Sixteen Sweet Years

This is a song that my new friend, Liz Duesman, asked me to write for her husband, Kevin, in celebration of their 16th wedding anniversary.  I asked her for some details about their story and she gave me some really great imagery to work with.  So between the two of us we wrote the lyrics! And the melody seemed to surface all by itself in the midst of all that.  You can view the lyrics below.

Happy Anniversary to Liz and Kevin, a really beautiful couple.  May your next 16 be as fabulous as the first!

Also, I’d like to note that this is the first song written on my new yamaha digital piano that I am purchasing from Wesley, bass player, cellist and audio engineer for our band New Ridge.  Wes brought the piano over in time for Christmas!  So thank you Wesley!

SIXTEEN SWEET YEARS with My Texas Man

Lyrics by Elizabeth Duesman and Nancy Kelly

Music by Nancy Kelly

 

The Hero of my story – a tall dark Texas Man

Promises of Diamond Acres and a Gentle Path

Retrace the roads we’ve taken and the ones we chose to pass

Somehow the Scent of Roses takes me back

 

C:  When I could not tell good luck from bad

You came along and offered me your hand

 

Firesides and popcorn – Apartment Two Fourteen

My Gentle Giant stirred me from a slumber to a dream

He taught me how to Spin the Straw into Alaska Gold

And This Alaska Girl found her True North

 

C:  When I could not tell good luck from bad

You came along and offered me your hand

Knee deep in a river and dying of thirst

Sixteen Sweet Years later, it feels just like the first

Oh-oh, with my Texas Man

Oh-oh, my Texas Man

 

Bridge:  You said it won’t be easy but we’ve got what it takes

A Tribe of Kids and Love so Deep and Payette Lake

Instrumental (2 lines of verse melody)

 

C:  You came along and offered me your hand

This Alaska Girl needed you bad

You came along and spoke a Gentle Path

For This Alaska Girl and her Texas Man

Oh-oh, my Texas Man

Oh-oh, my Texas Man

I celebrate my Texas Man

 

 c December 2009

Shining Stars

Stars - 2

(song lyrics below post)

I wrote a Christmas song (on my dulcimer) inspired by my wooden star ornament that I had purchased at a craft fair years back.  I’ve always identified with the saying We can’t all be shining stars but we can twinkle a little” feeling that it describes my music perfectly!  It’s tempting at times to throw in the towel when you see and hear the AMAZING talents of others, not to mention the great big music business machine out there that can cause an indie artist like myself to feel rather small and insignificant. 

But when I’m reminded by my little wooden star ornament to think about it, I remember that we’ve all been given a bit of light to shine that’s all our own.  Just because there are others who are more brilliant and far reaching than we are, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t shine with everything that we’ve been given.  Each of us, as we begin to grasp our significance, can add our light to the vast starry night host which creates healing light that can dispell the darkness.

So, if you are reading this and feeling somewhat small as if you don’t matter much, remember to let your light shine, with the light you’ve been given.  It’ll make you happy, fulfilled, and will protect the hope stirring within you.  And just as important, it may help those around you that you shine upon in the process! 

Note:  I did this flip video REALLY late at night after I wrapped presents, so . . . but at least you get the gist of the melody!

Oh, I almost forgot, Merry Christmas and may your light shine softly into the night!

 

SHINING STARS

Words and Music by Nancy Kelly  C 2008 

We can’t all be the famous star above the manger that night / giving guidance to those with eyes to see a wonderful sign We can’t all be the shepherd boy who first on the scene laid his eyes on the infant born to be so much to the world over time.

C:  But we can still shine with the light we’ve been given to shine / Shine thru the darkness/ shine till we find light all around us / Shine starlight shine

 

We can’t all be the wise men bringing frankincense, gold and myrrh / we may never possess a gift of such magnificent worth  We can’t all be the notable lights everyone sees from the earth / we can only be who we are and shine when it’s our turn

 

C:  But we can still shine with the light we’ve been given to shine / Shine thru the darkness/ shine till we find light all around us / Shine starlight shine

 

Bridge: So shine with the light you’ve been given / remember you are significant / and you have a place no one can take in this starry night host