Music speaks to us in many ways. Like communication, this refers to listening. As musicians or listeners, there is also a constant desire to express ourselves. How does that seemingly come about so easily for songwriters? From my personal experience, it isn’t always that simple. Yet, I have discovered along the way the importance of being open and availing myself to what surrounds me for inspiration. Sometimes the inspiration is pleasant, sometimes not so. Either way, the song eventually comes out as I listen for the melody, harmony and words. The gift is in relating our experiences for others effectively.