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Songwriting Retreat

I have just returned from my solo songwriting retreat. Eight days. I have been in a couple of locations, Jackfish Lake and the Cypress Hills. It has been a time of solitude, rejuvenation and songwriting. I can say that the retreat was successful in that I wrote some songs which was my intention. It was also successful in that I had moments of pure joy, whether it was hiking along some snowy trails or listening to the lodgepole pines cry out in the wind or finding a melody that brought me comfort and more joy.

I actually wrote five songs that I like, three of them I love. I realize as I listen with as much distance that is possible, that I fall in love with melodies and a couple of the songs have great melodies. Haunting melodies. I have been reading a lot about uncertainty and finding ways of loosening up by saying I don’t know and maybe. Well, I know that the songs I have written speak to me and that is about as far as I can go. I now have 15 songs to choose 8 from for my upcoming album. There are a few more in the vault but I know that they are not ones that I want for this album. It is shaping into a grouping of songs about hope. I wonder which ones will be chosen. I wonder….

Later perhaps, I will have more of an idea of how one decides which songs are the best. Are they the ones that fit the best together, have the best melodies, the best lyrics??? I’m not sure right now and I am going to try to allow myself some time to be unsure, uncertain. There can be a lightening up, a loosening of the shoulders, a deepening of the breath with letting go of the need to know, to be certain.

Have some fun with creativity and do something for yourself that nourishes you.

In creativity and song,
Wanda G.

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Songs to Write

I am putting my first grant proposal in the mail this morning. I feel like I have joined the land of the musician, asking for money to do music. As I asked colleagues to help me out, I was touched by their willingness to help. They wrote me thoughtful letters of support. And hopefully this grant will help support my upcoming project.

As a part of my upcoming album, I am heading out next week for a 10 day writing retreat. I am looking forward to dedicated time away to write, to improve what I have already written, to finish some incomplete songs and to write totally new ones. I have been planning the outline of this next year for awhile and it is rather amazing as one step leads into another and it looks like this project of mine is a real possiblilty. As well, I will be working on my songs when I return home, until I go into the studio to start recording in May.

When I decided to record my first album I knew absolutely nothing. I had some songs that I had written and had performed a few times. I went to a producer I had met and he helped me with the process. He helped make a beautiful album. This time, three years later, I know a bit more about what I want. Well, all that to say that I can hardly wait to see what this album will be like.

Grab onto what you love, remember that it is one small step after another that leads us to where we want to go.

In creativity and song,

Wanda G.

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  1. Anne-Marie says:

    Love this and so true!

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