Once upon a time I wrote lyrics which depicted experiences with Cancer of three people that affected me greatly. Of course there are more than three that have affected me, but writing about them all would create an epic song for which the music video would be a multi-ogy. So I highlighted these three. What to do about music? Enter the astounding Heather Hill who created the music and worked with me to finesse the lyrics and come up with a resounding chorus and title. Come By Here; it’s what the term “Kumbaya” translates to. You may remember the spiritual song Kumbaya from the 1930s about human bonding, empathy and compassion. During the songwriting process Heather had goosebumps, so we knew we were onto something special.
Foreground: Heather Hill’s goosebumps
Background: Heather Hill’s hitmaker piano
Then came along the brilliant Orville Heyn who helped to finalize the lyrics and music. It was with Orville that I went into the studio this past July to record the track.
1. My reflective self! 2. My mic and my notes!
3. My producer/vocal coach/director Orville Heyn!
The result? These are the final lyrics.
COME BY HERE
-Kat Leonard, Heather Hill, Orville Heyn
I had an aunt with grace untold
A hefty laugh, warm hand to hold
You’d fall in love before you knew it
Her smile was bright, her humour sharp
Encouraging words dispelled the dark
She was gone before we knew it
Come by here
Come by here
Come by here
Grampie fought the great evil abroad
He’s the old kind of brave we’ll forever applaud
He fought for light and liberty
Taught me I was never alone
Gave a young girl a place to belong
When all was done he fell to only one enemy
I have a friend who’s fought before
The devil it seems came back for more
She struggles inside, you’d never know it
Like a buoyant wave on a frantic sea
She’s the kind of friend I strive to be
An army of hope she marches on
In perpetual echo our lost live on!
Where can you hear the song?
For one, you can listen here on Soundcloud!
For two, it is part of an artist compilation CD called She’s Listening which is in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada! If you’d like, you can pre-order your copy for $12 here. If you’re in Ottawa on September 8th, you can join Heather Hill and I at the Walk Of Hope and hear us perform the song live then pick up your copy of She’s Listening! There will also be other artists from She’s Listening performing! Sounds like a hoot and holla to me! 🙂
For three, you can see the music video… once there is one! The aim is to produce the video this fall. Come By Here, all!
For now this memory would hold her, for now this memory was enough. She sat for a moment in bliss, resting and recalling the sensation of the serene thrill that came before.
Within this memory, she could still dance to the music of her own giggles and sighs as they mixed with the hum of her companion speeding freely underneath her. She pulsed with the memory of the motion, each wave of movement a crest toward forthcoming promise and destiny. A magical breeze whispered encouragement, and the generous torque lifting her spirit let her know that she was well on her way. She was on top of the world as her oyster, and as it spun it did swirl into a silken pearl of fortune and gratitude.
This memory she savoured was a token of her good luck and a reminder to cherish each moment. For now this memory would hold her, for now this memory was enough. But as soon as the power came back on, she would jump back aboard for another sweet ride.
Photo by Michelle Weber
*This blog was inspired by Michelle Weber’s call to action on The DailyPost wherein the challenge was to write a post inspired by this photo.
In a nutshell:
Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words
The challenge is called “1,000 Words” after the famous phrase, but don’t feel that you need to write that much (or that little) — however many words your story requires is the right number of words.
Thanks for the challenge, Daily Press! That was fun!
🙂 Love Kat
Preorder your She’s Listening CD (which includes my new tune Come By Here co-written with the illuminating Heather Hill) and help raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada research and screening. Check out the illustrious list of artists singing for the cause! Thank you for all you do! XO
Thank you to Jason Spencer for sharing time with us at WonderFest-West and for helping spread empowerment through art with his delicious article! Click here for full article at www.Mississauga.com
PS My favourite part of this picture above is seeing Arlene in the nook of my elbow, backing me up as always! Awesome wingman and cohost!
Thank you to The Harlton Empire for their interest in WonderFest-West!
Who is Arlene Paculan?
Arlene: I am a Mississauga resident, singer-songwriter of classy jazzy pop. I have been performing across the GTA, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, over the past 3 years. Selected past events include: TD Toronto Jazz Festival, PRIDE Toronto, opening for Jill Barber in Mississauga, Beaches Jazz Street Festival.
Who is Kat Leonard?
Kat: Kat Leonard is a feisty pop performance dynamo, a mix of kd lang, Madonna and Jack Black, serving up song, dance and guffaws in equal measure.
What is Wonderfest-West? / Where did the idea come from?
Arlene: WonderFest stemmed from an event titled “Wonder Women” where the goal was to showcase female songwriters of different genres, increasing their fan base by performing in front of different types of audiences. Over time, Let’s Make Good Productions decided to showcase more than just songwriters. Now, WonderFest makes sure to showcase all types of art…
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