By My Side – Claudia Villeda

I wrote this song when I was going though the lowest point of my life. You see I was debating if I should take my own life or not. I know it sounds crazy and disappointing especially while there are people trying to fight to stay alive. However, I was fighting my own internal fight. I come from a Hispanic and very religions family which I love with all my heart. But I had a secret that I had carried since I was a child and I was getting so tired of carrying it. I was/ am gay and coming out to my family seems like a dream. Like that was never going to be an option. This song talks about someone that I love and didn’t want to lose. Someone that I was afraid of letting completely in and they were tired of trying to love me as I was pushing them back. When I finished the song my family and friends loved it! But you see what they didn’t know at that time is that I was sing to a women. Because in the song I never mention a gender. This song gave me some hope, some courage to keep moving forward to what I didn’t know at that time. I just knew that there might be some hope and at that point that’s all I need to know.

I am a women, a poet, a dancer, an artist, a Dj, a photograph , a daughter , a sister, an aunt and friend. Most importantly I am a human being that is not perfect. If you want to know more of me you can go to my instagram: oohpredon

Hush – Giovanna Imbesi

“Hush” featuring Toni Peete was written in 2006 while recovering from surgery for neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer. The lyrics were inspired by a very special nurse who was part of my healing team and the song is dedicated to her, Adriana Arienti. It’s meant to inspire peacefulness and quiet in the midst of frightening medical diagnoses, surgery and facing the unknown of cancer treatment.

HUSH, featuring Toni Peete, vocals

Listen now, time to stop your worry now
just hush

Voices still, let the quiet still you now
just hush

Believe and hope will find the way

Never doubt I’m standing near to you
with every breath I’m sending love for you
Trust your heart to know you’re home at last
know that love is all
just hush
just hush
just hush

Open now, let your mind let go now
just hush

So peaceful now, let the stillness soothe you now
just hush

Produced and composed by Giovanna Joyce Imbesi
© 2006 Giovanna Joyce Imbesi

This past year has been a journey of unexplored territory – an opportunity to confront fear and death. It has been a chance to witness an unforeseen inner strength, one which still remains a Mystery to me. Life can change in a moment. For me this was September 26, 2005 – when I was diagnosed with a rare, yet manageable, cancer called neuroendocrine carcinoid. The idea for this CD had been in gestation for many years, yet it was my illness itself which showed me what to do. Sometimes the thing we’re seeking most is already within us, but just hasn’t been deemed worthy enough to be manifested. These meditative pieces were mostly improvisations caught on tape. Over the years, some of these had been written or recorded as gifts – for an ailing child, or a terminally ill parent. Because of my own experience, it occurred to me that others might find healing in these pieces as well. So began the journey of “Short Stories”. Forced to reckon with the healing of my body, I became intimately aware of the smallest details and gestures, found gratitude in little miracles and explored this awakening. I discovered that the physical healing, while extensive, pales in comparison to the blossoming of the heart. Previously unchallenged assumptions about life came tumbling down and I gave myself permission to trust in myself again. I chose to live each moment as a privilege, and embrace the unknown.

I am a composer, pianist and producer and have toured and performed with Dave Koz, Yanni, Anita Baker, Andy Summers from The Police and many others. I truly believe in the power of music to heal and am the founder of the Music Heals! concert series in Los Angeles. I lead the Patient Support group, LACNETS, which provides education and personal support for those diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer and their caregivers.

 

Photo: Bonnie Perkinson

Blue Tattoo – Darren Ewing

I wrote, and recorded, this song in 2009, with a mouth full of braces (hence the occasional flat note, here and there.) 2009 was to be the launching pad of my acting and music career, but a series of disappointments early on, left me with nothing but time, and frustration. I turned that summer into one of inspiration instead. I decided to take control of my own career, and not leave my success in the hands of others. I started writing several songs, all about heartache, and disappointment, but all with a sense of humor, because, who likes whining? Nobody. I wrote, produced, and played all of the instruments on this recording, even though I didn’t have a clue how to write, play, or record anything.

All of my songs are written from the standpoint of a character, who is not me. The character in this song has his heart broken, and decides to get a tattoo, so that he can remember the past, and look forward to the future. This song is called Blue Tattoo. I hope it makes you smile.

I am on Ogden born artist, husband, and Father. My current claim to fame is being known as the “Oh My God” Guy in a movie called Troll 2. I’ve since been in 10 other films, and my band, Dizzy Desoto has taken on a life of it’s own since I created it in the above section. Google my name, or watch the Netflix Documentary Best Worst Movie to fill in the details.

October – Holly Arballo

I wrote the song, October, in the fall of 2014. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Vermont where fall is the most famous. For this reason, fall has always been my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about it. On one particular fall day, I was sitting outside, while looking up at the top of all the Aspen trees, marveling at all of the world’s beauty this time of year, and that was when I was first inspired to write this song. To me, its not just about how pretty the surroundings are, but about the feeling this time of year gives me, and also knowing that this was made for me by something even bigger than me. Knowing that when I am alone in the woods experiencing fall, I actually am not really alone at all.

My name is Holly Arballo and I have been playing the guitar and writing songs since I was 13 years old. Growing up around that age, my family was going through a lot of really messy trials and my older brother moved out when he was 16. My brother was truly my best friend growing up. Our parents were divorced since we were very little and they both lived across the country from each other so he and I had traveled together back and forth for years as a little team. We were so close. So of course I was very sad when he left. I would sometimes go and sit in his old bedroom when I was lonely, but there was one thing he left, an old 3-stringed guitar. Sometimes I would try to play it even though it was missing most strings! I started learning just the melody lines with the top string and showed my parents. They decided it was probably about time to put some more strings on the guitar, and then I just sprung from there. I was, and still am self-taught to this day. With a good amount of musical background in my family, I surprisingly still do not know or understand music theory at ALL, so everything I do is by ear. In high school choir, we would have music theory exams and I would fail every single one of them! However, I am currently going to school for music and am excited to be starting to learn and grow more in the industry that I love. But the reason I wanted to participate in this contest is because I have experienced the loss of a few close family friends over the years to cancer. I could never begin to understand what they and their families have gone through. I am so happy to have found a foundation that has made it possible for me to donate and share my talents with. I just hope that whoever hears the songs that I have written, that it will truly inspire them. The reason I write is to inspire, and to remind people of the little things in life that we all sometimes take advantage of. The simple things, the things that, in the end, matter most. There is always something to look up to no matter how hard life can be, and if one person has been reminded of that by listening to what I have written, then to me, I have succeeded.

Ready to Sail – Marv Hamilton

A brain-injured friend, learning to walk and speak again, approached me with this quote: “A ship’s safe in the harbor-but that’s not what it’s for.” This original song followed soon thereafter.

I’m a Salt Lake City based singer/ songwriter with 2 CD’s of original “100% organic folk, roots and blues.” I support my guitar habit as a psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker. Please visit my website, www.marvmusic.com for full bio, more music, videos etc.

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Steve Lindeman and friends

This is a cover song called “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” originally recorded by the British invasion group, Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1964. I rearranged it as a slow waltz, with a Norah Jones “Come Away With Me” vibe. The performance features Duane Stephens on vocals, Christian Parry on drums, Will Lovell on bass, Kenji Aihara on guitar and Steve Lindeman (me) on piano.

Listen to the Leaves – Steve Lindeman and friends

The song is called “Listen to the Leaves,” an original composition by Steve Lindeman performed by David Halliday, soprano sax, Scott Wilson, trumpet, Joe Chisholm, trombone, Steve Lyman, drums, Matt Larson on bass, and me (Steve Lindeman) on piano.

I am a Salt Lake City-based keyboardist and composer.