This one came to me this morning fresh out of a dream. Imagining percussive colorful piano chords accompanying the words and syllables. Perhaps a work in progress!
Sweet Forgiveness/ If Not That
Sweet forgiveness springs from the core
I find myself at your door
Knock, knock, knock
I leave a single flower
No sense in trying to crash through
That just leaves me black and blue
Feeling better now, cold winter days
Grateful that it finally rained
The fire finally contained
New green must spring from ash
And what is there to celebrate
If not that ?
- Alison Harris
Open Or Closed/ Harmony Looper!
A new arrangement of a song I wrote some years back. This one has lots of dream and ocean imagery in it. Playing with my new harmony looper too, which is SO fun. Enjoy! Let me know what you think.
A poem for the coming winter. Creative writing Muse called me today and I felt refreshed after heeding her call. To be honest, I felt a little guilty for napping and writing poetry in the middle of the day. But the way I felt when the deed was done assured me that following my dream into writing and creation was unquestionably the right action. Bliss and Balance.
"anger thwarts lover’s play
cull drought, summer rain
light touch placed upon the skin
so many miles traced within
not quite seeing eye to eye
lover’s balm, open palm
time and phrases coincide
2 hearts slightly misaligned
different rhythms, measured strides
add uneven rhyme for song
sing perhaps still side by side
stories hidden in the blinds"
What I love most is the process of creation, of exploration. The magic alchemy of taking a tiny seed of an idea and nurturing it into something tangible with the sheer power of hearts, minds, and bodies. The way the energy of it transforms as we go, growing and changing as we first expand the idea, and then whittle it down into final form.
What I love most is how the process of creation transforms us- our hearts, bodies, and minds. When we write a song, I believe that the physical expression of it resonates into every cell, shifting the energetic signature of our very being.
It’s a powerful experience, something to be celebrated!
For many years, I shared my art through live performance, on stages from Bellingham to Joshua Tree.
Now, I’m sharing here, with you, from my heart to yours.
If you are called to this journey of musical exploration, if you desire to strengthen and share your voice, I would love to connect with you.
Today I’m sharing a song written in a song writing circle that offered monthly song prompts in the form of a phrase that had to be included somewhere in the lyrics. This prompt was “On The Wind”.
When I was first invited into the group, I felt nervous about writing from an external prompt, worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with an idea that didn’t come directly from my own heart and experience.
Ultimately the process of writing and sharing from prompts in a group over the course of a year reminded me that although the range of human experience is vast, we are all connected by the common thread of human emotion.
When we open our hearts and share these emotions with each other through art, it’s easy to connect. Compassion and community are the result.
I hope you enjoy the music, and I’d love to hear back from you.
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