Hello and Happy New Year!
In 2014, I released Trouble and Love. I hand-carried my brand new record to 125 towns, playing my new songs in theatres, cafés, coffee shops, bars and on radio shows around the world. I led 9 songwriting workshops in 3 countries, participated in 4 Songwriting with Soldiers Retreats, and played the Grand Ole Opry 4 times. One of the highlights was sharing the lineup at The Opry with 10-year-old Fiddling Carson Peters, pictured here. What a year!
Now that I have been home resting for a few weeks, lessons from my travels are beginning to crystalize. I guess most of these have been building up inside me for years, but this is the first time I’ve sat down and made a lesson list. I look at them as gifts -- as the building blocks of wisdom.
Here are my Top 10 Lessons From 2014:
- There is no such thing as an ordinary life.
- Songs are more than songs--they are the great human connectors of our time.
- Songs transcend all manner of boundaries. They speak a universal language.
- Songs heal. They are pieces of the soul reaching through eternity, to heal the heart.
- Resonance is my/our deepest desire.
- An emotionally-true song resonates to the core, to the central, innermost, or most essential part of us.
- Emotional truth is not about the facts. It is about being genuine, authentic, and vulnerable.
- At our center, we are the same. Songs are conduits for compassion and empathy, a road map into a stranger’s heart, which upon inspection - mirrors our own heart.
- A three-and-a-half minute song can temporarily bring us us to a place that does not yet exist here on earth, a place where we are safe, connected, and of one heart.
- At their best, songs breathe life into a precious idea: that we are not alone, that other people have felt and feel the way we do, and that all of humanity is made of the same mysterious, electrical, spirit infused stardust. And songs are the people’s instrument of choice- to express the wonder of it all.
Thank you for joining me on my musical journey and for being a part of this community of song. I’m looking forward to seeing you in 2015!
~ Mary GauthierPhoto: Mary Gauthier with 10-Year Old Fiddling Carson Peters, Backstage at The Grand Ole Opry, 9/13/14