All About Me
We Get By
Written about life situations, the first verse is about a family member who, because of her education, was able to excel from a bad situation. The other two verses were created from real life situations that people that I know have experienced.
We wanted an upbeat, girls night out type of energy, happy and very dance friendly. It comes from my experiences of preparing for a night out on the town.
I thought about all the times I never understood the reasons why my mother insisted that I participated in so many activities and constantly made me pursue different interests until I was older and I could appreciate why she made me do them. Because she was my biggest cheerleader, I was able to excel throughout my life.
If It Weren’t For You
I was reflecting on how you never know how bad you had it until a new person comes into your life and shows you what real love is supposed to be. I didn’t want it to be a negative song about an ex so I wrote it in appreciation for now knowing how things may have turned out if they hadn’t left the relationship.
When I was recording, a situation came up in conversation about how a person could be infatuated with someone but didn’t want to pursue any further contact because the illusion of the relationship could be far better than actually being in a relationship with the person so it would be better to admire from afar.
My mother “Sarah” used to listen to that song when I was young and played it over and over again. As an adult, people kept suggesting that I should do the song as a tribute to my mom. When I revisited it, it meant something totally different to me. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers, and after years of her taking care of me, the roles reversed. When I heard the song again, this is what I envisioned. In the 1st verse of the song, it says, “Baby hair with a women’s eyes, I can see you watching in the night, all alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunrise”, then it continues with “when I feel cold you warm me, and when I feel I can’t go on you come and hold me” reminds me of a young mother caring for and holding her baby throughout the night into the early morning. In the second verse, “if you feel like leaving you know you can go, but why don’t you stay until tomorrow, if you want to be free you know all you’ve got to do is say so, when YOU feel cold, I’ll warm you, and when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you” flashes to a time when I had to care for my mother. When it was time to let her go, it was as if I was giving her permission and that we (my dad, my sister, nieces and I), would be okay with her leaving us. And of course at the end of both verses, “it’s you and me forever” is self explanatory.
All About Me
I’ve had quite a few setbacks and hurts throughout my journey on the road performing and this song explains how I have turned my disappointments into triumph by finally taking control of my situation and beginning to look out for me in a way that I’d never done before.
I was actually thinking about how your family, friends, and people that you genuinely care for can change your whole day and perspective just by being around. I also thought about how children can come into your life and completely change your entire disposition after a long bad day at work.
Describes a “soul connection” which I think of as a once in a lifetime type of relationship. Some people may think of it as a soul mate, the kind of love that transcends time and space and will last a far beyond explanation and description.
Whatever It Is
This song was written by Larry “Bingo” Marcus and Conya Doss years ago. Conya and I were in a group being produced by Bingo. The song was always so catchy that whenever we sung it, by the end of the song, other people were singing it with us. When I began my project, Stan Davis, another producer on this project, started playing a song on his guitar while we were on his balcony on a warm summer’s night, and that was the first song that popped into my head when I heard the music. I asked for permission to use the song and Bingo graciously let me use it and the rest is history.
Lifting Me High
I actually write a lot about God and the way I’m feeling when I’m appreciating and being thankful for my blessings and this song was just that. Although it could be directed to just about anyone who is uplifting in your life, for me it was God.
Hands of Time
This song is about a situation a friend was in and it’s pretty self explanatory. It’s about a person wishing that things could be back to the way things were in the beginning of the relationship, before another person came into the picture making the relationship “complicated”.