Learning to Collaborate – Sort Of

June 27, 2015 § 2 Comments

When it comes to writing, I’ve never been much good at collaboration. As a news producer, I hated it when others rewrote or revised my copy. When I got married, and my wife and I decided to write the music for our ceremony, I had difficulty working with her. Suffice to say that I’ve always been a bit of a loner in the writing arena, perhaps because for me writing is such a personal and solitary endeavor.

Recently, however, I’ve started to get a little better at collaboration. Working on a recent song, my wife had trouble working out the accompanying chords, so we talked about rewriting the melody. She started playing some chords, and we worked out a new melody on the fly.

At about the same time, a friend of mine, Anita Sugimura Holsapple put up a lovely sentiment on her Facebook page. As soon as I read her words, I saw the potential for a song and came up with a verse and chorus that same day. The rest of the lyrics took a few more days to come up, but they finally came. I present the initial draft here for your consideration.

NOTE: Anita is also a filmmaker and is trying to put the final touches on what I believe with be an important documentary about the challenges soldiers and their families face after returning from serving in combat. The film is called Battlefield: Home Through the Lens of the Daughter of a Vietnam Vet. (Click of the title to visit the film’s home page.) She could use a bit of help and has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money still needed for post-production. From the film’s homepage, you can go to her Kickstarter page and lend a hand. Check it out!

Follow Your Heart

There will be times
When you feel you are walking alone
You will meet people who seem to have hearts made of stone

There will be days when you’re searching for ways
To try and make sense of it all
Simply keep moving forward, keep on believing
And pick up yourself up should you fall

There will always be haters
So follow the love
Some will say it can’t be done
So just rise above
Some will be jealous
And try to tear your dreams apart
Simply go where the love is
And follow your heart

There will be days
When you feel that you just can’t go on
Don’t worry about yesterday
‘Cause it’s already gone

There will be tears that you’ll cry through the years
Each time you feel you’re falling apart
Try to remember each day’s a new chance
For you to make a new start

Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re all alone
Nothing on which you can depend
But the world that you make —
The chance that you take —
Is the only thing that matters in the end

There will always be haters
So follow the love
Some will say it can’t be done
So just rise above
Some will be jealous
And try to tear your dreams apart
Simply go where the love is
And follow your heart

2015 Holsapple – Huntsman.

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