"song"

Old Song, New Post

So, I meant to blog this a year ago, when I recorded it. I forgot. And I may have pulled my usual stunt of being overly-critical of my own voice. Oh, well. I wrote the song to be an encouragement. Be encouraged, my friends.

Are you ready for your leap of faith?

 

He Is Holding You
Words and Music by Talena Winters
Copyright 2009.

Every life has moments such as these
When you're hanging from the trapeze
The known a thin bar beneath your knees
But He is holding you

You don't see the net that's down below
You're just terrified of letting go
Take your leap of faith and you'll know
That He is holding you

Your ship may be safe in harbour
But that's not what ships are for
So let it go, let it go

Now you're flying high through the air
New horizons opening everywhere
You're no longer afraid to dare
'Cause he is holding you.

He is holding you
He is holding you
He is holding you
He is holding you.

To My First Prince

Dancing with my dad at my prom.

Dancing With Daddy
Words and Music by Talena Winters
Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.


Four years old, in a new white dress
I was twirling 'round, hoping you'd notice
You grabbed my hand and you gave me a whirl,
Dipped me low and said, "That's my girl."

Seventeen in my new prom dress
That's the night I got my first kiss
Asked you why it wasn't what I thought it'd be
Because I knew that you'd be straight with me

And that night as you led me out onto the floor
I was your daughter, but not your little girl anymore

And I didn't always follow all the steps
And I didn't always want to let you lead
But I knew you'd always love me, you were my first prince
I was a princess Dancing With Daddy.

Twenty three in a new white dress
Looking forward to my "happy-ever-afterness."
You walked me down the aisle, and you gave me away
You brought me this far, you loved me all the way

And that night as you led me out onto the floor
I was your daughter, but not your little girl anymore

And I didn't always follow all the steps
And I didn't always want to let you lead
But I knew you'd always love me, you were my first prince
I was a princess Dancing With Daddy.

No matter where I go in this world
I will always be your girl.

And I didn't always follow all the steps
And I didn't always want to let you lead
But I knew you'd always love me, you were my first prince
I was a princess, oh__

And I didn't always follow all the steps
And I didn't always want to let you lead
But I knew you'd always love me, you were my first prince
I was a princess, oh_
I'm a princess Dancing With Daddy.

Four years old, in a new white dress
I was twirling 'round, hoping you'd notice.


Listen to this song here:

Dancing With Daddy by Talena

(Not the best recording of this song, but it's the only one I've got.)

I love you, Dad.

Composition At Its Finest

The scene was the supper table. As we got started on our beef barley stew, Noah exclaimed, "Daddy! Listen to my song!"

Then, in a tune reminiscent of Baby Beluga, he sang:

"Ja-son, my dad-dy,
Ja-son, my dad-dy,
Ja-son want to be a costume piwate..."

Apparently, we have another composer in the midst. I'm kind of wondering, though--will he take after me? Or maybe Weird Al Yankovic?

Speaking of Music...

I performed at my mom's church in early December, and Richie recorded it with his camera. I haven't posted anything from it until now, because like many performers, I don't like watching myself. However, some of you out there have requested to hear me sing before, so here I am doing my rendition of Watermark's medley of In The Garden/There Is None Like You. Enjoy!


Our Song?

Jason and I don't really have a song. But whenever I hear/sing this song, it makes me think about us. Someday, I'm going to do a whole mini-album using the lyrics from this.

Love you, Babe!



I Could Write A Book
Rogers/Hammerstein

A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
I never learned to spell--at least not well
1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
I never learned to count a great amount
But if my busy mind is burning to use what learning I've got
I won't waste any time--I'll strike while the iron is hot.

If they asked me I could write a book
About the way you walk and whisper and look
I could write a preface on how we met
So the world would never forget

And the simple secret of the plot
Is just to tell you that I love you a lot
And the world discovers as my book ends
How to make two lovers of friends.

(P.S. I know the recording quality on this video is not great, but I loved this guy's rendition of it so much I used it anyway.)

Song of the Cheetah

By Jude Winters

One day a cheetah was walking by the river
He was looking for some food
He was walking through the jungle
Then he saw a monkey in the tree
Then he was climbing up his tree and got it with his paw
Then he got it with his teeth
Then he gobbled it up

Then he was still hungry
Then he was still walking through the forest
Then he saw a giraffe
The giraffe was running away
The cheetah got it with his tail on his [the giraffe's] tail
Then he ate it.

Then he was still hungry (Jude: "That's a lot of 'T's'!" Mom: "That's because you are starting every line with 'then'!")
He saw a zebra
The zebra was running away faster and faster
Thenthecheetahwasrunningfasterandfaster
Then he got it on it's leg.
Then he ate it.

Then he was still hungry (Mom: "He was still hungry? Are you SERIOUS?!" Jude: "Yep.")
Then he was still walking through the forest
Then he saw a spider
Then the spider was spraying some web and swinging and swinging and swinging
And made a spider web
So the cheetah can't get through.
Then he got through anyway (Mom: "How did he do that?" Jude: "He was just runnin' across it!")
So he got it on it's head.
Then he ate it.

Then he was still hungry
Then he was walking through the jungle
Then he found an elephant
The elephant was running and running,
Then he got it.
Then he ate it. (Mom: "Is he full yet?" Jude: "Nope.")

Then he was still hungry
Then he was walking through the forest
Then he found a tiger
Then they were fighting, fighting,
Then the cheetah got the tiger.
Then he was full. (Mom: "Did he eat the tiger?" Jude: "Yes." Mom: "Cheetahs don't eat tigers." Jude: "It's just a silly song." Mom: "No doubt.")

These Days I Feel A Change

Because some things are better said with music...

Shines Right Through Me

These days I feel a change, All the patterns rearranged
Though I can't explain, I know I'm not afraid
Now I realize all good things can be supplied
And they come from you

[Chorus]
It's all brand new, and it shines right through
Shines Right Through Me
I look at you and you, and it shines right through
Shines Right Through Me

This feeling that I've found, like sleeping on a cloud
Smiling at the sky, Not even knowing why
Strange how things work out, I know without a doubt
That it comes from you

Break me out of emptiness, Lead me to your light
Anything worth having is worth some sacrifice
Laid too long in loneliness, This world was made to change
Half an hour of sunshine is worth a week of rain

Air is flowing free, it's a little easier to breathe
This soul unbound, was lost and found
No reason left to hide, I feel a light inside and it comes from you

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"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 NIV

My Life May Not Be As Small As It Seems

This caught me in the tear ducts just now. It was like God just knew I needed to hear this today.

"One Heartbeat At A Time"
by Steven Curtis Chapman (from the album This Moment)

You're up all night with a screaming baby
You run all day at the speed of life
And every day you feel a little bit less
Like the beautiful woman you are

So you fall into bed when you run out of hours
And you wonder if anything worth doing got done
Oh, maybe you just don't know
Or maybe you've forgotten

You, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time

With every "I know you can do it"
Every tear that you kiss away
So many little things that seem to go unnoticed
They're just like the drops of rain over time
They become a river

And you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time

You're beautiful
You're beautiful
How you're changing the world
You're changing the world

You, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
Oh, I believe that you
You are changing the world
One little heartbeat
At a time

And you're changing the world


Out of Hibernation


Four little bears that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, too
But the one little bear with a ribbon round his neck
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

"What the heck! What the heck!"
He led the others with a "What the heck!"


Three little groundhogs standing in a line
Seeing who has the crookedest spine
But the one little groundhog with a navel in his neck
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

"What the heck! What the heck!"
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

(Lyrics by Talena Winters. Illustrative photo contents by Jude, Noah, and Jabin.
To the tune of "Five Little Ducks".)