The Art of Collaboration

The first time I collaborated with someone on writing a song together was about a month and a half into my songwriting journey, just over a year ago.

It was such a nerve-wrecking idea that I would be adding my own creation to someone’s else’s creation in the hopes of making it bigger and better!

Well, I have to say that partnering up with Adam Boddy was just about the best introduction I could have asked for to the art of collaborating.  He was incredibly responsive, encouraging, and honest.  And we both just happened to be on the same page about a lot of things!

It doesn’t always come that easy though.

Some of you have heard our song “For Simone” before but I’m putting it up now as I’m currently into a new collaboration and needing to find some inspiration somewhere!  Anywhere!

I guess it’s this way with anything in life — sometimes you have to work with people who maybe don’t do things the way you normally do.  And you’re given a challenging task to do and could use all the encouragement and feedback that you can get … but you don’t always get it.

We can always learn something from the experience though and use it to better our half of being a collaborative partner.  Always a silver lining to everything!

Have you ever had a challenging collaboration you found your way through?

~ Cafe

“Chandelier”

I was just musing to myself about how I feel so uninspired by a lot of popular music today, including the same ol’ carbon copy music videos that go along with them.

And then I came across this song by Sia.

I’m totally floored.

I’m even more floored by 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler.  If your jaw isn’t touching the ground after watching this, you must tell me why not!!!

Music Therapy

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To me, it’s a no-brainer that music has always had the power to help people heal.

There’s so many pent up thoughts and emotions in people’s heads these days.  So many things we don’t feel comfortable saying or expressing because we’re afraid of how others might see us.

Music — whether we’re taking it in or the ones letting it out — takes the place of having to say the words we often feel can’t justify our experiences anyway.

Taking it to another level, I’ve been learning how music has even been used to treat certain diseases or disorders with its therapeutic benefits for people with Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression.

For example, music therapy can apparently “increase motivation for treatment in patients with substance-abuse disorders, improve decision-making skills and help prevent relapse.”

This might be done through certain music exercises that strengthen the part of the brain involved in decision-making or, say, by participating in a drumming circle as an alternative to verbal therapy.

Songwriting is also a way to help people process certain feelings — as is probably a lot of other art forms.  Of course, I can really relate to this.  Even if the song isn’t about my life, getting to channel certain emotions through my songwriting and singing can really be cathartic.

Life often seems to be a journey to freeing ourselves from our own minds.  If music can help you to get there, why not lean on it? :)

So, how has music helped YOU to heal?

~ Cafe

I Will Rise Out of the Fire

In the dark corner of my life
I hide in my shell
Escaping the stabs of your blade
But they still penetrate
Keep cutting me down.

Try to run, you won’t let me run
Pull me back into hell
Drowning fast into emptiness
I can’t see myself
You’re cutting me down.

But hold on, it’s not over yet
I will rescue what’s left
This crumpled heap of dreams
Will be rebuilt, redeemed
The fearful whisper that was my voice
Will echo loudly through the noise.

I will rise out of the fire
You can burn down alone
I am free
I’m finally free.

Your Daily Dose of Music

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Hey cafe goers,

Almost a year ago, I blogged that I’d be closing up shop.  I was feeling a bit uninspired, a little low on the creative juices.

One of my dear readers, Mayra Mejia, responded: “I feel that what you need to do is shift focus to music rather than give it up.  We can all use a daily dose of music.”

Well, those words never seemed to escape my mind.  It took a while, but I finally decided now’s the time to start fresh, renovate, and get the sign back up on the door.

I know not all of you signed up for this … a music blog.  To be honest, I don’t even know what I’ll be posting about.  But how about joining me on another adventure in the cafe?  We can figure it out together ;)

~ Cafe