Approaching the Beginning

My mantra this year has been, “If you take consistent steps in the right direction, you will get to where you are going.” Sometimes it has not been clear where to put my next foot down, and sometimes it has felt like my steps were so small that I was standing still.  And yet, the view from where I am standing shows me that I have traveled quite a distance...

The death of my father ushered in a period of intense creativity.  The veils between the ordinary and the deeper mysteries became thin.  At the same time, I committed to songwriting every day, no matter what.  I wanted a new crop of songs that I was proud of and enjoyed singing.  I wanted to put those songs on a new CD, so that I could step back into the songwriter shoes that I had abandoned for far too long.  I wanted to build a website, so that I would have a platform to communicate with the kind people who are attracted to my music.  The songs are written now, the website is active and frequently visited, and the recording of the CD will be finished next week. I am profoundly grateful.

Although a lot of ground has been covered, I am only now standing at the beginning.  As artwork decisions are being made, and liner-notes are being written, I find myself refining my vision and seeking clarity for what comes next.  It is a comfort to know that so many people are taking this journey with me.  Thank you for traveling along!

Where do you want your next steps to lead?

8 comments

  • Jeri

    Jeri

    Hearing about your baby steps is inspiring me to take my own in the world of music! I am also touched that losing your dad stimulated your creative juices. That happens often with beautifully written elegies and in my case, I have performed pensive or sad music better thinking of a pet or person that I have lost, although I wish these sad things didn't have to happen! Congratulations on accomplishing so much with your songwriting and the CD that you just made!

    Hearing about your baby steps is inspiring me to take my own in the world of music! I am also touched that losing your dad stimulated your creative juices. That happens often with beautifully written elegies and in my case, I have performed pensive or sad music better thinking of a pet or person that I have lost, although I wish these sad things didn't have to happen!
    Congratulations on accomplishing so much with your songwriting and the CD that you just made!

  • Clara Bellino

    Clara Bellino

    Very nice writing Denise, I always enjoy reading you. And I'm proud of you. I relate to what you write and can't help but think how strange it is that I most often feel like I'm just at the beginning! Yet if I look back I've been traveling for some time! Where I'd like my next steps to lead? To the places and people I've been seeing in my dreams at night: creative, colorful, expressive musical places and people. It's been crazy, don't know if it's a preview but I like it. Another place I'd like my next steps to lead me is to a place where I fully trust I can do what I love well. I know doubt is part of an artist's journey, but I would like to get to a place on my instrument where I know I have more than enough to fall back on. I hope I'm making sense! Off to practice :) Thanks Denise, and best wishes always, Clara

    Very nice writing Denise, I always enjoy reading you. And I'm proud of you. I relate to what you write and can't help but think how strange it is that I most often feel like I'm just at the beginning! Yet if I look back I've been traveling for some time! Where I'd like my next steps to lead? To the places and people I've been seeing in my dreams at night: creative, colorful, expressive musical places and people. It's been crazy, don't know if it's a preview but I like it. Another place I'd like my next steps to lead me is to a place where I fully trust I can do what I love well. I know doubt is part of an artist's journey, but I would like to get to a place on my instrument where I know I have more than enough to fall back on. I hope I'm making sense! Off to practice smile Thanks Denise, and best wishes always, Clara

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Jeri! I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you too. I appreciate your support. I wish the sad things didn't have to happen too, but it is good that we can channel it into art that touches others. Best to you... D

    Thanks Jeri! I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you too. I appreciate your support. I wish the sad things didn't have to happen too, but it is good that we can channel it into art that touches others. Best to you... D

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Clara! You make lots of sense. Your support is appreciated. I would love to visit your dreams. They sound amazing! It seems that we are on a similar journey. Here's to traveling together. Wishing you the best... D

    Thanks Clara! You make lots of sense. Your support is appreciated. I would love to visit your dreams. They sound amazing! It seems that we are on a similar journey. Here's to traveling together. Wishing you the best... D

  • Debbie

    Debbie

    I admire your determination to engage in songwriting every day. It has obviously paid off nicely. I think it is true that we who enjoy creative activities cannot wait to be inspired, but that the inspiration comes from a strong work ethic like yours.

    I admire your determination to engage in songwriting every day. It has obviously paid off nicely. I think it is true that we who enjoy creative activities cannot wait to be inspired, but that the inspiration comes from a strong work ethic like yours.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Debbie! I used to wait for inspiration, and I found myself spending a lot of time waiting. I find that inspiration rewards consistent effort. It is all about showing up for the work. My best, D

    Thanks Debbie! I used to wait for inspiration, and I found myself spending a lot of time waiting. I find that inspiration rewards consistent effort. It is all about showing up for the work. My best,
    D

  • Alexandre L'Eveille

    Alexandre L'Eveille

    Good for you, Denise. I can wait for the CD.

    Good for you, Denise. I can wait for the CD.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Alexandre! Much appreciated...

    Thanks Alexandre! Much appreciated...

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