Eyes on my own paper

I was reminded recently to keep my eyes on my own paper. I wasn't cheating. I was looking around to see what other people’s lives were like, especially other singer/songwriters, and I was going down the rabbit-hole of envy. 

Like most of us, I can list my shortcomings and my disappointments easily. They live in my heart and have the ability to multiply like bunnies. Sometimes they make it hard to breathe. 

I am learning that when I feel a pinch of envy, I am only seeing a part of another person's life. It is easy to romanticize other artists' experiences, and minimize the beauty of where I am standing. My path is wonderful, with all of its twists and bends, potholes and magic!
 
My new video, “Thank You to the Animals,” was a sparkle of magic. It came unexpectedly, and fell together like it had always existed. I was asked to sing at a “Blessing of the Animals.” I said yes, but had no idea what to sing, so I wrote something. (I am a custom songwriter after all...)
 
When the event was over, people started asking for the words. They wanted to hear it again. They wanted to share it. The song came into the world with wings!
 
Friends and fans shared their pets' photos with me for the video, and I love what we created together. I feel like I have met their dear furry ones while I worked, and they have become a part of the song for me. It also gave me an opportunity to honor a precious cat friend who recently passed on.
 
A simple "yes" lead to a project that is dear to my heart, and I am grateful. I am sitting here today, with my eyes on my own paper, smiling…

(You can see the video here.)


 

3 comments

  • alisa

    alisa

    I just want to tell you how much I love "Thank You to the Animals" and its video! It's so full of the love that we all feel for our companion animal friends, and expresses it so beautifully. And the images of people's beloved pets in the video--so simple--is incredibly moving. It makes me all happy and weepy at the same time... thank you! :)

    I just want to tell you how much I love "Thank You to the Animals" and its video! It's so full of the love that we all feel for our companion animal friends, and expresses it so beautifully. And the images of people's beloved pets in the video--so simple--is incredibly moving. It makes me all happy and weepy at the same time... thank you! smile

  • alisa

    alisa

    By the way-- can you tell a little bit about Boots?

    By the way-- can you tell a little bit about Boots?

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thank you so much Alisa. I am glad the song and video touched you. That feels good. Animals have always been in my deepest heart, and I know they touch others the same way. They have literally saved my life at times. Boots was one of my closest friends. The was dumped somewhere I used to go all the time. She was cared for and had a warm place to sleep, but she was an outdoor cat. She was afraid of people, but I could see that she was sweet. It took many months of talking to her, but finally she decided to trust me. From that day forward, I could check her teeth, extend her claws, kiss her face, pick her up, anything. Eventually my life took me from where she was, but I would visit and she would always remember me. She slowly learned to be friends with others after that. She died this fall. I love her as much as my own. I have many stories about her. Thanks for asking.

    Thank you so much Alisa. I am glad the song and video touched you. That feels good. Animals have always been in my deepest heart, and I know they touch others the same way. They have literally saved my life at times.
    Boots was one of my closest friends. The was dumped somewhere I used to go all the time. She was cared for and had a warm place to sleep, but she was an outdoor cat. She was afraid of people, but I could see that she was sweet. It took many months of talking to her, but finally she decided to trust me. From that day forward, I could check her teeth, extend her claws, kiss her face, pick her up, anything. Eventually my life took me from where she was, but I would visit and she would always remember me. She slowly learned to be friends with others after that. She died this fall. I love her as much as my own. I have many stories about her. Thanks for asking.

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