Songwriting by the pool

My sister-in-law and her husband were here in Bacolod from Canada for a vacation. My wife and I, together with other relatives, took them to a beautiful subdivision in Dumaguete (around 5 hours drive from Bacolod) which had a swimming pool. While they swam in the pool, I took out my notebook and pen, strummed chords on my Yamaha guitarlele, and started writing a song.

My sister-in-law came near. She seemed fascinated. She told me later that it was the first time she saw the process of songwriting unfolding before her eyes. She was impressed by how easy it was for me to do what I was doing. The words and music seemed to just flow out of my head.

I don’t claim to be a great songwriter. But what she said made me realize that we tend to take our natural gifts for granted because we find the things we’re gifted at easy to do. But those who don’t have our gifts find what we do miraculous!

Moral of the story: Don’t take your gifts for granted. Be thankful for them and use them to bless others.

I Shall Not Want

I just discovered this great song and artist while reading David Brooks’ post on the Oscar-nominated song “Alone Yet Not Alone.”

“Audrey Assad is a Catholic songwriter with a crystalline voice and a sober intensity to her stage presence. (You can see her perform her song “I Shall Not Want” on YouTube.) She writes the sort of emotionally drenched music that helps people who are in crisis. A surprising number of women tell her they listened to her music while in labor.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/01/28/3986681/david-brooks-alone-yet-not-alone.html#storylink=cpy