Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Some of you may know how much I love music. I have taken piano lessons, although I didn't practice and now I'm not very good, and I sang in choir in junior high. Since high school graduation I have sang in a few bands including a couple with my husband and I have written tons of songs, even got a Christmas song recorded when I was in college. But over the past few years, both Clark and I have focused more on family. Once Abbey was born Clark quit his band, Two Dogs Rose, and just plays at home with friends and records. I haven't done much of anything. Although I listen to music all the time, I just haven't taken the time to be creative like I once was. I'm so glad to say that I have found that love for music again and it is making me so happy. I think if Clark would go, I would move to Nashville tomorrow to work on my songwriting career, but in the mean time I'm just enjoying writing again. I have a different view on life and things around me and I can really see it in the songs. I've also had a greater hand in the melody and production of my songs. Always before I would refer to myself as a lyricist and not a songwriter, because I wrote words and seldom came up with the melody. That's what co-writers are for, right? But this time it is all about pushing my limits and trying to get the most from my music. Clark and I are even playing some with his sister who writes and sings bluegrass. Not really my favorite genre, but it gives another twist to my writing style. I've been very down the past few years, feeling as if I were in a rut, stuck in my life with no where to go, and very limited to what I can accomplish with the years just slipping away (I am already 33 yrs. old after all). I'm very excited that I have found a hole to slip through and freedom is in the music on the other side. I just had to share and hopefully by the spring I will have my first album of songs to share with the world. If you have a dream, no matter what it is and no matter how much it looks like it will just slip away over the years, back up and give it another shot. You might be surprised. And I'll let you know when Reba, Tim or Keith decides to cut one of my songs. :)
Posted by Carrie Sparks McClain at 1:42 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2009
We had a wonderful family day at Granddaddy's farm. Clark, Abbey and I went to this wonderful Fall haven of bliss with my cousin Shanna and her family, Josh and Maeson, and my dear friend Jana and her sons, Gavin and Justin. We had a blast! There were farm animals to view and pet, a box full of corn to jump in, rubber duck races, swing sets to play on , wooden vehicles to "play" drive, a haybail maze for the kids and a hill slide. It was a beautiful day and a great chance for our families to spend some time together. If you are in the Franklin County (Winchester) area, I highly recommend going for a visit. If not, see if there is a farm/pumpkin patch in your area. We didn't even go on the hayride or go through the corn maze, there was just too much to do. And yes, we had to bring a "punkin" home for Abbey. This is my favorite time of year!!!!!
Posted by Carrie Sparks McClain at 6:47 PM