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Going Live

So I woke up this morning very happy indeed because I am so very excited about my Singer-Songwriter Showcase that is happening this Saturday night.  We are expecting over 100 people on the night and it’s going to be a really great show.  We have been practising for weeks and weeks and this Saturday we will be putting all the preparation and practice to test – yes, we’re going live and it is very exciting indeed.

The event will have a real family/friendly feel to it and will be filled with joyous Community Spirit, that is what I want and what we have been aiming for!!  I’m going back to the Village of Carfin where I was brought up in as a child – a Village that has a very special place in my heart.

I will take lots of photos and share them with you on this Blog next week.

It’s quite funny because last year at this time I hadn’t even written one song and now I’m performing my own songs at my own Gig – it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it!!

Question

What would you like your life to be like, one year from now?

It could all start here for you, maybe you were meant to read this blog post, maybe just maybe this blog post is for YOU, to get YOU started on fulfilling your own dreams and goals in life.  I’m doing it, why not YOU too. 🙂

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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True Story – Making It Happen

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True Story

I want to tell you a true story of how you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if you really put your mind to it – even if you have no experience at all in that field of interest.

The Beginning of Clarabelle Music

In March 2013 I purchased myself a second-hand keyboard because I wanted to create some instrumental music.  I couldn’t play the keyboard at the time but I wanted to learn – teach myself.  I created about nine instrumentals within about a two week period – I couldn’t read music, I just wrote numbers on the keys with pencil and “felt the music” and I also just memorised the keys I was playing.

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Clarabelle’s Keyboard
Tony…

I wanted to transfer each musical piece onto my laptop but I didn’t have the right connecting cables.  So I went into a shop in Glasgow City Centre, RS Sound & Light and got chatting to the owner of the shop, Tony.  Tony was a very warm and inviting man and he sold me the cables I needed.  Whilst chatting to Tony he asked me why I wanted the cables and I told him I was going to be making up my own songs – I said to him “eventually I will have my own CD Album”.  Tony said that this was great and that when the CD Album is ready, to bring it into him and he would play it in his shop and also pass the CD onto other DJs he knew so they would also play it for me.

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Tony’s Shop in Glasgow
So Inspiring

This was so inspiring for me because although I had very little music experience (practically none), Tony didn’t disregard my idea and aspirations – he encouraged and supported me with it.  That was it, I was on a mission……..a passionate, exciting, true to myself mission of giving Tony my CD Album – I could see that vision, I could feel it and I believed it.

At this point I hadn’t written any songs……but here’s what happened.

From May 2013 to September 2013 I wrote 25 songs…..from the heart, including the melodies.  Between October to December I chose four of my favourite songs which I had only recorded acapella style on Youtube and hired musicians in Ireland (Denis Kilty), Canada (Gary Stitt) and New York (Shako) to create a simple piano and guitar backing track based on my melodies.  In January 2014, I went to the Professional Recording Studio, Reeltime Music and recorded my very first EP, Hearts Apart, which contains these original four songs – I had never been to a recording studio before either!!

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Across The Globe

Two weeks later I had released my first single, “Runaway Love” on iTunes and other music platforms across the globe and one month after that I was holding my newly created CD Album in my hands – I cried….my tears were of joy, love and pride in what I had accomplished.  One of the first things I thought of was, I can give Tony my CD now.

Runaway Love, Clarabelle

Tony Helped Me

Almost exactly a year later to the date when I first went into Tony’s shop, I very proudly handed him a copy of my CD Album and also a copy for his daughter.  Prior to that, Tony had also helped me choose my first PA system and is also supporting me as Professional Compere for my first ever public Gig on 3rd May this year in my home village of Carfin…….how exciting.

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So Grateful

I am so grateful for all the help from Tony at RS Sound & Light in Glasgow City Centre and everyone else who has been involved in helping me achieve what I have achieved so far…..I certainly could not have done it without them.  A massive thank you also goes out to my best friend Donna Marie Dick who has been amazing in helping me co-ordinate my first two live Gigs in May – she truly is a shining star.

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Donna (L) and Clarabelle

Special thanks also goes out to my wonderful photographer who took some amazing shots of me for my music portfolio (he’s still a bit shy, so doesn’t want me to mention his name yet).  There are lots of people I need to thank personally and I will…..not sure if they all want to be mentioned here on this blog, so I will protect their identity for the moment, but I know they know I am so grateful for their contribution.

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So Blessed

So there you have it, that’s a short summary of the truth from my musical journey, how amazing is that, I feel so blessed for everything.

I want YOU to believe in YOU, believe in your DREAMS, believe YOU can make them happen and have faith that the right people will cross your path to help you.

I had many barriers in the way…….far to many to mention but when I look at how far I have come I can only ever feel very VERY happy.

I wish you forever happiness, I truly do.  Thank you for being here.

Lots of love Clarabelle

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Follow Your Heart

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I am delighted to share that I posted some of my CDs to different places all over the world this week, here is where my EP, Hearts Apart went to:

  • Mexico
  • India
  • London
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • America
  • Germany

Heart, Mind and Soul

It’s so wonderful that I created something from my heart, mind and soul that I can now send to people anywhere in the world.  Isn’t this just wonderful because last year at this time I had no idea I would be doing this, it just evolved from this blog by doing poetry and then buying a second hand keyboard.  I was also inspired by some other people along the way, people that were already singing and just doing what they love and putting themselves out there.  This journey truly is a dream come true and who knows where it will lead to, but all I know is that I am following my heart by doing this and I hope that it touches other peoples’ hearts along the way.

Back to My Roots

I am so looking forward to performing at my two live Gigs in May this year in Scotland…..I will be singing my original songs in a local venue in the little Village of Carfin, where I was brought up as a child…..isn’t it funny, I’m going back to my roots…..it’s like I’ve come full circle.

Follow your heart……what does that truly mean for you?

Wishing you a very beautiful day today,

Lots of love, Clarabelle

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Question of the Month

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Every month I share a question for you to ponder and I also provide you with my own answer.  Here is this month’s question for you:

How do you express your individuality?

Here is my answer:

I express my individuality most definitely through my creative writing.  My original poetry comes from a special place in my heart and my songwriting comes from the core of my soul and the melody of my songs from my happy and harmonious spirit.  That’s how I express my individuality and it can be quite an emotional experience for me, but it is authentic to me and speaks only truth.

We are all so very special and unique and I feel it is so important for you to express who you really are and I would love to know how you do that.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend with some precious time in there for you and for you only.

Lots of love, Clarabelle

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Clarabelle Music App

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Clarabelle Music App

I am one full week into my Clarabelle 90 Day Challenge and I am delighted to share with you today that my Clarabelle Music App has officially gone “live” today.  The App is free to download and it is automatically linked to my blog, facebook, twitter and YouTube accounts, so you can get all the latest up-to-date information as and when I post.  Here is the link to the Clarabelle Music App, if you wish to download it for free:

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Thank you as always for being here and for your full support and encouragement, I do love you for it.

Wishing you a beautiful day today, full of love and smiles.  Clarabelle

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Keep Your Dreams Alive

Yes You Can

Yesterday I was doing some singing practice at home and I video recorded the NEW version of my original song, “Yes You Can” for you.  This motivational song with empowering lyrics has a “Country Music” vibe to it and this song will be on my second EP entitled, “You Can Do It”.  Below is a YouTube video of me singing the song yesterday and here is a taster of the lyrics for you:

“Keep your dreams alive, for they are so special,
Let your happy spirit thrive, have strength and be strong.
This is where your heart belongs.  Yes You Can…..”

Wishing you a “Yes You Can” Day, lots of love, Clarabelle

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Single “Runaway Love”

I am delighted to say that I have reached an important milestone in my new Singing/Songwriter career path.  My single, “Runaway Love” has now made it on iTunes today and I am so excited.  It’s been exactly 6 months and 2 days since I wrote the song, all alone in my little cosy home in Motherwell, Scotland.

Vision

I had held this Vision in my head and heart since I started this journey and although I have a long way to go, I feel very proud to see my original song displayed on iTunes. Here is the link for you to see:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/runaway-love-single/id808343271

I feel I am progressing quite nicely and I am doing my first private gig this week, so all very exciting.  I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I know I am growing by doing this – this is such a fulfilling journey!!

Singing Poetry

I started this Clarabelle blog mainly to share my poetry and it has evolved into so much more than that.  The blog, I feel, has gently and graciously guided me into my Singing/Songwriting Career, for sure.  I like to call my songs “Singing Poetry”, original poetic verses with a beautiful melody.

So it just goes to show that if you are passionate about something in life YOU can make it happen, you’ve just got to take that first baby step.

May each step that you take today move you closer to achieving your dreams.  Thank you for being here.

Lots of love, Clarabelle

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In Time We Heal

Original Song:  In Time We Heal

I received one of the biggest compliments ever recently from my friend.  We were getting the bus down to Manchester City Centre to celebrate the New Year and she told me she really liked one of my original songs, “In Time We Heal”, then, to my wonderful surprise, she started singing it and she knew the words….wow I was so chuffed.  She said to me that she really liked the song and played and sang along to it many many times.  Well, I was blown away with delight, that was such an unexpected thing to hear because I had no idea she listened to my stuff.  Her telling me that really made my day, as a matter of fact it made my whole trip.

Recording Studio

I am really excited because I head to the professional recording studio for the first time on 8th January to record 7 of my original songs for an EP (Extended Play), so soon you will hear them on this blog.  Below is a sample Youtube video of me practising my original song. “In Time We Heal” and also I have attached the Soundcloud link to Gary Stitt singing it – Gary arranged the piano backing track for this song and I think he did an amazing job.

Gary Stitt Sings, In Time We Heal

What is the Song About?

The song “In Time We Heal” is about going through tough times in life but overcoming them in the end and I am sure we can all relate to this.  All my songs are based on my own experiences or experiences of people very close to me, I think that is why people are connecting with them so much.

Listen to the words and stay strong my beautiful friend because indeed, “In Time YOU Will Heal”.

Love Clarabelle

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Music: I Am The Greatest

Original Song:  “I Am The Greatest”

It is with great pleasure that I share the following sample music track with you.  This is another one of my original songs, called “I Am The Greatest” and the piano backing track has been arranged and is played by the super talented Gary Stitt from Canada, Gary is also singing the vocals in this sample song track.

Motivational

The song is very motivational and is about making positive changes in your life, going for your dreams and goals in life and truly believing in your greatest potential –  I have also included the lyrics below for you.

Please let me know what you think of the music track, I will be heading to the recording studio soon to put my own vocals on it.

Thank you as always for your continued support and encouragement.  Clarabelle

Please click on this SoundCloud link to listen:  I Am The Greatest by Clarabelle (Sample) Gary Stitt on Vocals

Lyrics for I Am The Greatest by Clarabelle

Verse 1

You’ve gotta put the hard work in
And let your mind know
In order to catch the falling star
You’ve gotta move and go
Time it will not wait for you
Life moves very fast
So step it up, get going
Live it up, get showing
Say  I Am

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why

Verse 2

Times are tough I know sometimes
Keep going until the end
To reach the top you have to go
Be real do not pretend
You can be the champion
You can have it all
So live it up, get moving
Play the game, get grooving
Say  I Am

Bridge

I feel my heart
I feel my soul
In changing moments
This I know

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why
This is why
I will fly

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I want to say Thank You….

I want to say a very special thank you to two fabulous Artists I have been working with on the backing tracks for my original songs.

Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Denis Kilty from Ireland, www.deniskilty.com for his wonderful piano arrangement on my original song “I Am Here”, he did such a beautiful backing track for me.  Below are some samples of Denis’ work from his YouTube Channel:

And in my own YouTube video for my new Ebook, here is the piano backing track that Denis arranged for me:

Thank you Denis you truly are super talented and I look forward to you working on some of my other Album tracks.

Secondly, I would like to send a special thank you to Shako Khiskiadze who I have been collaborating with from New York, another amazing talented Artist who has arranged a wonderful guitar backing track for my motivational and uplifting song “Yes You Can”. Below are some samples of Shako at work from his YouTube Channel.  Thank you Shako.

I am so excited to be working with the above talented Artists and I look forward to sharing my Album tracks with you here on this blog, they have been a long time coming, but worth the wait I am sure.

Thank you for reading this blog post and joining this creatively inspiring journey with me.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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The Sound of Inspiration

Inspiration is Everywhere

I wrote this song because I wanted the lyrics to inspire people to really believe in themselves and go for their dreams and goals in life.  The song is entitled, “I Am The Greatest” and I want the person singing along to it, to really believe that they are and to feel encouraged and empowered by the words from within.  Inspiration is everywhere and I do hope you find some of it in this song.  Below is the Youtube video of me singing it for you.  I am still working on the backing tracks but I didn’t want that to stop the process of me sharing this with you.  🙂 Wishing you a day filled with love and inspiration, love Clarabelle.

I Am The Greatest

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Just Believe

Sometimes you just have to believe that YOU are the greatest, you have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in your abilities, you have to believe that you are capable of achieving so much more.  You have so much potential, there is so much more of you to unleash, so much more of you to share with the world.  Now I want you to hold onto that thought and I want you to flip an imaginary switch and when you do, you 100% believe in you, now watch what you are doing, look at who you are talking to, What changes are you making in your life? What are you doing differently?  Just believe, just believe, just believe in YOU.  I wrote the lyrics, “I Am The Greatest” (see below) last month because I was strongly visualising myself being the greatest songwriter of all time and then I wrote it down (picture above).

Vision

I believe, I have faith in the unknown and I know the Universe is working in my favour and bringing it to me.  I made the decision, I made the commitment and I acted upon it, I now treasure every person and thing that I attract into my life that moves me closer to my vision.

YOU

Now I want you to believe in you, believe in it all, believe and have faith in the mystery of the unknown, that once you commit to doing something, once you commit to achieving that goal, it’s going to happen for you, sooner or later it is going to happen for you.  You are the greatest and I want you to believe that.

Below are the lyrics to my song, “I Am The Greatest”, this will be released as part of my Album, “The Becoming of Me”, I think the melody that goes with this song is really great, it is really uplifting and empowering, definitely a song to be listened to first thing in the morning or when you are feeling down and want a little boost, the song will definitely do that for you.

“I Am The Greatest” by Clarabelle created on 22 July 2013

Verse 1

You’ve gotta put the hard work in
And let your mind know
In order to catch the falling star
You’ve gotta move and go
Time it will not wait for you
Life moves very fast
So step it up, get going
Live it up, get showing
Say  I Am

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why

Verse 2

Times are tough I know sometimes
Keep going until the end
To reach the top you have to go
Be real do not pretend
You can be the champion
You can have it all
So live it up, get moving
Play the game, get grooving
Say  I Am

Bridge

I feel my heart
I feel my soul
In changing moments
This I know

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why
This is why
I will fly

I want you to fly today, I’ll be watching you, love Clarabelle

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Chat with Clarabelle

Please come and say hello 🙂

I would like to say a special thank you to YOU for visiting this Clarabelle blog and for liking my posts, I really do appreciate it.  

I really love to interact with visitors to this blog and I want you to know that I have lots of additional “Clarabelle” updates on my Clarabelle Facebook page.  If you are interested in finding out more about what I am up to on a daily basis then please feel free to like the Clarabelle Facebook page, you can easily do this from the Facebook like box on the sidebar of this blog.

Below is a real snapshot of what I have updated on my Clarabelle Facebook page recently:

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Snapshot of Clarabelle’s Facebook Page

I look forward to chatting with you soon.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Lots of love to you Clarabelle

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Face the Music

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Time stands still for no one, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock….second after second life goes by, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, there goes another moment.   STOP!!!  THINK!!  and ask yourself this question, “What are YOU going to do?”  Remember it’s still ticking, every breath you take, every blink of an eye, the second hand on the clock goes round.  ACT!! Just do what you need to do to challenge yourself and make your life better today.  Be brave, be bold, step out of your comfort zone and just you GO FOR IT!!  I know I am.  This next poem is for you my lovely friends, I hope you make each moment count today.  Lots of love to you Clarabelle.

Face the Music

I hear it play
I know its sound
From up above
And underground
I feel it move
Shift a beat
I feel its presence
Dancing in my feet
The candle burns
The clock ticks by
Around it goes
Flying high
Face the music
See its light
It is with you
Burning bright
This is your time
Know this and more
Building bridges
A new path to explore
There’s no straight line
No end, no beginning
There is only love
Your heart is winning

poemsbyclarabelle, 2 August 2013

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You Are The Key

Life is too short

Often we look for a solution to our problems “out there” however I am a great believer that you have the answer deep inside yourself.

“You Are The Key” is a song that I created a few weeks, although I do write a lot of love songs I also write a lot of uplifting and more inspiring songs too.  I hope you like this Youtube demo song and that it adds a little zest to your day (background music currently being produced).

Remember whatever you are going through in life just now “You Are The Key” to turning it all around for the better.  I have inserted the lyrics below also, so you can sing along if you wish.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

YOU ARE THE KEY by Claire Marie Murray, a.k.a. Clarabelle 11 July 2013

Verse 1

Mr Inspirational believes in his dreams
Miss Influential, life is better than it seems
Mr Motivational has hunger in his soul
Mrs Positivity, always reaches her goal

Chorus

For you are the key
And this is your cue
know what you want,
Let it inspire you
Feel in your heart,
all the things you can do
For you are the key
And this is so true

Verse 2

Mr Happiness, smiles all the time
Miss Joyfulness, sings uplifting tunes in rhyme
Mr Success, nothing stops him now
Mrs Believer, knows she is wow

Chorus

For you are the key
And this is your cue
know what you want,
Let it inspire you
Feel in your heart,
all the things you can do
For you are the key
And this is so true

Bridge

Dream a bigger dream
Paradise waits for you
Be the cat with cream
There ain’t nothing you can do
Hold in your heart
Dance amidst the clouds
Uniqueness is your part
Don’t follow all the crowds

Chorus (to fade)

For you are the key
And this is your cue
know what you want,
Let it inspire you
Feel in your heart,
all the things you can do
For you are the key
And this is so true
Yes, you are the key
Believe that is true

 songsbyclarabelle, 11 July 2013 (Copyright)

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In the Heat of the Night

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Sometimes we all need a little bit of motivation to help us see through the day, when times are tough, sometimes you can be uplifted by hearing the right words.  I wrote this song last week which is all about being in “Yes You Can” mode and funnily enough I called it “Yes You Can” I have created the melody and just need to work on the backing track and getting it recorded but I thought I would share the words here with you today.  Wishing you a day filled with positive self belief, because “YES YOU CAN”.  Love Clarabelle

Yes You Can

Verse 1

You may not win them all
But you can win the fight
You won’t win all hearts
In the heat of the night
But protect what you’ve got
Cos you’ve got such a lot
Feel in your soul
The mountain top goal

Chorus

Yes you can
Yes you can
And you will
Get up that hill
And you will fly
Across the sky
And you will soar
Let your spirit roar
Oh yes you can

Verse 2

You may want to let go
But believe in your heart
You should never feel low
Don’t let dreams fall apart
So protect all of you
Cos you’re human too
Experience life
Forget trouble strife

Chorus

Yes you can
Yes you can
And you will
Get up that hill
And you will fly
Across the sky
And you will soar
Let your spirit roar
Oh yes you can

Bridge

Keep your dreams alive
For you are oh so special
Let your happy spirit thrive
Have strength and be strong
This is where your heart belongs

Chorus (to fade)

Yes you can
Yes you can
And you will
Get up that hill
And you will fly
Across the sky
And you will soar
Let your spirit roar
Oh yes you can

SongsbyClarabelle, 11 July 2013

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Yes You Can Because You Are The Key

Life is too short to wait

Today I have been in creative mode, I have written two inspirational songs so far and I am very pleased with the outcome.  The songs are entitled “YES YOU CAN” and “YOU ARE THE KEY”, once I have had my songs registered with BMI and recorded on YouTube I will share them with you on this blog.

I am excited to share these songs because I believe that if you are having a tough day and you then listen to these songs, I am hoping the lyrics will connect with you in some way and uplift your spirits.  We all need a little morale boost now and again and I feel the essence of these two songs is all about that.

Make today be a “YES YOU CAN” day for you because “YOU ARE THE KEY” to turning your life around for the better.

Wishing you a day filled with happiness and joy, love Clarabelle.

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What will your answer be?

Sounds of Music

There are certain sounds of music that really touch my heart and soul one of them being the classical piano tune “Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1”, it is so very beautiful, you can listen to it on the YouTube video clip below.

Songwriter

In addition to writing poetry and expressing all things inspirational I am an avid songwriter and music producer.  When I was a child there was more evidence of me getting involved in this, I used to lock myself in my room for hours and just write songs and make up little tunes to them – I was so lost in the moment, every time I did that – it was such a wonderful feeling.  I am now gradually introducing that musical art back into my life and I aim to share it here with you on this blog…..some time soon, I hope!!

Why am I sharing this with you?

I just want you to never feel that you have completely closed the door on your childhood dreams, I have re-opened mine after more than 30 years ago…..when I compose music and write songs, I feel I am that child again, lost in spirit, lost in the music and engaged with my soul.  My heart is making the calling and I am listening to it, loud and clear.

When your heart speaks, what does it say to you?

Go on….I dare you to listen!!  What will your answer be?  

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle