Revisiting Older and Orchestrated Songs

When I first began my rediscovery of the music I loved as a young girl, I hired an arranger to orchestrate my songs. It was a joyous and truly educational experience for me, as I had no idea about all the music programs available. My talented arranger created lush arrangements and later on instrumentals of my songs.

The authenticity of these tracks came into question for me – as I wanted to embrace music where I was much more closely involved in the creation. Since 2015 when I separated from this arranger, I’ve created mostly guitar and piano music. (I did work with a few other talented musicians briefly).

At the end of 2022, I decided to expand the existing arrangement and instrumental medleys that were already on Insight Timer. I could have created a new medley, but decided the songs were more likely to be played if I revised my existing tracks.

I am excited to share some of my newest paintings. My “Water Lilies” and “Hummingbird and Hydrangea” adorn two of these medleys.

Wishing everyone a magical year ahead in 2023!

Love, Judy

CLICKING ON THE IMAGES ARE LINKS TO HEAR THE INDIVIDUAL SONGS.

EVERY SEASON ARRANGEMENT MEDLEY

YOU ARE MY WINGS INSTRUMENTAL MEDLEY

MUSIC SAVED ME INSTRUMENTAL MEDLEY

PEACEFUL ARRANGEMENT MEDLEY

My finished paintings are below:

Guitar Tides

Clicking on this image is a link to hear my piece on Insight Timer.

The 4-chord melody for Guitar Tides was composed last year. I put it aside when I couldn’t seem to expand it beyond those chords. Instead, I found myself energized to work on “Autumn Hope” so I discarded those 4 chords in the key of A.

Once “Autumn Hope” was finished, I wondered whether I had another guitar instrumental in me. I went back to play those 4 chords and felt inspired to add a few more bars. As more and more passages were revealed, the song expanded beautifully. I didn’t have any idea what to name it, so for 6 months, I called it my “new piece in the key of A.”

It took patience for me to decide when my song was truly finished. Eventually, it felt complete and I recorded the main guitar part in August. But it still wasn’t done. I wanted to explore guitar additions. In the past, my other guitar part usually consisted of light finger-picking and an occasional soft strum.

I went ahead and recorded those additions by transposing and using a capo, but then I improvised and came up with some catchy lead guitar melodies. With my last piece “Autumn Hope,” I had discovered the beauty of adding harmonics, so I recorded lots of tracks with those, as well.

Culling the best parts from all the additional guitar recordings was a monumental editing task. But I loved it! The finished piece even benefited from a creative introduction, which had the guitar additions playing first without the main guitar. I faded it in and the result was fun. And of course, once I chose the name “Guitar Tides” – I thought adding some ocean sounds for the intro and the outtro would be soothing.

I had a lovely beach outing this past summer, which inspired me to take some pictures of my guitar on the sand. My good friend, Joni, accompanied me and also took some pictures of me. Everything came together and I’m so happy that I have finished and released my latest guitar creation.

I am planning to add a portion of Guitar Tides to an existing track named “Healing Guitar Dreams.” The moon on my song cover is very dreamy. I’m going to use a different view and change the name of that track to “Guitar Dreams.” It will consist of 5 guitar songs. That will be coming soon.

Music Inspires

The process of working on piano songs has been musical glue in my life. I love exploring the beauty of each song’s melody. The creative versions (that come before the melody) are fun to create. They utilize my songs’ chords and the vibe is unique for every single clip.

Credit has to be given to the wonderful pianist I work with – Devin Farney.

My next Magical Piano Medley is almost there. After this medley, I have no plans to do any more piano songs. I am wondering what music I will create next!

I am posting songs here that I haven’t yet shared. Please enjoy them.

HANG ON

MY SHINING STAR

THE KEY

SOMEWHERE I CAN’T SEE