Thursday, April 8, 2010

Singing You're Deeply Beautiful

Right now I’m on spring break from teaching kindergarten. I sing a lot at work.

I'm missing my friend, Walter, and missing him made me realize that I’m also missing singing.

So I got out my guitar this morning. I’m singing for you, my bloggy buds.


19 comments:

Jenny Stevning said...

THANKS! Love!

Reya Mellicker said...

This is awesome! Thanks!!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Thank you Dan. I now feel reminded! Your singing was a deeply beautiful gesture.

neighbor said...

ahhh...
that's so sweet.

Jenny Stevning said...

I came back for another listen! :)

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Like Jenny, I came back for another listen too!
And to offer you this:

"I did not come here to solve anything.
I came here to sing."
~Pablo Neruda

Brighid said...

Thanks, I needed reminding...

steven said...

dan - the words "deeply beautiful" - went deep on this cold early spring morning. i see it in so many people but those two words have never come together until this day!!! thanks for singing your song dan. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Jenny, thanks for coming here twice! I'm glad that my song cheered you up a bit.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, you, too. I love the Neruda quote, a gift. I think bringing a little beauty and happiness to the world is the best solution, usually, anyway.

Dan Gurney said...

Reya, thanks. Just a little ditty. The kids in kindergarten like it, too.

Dan Gurney said...

neighbor, steven, and Brighid, thank you for leaving a comment on your visit here. It feels good to hear your thanks and to say, "You're welcome!" It's all good.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, I like to remember that inside each person is a lotus blooming in splendorous glory. If we look for the good in the world, we surely shall find it. Probably quoting Abraham Lincoln here, or was it Pollyanna? but no matter who said it, it's true.

The Pollinatrix said...

My smile is so big it hurts, and my deeply beautiful heart is giving you a standing ovation.

Did you write this song? Can I put this on my blog?

I love all the cheerful yellow.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli—

I adapted the song from one that is similar, but would not be appropriate to sing to young children because of its similar but negative message. This is how folk songs are, or should be. Songs should be free and they should shapeshift to fit the audience.

I asked the songwriter of the starting point song for permission to do this and was denied by a lawyer. I made enough changes both lyrically and melodically that I don't think of it as her song or my song... it's YOUR song. Sure you can share it. Just take a page from my playbook, and don't charge any money for it.

The Pollinatrix said...

Songs should be free and shapeshift - yes.

I don't know if I'm missing a joke here or what, but what does "take a page from my playbook" mean?

I was thinking I'd copy the video onto the bottom of my blog - is that cool?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli--

You didn't miss a joke. My "playbook" is an open book. My intention is to give away "my" songs, "my" poems, etc. for free. I don't think of them as belonging to me. The songwriter's lawyer wanted me to pay royalties for any money I might make from selling the song if I recorded it. I have recorded it (at home) and I've given those recordings away as gifts at Christmas to my students, but I've never charged any money for those. What any of this has to do with a playbook, I don't know. I don't follow sports, so I should probably abstain from using sports-born analogies.

Sure, copy the video on the bottom of your blog.

The Pollinatrix said...

Thanks, Dan.

I came back again to share this with my oldest and youngest daughters. My oldest recorded it onto her cell phone, and my youngest bounced on my lap while you sang.

Dan Gurney said...

That's so cool, Polli. I told my wife. She's impressed. Tell your daughters hello for me. And give them a long strong hug, too.