little bird

I wrote this a few months ago and am working on the music for it now. It’s hard because I feel so limited by my guitar playing skillz but I got a plan…one day it’ll sing. I promise I’ll share it.

Little Bird (adc)

I know you are a poem with wings
with wings well hidden
from the world
I know, I see you move so soft
like a feather tossed
by the wind

Won’t be long before you grow up
Won’t be long before you’re grown
Little bird, remember
It’s not what you’ve been given
But what’s left now to give
Little bird, won’t be long before you fly.

I know you are an angel asleep
an angel asleep to the world
I know, I’ve seen you cry so soft
like a boat that’s tossed
by the sea.

Won’t be long before you grow up
Won’t be long before you’re grown
Little bird, remember
About the gift I’ve given
And the gift you’ll give
Little bird, won’t be long
before you go
Little bird, won’t be long
before you fly.

I know you are a poem with wings
With wings that are ready
To be unfurled
I know, I see you move now strong
Like a unsung song
To the world

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The Phoenix Tree

My daughter was telling me one day about this story she is writing.  In the story she describes several fantasy level animals and how they interact with one another.  The Phoenix Tree is the place where all the Phoenix gather to live and breed.  The phrase stuck with me for several weeks.  I wrote it down knowing that it was going to become something else to me.  The visual in my head was this actual tree which contained traits belonging to the Phoenix….the living, the healing, the burning and the rising again.  I like the imagery in that.  I like the metaphor for how we live.  I asked Riley if she minded my using her term in another way and she was alright with it.  So, here are the lyrics to the song.  One day when it’s recorded I’ll post that as well. 

The Phoenix Tree                            

 

every breath greeted clean

pure and new

as close as we get to divinity

when the branches close in

and wrap around

til it all comes down

in flames

 

The wounds are old

Like the ancient sea

but the roots are deep

on The Phoenix Tree

 

rising up

keep rising up

so we can see

 

 

every breath labored long

strong and steady

as close as we brush in the heavenly

when the leaves press in

whisper in our ears

til it all comes down

in flames

 

the wounds are real

like the raging sea

but the roots are deep

on this Phoenix tree

 

building up

keep building up

so we can see

 

 

breathing fast and greeted clean

it’s all new and ready

for whatever life brings

 

The wounds are old

Like the ancient sea

but the roots are deep

on The Phoenix Tree 

 

every breath greeted clean

pure and new

as close as we get to divinity

 

Music Appreciation

About 10 years ago or so I made an album. A friend produced it. He did a very nice job. I wrote all the songs and recorded the vocals and backup vocals but he arranged and recorded the tunes with studio musicians. Most of the time I was not even there when he recorded them. It was not exactly because I didn’t CARE to be there…it was more that I had discovered I was pregnant with my first child and I was totally geeked about it.Apparently I was more geeked about the human baby than I was about the musical baby, which I think is understandable and right.I have regrets now about this project.I wish I had spent more time in the crafting of the songs. I wish I had played the keyboard parts or added a cello part. Part of the reason I want to learn to play the guitar is not so much that I want to be able to “do it all myself” but rather to have an appreciation of it. Guitar appreciation, song production appreciation, studio musican appreciation…I don’t have designs on becoming the “next” 40 year old singer/songwriter to come out of nowhere and become popular on the charts, the “next” big thing..God forbid, the next Britney…ack. About the only “next” I want to be is the next step closer to the person I already was made to be. The next step closer to the very best version of me.That is why I want to learn to play the guitar this year.So, with that in mind, here is another of my old “tracks.” Enjoy!