I had a very sweet day of teaching today. It started with working with a student who just wrote her first song. It's an epic song with an environmental message and a story. It was super fun to hone in the final edits with her and talk about how learning your OWN song is sometimes more challenging than learning someone else's- as counter- intuitive as that may be. Especially when you have poured your whole heart and soul into every line, with ambitious poetic imagery and lots of language.
Then 2 young students (7/8) who are singing, playing, and exploring their musical interests. One wants to learn a David Bowie song with about 17 chords in it (So much for the four chords of life I vi IV V!), and the other is thinking about organizing a talent show at her school this year. So that's pretty rad. I suggested that she join student council expressly for the purpose of getting the talent show going : )
Lastly I worked with a new songwriting student who is clearly a kindred spirit with an only child/raised by a musician/ public school music teacher vibe. Lots in common with this special woman and mama. Once we made a solid plan for how she can create a sustainable self care/musical/creative practice in context of the balancing act that is life and especially motherhood, and got into some restorative and repleneshing vocal exercises, she said- "Ok, now I can die happy!"
So- I am feeling the love this evening, and despite my tired eyes (it's been an internally wild few weeks of transition and realization), I wanted to share this new Ukulele song I wrote about LOVE.
I hope it makes you feel warm and fuzzy : )
Alison is a Musician, Writer, Teacher and Mother. She lives in rural Sonoma County with her daughter, Ella.