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New Songs (Just me and guitar)
People Are Like Dogs
Dear dog lovers, would you ever look at your dog and say, “I don’t like the breed of dog that you are and I’d like for you to change?” Most of us would never think of saying that to our dogs because we understand that dogs are genetically the way they are as a result of their breed. Yet, when it comes to ourselves and others, we’re forever demanding that someone change. Think of how often we say or think things like: “I should be more outgoing, I should be prettier, I wish I wasn’t so sensitive and sad all the time.” This album is dedicated to the quest of trying to accept ourselves (and others) as the “breed” that we are born to be. If we ever hope to have any peace of mind, it must start with learning how to love ourselves for the breed that we were born to be! Woof!!
The most difficult part about self-evolution is accepting that there are going to be cocoon phases: times when we’re forced to go inside ourselves in order to heal. I’ve very little patience for these “down” times since I’m not only impatient but I’m fearful that life is going to be passing me by while I’m waiting to heal. But cocoon phases are essential to our growth and we have no choice but to endure them. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that, when we’re finally ready to emerge from our cocoon, we’re going to need to be gentle with ourselves as this is the most vulnerable stage of our evolution: when we’re completely weak from having been contained inside our cocoon for so long. We’ll need to be extraordinarily loving and forgiving towards ourselves as we’re bound to be a bit clumsy and uncoordinated at this time. After all, we’re transitioning from a caterpillar to a butterfly! When, at long last, we’re finally ready to stretch our wings and experience the miracle of flight, we’ll want to make sure that we’re not burdened by any emotional weight: that we try to be as free from guilt as possible despite the fact that we’re temporarily soaring while so many others are either encased in their cocoons or being devoured by hungry birds. We only get so many opportunities to fly in life and we must try to cherish them because, as with all things, flying and the feeling that all is right with the world is always transitory. Inevitably, our wings will fail and, once again, we’ll be earth bound. If we’re lucky, the cycle simply starts all over again: cocoon, emergence, flight, cocoon, emergence, flight. Once we’ve experienced it, our hearts will be constantly obsessed with flying since that’s the only time when we’re truly happy, the only time we’re at peace with ourselves and the world. So, be thankful for the flying while it lasts!
Takes A Lot of Tears
There’s no escaping the fact that all of us are fated to suffer at some point in our lives. I used to believe that some people were just incredibly lucky since they seem to be living such wonderful and happy lives. It’s absolutely true that, in the bell shaped curve of happiness, certain people have happier lives than the rest of us. Yet, there’s no one that gets through life unscathed. All of us suffer and that’s what this album is about.
The Heart Needs a Home
Dear other love-stricken people out there in the world: “What’s to be done about the way our hearts refuse to let us rest? How we constantly cling to the hope that one day the right person is going to finally walk into our lives?” We know that love can’t be rushed but our hearts simply aren’t patient! As we wait and wait for love, we can’t help but feel that life is passing us by and, all the while, there’s this constant ache that has us persistently checking out all potential mates that come our way. All this constant searching is absolutely exhausting and it unavoidably makes us feel desperate and pathetic. Yet, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel too guilty for wanting to be in love because that’s what the heart wants, that’s what it needs. Our hearts want a home and, for those lucky ducks who’ve had the good fortune to find their soul mate, this album is a celebration of that love.