Sneak Peek #1: Be My Home

 

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This was the first song that began the upcoming collection of tunes that will comprise my 13th album release. I was challenged to write a pop song, which (to me) means memorable melodies and singable choruses. Good pop music is hard to write–seriously! From there, I wrote a whole album’s worth of what I qualify as the most “pop music” that I’ve ever created. Each piece features a different slant to the “pop” aim and this one calls out to jazz and R&B. I wrote the song after I’d returned from Canada to my adopted home of Beijing, China and was ruminating on what the concept of “home” truly means. Is it really even connected to geography? People have dictated my homing instincts throughout my life and this era is no exception. Now, I return to where my children are. A solid and loving partnership will do the same for me. Home is where the love is.

 

LYRICS

 

BE MY HOME

say what you want to say
without looking away
what you need to say to me
say what you really feel
it is all allowed
I promise you I will

stay if you want me to
without running away
if you need me to stay with you
just do what you got to do
it is all allowed
I promise you I will

tell me to go and I will go
tell me to go and I will leave
tell me to stay and I will stay
tell me to stay and I will be here

cuz y’know, y’know, y’know I wanna be with you
and if you, if you, if you don’t wanna be with me
then I know, I know, I know I gotta let you go free
but y’know, y’know, y’know I wanna be with you

play what you want to play
you’re not gettin’ away
with those games from your early days
just say what you really feel
it is all allowed
then meet me where it’s real

tell me to go and I will go
tell me to go and I will leave
tell me to stay and I will stay
tell me to stay and I will be here

cuz y’know, y’know, y’know I wanna be with you…

we don’t need no place that isn’t home
you could be my home
we don’t need no place that isn’t home
be my home, be my home, be my home

cuz y’know, y’know, y’know I wanna be with you…

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The Philosophy

Before 1910, with the production of the first vinyl record, music was a live experience, not a physical product sold as a commodity. But then, everything changed. Music became something that could be bought and sold.

Over a century, fans who formerly were pure supporters of the artist whose visits to their towns brought them an experience of joy, slowly began to value the songs and the albums more so than the people who made them. To possess the object—the record, cassette, CD, mp3—was the main goal, not to support the making of that magic in the first place.

So, it makes sense that when music first became free via online downloads, most people didn’t think twice about downloading it; it had long ceased to be about the people who made the art. Free stuff is fun! We had become consumers of music, not patrons of its production.

But what is music really worth? To me, besides family, it’s worth more than anything else in the world. I would give up on almost everything else in my life before I would give up music. Music is magic. It’s priceless. Money is just money.

And as a fan, if I love an artist, I can’t assign a price either. Their songs are worth so much more to me than $0.99 or $1.29. Their songs are inside of me, rattling my spirit. Music keeps my cells awake.

So now you know what music is worth to me.

The question is, what’s it worth to *YOU*?