs that are meant to reveal our own hearts and the heart of God- bringing them closer together. How do you promote that? In Western church-life we make all promotion really bizarre….either the extremes of tele-evangelists begging for money to support their “ministry” (a.k.a. “lavish lifestyle”) or the other end of vows of silence in some monk traditions. We’re weird that way.
So, mostly out of being afraid that people will think I’m promoting myself, I have never done much of anything with the music I make. I work really hard on writing, arranging and producing. And then I just *hope* it gets to the people it was meant for. Which could be 2 people. Or 2 million.
I believe God is the perfect parent. So, this past year I’ve been feeling that persistent, gentle prompting from my Father to get over myself. That if I believe enough in the songs and creativity and contributions of so many gifted artists to make the album, then why would I be embarrassed about sharing it? As an imperfect Mom, I have this situation with my kids sometimes. They just need a voice in their ears telling them lovingly, firmly, affectionately, stubbornly that they can and should do something that may be uncomfortable. Because it’s worth it in the end. And it’s not always about them.
So, that’s my really, really long explanation of why I am making videos to go along with the songs from Speak to Me. As a musician, youtube is my go-to for learning songs. Now, I do actually buy songs I like! But, many times I need to learn something and a video is the easiest and most effective way to learn something new. And, let’s face it, it’s free.
Speak to Me is a collection of songs that are meant for the Church. I don’t know whether they will be effective for a few gatherings, or many, but I do know that they won’t be effective at all if no one knows about them! So, I’m (slowly) getting over my own insecurities and putting this music out there in a format that is most accessible to how we musicians live.
And, did I mention that it’s free? Video gives the power to the listener, more so than the artist. You can share these videos. You can learn these songs. The charts will be available through this blog for free. You can sing and play them where you lead. And, if you do, I’d love to hear about it!
Here’s our first video for the song “Take Me Under”. Josh Fronduti and Mike Edwards of the 5 Stones Group made it. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGS3mJIk1so
Look for more soon! And please check out Speak to Me on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/speak-to-me/id688035338