Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back on the Wagon!

So, I kinda fell of the wagon..... BUT,  I am getting back on!!! It may not be 50 in 60,  but there is for sure some great music coming your way soon.
Oh, how the ideas have been flowing and rolling around in my head.... I need to pause more often and pull out the old iphone and simply hit the RECORD button!! GRRRR.... Why is it that inspiration hits in the middle of the grocery store or while your chatting with a friend or in the middle of taking a shower!? Is it just me that this happens to? And I think to myself,  "I will finish my task and I'm sure I will remember what that amazing thought or romantic melody was in just a few minutes"... but somehow it fades away, like the names of all those cool people you met at your friends birthday party last weekend. It just don't stick... (especially after having 3 kids).  But,  I will say that there have been a few moments lately that I HAVE captured some very wonderful ideas that I hope to get a chance to put in song form and share with you very, very soon.... aaahhh... It brings me great relief to say that.

Also, I have recently connected  with a wonderful young lady by the name of Kelli Trontell who has quickly become a great friend {she is near and dear to my heart} and is also a singer/songwriter (and an incredible photographer). We have decided to do some writing together!   I cannot wait to see what comes out of this... Hold on to your seats people!

So much beautiful craziness has taken place since my last post and I don't intend to wait so long to post the next... Lots to share.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Overly ambitious?

So, maybe my goal was a little lofty, at least for me. But, I must say, even though it has been about 4 days since my last post and one song, this really has heightened my awareness of things going on around me. It has caused me to take time to sit down and document what I am seeing and hearing. Really seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. I am thinking differently about all of the things I do in a normal day. Thinking about how THIS moment could be sung. There are so many moments that are truly precious each and every normal day, and really the thought of those moments being put to a beautiful melody kinda intoxicates me. It makes me think that if I really put this into practice, than maybe the days won't fly by quite so fast with very little memory of what happened on a given day.

Let's take yesterday for example. I had a very deep, intense Facebook chat with a friend who I have not seen or even spoken to in years. But we often chat through Facebook. She has been going through a very difficult time in her life, and this particular moment was a very low moment, and she was expressing this to me. I began, in my ever-so encouraging way (those who know me know that I am hopelessly optimistic) to try to uplift her. Telling her that God has a plan for her life and on, and on. Well at this moment, that was not helping her. She proceeded to tell me that MANY people tell her this all the time and WHY does it seem so difficult to find out what that is.... We continued conversing, in quite an intense manor. Things were getting a little uncomfortable for me. After all, I was just trying to help! .... After a bit of time, my kids had all gotten out of bed and they were hungry and so on, so we sort of wrapped up the conversation a bit haphazardly. As I began to fix breakfast for the kids, I was talking to God about the situation, "Lord, how can I help her?", He quietly responded to me, "Sarah, she never asked for your help.  She just needs a friend."
I dwelt on this thought for hours afterward and realized how true this is. I so often want to fix people, so they can go on their merry way and so I can feel a little better about myself "Yay me! Look how I helped."The thought of unconditional love toward people and what  kind of action that truly is not ALWAYS about "helping", but often times just about listening. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you....
So, this is what came out of those deep thoughts and prayers yesterday.

            Friend               by Sarah Tweet

...She just needs a friend
   I tell you
   Just an ear to hear
   And not to judge...
   Not someone to plunge into
   "Well you should do this"
   And, "Why aren't you doing that?"

   ... Just, a friend...
   Someone who sees her beauty
   Nothing more and nothing less
   To love and adore
   The creation she is
   And nothing more
   Without judgment or reproach

   Will true healing ever take place?
   Who ever will know?
   .... But this I know
   The God of grace has forever embraced
   Me! In this unfathomable way!
   And in response to me
   He says "All I ask of thee, My child
   Is, that in return, you, would love her to Me."

Forever documented. This moment. It was not a fun moment or one filled with joy, but one that is very shaping in the way that I treat others.

This process helps me to stop and smell the roses so to speak. To slow down and really ponder what this life is all about. The beauty and sorrow of it all. So even if this goal is overly ambitious,  I can see already that how doing something just a little bit different than last year has the potential to grow me in a big way.

Thanks for reading,
 XOXO Sarah

Saturday, January 9, 2010

song #1 DONE! "snowglobe"

Inspiration has struck! It has been snowing here in Nashville, Tennessee for the last 2 days non stop! And I can't get enough! I am one who is deeply inspired by landscape and scenery such as this snow all around... It just does something to me! It moves me.  It makes my heart flutter,  my every breath taste like chocolate. I feel as though I am experiencing heaven on earth when these moments of beauty jump through my eye gates.

So, as I was leaving Kroger last night with dinner in hand, I stepped off the curb into what felt like was a snow globe... You know, those moments when time just stops and you forget all your troubles and you just smile because at that moment you are filled with such utter bliss. I looked up into the dark sky as the snow fell, stuck my tongue out to catch a snowflake, and just smiled. I felt like a kid, all by myself content and happy inside my personal snow globe.

There has been much discussion on the topic of snow globes lately in our home. I recently purchased one for my 8 year old daughter, Juliana, for Christmas. It's beautiful and she finds such perfect joy in it! It has an angel in the middle and plays silent night. Let me tell you, this snow globe did not get put away with all the other Christmas decorations. Oh no, it sitting right by her bed, and every night she twists the little twister thing and it sings her to sleep. What joy and happiness that angel must find watching a beautiful little girl fall asleep to her lovely melody... Who wouldn't want to live inside a snow globe!? At least for a few hours out of the day anyway. Your own personal bubble... You can't hear anyone else, peace and quiet except for an occasional melody, and everyone who looks at you smiles! Oh and yes, a blizzard or 2 to shake things up a bit! Yet the cares of the world are still far away.

As I looked out the window this morning and saw that it was STILL snowing I thought to myself AGAIN "It's like a snow globe out there,  I am living in a snow globe," and WHAM, that's when it struck. All of these happy little moments in the midst of a beautifully complicated life, came meshing together.... This song was born. It's called Snow Globe.  I hope you like it :)
xxoo Sarah

I'm pretty sure we will soon be enlarging our snow globe collection if Juliana and I have anything to to with it.  

Write 50 songs in 60 days....

So, like many of you I set a huge goal for myself this year....mine: write 50 songs in 60 days. For those who don't know me, I am a wife, homeschooling mother of three. I own an english toffee biz and have moved across the country 3x (once while I was 8 months pregnant) the most recent being about 6 weeks ago, back to Nashville. This will be the 2nd time moving to Nashville. And, yes, the first time was so that I could take a big step to becoming a recording artist. A dream that I just can't seem to shake.... I love horses, handmade things, candy, the cello, coffee, my kids, Jesus, Ben, sappy movies, thrift stores, stars, whimsy of any kind, and babies. I thought if I blogged about the process, inspiration, struggles and completion of this crazy idea it would help me accomplish this goal. I will post a rough cut of each song as they are completed. Hopefully leading to a full length album that I would like to complete by the end of the year! So... your job is to help this busy mom who wears many hats stick with her goal. Feel free to push me, egg me on, or cheer me on, tell me what you love and what you hate! This totally freaks me out!! But I love it!!!! Here we go....