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Unconditional Love is here … for you!!! ;-)

Cool song! I wish I played a musical instrument so I could be a part of this song project … such a cool idea where anyone, anywhere in the world can be a part of the “band”.

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re-blogged from Unconditional Love is here … for you!!! 😉 at Collaborative Composition.

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It’s here! “Unconditional Love”, a Reggae song … and it’s all yours to listen to, work with and create the accompaniment for. Listen to it, groove to it … if you want to sing the lead vocals record yourself singing it and send it to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com.

I am NOT a Reggae singer … so this is a BIG opportunity for someone to do lead vocals for an awesome song. This song flowed out of me in a wave of inspiration … and I am simply singing what I heard in my head (so you’ll have to pardon the phony accent, I just heard it that way! lol) I am singing it here, but this is only to convey the words and melody … if you want to sing lead? Go for it!

The long bit of silence 2/3s of the way through is meant to be for vocalist improvisation with a choir in the background singing “Unconditional Love” in chords.

This is the second Musical Mosaic song project for this year-long Collaborative Composition song project.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can play whatever instrument they want to the vocals … when you have what you want to record down, send it to me. If I use your idea/contribution you will be given equal musical songwriting credit on the album.

That means if this album goes big your name will be on it for both songwriting credit AND as a performer. Nothing is a guarantee in this world … but why not live a life of hope rather than one of resignation. Resignation eats away at your insides and makes you miserable … so BELIEVE and go for it! Live out of inspiration instead … you’ll be much happier! 😉

Here are the lyrics:

Unconditional Love

By: Christopher Anderson

Unconditional love
means never closing your heart
although it be torn apart
or ripped to pieces.

Unconditional love
as pure as a newborn kiss
and as long Ouroboros
but much more gentle.

What they can’t see
can be heard in the silence.
Where they may go
so it follows surely behind;
like the tendrils of passion
it climbs the edifice of their mind
to bloom and spread a fragrance
Unmistakable.

Unconditional love
collapses all space and time
with all souls intertwined
but barely moving.

Unconditional love
it pierces right through your heart
tears flow at the very art
of its magic.

(choir sings “Unconditional Love” in chords while soloist improvs)

It can’t be broken
Cannot be changed
Not dismantled
Or rearranged.
No more fighting
No more hate
No more vengeance
It all dissipates.

It’s unconditional.
Love.

* This song has an informal copyright for Christopher Anderson. If you want to use it outside of Collaborative Composition, you will need to come to an agreement with the songwriter.

– art by Chris Dyer.

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Do you play music by ear?

A project I am committed to contributing to.

Hopefully we can spread the word in this awesome effort to create a “world wide band” where anyone, anywhere in the world, can contribute their ideas for accompaniment to original songs.

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Do you have an innate sense for where the music should go when you are playing piano, or singing harmonies, or jamming on a guitar, or whatever you instrument might be?

Guess what?! That is the exact quality that I am looking for with this year-long collaborative music project!

My goal is to put together a 12 song album and each song will be what I am calling a Musical Mosaic. By this, I mean that I will be piecing together contributions from anyone, ANYWHERE in the world.

I will upload one song each month, sung “a Capella” (without accompaniment) and then any of you can come up with whatever YOU think sounds awesome as an accompaniment. Each person selected will receive equal musical songwriting credit on the album for however many songs they contribute to.

Just grab a set of headphones, or an earbud, and listen to the sung version of each song … record what you come up with and send it to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com.

This month’s song, the first of twelve, is called “Faith Is A Bird”: 

Rock out, get inspired, kiss Resignation goodbye and ride the tidal wave that is your inner muse. I want to hear what YOUR unique “voice” is … we all have something that makes us unique.

So let’s make uniquely revolutionary music together!

– pic shared from Piano Articles.

Taking music from around the world and piecing each contribution together to make a Musical Mosaic of Collaborative Composition!

Re-blogged from Do you play music by ear?.

New Song For Collaboration – Unconditional Love (Reggae singer wanted)

This project seems completely boundless … a reggae singer audition!? I hope this collaborative music idea works, because I want to hear it … not to mention be involved in it! Maybe I should practice channeling a reggae vibe (lol).

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This past week I was filled with inspiration to write a new song. I already have a lot of original songs lined up for this song project … but every so often a song comes along that is SO inspired that it rises up through the “ranks” and shines.

Interestingly enough, I hear the song as a reggae song … and anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a reggae singer! (lol) So this will be a HUGE opportunity for someone possibly new or unheard of to swing for the fences with a lead vocal!! 

If you want to be considered for the lead vocal of this new reggae Musical Mosaic project, send me a recording of you singing whatever you want (songboy_s_c@yahoo.com). I will go with whoever MOVES me the most. This is a song about Unconditional Love, so if you share your soul when you sing … go for it!

I will intro this awesome new song at a later date, as I do not want to take away from the current Musical Mosaic song project. Listen to the current song project here, “Faith Is A Bird“, and record whatever you think will sound awesome as an accompaniment. Whatever your instrument, I want to hear where your unique Muse takes you during your own flight of inspiration!

Don’t let Resignation hold you back … aren’t you SICK of being resigned yet???

Open your heart and let it fly out! Send me your recording in a .WAV file at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com. If your accompaniment is selected you will receive EQUAL musical songwriting credit for this song on the album.

– art by Chris Dyer,  Peeling Bodies.

re-blogged from: New Song For Collaboration – Unconditional Love (Reggae singer wanted).

Live demonstrations of musical options for song project …

Cute and definitely funny … can’t wait to hear how the final version of how this song comes out and I love the concept of incorporating different people, styles and ideas from all over the world.

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Here are a few video clips giving tips or pointers for anyone not quite sure how to contribute their ideas, or get started.

My sister-in-law came up with the idea of putting together some videos that might help people who are unclear on how to contribute music for this song project. She was unsure of where to even start if she would want to contribute something and thought this might be helpful for people who felt the same way (intimidated or unsure how to get started).

I truly want to hear from EVERYONE who has an interest in contributing their voice, whether you are amateur or professional. I will be layering tracks of peoples’ contributions into the accompaniment, so even if you think what you have to offer is simplistic … that is totally fine.

You finding your “voice” in terms of instrument or singing is what is important to me. Each of you has a UNIQUE voice. First, I am starting with my niece and nephew with some pointers for guitar and voice:

Secondly, we travel into the comedic world of my brother and his eldest daughter, allowing the muse to move them in the art of table drumming (comedy ensues, lol):

… and lastly my sister-in-law demonstrates how you might get started on coming up with an accompaniment on piano:

So there you have it … you do NOT have to be a professional musician to contribute (although that doesn’t hurt!) :-). Just listen to the song, play around with different ideas musically, and then record whatever you think sounds good! Send your recording to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com as a .WAV file.

If your arrangement is selected as part of the finished version of the song, you will be given equal musical songwriting credit on the album.

You can listen to the vocal version of the song, “Faith Is A Bird”, here: 

re-blogged from Live demonstrations of musical options for song project ….

The most important thing is – to bloom

My words for meditation today:

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“The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom.”

– Yevgeny Zamyatin

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“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.”

– Joseph Campbell

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“The first thing: existence CARES what happens to you. Existence is continuously praying that the ultimate should happen to you. In fact you are nothing but a hand extended by the whole to reach the ultimate. You are nothing but a wave coming from the whole to touch the moon. You are nothing but a flower opening, so that the whole is filled with fragrance through you.”

– Osho

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Algerian Beauty in a Lilac Field” is a painting by Leon Louis Tanzi.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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You Can Only Forgive That Which You Face

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I’ve been kind of amazed of late how MANY things linger around in that dusty attic we call our subconscious. I’ve been consciously going deep within and digging things up and it really is amazing the stuff that I find still unresolved within!

My opinion is that a lot of this is cultural. By and large we live in a culture that downplays the negative … we just don’t want to dwell on it. Someone talks about being abused and people cringe and uncomfortably comment,

“That’s in the past. Talking about it won’t help anything, just move on.” etc., etc., etc.

People don’t want to face the things that are uncomfortable, scary, or disturbing.

The problem with this is that ALL of that stuff is just hanging out in your subconscious! How’s your dream life? Do you have dreams that disturb you? Welcome to the window of your subconscious, where everything you’ve shoved down and left emotionally unresolved just hangs out and plays … and your body ultimately pays the price as its playground. The tension and stress from bitterness, regrets, and not fully forgiving literally eat you alive.

I’m not saying you should wallow around in all that crap … wallowing is very different from resolving and forgiving. It MIGHT be a good idea though to actively go in and discover what is there. Find out WHAT is eating you alive, so that you can actually save yourself from that gnawing beast within you.

An example, I was constantly told that I should get over having been abused my step-mother. Whatever the reason, whether “For the good of the family.” or just because it makes them uncomfortable … what that REALLY is saying is,

“Shut up, I don’t want to hear about it. Just stop talking about it and move on.” Or, in other words, “Shove it down deep inside of you and never bring it up again.”

By consciously going within to meditate and contemplate the full reality of what was SO … I have been able to forgive her. I can actually now look at the scenario and see exactly HOW she was a victim herself, just trying to survive like the rest of us. I didn’t downplay the abuse … there were some seriously messed up things that she did that affected me for decades. I accepted those things … I allowed them to be … I stopped fighting against them, excusing them or trying to escape them by shoving them down.

They simply were what was so … just the facts, without emotion.

Along with those facts were all the things that I did, and all of the things that other people contributed, and what was going on in life and the world … just the facts, without emotion.

Don’t downplay them … don’t shove them down. Allow them to be what they actually were … and face them … and then let them go … forgive. You can’t get to that last part though, forgiveness, without actually facing what is so. The more you diminish what was so, the more you allow whatever bitterness is there to creep inside you and fester.

Open it up … face it … and THEN let it go through genuine forgiveness and the power of Love.

Keep open that void where all that unresolved and festering ichor once resided and allow God’s LOVE to fill it instead. Let the golden glow of love into that place, and be happy. Rest.

Peace and Love.

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– pic shared from Lost At E Minor, from Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Being Salvador Dali

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This past night I woke at 4 am, restless.  Since I could not get back to sleep, I decided to do something productive with my time … so I meditated.  The message that I received was this:

“You become whatever it is you fight against.”

If you fight your fears, you become afraid. Fight against the judgement of others, and surely you will only receive more judgement heaped upon you. Fight against the awfulness that are tragedies outside your ability to command, and you will become depressed.  Fight against the the darkness within you, and you become inevitably owned by that darkness.

I received a mental picture; a vision. I was standing next to a candle in what appeared to be a darkened castle; stone was all around.  The light of my candle simply served to make the darkness beyond more frightening … a prison, if you will.  To break free of the prison there were only two options: snuff out the light and simply become accustomed to the night, OR pick up the candle and take it with me.  I walked every inner corridor of this metaphoric domain, and along the way I found I could pass on the flame.  Soon the entire place was filled with light and I could walk wherever I pleased.

The same would have been true if I had blown the candle out as well though … it would have been less lit, but my eyes would have grown accustomed.  That domain was my soul … that darkness a part of me … no matter how many candles I lit, there would always be darkness somewhere.  To truly BE your True Self, you must end the inner struggle … accept both sides, just as they are, and allow Love to fill up all of it.  Then there is no fight … only the supreme richness of Being.

Here are my quotes to meditate on today; on the subject of being yourself:

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.”

– Salvador Dali

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“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

– Rumi

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“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Being Salvador Dali.