I love to share my passion for music, as well as offer healing and hope.
I wrote a book to tell my story. I cannot adequately find the words to express how rediscovering music changed my life. I played my guitar and wrote songs as a young girl. But I abandoned music for thirty years, until it “saved me” at the age of fifty.
I truly believe that my melodies and lyrics comprise a musical of my life!
Beside Me Always is a book with ten stories that share my experiences of grief and how I embraced music once again. It is my personal journey of healing, from tragic loss to finding joy through my love of music.
I was really drawn to creating an audio book and the talented Susan Hanfield became my voice. My blog story (You’re Beside Me) details my experience of being in the room while my book was recorded.
My book begins with the story of Jason, my first-born child who died due to a severe congenital heart defect. I wanted to be buried with him and grief swallowed up my life for almost two decades.
When I opened my heart to write the deeply painful experience of losing Jason, my journey toward healing began. Opening up to write the story of his brief life transformed me, and the grief I carried was lifted.
I am a passionate songwriter and many of my songs are dedicated to Jason. I want to convey my optimism and belief that if I could heal, perhaps others could find hope with my story. If my words and music can bring any level of comfort to another person, then I have achieved more in my lifetime than I ever dreamed of.