I grew up singing and have been for as long as I can remember. Singing was encouraged. My Mom was always singing around the house and she was in church choirs and musical productions. When I was old enough I joined the youth choir and sang in musicals myself. My brother played the guitar and he too was in choirs and bands and if I was lucky he’d play for me and I’d sing lead. What’s that you ask? My father? Did he sing? Oh yes! He loved to sing. Wait – what? You have a follow up question… Was he a good singer? Let’s just say he loved to sing and leave it at that. Come to think of it – like Mom – he was always singing too. He’d come in the door with groceries singing “Hey Hey Good Lookin’ – whatcha got cookin’?” or “I’ve been everywhere man.” We’d take it as comic relief, but truth is… he loved to sing too – just like the rest of us.
As for my love of lyrics – I know exactly when it started. I was 10. In fact I was exactly 10, because for my 10th birthday my mom and dad gave me my very first record player and my very first album. That’s when vinyl was the format and for a kid to get a big flat square present could only mean one thing…You were getting a whole album’s worth of music. I had singles or 45s as they were better known back then, but I had to play them on brother’s stereo – when he let me – and never on my parents’ turntable in case I wrecked the needle – but back to my story… THIS WAS A WHOLE ALBUM!!! I could play in my own room on my own record player – talk about a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! What’s truly amazing is that all those decades later – that album is still my favourite. What was the album? Fleetwood Mac ~ RUMORS of course. I would spend hours singing along and reading those liner notes for all the right words. That’s when I made note of who wrote what and really… that’s when my appreciation of music and lyrics began.
I’ll never get over the feeling of having my own albums. I mean being able to list “Recording Artist” on my list of accomplishments is truly a dream come true, but seeing my name in the liner notes as a writer of one of those songs I recorded – well that’s a whole other level of UNBELIEVABLE JOY – that will never waver. I’m ever so grateful to the songwriters who have welcomed me into a session or made time for me to connect and create. Thank you to Stewart Harris for our tune “Tearing at the Heart of Me.” Thank you to Lynn Gillespie-Chater & Kerry Chater for our “Marry Me Christmas.” Thank you to Jeffrey Steele for our “You and Me and Love.” Thank you to Fred Lavery for our songs “Christmas by the Sea” and “You Are My Christmas.” AND thanks again to Fred and our pal Aaron C. Lewis for our forthcoming collaboration “I’ll Give You My Heart This Christmas.” You can listen to all these songs (and get a smidge of scoop on each of them) in the videos below.
What’s that? Will there be more?! You best believe! Stay tuned… and say a prayer if you have one to spare. sb
All these songs and more are available for digital download now on iTunes here.