This is the original manuscript of the Oh My Musical Goodness Songbook.
This songbook has been in my mind for many years and in production for more than 1 year.
At the beginning of 2019 a Grey Shrike Thrush started tapping at our window. He didn’t stop! He tapped all day long for weeks, and I was scared for him. I thought he’d lost his way, and that he’d damage his beak or break the glass – such was the urgency of it all.
Until finally I pondered the real reason that The Songbird could be madly vying for my attention… The Songbird. It made sense.
I raced out to the music room and picked up my guitar and fully formed songs – lyrics, melody, chords and all – started flowing from me.
These continued throughout 2019 and are still flowing. And you know what? We didn’t have a single Thrush in the garden this year!! The OMMG Songbook is in no rush. I won’t be pushing any agenda around finishing it and printing it for the world to see. But eventually, it’ll happen.
Songs that are rustic, that are raw, that are honest and they come from Spirit, through Thrush, through me. One day they’ll be yours!
When I (finally/one day) release my Songbook into the world, I know I will celebrate, feel joy and a wonderful sense of completion and legacy and dare I say it, pride. I have the vision. It will include hand-drawn notation for each tune, a little story about what each tune means and where it came from, sections of the scientific stuff – the WHY singing is supporting our brains. It’s going to be beautiful! 🥰 🧡 🙌🏼 But for now, no matter how hard I try I can’t make myself do the work in collating the content.
Partly it’s because I’m avoiding the demand of it all, partly it’s because I worked out 2020 is not about achieving new projects but about staying grounded. But mostly? I believe I’m still learning the lesson that the ‘being in the song’, the singing of it, the thinking of it, the doing of it, is the medicine. I am continuing to sing and to carry new songs, and that is what I am needed for right now. That’s my healing tool. Once working on my book falls into flow and starts to come to fruition, I’ll know that the healing I need at that time? Is the collation and cognitive experience of the songs.
Music is medicine it flows in the way it needs to flow. There is no right or wrong, no timeline.
No rush. But one day it will be here. It will be my legacy. It will be a dream come true. Until then I continue to heal and follow where the magic takes me.
This OMMG songbook, however, she’s a little on top. I sticky taped fresh lavender and pineapple sage to her a little over a year ago. 😂 But now I think of that mood tinged cover as penicillin. Medicine, keeping this book safe.
The songs continue to come, one day the book will be full, and a new book will start. And one day, ONE DAY I’ll know the time is right to publish her and share the love.
In the meantime, I have highlights and video posts for you to sing along. Just head to Oh My Musical Goodness https://www.instagram.com/ohmymusicalgoodness/ or you can get to my songs using #ommgsongbook.
If you’re keen for more you can pop over and download my ’12 Pillars of Brain-care’ right here (it’s free!) https://www.allisondavies.com.au/brain-care-ebook/