UPCOMING LIVE PERFORMANCES!

It is very exciting for me to announce that I am performing live on Insight Timer.

Speaking and performing meditation music on Insight Timer is such a fantastic opportunity for me. I had my first performance a few days ago and I am still basking in the afterglow. It felt wonderful to connect my heart with people all over the world.

I was able to play heartfelt guitar instrumentals, as well as talk about the songs that helped to heal me. It was truly joyous!

Below are my next two performances and I plan to try out many creative ideas for future ones. Clicking on the image leads to Insight Timer’s website.

Magical Piano – Songs of Healing & Hope

This has been a challenging time for so many people, myself included. I am grateful for having healing music in my life. I picked the word magical because it evoked joy and lifted my spirits. I love sharing the music that soothes and comforts me.

Below are three of my most recent releases on Insight Timer. (The most recent one is a combination of melodies from both my courses on Insight Timer.) They can be accessed by clicking on the image:

My magical piano tracks are related to a new course that is not yet available on Insight Timer. It is named “Songs of Healing & Hope.” More about my course can be found on the second menu for “Courses” at the top of this site.

It is interesting for me how much I’ve enjoyed creating solo piano.  I am a guitarist and don’t even know how to play piano!

But I have found the world of editing piano to be magical. Every single midi note on the computer makes a difference – whether it’s sustained or it’s velocity is soothed.

I asked my talented piano arranger to give me two different types of piano styles for each of the 10 songs associated with my course. One was a melody clip, which had an intro, verse, chorus and tag. I planned to use that clip at the end of each song lesson for my course. The second, was a creative “ambient” version. I used those clips as sweet notes that floated in the background of my lessons.

Whenever I received my arranger’s rough recordings, I immediately immersed myself within the notes. For melody clips, I attempted to make them as faithful to my guitar version as possible. I’d sing the melody aloud, and when words caused notes to repeat, I would simplify it. I’d also change chords if they didn’t quite match the guitar notes I wanted.

Every melody clip I worked on quickly became my favorite. If I had to pick my top three, they would be: Music Saved Me, Angel in the Sky, and The Unknown. To hear those melodies, as well as clips from my first course, go to this link about my recent track release of “Healing Piano Melodies.”

The ambient/creative clips were incredibly unique. I fell in love with them, even though they weren’t always reminiscent of my song. But with careful listening I could usually find subtle chords and melodies hiding in them.

Piano editing was a lot like working on a jigsaw puzzle. I condensed 15 minutes of piano into five minutes or less. I listened to multiple motifs and excised sections that I liked. Connecting all the pieces required different tempos, ritards and great patience. Below are my three favorites for Take Me Away, My Dream and The Unknown.

Once my course was finished, I wanted to put the clips together to form a meditation track. There were 20 clips and I entertained different possibilities for combining them. I could have a track of only melodies and another one comprised of ambient clips. But after a lot of listening, I decided that I liked  a mixture. Many people appreciated longer tracks for meditation; all the clips together would have been over an hour. I decided instead, to create two tracks with five songs/10 clips each.

Being a professional illustrator has some advantages. I hardly paint anymore, and prefer playing around with Photoshop. Just for fun, I’ll share some of my cover designs I fooled around with.

Below is an earlier release of solo piano with the same format for my first Insight Timer Course: “Healing Grief Through Music.” Clicking on the image accesses the meditation track.

This has been a challenging time for so many people, myself included. I am grateful for having healing music in my life. I picked the word magical because it evoked joy and lifted my spirits. I love sharing the music that soothes and comforts me.

I loved these roses so much, that I had to stop and take a picture.

I hear those piano clips playing in my mind all the time. It elevates my life.

Door To My Heart – Guitar Medley

Releasing solo guitar has been a recent venture of mine; the result is soothing and especially appreciated by my Insight Timer audience.

Door To My Heart – Insight Timer Page

Door To My Heart Guitar Instrumental Songs – Bandcamp Album

Door To My Heart – Links to stories, performances, lyrics and other recordings

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 did sing a vocal for the above song. To see it with a very personal slideshow, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsYJxruKWwI

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 love this image that a friend shared with me for my “Door” song cover.

Wings To Fly

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.

My song “In The Past” ends with this line: “Things that made me cry, gave me wings to fly.” To read more lyrics, stories, and hear performances and other recordings: https://myjourneysinsight.com/in-the-past/

“Wings to fly” is a lovely image that especially helps me during this difficult time. Please stay safe everyone.

Below are the two clips from my course lesson for “In The Past.”

“In the Past” Ambient Clip:

“In the Past” Melody Clip:

This silhouette is definitely from my past. I was 20 years old when it was taken.