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Despite All My Rage I Am Still Just …

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My words to meditate on for today. Whatever the feeling, whether anger or fear or anything else, if it causes you to close your heart to Love … well, you will be making decisions for your life from a closed-hearted place. Nothing but heartbreak and pain comes from making decisions out of a closed heart. Peace and Love to you.

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“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

– Mark Twain

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“When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness.”

– The Dalai Lama

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“Despite all my rage
I am still just a rat in the cage.”

– Billy Corgan

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Let Go

In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Free From Misery“) I went through all my usual rituals: grounding myself, bringing the energy of God’s Creation within, making amends for any negativity I brought into the world, and proclaiming my LOVE to and for God.  Time went by and I continued to run Love through my energy centers … and finally I heard something,

“WHY SO SERIOUS?  JUST LET GO … BE HAPPY.”

I smiled, and had to laugh at myself a bit … I do tend to constantly be searching for the next breakthrough.  I suppose breakthroughs themselves can become addictive … I have had so MANY of them this past year.  For a while I eagerly sought after breakthroughs because I just wanted to get through them … so that they’d be OVER and I could finally ARRIVE at wherever God wanted me to be.

Now, I realize that I really am just at the beginning.  I don’t seek after the breakthroughs so that they will just be over any more … now I embrace the breakthrough because each one brings me that much closer to God … and the closer I get, the closer I want to get.

What I felt God telling me is that there is no need to try and rush things.  In choosing to follow the path that is prompted by God, I am following God’s timing anyway.  My pressing things isn’t going to make God change pace.  I felt a release within … smiled … opened my heart … and just allowed joyful, happy energy to fill me.

So I did a search on the words I felt God give me today … and within a few minutes, I ended up enjoying this song.  It actually is a nice song to meditate to … I could put it on a loop and have a very nice extended meditation … perhaps that is what I shall do now ;-).

Let go … be happy … fill yourself with God’s love … and laugh a little … no … laugh a lot! 🙂

Let Go – Frou Frou

Mmm are you in or out
Leave your things behind
‘Cause it’s all going off without you
Excuse me
Too busy 
Oh, writing your tragedy
These mishaps
You bubble wrap 
When you’ve no idea what you’re like

(So let go) so let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
(So let go) let go
Just get in
Oh it’s so amazing here
It’s all right 
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

It gains the more you give
And it rises with the fall
So hand me that remote
Can’t you see that all that stuff’s a sideshow
Such boundless pleasure
We’ve no time for later now
You can’t await your own arrival
You’ve twenty seconds to comply

(So let go) so let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
(So let go) yeah let go
Just get in
Oh it’s so amazing here
It’s all right 
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

So let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
So let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

Mmm the breakdown
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
Hey, the breakdown
So amazing, yeah
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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re-blogged from – Let Go – Frou Frou

The Hardest Part (TRUST) …

The hardest part

is simply waiting …

wondering what will be

and knowing that to do

anything

alters the landscape of your life

forever.

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That’s what it is really,

TRUST,

it’s all about waiting:

mind-numbing, scream-at-the-ceiling,

clench-your-fist-’til-your-palm-bleeds

waiting.

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What is the point?

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Well, here’s the thing …

only God knows what is best for our lives,

and only God knows when, where, and how

that will all unfold.

So your heart may be breaking for loving too much,

or someone you love is suffering unbearably,

or you’ve lost everything you ever owned …

the trials of Job.

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But …

if you take things into your own hands;

try to make everything be

what you want it to be?

Then you will never get

to where God wants you to be.

Every proverbial flailing arm

sends you falling

farther than you ever would have fallen

if you had just waited …

and trusted.

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THAT

is the hardest part.

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“The Hardest Part” is a song by Coldplay.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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re-blogged from The Hardest Part (TRUST) …

“Us Against The World” – Coldplay

In meditating on my prior post (“Perseverance Rewarded“) I was reminded of just how difficult perseverance can be. I’m not so much talking about the “one foot in front of the other” mentality … that part, while painful, is the far easier aspect of perseverance.  What is truly difficult is Trust.

To explain – this example:

It’s pitch black, you feel blindfolded, and you are climbing higher and higher. You believe you are on the right path but there are all sorts of rocks, and roots, along the way that trip you up because of your limited vision. Sometimes your path is precarious, even a tightrope.  You happen across another path that looks to be blissfully free of these encumbrances, and it heads slightly downhill, which seems quite refreshing just now. Now comes the hard part … the decision to either stay on the rocky path you are on, or change course for the path that looks easier.

In truth, that easier path could wind up being easier for all the rest of your days. It could be a decent path … but it won’t get you to the destination that you were so zealously climbing after … that place that God wanted you to be. So, in essence, you aren’t just switching paths … you are giving up on “the dream” (that being what you felt called to).

It sounds like not such a big deal when talking about it in terms of a parable. When you get down to the real life manifestations of this, however, then it becomes excruciatingly difficult at times. This also goes back to my “Unconditional Love!” post. We have so many conditions about how things are supposed to be in our lives … so many structures built up. Sometimes the only way to see the path you are supposed to be on is to allow all those structures to be torn down. To just … slow it down … let God fill you … let everything else melt away … and TRUST.

So what does this mean … well, sometimes it means allowing yourself to be hurt without making the retort you SO want to make. Sometimes it means knowing that the path you are on is Divine, and you are about to make it man-made with your actions (or rather reactions to the provocations around you). Loving the other people around you despite what you are going through about it … and just letting those inner barriers erode and crumble. Those are the structures that YOU built up to try and protect yourself … when you walk on the path God has designed, those things (pride, ego, sarcasm, gossip, etc. … all the REACTIONS that you THINK make you feel better about yourself) just get in your way.

Sometimes it means just letting go completely … of everything … falling … and trusting that God will be there to catch you. That’s the hardest part … WAY more difficult than just putting one foot in front of the other.

It hurt so bad when your were in the midst of it … but when you look back, it is quite startling to witness. You can see all those times that you wanted to take over, and make things be the way you wanted them to be instead of allowing them to unfold as God wants them to be … and, if you somehow managed to persevere and not take charge for yourself … if you succeeded in the hardest part: to Trust … you will see the plan that God had all along; unfolding in reverse. We can’t see it looking ahead, through the chaos as it swirls … but retrospect is the best way to see how God is really there caring for, and carrying, you along.

Sometimes you let your guard down and before you know it you’re about to take charge again. Be vigilant … God has great things in store for you.

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“Us Against The World” is a song by Coldplay.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from: “Us Against The World”.

Opportunity For Reggae Singer – “Unconditional Love”, an original song

Anyone sing Reggae, or want to give this song a try? I LOVE the lyrics and message, but unfortunately am not a Reggae singer … although I would love to contribute to this music project somehow!

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re-blogged from Opportunity For Reggae Singer – “Unconditional Love”, an original song.

– click the above SoundCloud link to listen to the a capella vocals for this new original song –

If you like singing Reggae and feel that you have a nice voice (or perhaps you’ve been told you do) … record yourself singing this new song and send the recording to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com!

This could be a great opportunity to share your voice and spirit with the world!

This is a collaborative project where anyone and everyone who contributes gets equal musical songwriting credit for the song they contribute to. So if you want to play guitar, drums, piano, didgeridoo, create electronic music … the list goes on indefinitely. There are no end to musical possibilities and that is what will make this project something no one has ever heard before.

The lyrics are below … the song is in the key of C … let your spirit guide you and share what is unique to you with the rest of us in the world.

“Unconditional Love”

By: Christopher Anderson

Unconditional love
means never closing your heart
although it be torn apart
or ripped to pieces.

Unconditional love
as pure as a newborn kiss
and as long Ouroboros
but much more gentle.

What they can’t see
can be heard in the silence.
Where they may go
so it follows surely behind;
like the tendrils of passion
it climbs the edifice of their mind
to bloom and spread a fragrance
Unmistakable.

Unconditional love
collapses all space and time
with all souls intertwined
but barely moving.

Unconditional love
it pierces right through your heart
tears flow at the very art
of its magic.

(choir sings “Unconditional Love” in chords while soloist improvs)

It can’t be broken
Cannot be changed
Not dismantled
Or rearranged.
No more fighting
No more hate
No more vengeance
It all dissipates.

It’s unconditional.
Love.

 

 

Unconditional Love is here … for you!!! ;-)

Cool song! I wish I played a musical instrument so I could be a part of this song project … such a cool idea where anyone, anywhere in the world can be a part of the “band”.

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re-blogged from Unconditional Love is here … for you!!! 😉 at Collaborative Composition.

(press play on the SoundCloud link above)

It’s here! “Unconditional Love”, a Reggae song … and it’s all yours to listen to, work with and create the accompaniment for. Listen to it, groove to it … if you want to sing the lead vocals record yourself singing it and send it to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com.

I am NOT a Reggae singer … so this is a BIG opportunity for someone to do lead vocals for an awesome song. This song flowed out of me in a wave of inspiration … and I am simply singing what I heard in my head (so you’ll have to pardon the phony accent, I just heard it that way! lol) I am singing it here, but this is only to convey the words and melody … if you want to sing lead? Go for it!

The long bit of silence 2/3s of the way through is meant to be for vocalist improvisation with a choir in the background singing “Unconditional Love” in chords.

This is the second Musical Mosaic song project for this year-long Collaborative Composition song project.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can play whatever instrument they want to the vocals … when you have what you want to record down, send it to me. If I use your idea/contribution you will be given equal musical songwriting credit on the album.

That means if this album goes big your name will be on it for both songwriting credit AND as a performer. Nothing is a guarantee in this world … but why not live a life of hope rather than one of resignation. Resignation eats away at your insides and makes you miserable … so BELIEVE and go for it! Live out of inspiration instead … you’ll be much happier! 😉

Here are the lyrics:

Unconditional Love

By: Christopher Anderson

Unconditional love
means never closing your heart
although it be torn apart
or ripped to pieces.

Unconditional love
as pure as a newborn kiss
and as long Ouroboros
but much more gentle.

What they can’t see
can be heard in the silence.
Where they may go
so it follows surely behind;
like the tendrils of passion
it climbs the edifice of their mind
to bloom and spread a fragrance
Unmistakable.

Unconditional love
collapses all space and time
with all souls intertwined
but barely moving.

Unconditional love
it pierces right through your heart
tears flow at the very art
of its magic.

(choir sings “Unconditional Love” in chords while soloist improvs)

It can’t be broken
Cannot be changed
Not dismantled
Or rearranged.
No more fighting
No more hate
No more vengeance
It all dissipates.

It’s unconditional.
Love.

* This song has an informal copyright for Christopher Anderson. If you want to use it outside of Collaborative Composition, you will need to come to an agreement with the songwriter.

– art by Chris Dyer.

Wrapping up “Faith Is A Bird” … bring on “Unconditional Love”! (a reggae song)

Awesome lyrics … LOVE it!! I was into this from the first song project … but I am stoked about the message in this new song. Can’t wait to hear it!

re-blogged from Wrapping up “Faith Is A Bird” … bring on “Unconditional Love”! (a reggae song).

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Okay, it’s been a month so I am going to close out the “Faith Is A Bird” Musical Mosaic project and upload the next song on this 12 song Collaborative Composition project later this week.

The next song to be uploaded is called “Unconditional Love” … and it is a reggae song! So this is a HUGE opportunity for anyone who wants to sing the lead vocal!

I am not a reggae singer, but that is simply how the inspiration flowed and I am absolutely in LOVE with this song … so while I will be uploading the “a capella” version of the song with my voice, I do not intend to be the lead vocal on this track.

So if you have some reggae groove, I want to hear it … it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what your background is … ANYONE could wind up singing this song if your voice and spirit is a match. It’s whoever MOVES me the most.

If there is anyone who has been working on “Faith Is A Bird” and either hasn’t gotten their contribution in yet, or wants to contribute, I am still receiving contributions. I am getting to the point where the song is nearing completion in terms of concept though … so please do try and get your contribution in soon. I would hate to have anyone put their soul into something and have it not be used because the song has already been finished.

The vocals for the new song will be posted in the next couple of days. Here are the lyrics:

Unconditional Love

By: Chris Anderson

Unconditional love
means never closing your heart
although it be torn apart
or ripped to pieces.

Unconditional love
as pure as a newborn kiss
and as long Ouroboros
but much more gentle.

What they can’t see
can be heard in the silence.
Where they may go
so it follows surely behind;
like the tendrils of passion
it climbs the edifice of their mind
to bloom and spread a fragrance
Unmistakable.

Unconditional love
collapses all space and time
with all souls intertwined
but barely moving.

Unconditional love
it pierces right through your heart
tears flow at the very art
of its magic.

(choir sings “Unconditional Love” in chords while soloist improvs)

It can’t be broken
Cannot be changed
Not dismantled
Or rearranged.
No more fighting
No more hate
No more vengeance
It all dissipates.

It’s Unconditional …

Love.

 

Do you play music by ear?

A project I am committed to contributing to.

Hopefully we can spread the word in this awesome effort to create a “world wide band” where anyone, anywhere in the world, can contribute their ideas for accompaniment to original songs.

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Do you have an innate sense for where the music should go when you are playing piano, or singing harmonies, or jamming on a guitar, or whatever you instrument might be?

Guess what?! That is the exact quality that I am looking for with this year-long collaborative music project!

My goal is to put together a 12 song album and each song will be what I am calling a Musical Mosaic. By this, I mean that I will be piecing together contributions from anyone, ANYWHERE in the world.

I will upload one song each month, sung “a Capella” (without accompaniment) and then any of you can come up with whatever YOU think sounds awesome as an accompaniment. Each person selected will receive equal musical songwriting credit on the album for however many songs they contribute to.

Just grab a set of headphones, or an earbud, and listen to the sung version of each song … record what you come up with and send it to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com.

This month’s song, the first of twelve, is called “Faith Is A Bird”: 

Rock out, get inspired, kiss Resignation goodbye and ride the tidal wave that is your inner muse. I want to hear what YOUR unique “voice” is … we all have something that makes us unique.

So let’s make uniquely revolutionary music together!

– pic shared from Piano Articles.

Taking music from around the world and piecing each contribution together to make a Musical Mosaic of Collaborative Composition!

Re-blogged from Do you play music by ear?.

Drumming – an expressive art that truly crosses all cultural divides

More on the “world-wide band” project taking contributions from anyone, anywhere in the world … I am excited to participate.

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– A TED talk with Indian percussionist, Sivamani

Drumming is truly something that every culture on earth has in common … it is a musical foundation. No matter where or who you are, you can find something to drum on. That concept is at the essence of this year long series of song projects I will be mixing and creating.

For those who do not know, I will be uploading a sung version of an original song, without accompaniment, each month for the next year. The intent is to put together a twelve song album unlike any ever created … with contributions from anyone, anywhere on planet Earth. A world-wide band!

I am now beginning to piece together the different recordings I have for the percussion part of the current Musical Mosaic song project, “Faith Is A Bird”. 

– Read more at Drumming – an expressive art that truly crosses all cultural divides.

“Faith Is A Bird” – only two more weeks to get your musical ideas in!

Hopefully this project will have wide participation … I think it would be cool to hear what it sounds like to have music melded from different countries around the world!

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Just want to remind those of you who want to contribute your musical ideas … each Musical Mosaic project will be one month long, and then I will upload a new song to start working on.

So if you have been wanting to record something for my “a capella” version of “Faith Is A Bird” … time is ticking. 🙂 Here is the vocal recording of the song: 

I will be taking submissions for this song up until October 14th. If you submit something later than that date you may still be selected if I like what you’ve done enough.

But I will begin forming my ideas and putting the actual song together on or before October 14th. The sooner you get your contribution in, the more likely you are to be chosen as a musical member of this worldwide band (for this song).

Not to worry though, there will be a new ORIGINAL song posted every month for the next year … so 11 more songs in total.

HEY! If Resignation is sitting there whispering in your ear that you aren’t good enough, or nothing will come of this, or you’ll just be rejected, or who knows what other crap … get over it!

We can’t live our lives in Resignation if we are going to be truly free and happy!

So do it! Sing, or play along, come up with what YOU think sounds cool as accompaniment to my vocal (or sing the lead if you want!). Let’s make some REVOLUTIONARY music!

re-blogged from “Faith Is A Bird” – only two more weeks to get your musical ideas in!.

New Song For Collaboration – Unconditional Love (Reggae singer wanted)

This project seems completely boundless … a reggae singer audition!? I hope this collaborative music idea works, because I want to hear it … not to mention be involved in it! Maybe I should practice channeling a reggae vibe (lol).

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This past week I was filled with inspiration to write a new song. I already have a lot of original songs lined up for this song project … but every so often a song comes along that is SO inspired that it rises up through the “ranks” and shines.

Interestingly enough, I hear the song as a reggae song … and anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a reggae singer! (lol) So this will be a HUGE opportunity for someone possibly new or unheard of to swing for the fences with a lead vocal!! 

If you want to be considered for the lead vocal of this new reggae Musical Mosaic project, send me a recording of you singing whatever you want (songboy_s_c@yahoo.com). I will go with whoever MOVES me the most. This is a song about Unconditional Love, so if you share your soul when you sing … go for it!

I will intro this awesome new song at a later date, as I do not want to take away from the current Musical Mosaic song project. Listen to the current song project here, “Faith Is A Bird“, and record whatever you think will sound awesome as an accompaniment. Whatever your instrument, I want to hear where your unique Muse takes you during your own flight of inspiration!

Don’t let Resignation hold you back … aren’t you SICK of being resigned yet???

Open your heart and let it fly out! Send me your recording in a .WAV file at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com. If your accompaniment is selected you will receive EQUAL musical songwriting credit for this song on the album.

– art by Chris Dyer,  Peeling Bodies.

re-blogged from: New Song For Collaboration – Unconditional Love (Reggae singer wanted).

Live demonstrations of musical options for song project …

Cute and definitely funny … can’t wait to hear how the final version of how this song comes out and I love the concept of incorporating different people, styles and ideas from all over the world.

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Here are a few video clips giving tips or pointers for anyone not quite sure how to contribute their ideas, or get started.

My sister-in-law came up with the idea of putting together some videos that might help people who are unclear on how to contribute music for this song project. She was unsure of where to even start if she would want to contribute something and thought this might be helpful for people who felt the same way (intimidated or unsure how to get started).

I truly want to hear from EVERYONE who has an interest in contributing their voice, whether you are amateur or professional. I will be layering tracks of peoples’ contributions into the accompaniment, so even if you think what you have to offer is simplistic … that is totally fine.

You finding your “voice” in terms of instrument or singing is what is important to me. Each of you has a UNIQUE voice. First, I am starting with my niece and nephew with some pointers for guitar and voice:

Secondly, we travel into the comedic world of my brother and his eldest daughter, allowing the muse to move them in the art of table drumming (comedy ensues, lol):

… and lastly my sister-in-law demonstrates how you might get started on coming up with an accompaniment on piano:

So there you have it … you do NOT have to be a professional musician to contribute (although that doesn’t hurt!) :-). Just listen to the song, play around with different ideas musically, and then record whatever you think sounds good! Send your recording to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com as a .WAV file.

If your arrangement is selected as part of the finished version of the song, you will be given equal musical songwriting credit on the album.

You can listen to the vocal version of the song, “Faith Is A Bird”, here: 

re-blogged from Live demonstrations of musical options for song project ….

Better ways to spend your time?

Bringing inspiration to the world is a very spiritual endeavor, I would say. Can’t wait to hear what this sounds like!

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Collaborative Composition: Musical Mosaics that span the globe

Tired of being bored? What gives you passion and makes you feel as if you are “living on the edge”? For me, that feeling comes from being inspired and contributing something that is completely unique to me.

That concept is at the core of this new Musical Mosaic project … HOORAY, finally someone who really WANTS to hear exactly what is unique about you!!! 😉

I have uploaded the first “a capella” (vocal, without accompaniment) song of what will be a 12 song album … and here it is, “Faith Is A Bird”:

I want to hear from any and ALL of you as to what YOU think would sound cool as an accompaniment. Whether you are professional, amateur, or music afficionado … you have a voice. You could be a pianist, a singer, a guitarist, a drummer, a crystal singing bowl wizard, or literally ANY kind of musical creation known to man. If it is your voice, I want to hear it!

All you have to do is put an earbud in your ear, listen to the sung version of the song … and record whatever comes to you. You can take some time to really hone what you want to contribute … or you can do it on the fly. It’s YOUR voice, so do what you want to do. Express yourself!

Whoever is selected will receive equal musical songwriting credit for that song on the album … what do you have to lose? I really, truly want to hear from YOU … send me your recordings at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com and let’s make some revolutionary music together!

Chris

re-blogged from Collaborative Composition: Better ways to spend your time?.

LAUNCH! “Faith Is A Bird” – a Musical Mosaic project spanning the globe

An exciting project … now to figure out what music I am going to contribute! Seems like an awesome way to bring people around the world together through music!

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Kicking off this year long Musical Mosaic project – here is the first a capella song, “Faith Is A Bird”.

 

I will be uploading one new original song each month, totaling TWELVE Musical Mosaics to create an album. If your contribution is selected, you will receive equal musical credit … the same as me or anyone else involved in that song.

As an example, if there are 14 contributions selected for the entire song … then there will be 14 equal songwriting shares for the music on that song.

For now, here are some bullet points to help you express yourself fully: 

To read more click here: LAUNCH! “Faith Is A Bird” – a Musical Mosaic project spanning the globe.

“Faith Is A Bird” – a new song that YOU can help compose the music for!

So excited to see how this “worldwide musical mosaic” unfolds … very cool!

– re-blogged from Collaborative Composition.

Here we go … launching forward into possibilities heretofore unknown! Exciting!! I will be posting the a capella recording of this song, “Faith Is A Bird”, on Sunday, September 14.

The idea of fusing some of your amazing ideas together into a worldwide musical mosaic has me, as a friend described yesterday, “luminescent”. 🙂

I am happy to share songwriting credit with any of you whose ideas are included in these songs. I will be posting a new original song each month, for one year, with the intention of putting together an album of songs that are completely groundbreaking … through all of OUR contributions fused together!

If you think I am somehow not excited to hear what YOU specifically have to share and contribute? Well … that’s just Resignation whispering in your ear, my friend. You have a unique voice that nobody else has … and I want to hear it, and share it, and bring you along with me on this journey of songwriting.

Read the rest of the post here: “Faith Is A Bird” – a new song that YOU can help compose the music for!.

What it’s all about …

This sounds like an awesome concept for bringing people from all over the world together through music! I plan on submitting some music of my own!

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re-blogged from Collaborative Composition

My name is Chris. I am a singer, songwriter and composer. I have composed music ranging through a broad spectrum of styles. I love music FUSION and I write what I hear in my head.

What I want to do is create truly original music that potentially fuses all SORTS of ideas. I want to create music that hits people right in the pit of their soul stomach.

I want to SHED the egoic persona of being the star … been there done that. I have no desire to be “above” anyone.

I thought about putting such a band together; one that is completely collaborative and open to many ideas from all members. Then a mentor and friend showed me THIS video:

I was so inspired by this concept … bringing together people from all over the globe through music. I thought,

“What if I could get people to contribute their OWN musical ideas for some of the songs I have written?”

So I created this page and will begin loading sung versions of songs, a capella … without musical accompaniment. The music is for YOU to create. It doesn’t matter how trained or untrained you are … it doesn’t matter what instrument you play.

If you want to sing backup harmonies, GREAT. If you want to play percussion on the spokes of a bicycle wheel, GREAT. If you play violin, piano, guitar, sitar or didgeridoo … GREAT. If you want to sing the vocal line I am singing, GREAT … if I like your voice better than mine for that particular song, I’ll use your voice for the lead.

Like a worldwide mosaic of music, we can change the way music is created!

Whatever you think would be an awesome contribution to the song … submit it. If your recording is selected I will list you as a co-songwriter/performer and potentially consider you for future songs, or even live performance down the road.

Whatever country you are from. Whatever background you have experienced. Whatever role you have played. Whatever levels you have achieved. Music is a common thread that brings us all together.

What have you got to lose?? What do WE have to gain???

I say we stand to gain a truly original, non-derivative style of music that has the potential to blow people away!

So send me your recordings in a WAV file. You can do this simply by sending me the recording off of a smart phone. If you have more professional equipment that is awesome, but don’t let that be a deterrent!

You can just listen to my singing with an earpiece and play/sing what you want with the Voice Memos or Recording capabilities of your phone or computer. It’s as easy as that … I can “clean” the recordings up on my end if they need it.

I will submit the first song within the next week … happy creating!

Chris

songboy_s_c@yahoo.comWhat it’s all about ….

Madness – Muse

This song HIT me last night … as I have been in a sort of constant state of meditation on the issue of Duality.  What I mean by this is how we fight against ourselves … we split ourselves in two: good/bad, wrong/right, dark/light.  This ever-present internal war is ultimately what keeps us disconnected from our Source … from Love, or God, or whatever name any might attach.

The lyrics are really what struck me; I started singing them to myself really … the other side of my own Duality that I have been looking at as an enemy all this time.  Then when I saw the video it hit home even more … the straight-laced man and the “darker” ingenue smoking cigarettes … surrounded by chaos and fighting.  This is literally what goes on inside of us every day, and we are just so used to it that we don’t even realize.  We distract ourselves with as many exterior things as we can … ALL so that we don’t have to face that all out war going on inside.

But that is where Peace is.  That is where Love is … it takes FAR more courage to end this war than any exterior action could ever require.  See if this resonates with you … listen and go inward … can you overcome the Madness … accepting, allowing and loving your whole Self as you were created to be?

Peace and Love

Madness – Muse

I… I can’t get this memories out of my mind. 
And some kind of Madness, 
Has started to evolve, mmn. 

And I… I tried so hard to let you go. 
But some kind of Madness, 
Is swallowing me whole, yeh. 

I have finally seen the light. 
And I… have finally realized. 
What you mean… 
And now, I need to know if it’s real love. 
Or is it just Madness, 
Keeping us afloat, mmm. 

And when I look back, at all the crazy fights we have, 
Like some kind of madness, 
Was taking control, yeh. 

And now I have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 
What you need, mmm. 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad) x2 

And now I have finally seen the end, 
And I’m… I’m expecting you to care, 
And I… have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 

(I NEED TO LOVE) x2 

Capture me, 
Trust in your dream, 
Come on and rescue me. 
Yes, I know, I can’t move on, 
Baby, you’re too head-strong. 
Our love is… 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad)

Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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I am currently going through my posts from the past couple of years to re-learn the many amazing lessons God has given me for growth and transformation. This post was re-blogged from:

Madness – Muse.

“Someone Like You” – Adele

The latest in my meditative take on current songs.  Sometimes I get hooked on an album, and the latest one has been Adele’s “21”.  When I first started listening to it I looked at it as an opportunity to work through any unresolved pain from loves lost, or trials in my life.  Her singing is so evocative; filled with pure, raw emotions.

What I found happening, unexpectedly and totally unplanned, was that the songs took on a new meaning … during an especially emotional session of meditation these songs came to me as if God was singing them to me (instead of me singing them to my own love’s lost).  It took my breath away to think that God could actually love me THAT much … but, of course, God does!  God is the inventor of love, God IS LOVE.  Of course God loves each and every one of us that much.

Ever since then, I have been hooked on listening to this album (even moreso) but instead of feelings sadness or angst … I have amazing bursts of joyful bliss just to know that God aches and yearns to be with me every second.

In this particular song … I was struck at how it must feel to God to pour unlimited love into our lives … and have us just turn our backs on that love.  Like God is in this quest to just find that ultimate Love returned … and each time I turn my back it is like the worst rejections I have experienced in my life (but more!). That one smarted a bit … but it is an interesting and unique perspective on our relationship with our Creator, I think.

“Someone Like You” – Adele

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, “
Yeah

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I’d hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”
Yeah

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”
Yeah.

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I am currently going back through my many prior posts to re-learn the lessons God has taught me.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

“Someone Like You” – Adele.

Madness – Muse

This song HIT me last night … as I have been in a sort of constant state of meditation on the issue of Duality.  What I mean by this is how we fight against ourselves … we split ourselves in two: good/bad, wrong/right, dark/light.  This ever-present internal war is ultimately what keeps us disconnected from our Source … from Love, or God, or whatever name any might attach.

The lyrics are really what struck me; I started singing them to myself really … the other side of my own Duality that I have been looking at as an enemy all this time.  Then when I saw the video it hit home even more … the straight-laced man and the “darker” ingenue smoking cigarettes … surrounded by chaos and fighting.  This is literally what goes on inside of us every day, and we are just so used to it that we don’t even realize.  We distract ourselves with as many exterior things as we can … ALL so that we don’t have to face that all out war going on inside.

But that is where Peace is.  That is where Love is … it takes FAR more courage to end this war than any exterior action could ever require.  See if this resonates with you … listen and go inward … can you overcome the Madness … accepting, allowing and loving your whole Self as you were created to be?

Peace and Love

Madness – Muse

I… I can’t get this memories out of my mind. 
And some kind of Madness, 
Has started to evolve, mmn. 

And I… I tried so hard to let you go. 
But some kind of Madness, 
Is swallowing me whole, yeh. 

I have finally seen the light. 
And I… have finally realized. 
What you mean… 
And now, I need to know if it’s real love. 
Or is it just Madness, 
Keeping us afloat, mmm. 

And when I look back, at all the crazy fights we have, 
Like some kind of madness, 
Was taking control, yeh. 

And now I have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 
What you need, mmm. 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad) x2 

And now I have finally seen the end, 
And I’m… I’m expecting you to care, 
And I… have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 

(I NEED TO LOVE) x2 

Capture me, 
Trust in your dream, 
Come on and rescue me. 
Yes, I know, I can’t move on, 
Baby, you’re too head-strong. 
Our love is… 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad)

I Make My Life A Prayer To You

My words to meditate on today come in the form of a song from my youth … by a singer/songwriter who truly changed my life.  I woke up this morning with this song running through my head … and truthfully?  This song has been running through my head for most of my life (although, admittedly, sometimes it was background music, lol).  It is not my intent to exclude or disenfranchise anyone by sharing a “Christian song” … that is a part of my history, and a part of who I am.  As you can read in my “About” statement, God loves us ALL and religion can often serve as yet another shell: a way to try and define something that is not definable.  God, the Universe, Love, or whatever anyone wants to call that omnipotent Force/Being … thinks you personally are SO special, that God wants to connect with you … being in this religion or that religion, or no religion for that matter, doesn’t change that.  I hope that, whatever your faith, you will be open to being moved by God … connecting with God … and feel that life-altering frisson of spiritual fulfillment.  Peace and Love.

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I Make My Life A Prayer To You

By: Keith Green

I make my life a prayer to You 
I wanna do what You want me to 
No empty words and no white lies 
No token prayers no compromise 

I wanna shine the light You gave 
Through Your Son You sent to save us 
From ourselves and our despair 
It comforts me to know You’re really there 

Well I wanna thank You now for being patient with me 
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me 
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say 
Oh You’re coming again, You’re coming to take me away 

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live 
And share the hope You gave to me, the love that set me free 
I wanna tell the world out there, You’re not some fable or fairy tale 
That I’ve made up inside my head, You’re God the Son 
You’ve risen from the dead 

Oh I wanna thank You now for being patient with me 
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me 
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say 
Oh You’re coming again, coming to take me away 

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live 
And share the hope You gave to me 
I wanna share the love that set me free

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

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