04 May 2012

fri-write friday 5/4: songbird

For this week's Fri-Write Friday I'm stepping almost completely out of my comfort zone, and sharing the first part of a project I'm working on. A musical one.

This will be my first Mother's Day without my mom; the realization has been pretty heavy over the past week, but I didn't want to just ignore the day so I started working on what I hope will be a video "testament" to my mom. I tried to think of a song that would encompass at least a small part of how I felt and feel about her, and landed on the song "Songbird" by Eva Cassidy. At first I was just going to insert her, or some other, version into a video--but then I decided to "personalize" it even more, by singing it myself.

When I first started recording, I think I got through maybe the first ten words before I started bawling. But after a few tries, I started to think to myself about how much she would love this song--how much she would have loved it, since I don't know if she ever heard it--and how fun it would be to give it to her, and started having fun with it. This still isn't perfect, and not nearly where I want it to be, but FWF is all about "works in progress" so ... bear with me!



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10 comments:

  1. One of my favourite songs by Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. I'd never heard of Eva Cassidy. I think your Mom would have loved to hear you sing it. Lovely.
    Stay inspired!

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    1. Michelle, you know, all this time I thought Eva Cassidy wrote it? I remember learning of Cassidy several years ago and falling in love with her, and I think I just assumed she wrote any song I heard her sing (besides "Over the Rainbow," which obviously wasn't her!) :)

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  2. I listen to her, Khara!!! I love this song the most! You have told such a touching bit of your story here and your voice is amazing. SO amazing! Thank you for this. Such strength gained in facing the difficult times. Blessings to you.

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  3. Khara: you are STRONG, CREATIVE, PASSIONATE and LOVING. In short, PHENOMENAL. I am so so glad to know you. I had never heard the song before nor have I heard of Eva Cassidy. I was listening to you and I kept thinking... I am on team Khara all the way! I will even wear any endorsement badges :)

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  4. Hannah and Meena, thank you both so much!

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  5. Khara, I'm impressed. I think your mother would have loved it. I know my mom would have, if I'd had such a beautiful voice with which to sing it.

    One question: did you do this in multiple tracks. My headphones pick up all sorts of otherwise "invisible" sound, so bear with me. I was listening to three voices and the piano. Your voice stood in the center, with another half and octave above yours and singing harmony, while the third voice sang about half an octave lower than yours and was more a melodic hum. Crazy, I know, but it worked really well.

    It was wonderful. You're a very talented lady, my friend. It's a joy to know you and share in your gifts.

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    1. Thank you, Claudette! Yes, I used multiple tracks to create the harmony; I'm glad that came out okay (or, at least, relatively okay!)

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  6. Khara, I'm in tears.

    Yes, it is a beautiful song. Yes, you have a lovely voice. But it goes beyond that.

    For me, singing in the face of deeply intense emotion exhibits a strength that is unreachable. If I was your mom, I would carry your voice singing those words - that tune - in my heart with me always.

    Your pain is fresh. Your heart is lovely. Your soul is resilient. Your God is with you.

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  7. Such a beautiful tribute to your mom! That is something that will stay with your family treasures for years. She would be proud of you and I am sure she is smiling at you. Impressive arrangement!

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  8. Thank you, Marie and Romelle. It means a lot to me to hear those encouraging words.

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