Music in the Outback

My dear sweet lovely friend Miri of Out an’ About  took one of my poems and added her music and her beautiful voice to it. Take a listen below.   Thank you Miri, you are one fabulous singer, xo!!   She also recently was runner-up for Most Inspirational Blog in this year’s Blogger Bash Awards…in my opinion she’s always a winner!!  You can read the words to the song here 

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We’re leaving this Sunday for our Central Australia outback trip and packing has begun in earnest.

There’s one thing that I’d like to take but I’ll probably leave behind and that’s my trusty guitar.


She came with me to the Flinders Ranges and I enjoyed playing a few tunes around the camp fire but I’ve decided this trip she can stay at home. She’ll be waiting for me.


What is it about music that makes me feel so good?

It relaxes me when I’m stressed, inspires me when I feel flat and gives me a kick arse boost of energy at Zumba when I need it.

I’m sure I’m not alone.

Who doesn’t love a good boogie?

Music has such power to alter our moods, to raise our spirits.

As a goodbye serenade I’m going to share a song, written originally as a poem by my lovely friend and inspiring…

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~ I’ve Won Today! ~

You know when you have that conversation in your mind and you have it over and over and over again?  Well today, while I was showering, (and why does everything occur in the shower by the way?) I was thinking about work and letting it consume me, as I have done every day for over a year now and I’m tired of it.  So I decided that I was NOT going to let work interfere with my weekend…this is my time and I am not going to give work one more second of my mind.  After I decided this, my mind was flooded with the poem below, which actually came into my head in song form.  So there is a tune that goes with it, but I’ll let you make up your own if you so choose!  🙂

I pay no heed to you
This is what I choose to do
And you have no control of me
This morning I have set you free

Now you must go along your way
For you see, I’ve won today!
So would you be so very kind
As to please get off my mind

When ever will you understand
That you’re no longer in the plan?
I cut the cord and said goodbye
Be on your way, don’t even try

I’ve chosen to be sad no more
Let me show you to the door
You’ll no longer beat me down
I have tired of this frown

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You start each day inside my head
But did you hear what I just said?
The conversation starts again
As you are trying to get in

But thrice I cut you from my life
My words are sharper than a knife
And all the time I wear this smile
Knowing you’ll be gone awhile

Oh you’ll be back again I know
But it’s getting easy to let go
My will grows stronger every minute
Especially without you in it

This battle it has gone my way
For you see, I’ve won today!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

READY FOR A BRAND NEW DAY!

Here’s another song I wrote for Taylor Swift, if only I had a direct line to her…hmmmm!  Hope you like it.

 Ready for a Brand New Day
By Deb Cowdrey

Wake up, pop up, jump on out of bed
Sit up, push up, no downward dog instead

Drink my juice and think of you
Ready for a brand new day
Knowing that you love me too
Everything’s going my way

Wash up, wipe up, wondering what to wear
Dress up, make-up, now I do my hair

Pack my lunch and think of you
Ready for a brand new day
Knowing that you love me too
Everything’s going my way

Earrings, necklace, always running late
Dress boots, jacket, to see you I can’t wait

Lock the door and think of you
Ready for a brand new day
Knowing that you love me too
Everything’s going my way

Start car, backup, leave my lovely home
Traffic, people, everywhere I roam

Get to work and think of you
Ready for a brand new day
Knowing that you love me too
Everything’s going my way

Touch you, kiss you, hold you in my arms
Love you, missed you, you’re my lucky charm

Go to bed and think of you
Ready for a brand new day
Knowing that you love me too
Everything’s going my way

Ready for a brand new day
Ready for a brand new day

ODE TO OLD MAN WINTER!!

This past winter in the Northeast was brutal…which inspired me to write the poem below…I also see this as a song…music anyone?

 

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Til You’re Off My Mind
By Deb Cowdrey

I wake up every morning
To your cold and stark embrace
Rewriting all our history
It’s in your frigid face

I hope and pray and wish and dream
The chill will go away
But nothing is as it would seem
It’s here another day

You blast me without warning
Your stormy moods surround
With just one blow, a record low
You will not drag me down

Cold as ice, paid the price
Shivers down my spine
Must hang on, won’t be long
Til you’re off my mind

Been months and months of barrenness
The ice is in your name
Such lonely, lifeless, nothingness
I think I’ll go insane

And yet this isolation is a blessing in disguise
It’s brought me self-reflection
And some vision to these eyes

Cold as ice, paid the price
Shivers down my spine
Must hang on, won’t be long
Til you’re off my mind

I found a passion in me
I did not know was there
I’ve come alive, each day I strive
To journey without fear

So even though you’ve drained me
With your bitter, endless ways
I’m now refilled, there’s no more chill
It’s vanished in the haze

Cold as ice, paid the price
Shivers down my spine
Must hang on, won’t be long
Til you’re off my mind
Til you’re off my mind