Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One More Time

The technical term for this new song is a "Musical Do-Over."

Several years ago, I wrote a song called "A Kiss Beneath the Sundial Bridge." I liked the story, loved the inspiration, and felt the lyrics were strong. But a song is doomed if the songwriter doesn't enjoy singing it. That is a Big Fat Fatal Red Flag.

The problem was the melody -- it was just about as interesting as last week's tuna casserole. So I re-wrote it. Twice. Fortunately, one of the benefits of having no publisher and no charting hits I am free to steal and pilfer from my own back catalog. Everything I've ever written is fair game. So I re-wrote it one more time.

Now I am -- finally -- happy with this brand new (and not quite so wordy) song: "Under the Sundial Bridge." It's available as a free download on our website - and below is a video montage of pictures of the magnificent Sundial Bridge that inspires me every time I see it.

Under the Sundial Bridge
words and music © Erin Coombs Friedman

They crossed the Sundial Bridge
Into their own fairytale romance
The twilight played behind the glass
They left behind a lonely past
Love found a time and place at last

Run, river, run, river run
Shadows spin under the sun
But time stands still
And forever begins with a kiss
Under the Sundial Bridge

They cross the Sundial Bridge
For river walks
Friday night jazz
Sunday coffee talks
Moon hangs over Lassen Peak
A diamond ring and he's down on one knee
She agrees to reach for eternity

They'll cross the Sundial Bridge
In years to come
Fireworks on the fourth
The Fall salmon run
Guide their children by the hand
Find skipping stones on the sand
Together remember just how forever began

Friday, September 10, 2010

Shana Tova - "A Good Year"

The new Jewish year has begun and we're celebrating the arrival of 5771 with some glorious fall weather here in the North State. Our family will be feasting tonight, when we finally gather all the kiddos together - not an easy feat, between dancing, classes and work.

Apples are traditional for Rosh Hashana, so I'll be whipping up this Caramel Apple Cake from the Epicurious website. Apple Cake with Caramel It's absolutely decadent and worth every calorie.

This month, we're also giving away free downloads of our song I Never Knew I Could Fly. The song celebrates survivors and it seems an appropriate way to head into a brand new year: hopeful, resilient.

Click here to go to our website - then go to the Free Download page: Still Married

Shana Tova to you and thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Curriculum of Joy

As a veteran home school mom and a leader in the local home schooling community, I'm often asked "What's the best curriculum for my kids?" My answer? "Seek Joy - everything else will follow."

The Art of Non-Conformity is a guidebook for a joy-based curriculum for adults. It's filled with examples of people who've consciously chosen to live unconventional lives. I gave it to my 18-year-old, I want my husband to read it and I'm adding it to my list of recommended reading for new homeschooling parents. Guillebeau's "Alternative Graduate School Experience" is a must-read for anyone who believes education has to cost a fortune.

Part cheerleader, part tour guide, Guillebeau gives a whole host of practical suggestions for living a non-conformist life. I'm eager to apply his ideas to my OWN life as a singer-songwriter and to share the book with others who are open to looking at the world differently and living a gratifying, joyful life outside-the-box.

Find the book on Amazon.com here: The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World