It’s great to be back to posting. January is almost over and the few weeks that have passed have already been eventful. A couple of Sundays ago, I was privileged to speak and perform at the International Community Christian Church in Pretoria. Here is a post-event recording of that message which talks about why I started songwriting and I also perform Walking Tall, one of the songs from my anthology of Lyrics, titled Where to Now? Enjoy.
Till the next time,
I was 12 years old when I got my first book. It was a blue Good News Bible with illustrations and my mother had a note inscribed in the front cover. The note was a verse that opened up the contents of this magical world to me. I read the verse, Proverbs 10:1 (A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother) and the verses around it and I fell in love with the Proverbs; I fell in love with words. I loved my Bible and read it until it was all torn up and unattractive.
I have had many books since then but none of them have been dearer to me than my first Bible. I can borrow the theme of the 2013 National Book Week and call that old bible the “Book of my life”. It laid the foundation for my love of books which opened me up to the power of written words.
I have found through books like Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s way” that words can heal. When my dream of becoming a songwriter was just a tiny seed, her words encouraged me to explore early morning writing. Nothing specific, just unanticipated ramblings which she calls ‘morning pages’ and I have done them on and off since 2007. They have helped me to deal with pain and my own fear of success and have helped me build the creative confidence I needed to learn the craft of songwriting which forms the basis of my career. Those lessons are a major part of The Talent Tour to high school learners who are at the dawn of their careers.
I encourage keeping a journal for a season of life when things seem unsure. How else will you be able to keep track of your navigation through and out of the low times? Who knows, that journal might just become your idea bank when things are moving forward and you need a steady supply of ideas to implement.
Till the next time,