There was already a pretty full agenda for the retreat, but I was really taken by her flash of divine inspiration and impulse to share it with me... so I brought the idea to the retreat facilitators. We kept it simple and loose and I just asked the women there to write any ideas or insights that came to them over the course of the weekend about the title "First 100 Days", keeping in mind the theme of the retreat, "We Were Made for These Times". By the end of the weekend, I had a stack of index cards with lots of beautiful inspiration for lyrics.
We didn't have time to create a song on the spot, so I took those cards home and sat with everything for a few days... meditating on the weekend and the energy and connection with those women... and the heartfelt desire and mission to step more fully into our power as enlightened spiritual beings in "these mighty, precious days". After a few rough drafts of lyrics... going back and forth in email, sharing with everyone what I was coming up with and getting feedback... and then sitting down at the piano to "find" the music (though it really found me)... a song was born. :-)
As it turned out, I was scheduled to sing at NTCSL a few weeks later on a Sunday where that song fit the message perfectly. So once again, the band brought its heart, soul, talent, and skill to the song and that magic was captured on multi-track. Eric and I did play with the arrangement a bit in the mix and I re-recorded my vocal to bring more emotion and dynamics to the piece... but that organic, divine energy and inspiration remains.
I am thrilled to have this song included on the new CD. It's a "time capsule" kind of song that I feel needs to be heard. Thank you to all who have contributed through GoFundMe to help make this special project happen (and/or pre-ordered the CD from my website homepage)... can't wait to share the music with you! <3