I want to wish a Happy New Year to anyone visiting this page. I am very upbeat about 2022 and envisioning it to be my best year ever. May your New Year be a beautiful clean slate that unfolds with joy!
My newest painting above is named “Autumn Hope.” I have included close ups of it with a slide show at the end of this post.
I am excited to share that last month I heard a new song forming! Exquisite guitar passages enveloped me and my heart swelled with joy. Just when I needed something to uplift me, this new music appeared!
It has been at least three years since I last composed anything new. I plan to record my new song, but am still exploring the multitude of passages and combinations.
I played my new guitar instrumental live on Insight Timer. Tentatively, I am calling it “My Hopeful Heart,” which speaks to healing. It feels like a perfect title to describe my optimism about the New Year.
I recorded a live session through Protools for the first time and below is a lovely recording of my new song in progress, as well as a short introduction for it.
This is another version that I’m sharing, which was recorded a week before my Insight Timer performance. It’s much faster and I haven’t decided the speed for my new composition yet.
Even though my vocal songs are not as suited for meditation, these songs with lyrics were very spiritually healing for me. I feel compelled to share them since they tell stories about my life and offer hope.
I recently shared my vocals for the “Door to My Heart Medley” on Insight Timer. There is a Part 1 and Part 2 and each one holds five songs each. I have a song page for these medleys that lists more about the songs. Links to lyrics, stories and other recordings can be found on this page:
For almost a year now, I’ve been working on the ten acoustic songs that comprise “Door To My Heart” Medley. The versions with vocals have been delayed, as I haven’t been singing very much. The piano guitar medley is very close to being finished.
Releasing solo guitar has been a recent venture of mine; the result is soothing and especially appreciated by my Insight Timer audience.
Some of the songs for this medley were recorded two years ago, but I have new versions of several of them. My most recent one was for “Watching You Grow,” and the tempo is considerably slower.
I’ve just completed a new course named“Songs of Healing and Hope.”Several other new meditation tracks will be coming out soon based on this course. Although my course is not yet published on Insight Timer, it is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
I might move forward to create a new course based on the lyrics to “Door To My Heart” songs. It would be such a joy to create another course!
I am so fortunate to have my passion for healing music. It gives me such purpose and there’s never an end to music recording and editing projects.
My moments of joy come whenever I work with Bobby. He is such a talented pianist. Bobby always says things that lift my heart up. With his musical training and my lack of it – I am beyond flattered whenever he compliments my songs. Examples of his enthusiasm come through with comments like: “Judy, do you realize what an amazing key change you have here?” or “I love this chord – please play it for me on your guitar” or “Your song is incredibly moving and I want to know all about it.” No wonder I loved working with him!
Bobby has been helping me add piano to the ten songs for a new course to be released soon on Insight Timer. It is named “Songs of Healing and Hope.”
For every one of the ten songs, we create two distinctly different piano solos. One follows the melody and the other I call “ambient.” The ambient clip isn’t actually ambient – it is just a creative interpretation of my song. Bobby has been very successful working on film scores and his improvisations always blow my mind. He gives me multiple motifs and each one is magical. The pleasure of editing his ideas to create a solo piano journey for my song is indescribable. Here I am, a guitarist – and now piano editing has encompassed my energy.
My new course is almost finished – we have only one song left. The piano clips add so much to my lessons. Trying to decide where to add music to my speaking is truly a creative joy. I also plan to create a piano meditation track of all the songs. I have already released a medley of the songs with guitar, as well as guitar and piano. The link to more about that is on my last post.
Every lesson for my course incorporates musical clips: old arrangements, guitar mixes and piano solos. I have hire an arranger to help me create the piano clips and it’s fun. We do two different clips; one is more ambient and the other is faithful to my song’s melody. Each lesson ends with a piano solo melody clip.
Below is a medley of the melody piano clips for the first five lessons. Thank you for stopping by and I pray for everyone to emerge from this dark time with their health intact. The losses are staggering and I feel the collective weight of grief. It is horrifying to think about.
My life’s passion and energy has been devoted to maintaining hope of healing. I will continue on my path. Stay safe and sending my love.
January 23, 2020
I caught a terrible chest cold in early December and am still coughing. I would say I’ve been concentrating on healing for many months now. My life is calm and peaceful. I record guitar songs and work on piano additions to them. I have a few that i am simply enjoying recently. Below are new guitar recordings for my songs “Someone to Love You” and “How We Don’t Care.”
I went with my daughter to Huntington library last week. It was simply a gorgeous day and I appreciated that I could walk again!
December 1, 2019
I recently released three new meditation tracks on Insight Timer. The first one is named “Healing Guitar Dreams” and the image above is the cover for this track. It consists of a solo guitar medley of three of my previously released songs: Healing Song, Waterfall Dreams and Farewell.
(Below are the covers for the medleys, which are illustrations of mine.
I am elated to have finished recording the last of my 52 acoustic songs
My newest project is one that I am very excited about. I have been enjoying a slightly different process of creating meditation tracks, which began with my new version of “Healing Song.” Instead of recording my guitar and adding in piano, I am doing the reverse. I had my arranger, Devin, create a lovely piano solo for my track “Farewell Love Song” and I am going to record a new guitar track that complements it. This process is definitely different for me and a lot of fun. I share a brief excerpt of the piano solo below, which is quite beautiful:
Thank you for checking out my music. It continues to fuel my joy and helps me greatly as I am healing from a broken ankle. I celebrated Thanksgiving with extreme gratefulness for all my blessings!
October 25, 2019
It has been a month now since I’ve been able to walk again. I recently celebrated my 60th birthday and it was a very joyful occasion of being surrounded by my dearest friends.
I have continued to forge ahead with new meditation tracks for Insight Timer. Recently I released a new version of an earlier track named “Healing Song.” I had a beautiful intro and outtro added, courtesy of my piano arranger, Devin. His talent is enormous and made my song amazing. I created a shorter version of my track to share as an audio excerpt:
I am getting close to finishing my last acoustic song. I create guitar, vocal and piano duet versions for almost every one of my songs.
I share my most recent one named “Only Tears.” Below is the guitar mix, a vocal mix, and guitar/piano mix for this song.