The Gift of Life
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When I wrote “Gift of Life”, I knew I had a song that was going to set the tone for things to come in my life. I started writing it when I heard an instrumental song by Andy McKee. Some lyrics and a melody came to me, and I wrote a guitar part inspired by those lyrical and melodic parts. Some songs are hard to write and can literally take years to finish, but this one pretty much came out in an entire day. I consider it a gift (pun not intended, but can certainly be taken in stride..) that was given to me.
There were influences in my life around this time that I feel opened me up to grab on to this song. I think of songs as fully living celestial entities, and it’s my job as a songwriter to get out of my head enough to let it happen. And this song was fairly easy to let happen.
I was doing a yoga teacher training at the time, and there was a woman in my training by the name of Fon. She was incredibly inspiring; always grabbing life opportunities and making the most of them. Fon also had terminal cancer. I gave her some of my CDs and she said that she felt like I should start writing happier songs. Naturally, I wanted to explain that it wasn’t the role of an artist to always be happy, it was to be honest. I can’t tell you how she knew, but she knew that I would start writing more happy and important songs. I wrote “Gift of Life” within a couple weeks of her and I having this conversation. The way she lived life to the fullest and her inspiring spirit seemed to influence me enough to be able to pull that song into existence.
More recently (now about 3 years after that teacher training), I have some other people that have come in to my life that inspire me greatly. One is a cello player who played on my recent album In Color (including “Gift of Life”), and another is Zac Carson, who played double bass on the album and who also helped organize the string quartet parts for some songs. These people have inspired me not only with their playing, but who they are as people: kind, passionate and dedicated to music, and helpful to me in a way that I will be forever grateful.
“Gift of Life” was the start of this new musical path, and I am grateful to be surrounded by such inspiring people. I hope the song inspires you!