Friday, June 18, 2010

Better for the Wear

Lately I've been visiting so many lovely blogs of lots of different visual artists and crafters.  I love looking at their work- especially when it's something in it's beginning stages.  It's a little scary to post something when it's not in it's finished form. 

I got familiar with doing that with my songs when I participated in an online challenge called "50 Songs in 90 Days."  Obviously, when writing at such a quick pace, I wasn't interested in or able to edit.  I'd write a song and immediately post it up on the community website, and I put lots of them up on this blog as well. 

I wrote this song the other day, and went ahead and recorded it with my little hand held digital recorder immediately afterwards.  I usually use my Flip video camera, but since I was still in pajamas on this particular morning, I decided to protect us all and instead just make an audio recording and set it to photographs.  I've never done that before, so it was a fun little learning project for me!

The song was inspired by re-connecting with a childhood friend that I hadn't talked with in over 15 years.  I've thought of her countless times over the years, but was unable to track her down.  But finally, she found me!  We've been exchanging emails and catching each other up on our lives, filling in the gaps of the last 15 years, and reminiscing over childhood memories.

The memories are all dusty, in boxes stacked away
Up on the highest shelf, waiting for a rainy day
Now I'm digging and I'm hunting for all the little parts
I'm stringing them together and opening my heart

(Chorus)
I think we're better for the wear, all those missteps brought us here
And even tho some time has passed, before long we'll fill the gaps

It's hard to know exactly when it was that we lost touch
Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months
Now we'll catch each other up on what the years have brought
All the things that we let go, and all the dreams we caught

(Chorus)

Oh I remember, it's getting clearer
Each little memory's a stepping stone
And I'm right back there, without a care
Before I even know it I'm back home...

(Chorus)

26 comments:

Msartist said...

Lovely song and voice. I found you via flying lessons~ I am glad I stopped by for a visit.
Have a wonderful weekend, Theresa

Emelie - C'est LA vie said...

I love this Kerri - so melancholic... Beautiful!

Have a lovely weekend. X

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, so beautiful! You are really a talent, like I've said before, maybe someday I'll have the chance to hear you live! Cheers!

ks said...

Such a pretty song, and beautiful photos! I know you guys were BFFs first and all but, um, she gets a song before me first too?!

and flowers pick themselves said...

this is so sweet, kerri. thank you so much for sharing. wonderful!

xo Alison

Noël said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Kerri. It is just beautiful. I am going to email a friend I have in too long a time! You've inspired me.

Michele said...

What a beautiful song! I clicked on your blog from Flying Lessons. This song is very current to my life as I head home this summer for my 20 year reunion- your song makes me want to reconnect with all those friends that some how faded away.

getting stuff done said...

I love it!!

Kerri said...

i feel so happy that some of you feel inspired to get in touch with an old friend! there's really nothing like an old friend that's known you from when you were a kid, huh?!

malia said...

Gorgeous lyrics and I love that you were inspired by a friendship

whatswithdiane said...

Kerri:

Wow! That is beautiful and I feel touched as I knew you when that friendship was so important in your life.

Your blog! I just spent some time reading through and it is incredible. And since 2006! Love it!

Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

This has me thinking about my lost connections. Lovely work!

Pamela McCarville said...

This is beautiful. The words touched a special cord with me at this time.
Thank you for sharing.

T.C. Elliott said...

Wow. I love the guitar work and your voice is beautiful. The melody is great. What a treat.

Are you doing 50/90 this year? If so I hope to see you there.

T.C.

Meant2B said...

Great song and voice Kerry! wow! thanks for stopping by my blog and appreciating Miss D. :-)I have a secret dream of writing songs. i have lots of incomplete ones...LOL. you have a !ift.

countingdandelions said...

what great lyrics and an exceptional voice! look forward to hearing more!

Soraya Nulliah said...

Kerri! You have an amazing voice! Seriously...soul-FULL! I loved watching the video-the pics were heartwarming! And you play guitar too? Such amazing talent! Thanks for that!xxx

jacqueline said...

Dearest kerri, this is amazing! I love this song and the lyrics are so beautiful! Listerning to this song made me smile and feel misty at the same time. I have recently re-connected with my long lost high school best girl and this song just touches the heart! Thanks so much for sharing your song, beautiful lyrics and that beautiful video! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Kate M said...

Hi Kerri,

I found you when you left a comment on my website - I wanted to pop over and say I think you have a beautiful voice and this song is fantastic!

Kate :)

elizabeth said...

There is so much sweetness in your voice. Lovely.

Carol B. said...

I don't know how you found my website, but thank you for the encouraging comment! It inspired me to keep going with my art. And wow, I am glad I came over to your site because your music is beautiful!

Valerie said...

Beautiful song, Kerri! I could really relate to this one. I just had the chance to reconnect with my first "best friend" that I knew from ages 5 though 9. She was a neighbor, and after my family moved away, we wrote letters for a while but then lost touch during our college years. Thank goodness for Facebook--I found her there two years ago, and now got to see her in person, 30 years after the fact. Thanks for sharing your song!

Jadyn said...

Such a gorgeous song. Thanks for sharing. It is such a good reminder that the passage of time doesn't have a bad thing. I love your voice and the soul-soothing energy in your songs.

Jodene Shaw said...

Kerri, this is beautiful... there are friends that it brings to my mind ~ and it seems to fit your VHS tape discovery. I love acoustic guitar and the purity of the sound in your voice. Lovely!
grace,
~jodi shaw

Jen said...

I really like your music. I am so happy to have found you through Flying Lessons.

carol gourley said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and having a look and for the nice comment. Love your music. Your blog is so bright and cheery, I love it.
thanks again