"The force is strong with this one."

 

When I was much younger , around the time "Empire Strikes Back" came out, I secretly swore I had "the force." I'd intently stare at an object, hoping to just nudge it... of course, solely with my mind. Well, in a weird way, I still think I have the force... even though I have failed miserably at every attempt at telekinesis. The force, to me, simply put, is the energy of the universe. The energy of the universes and everything contained in it, megaverse, so to speak, is simply all of God, the creator of All. Of course this is just my humble opinion, so don't be weirded out by my spiritual or religious beliefs. But I believe we all have "the force" within us. We, as a people, generally don't always tap into it.

A hunch, a strange or gut feeling, a sudden instinct to say or do something you normally wouldn't do.. all these cases and then some to me are examples of "the force" working with us. And the more we utilize its power and recognize the good it can bring us as a whole, the stronger "the force" will be within us.

Sometimes I teach music at St. Robert Catholic School in Sacramento. From "T.K", which is before kindergarten, all the way to 8th grade. Before my 3rd grade class showed up, something prompted me to sit at the piano. I sat and "let my fingers play". A beautiful, distinct and catchy melody came out. Then the class showed up. I felt like sharing the melody with them and told them that maybe we could make it into a song. And so we did, and I shared the idea with the rest of the classes I taught that day, and everyone contributed. By the end of the day, a song was born. I named it "Blessed Trinity", and the lyrics (short version) are as follows:

My Father God, I love you so                                                                                                  For breathing life in me                                                                                                                       I give you thanks, I give you praise                                                                                                 I'm yours eternally

My Jesus Christ, I love you so                                                                                                           You bled and died for me                                                                                                                     I give you thanks, I give you praise                                                                                                     In heaven I will be

Spirit of God, I love you so                                                                                                                  I feel your light in me                                                                                                                      I give you thanks, I give you praise                                                                                                    I'll shine for all to see

Bridge:                                                                                                                                                 My Father God, my Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit: the trinity                                                                 The GREAT I AM, my risen Lord, the breath of God... please live through me

My Father God, please love through me                                                                                           My Jesus, heal through me                                                                                                            Spirit of God, please shine through me...                                                                                          The Blessed Trinity

Written by the Children of St. Robert Catholic School & Rogeniv

 Totally random pic of what I ate for lunch... a huge bacon, avocado burger.. in a wrap:)

Totally random pic of what I ate for lunch... a huge bacon, avocado burger.. in a wrap:)

 

Now this is just a song. But look around. Everything you see, hear, touch, smell... well not always smell;) but mostly everything began simply with a thought. Whether it was the initial thought of God... or man. Forces put that thought into motion and creation began.

Earlier this year I began doing this: Before I sing somewhere, like right before I sing I would say in my head or under my breath: "Father God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit - sing through me." It's my way of making sure I'm connected to "the force". It centers me, relaxes me, while helping me realize that it's not about me. However, these days I find myself saying this much more often, even when I'm not singing. What is life really, but one long song anyway, right? I do find my days go smoother with this simple mini prayer, if you want to call it that. Try it! Maybe one day someone will sense that the force is strong in you! However, I do suggest you not choose the dark side, but that's another blog:)

Everything is energy. Even thoughts. Especially thoughts. So choose them wisely.

Welcome!

  Selfie of me performing at a live radio interview last Monday night. I'm the dark guy in the bottom left:)

Selfie of me performing at a live radio interview last Monday night. I'm the dark guy in the bottom left:)

Thanks so much for visiting my new site! Been seriously busy this last year, but I guess that's a good thing, right? I'll make sure to post something new at least once a week. When my time frees up (which is highly unlikely), I'd love to post everyday to the point where all y'all get sick of me, for sure!

Being a songwriter, I've actually forgotten how fun, liberating, relaxing, therapeutic, etc. it is to simply write...and not to some melody or track, not because I'm getting paid to, not because another song project that was supposed to be delivered two weeks before is being painstakingly rushed.

My late fave and beloved cousin, Heintje (pronounced HEN-gee), was a wonderful writer. I always envied his quick wit, personality and writing skills, while he always praised my musicianship. Heintje, the most caring, compassionate, fun, smart and most encouraging being I've ever known is actually one of the driving forces for this site. If he were still alive, it actually would have been him working on it. But in a way, he still lives within me, and my actions and thoughts very much gets filtered through his Spirit. I believe anyone who has ever known him intimately, especially "The Cousins" are in the same boat as me. Can I get a witness??:)

Ok, had no idea this first post would even touch upon my best friend and cuz, Henge, but I guess that's what writing from the heart is all about. You never know where or how deep it will take you. 

Had 2 separate one-hour gigs last night, and now I gotta bring my youngest son to a basketball game, then I gotta sing one song at a Christmas party right after, then I have a 1-hour gig tonight at 8, and then right after will join the fam at my cousin's grad party.

Much love y'all!