Notes: "Singing was never an option: it's like walking, breathing, eating... it's just one of the things that you do." It's a songwriter conversation with Lea Morris, who brings us not only her song, Just As You Are, but also gives us the very earliest possible sneak peek of what she might be writing for the NVN Black Lives Matter commission she has received. You can hear me stumble through learning a new-to-me song. We talk about how a song can transform a relationship or build self-forgiveness and self-acceptance. How singing with others is actually heaven. Lea shares her personal take on appropriateness versus appropriation and encourages us to follow our joy... "let yourself have that expression." This was my first in-the-same-room interview, and what a pleasure it was!
Songwriter Info: Lea describes her sound blend of gospel, jazz, country & R&B as SoulFolk. She performs solo & with her band. Lea is one of the Black composers commissioned by the Natural Voices Network for their Black Lives Matter commissioning project, and she also writes music used by Unitarian-Universalist congregations. On our songwriter conversation (episode #60), she talks about the compositional process and shares a little of what's currently in process. Check out her website under "More" for full biographical info, and don't miss Lea's own recording of Just As You Are on the Singing Mama's youtube channel!
Lea's website: www.thisislea.com
Lea on youtube: www.YouTube.com/thisislea
Good Morning Melodies by Lea Morris -- this link lets you buy either the songbook or the recordings of Lea's collection of acapella songs
Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder... here's a 1976 album review by Rolling Stone, which I thought was interesting to read, since it was from before everyone knew how this album would go on to become one of the definitive pieces of art from the 1970s. Title link to the Amazon listing.
Fleur de Lis by Richard Julian... and here's a youtube video of a single from the album, Die in New Orleans
Nuts & Bolts: 4:4; Ionian (major), harmonized with response
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7/20/2022 12:09:09 pm
What a sweet song! I can tell that I'll be singing this one frequently. And thank you, Patricia and Lea for a wonderful and heartwarming "visit" during this podcast. I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table with you, having a cozy chat and sipping a cup of tea.
7/20/2022 01:10:43 pm
Resa, this makes me SO happy! That's exactly what I hope for from these conversations.... and Lea and I talked about the wonderful people who listen to and sing with the podcast -- we felt your spirits with us!
7/21/2022 08:27:40 am
I absolutely loved this thank you so much for sharing
7/21/2022 09:08:50 am
I'm so glad to hear this, Jenny! You are very welcome...
7/23/2022 01:34:56 pm
Thank you so much for this sweet song and podcast, listening to it as I am, away from and missing my singing group today as I have covid, it has been a treat. Thank you
7/23/2022 09:36:37 pm
What a wonderful message, Racha -- so glad A Breath of Song could fill in for your singing group, and hope you heal easily and quickly from covid!
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