Ok I admit it. I'm TOTALLY HOOKED. I love the simplicity of writing with the ukulele. There is an innocence, a sweetness. Perhaps it's because I don't know that much about the Uke. It saves me from getting too heady, over-crafting chord progressions. It lets me stay intuitive and put the focus on the melody. It encourages playfulness. The other morning I took the Ukulele out to the field and sat under the shade of a tree, looking out at thousands of blooming dandelions. They remind me of stars in the sky. I started working on a new song called "Dizzy", which had been coming to me in bits and pieces, starting with the chorus. I recorded a demo in my living room and am sharing with you!
I got the idea for this song thinking about how falling in love is a mind-altering drug. How it makes us dizzy, it feels good, it's terrifying, we learn to mistrust the feeling but then again when it hits it's absolutely delicious. I read that kids make themselves dizzy to have a mind-altering experience, to alter their reality. So I thought it would be sweet to go through the ages- starting with the child spinning, looking up at the sky, and then our first taste of attraction, touch, and love when we are tweens and teens and beyond. My friend Lee has a great story about her nana falling into deep, passionate love at 75. I put that into the last verse. This song is a little pep talk for my heart, which has been slowly blooming open after a few years of shutting down entirely. Like Kate Wolf sang, "Give yourself to love, if love is what you're after. . ." I hope this song makes your heart happy too!
"Dizzy" Demo by Alison Harris
Alison is a Musician, Writer, Teacher and Mother. She lives in rural Sonoma County with her daughter, Ella.