Step 25 – Pay attention.

Pay attention, because the answer could be standing right in front of you.

Case in point, I was at a friends’ holiday party the other night soaking in all the crew goodness, snuggling with the new baby (who was dressed in a Santa suit, how cute is that~) and catching up with friends.

My mind was running in a thousand directions as usual…Is this dress too short? How long can I stand in these little flats before my feet say “For the love of Pete, no more”?  What if i don’t make my goal on the CD campaign? and at least a dozen more.  When this is going on I tend to fade in and out of the conversations going on in front of me.  This night was no exception.

It was only as I woke the next morning that the image of the moment came to me like a lucid dream.  There was Ana, holding her little Santa in one arm and gesturing with another at Nat.  The exact words I probably don’t recall, but the message I did.  “You need to get back into art.  You’re really good at it and you really enjoy it.”

Nat is a great artist.  Some would say a “closet artist” because she rarely talks about it, but on select walls in certain people’s homes hangs proof positive that she is indeed a talented artist.  My home is no exception.  Only, instead of her work sitting in a frame, it is cleverly displayed across the front and back of  Kala, my ukelele.

People often comment on it and I often tell the story of how it came to be.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, there was an out pouring of offers to help from friends and family.  When Nat asked “Is there anything I can do?”  I blurted it out without thinking “Paint my ukelele.”  The more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea.  I handed Kala over without ali gilmore musichesitation, then she asked a series of questions to determine what I’d like the end result to be which shaped the vision of “Imperfection at it’s best” in the form of  a naturally imperfect daisy missing a petal that the wind had blown out of place and across to the other side…

I loved it and since then the daisy has been my signature image of imperfection at its best, a term that’s been used to describe me on more than one occasion…

That also explains why “Imperfection at its Best” is one of the choices for the CD title, but for some reason “Piece of Cake” is the title that leads the way by a pretty comfortable margin.  Unless we have a massive influx of voters over the next 14 days who say otherwise, I’d say it’s going to be the title of my first full length CD, but I digress.

Back to the morning’s wake up call.  I poured myself some coffee and mulled over the conversation a few more times in my head to decipher how much of it was wishful thinking that my project will inspire others to dust off their dreams and set them back in motion and how much should be taken as “a sign” of how things are meant to be.

harborview park, port gardner bay

Harborview Park, by Port Gardner Bay, Wa.

I decided to take it all as a sign and asked her if she would design the cover of the CD.  I am extremely pleased to say that she agreed to and said “I think that would be great!”  This time I just sent her a photo of a park by Port Gardner Bay and the lyrics and am leaving the rest up to her creative mind.  Of course if another title wins over then we’ll start from scratch, but either way, this time I am leaving the design to her creative mind and resting easy knowing that it is in capable hands.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be receiving sketches from her and as they come in I will share them with you all on the facebook music page or should we keep it a surprise till the end…?

Oh, and one more thing.  A good friend made a notable point this morning when she said “It’s not how much you have that matters as how much you give.”  When good fortune such as this smiles down on you it’s important to recognize that someone very real probably had a hand in it. In this case it’s dear Miss Ana who was the facilitator of a very positive shift in this campaign, so Ana, check your fb inbox.  There is a VIP pass to the CD screening event there, with your name on it 🙂

Thank you both for your support, inspiration and friendship~

‘Ali

Please join us.

To order your copy of the limited edition CD or get your VIP pass to the CD screening event, go to: www.indiegogo.com/projects/aligilmore.

Every contribution counts~

Piece of Cake lryics

By Ali Gilmore – © 2009

Sitting on the bench the other day

Over there by Port Gardner Bay

She looked up and she asked us what love is

We looked at her and then we turned away

We both had very different things to say…

 

It’s a walk in the park

It’s a stab in the dark

It’s a piece of cake

One you shouldn’t have ate

But it’s just too late

 

It’s a willingness to walk 500 miles

It’s a failure to see past someone’s guiles

It’s like waking up and glad to greet the day

It’s like a blinding light that just won’t go away

 

It’s a walk in the park

It’s a stab in the dark

It’s a piece of cake

One you shouldn’t have ate

But it’s just too late

It’s too late

 

Now anyone can tell you what love is

But, it’s something you must experience yourself

Now there’s one thing we agree on and it’s this

Never leave your heart long on the shelf

 

Cuz It’s a walk in the park

It’s a stab in the dark

It’s a piece of cake

One you shouldn’t have ate

But it’s just too late

It’s too late

It’s too late

It’s too late…