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I wrote and recorded “Bring Joy” to express my gratitude to my ancestors. They have brought so much joy into my life. As I work on my family history, I learn so much from them and am strengthened by their examples. Sometimes, it feels to me as if they are watching from heaven and showering me with joy and love.
Through this song we tried to capture the experience of discovering family members through family history. The experience of traveling on an airplane to meet a long-lost family member embodies the emotions that beginners feel as they struggle to navigate through the world of family history as well as the joy they feel when they find someone.
My wife, Julia, and I wrote this song together.
I wrote this song to encourage youth to reflect on what their previous family generations were like at their age and how family history helps keep connections strong.
My brother and his wife, Jake and Melissa Garling and their six children sang an acapella version for this submission.
The artwork is a photo of my grandmother in her 4-H club hat as a youth, an organization that her great-grandchildren belong to also.
a christian pilgrim song. A prayer to God for help – no water, dry barren land.
Happy with an Island beat.
My ancestors probably thought their life was plain and ordinary, but I don’t see it that way. I see them with courage and determination. Not afraid to leave everything behind in search of something better. Working so hard just to feed the family yet, they were happy and felt blessed.
Having lost my husband a year and a half ago, I feel him near. Watching over me and protecting me. I know that those who have gone on still care about us and want to help us. We are connected to them more than we realize. I am beyond grateful for my ‘Family Through the Ages.’
Solo uke and vocal acoustic pop.
It was a song I Wrote after going through hell and back ! Loosing everything financially including my home business and every cent I have ever worked for and to make things more painful.. I lost my beautiful HEART/SOUL my girlfriend who lost her life through lung cancer. So I wrote “Let My Soul Shine” in hopes of someone like me will hear my reaching for life.
“Homesick” is a song I wrote about my twin sister, Melissa, who passed away.
This song talks about a specific time a few years ago that I went to visit her grave on our birthday. In recent years, birthdays have been really hard for me… mostly because it’s felt like this reminder that the one person I should be and want to celebrate with isn’t here with me on OUR day. So I visited her grave and laid down on the ground next to her headstone in hopes to feel close to her… And I did. The warmest ray of sunshine came out on the darkest, gloomy November day and I knew she was there. And truth is, she always has been and always is there. I’ve felt her by my side throughout my whole life and for that I am so grateful.
I wrote “Homesick” not only to help me during a really difficult time, but also for others. Losing loved ones is something each of us will go through at some point in our lives and it’s never easy. We often refer to certain people as our “home” and with that we can often feel “homesick” for a person, especially hard if they are in the one place we literally cannot be. “Homesick” talks about that and ultimately in the end of the song, when I finally have her by my side, I’ll know that I’m “home”.
Throughout my life I have felt SO THANKFUL for the knowledge that I will see and be reunited with my twin sister (and other loved ones!) again someday. And though this knowledge doesn’t make it easier, it makes it bearable. It brings such comfort and peace.
So until that day, I’m thankful for a place that I can connect and feel her here on earth <3
Co-writer: Jason Sierra
Oxygen is a lively track that goes over certain relationships (connections) and how they can play out.