11/30/2022 6 Comments
79. Be Yourself
Notes: "Be Yourself" was written for 'Body of Sound', a women's group that Kate Thomas leads, for a residential at Laurieston Hall in Scotland which has a lovely open fire. Can you imagine joining with friends around a fire and singing this to each other? And sometimes, I swear, I find myself singing it to just myself (or my many selves???), welcoming all of them around the fire -- the part of me that's anxious, the part that's grouchy, the part that is confident, the part that's flamboyant -- shall I go on? I definitely have enough for a campfire gathering of my own -- but I'll grant you that it's even better if you're gathering with others!
Songwriter Info: Kate Thomas is a singer, song leader, songwriter and instrumentalist (guitar, piano and handpan) and has been leading singing groups in Sheffield for over 20 years. She has produced two songbooks, 'Honey and Salt' (from which 'Be Yourself' is taken) and 'Scattered Seeds'. If you are interested in contacting her about these resources, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate's profile and choirs: Member profile - Natural Voice Network
Information about Honey and Salt: Honey and Salt - Natural Voice Network
Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, 4-parts
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11/30/2022 11:04:47 am
I'm so very sorry to hear that you have covid now in addition to this other mysterious illness. I can hardly believe you are still up to sending out this week's song. Please know that I am holding you in my thoughts and sending healing energy your way. 💜
11/30/2022 08:40:49 pm
Deeply appreciated, Stephanie! Fortunately, I had really been pain-free since the Monday before Thanksgiving, and was feeling very close to normal by Sunday after... and then started with covid symptoms Monday morning. So I had a day!!!! And even with the covid being a drain and a drag, it's not as bad as the muscle pain/fatigue thing was. And the time singing and tending to the podcast is such a pleasure for me...
11/30/2022 01:47:13 pm
I have always so loved when you’ve used this song as an opening/welcoming song on your pocket songs /juneberry zoom song gatherings. It is so welcoming, the song itself, and how you share it ♥️
11/30/2022 08:42:34 pm
Yes, I really love the sense of welcome all around the room that this gives, combined with the full permission to be who we are... and it's a light-hearted song, too... Kate gave us a really good song here.
12/3/2022 06:59:37 am
I was privileged to be around the actual fire at Laurieston when we originally learned this beautiful song from Kate; I always find myself thinking of it when I'm in a room with an open fire 🎶🥰🔥 Lovely to be reminded of all the parts - I look forward to listening to other episodes.
12/3/2022 07:44:40 am
A warm welcome to A Breath of Song to you, Liz! How lucky you were to be by that fire, indeed!!
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