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Letting Go

I saw the movie, her, and it broke something inside of me.

In the beginning, I was curious. A movie about a relationship with an artificial intelligence. Seems odd, but intriguing. I wondered. What kind of story could this tell? Could it move me? 

I realized very quickly, however, that this story wasn’t just about creating a new kind of relationship. It was about ending one as well.

I started feeling antsy when I saw where the story was taking me. I couldn’t bear watching the momentary flashbacks of happier times, because they happen to me every so often. I didn’t want it to take me there, but it kept bringing me back.

That final scene hit me really deep. It pierced through some emotional dam inside of me. As he started to compose his farewell message, I couldn’t hold back my emotions, or my tears. It was so intense because it was personal. He had these feelings he desperately wanted to hold on to — the feelings he still had for her, and the regrets he had for not being able to make it work — but he was finally able to let her go.

And I didn’t want to.

I realized then, that what I had been struggling against was the exact point of the movie; that the premise of the story was just the vehicle to this moment all along.

It was what I needed to see.

Maybe it’s time for me to let go, too.

Dear Catherine,

I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I’m sorry for that.

I’ll always love you ’cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I’m grateful for that.

Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you love.

You’re my friend to the end.

Love, Theodore.



Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Life


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The Connection

Hey folks, it’s been a while. This won’t be a long post, but I wanted to share something I came across.

I was reading an issue of Music Connection magazine, a publication dealing with the goings-on of the music industry. This particular issue featured an interesting interview with the band Echosmith, telling their story and their boost into stardom with their recent hit, “Cool Kids”. Although they are speaking about music and song-writing, there is a passage which fits perfectly in the context of writing as well. If you have a moment, stop what you are doing, and take a minute to digest this.

The lead singer of the youthful sibling-group, Sydney Sierota, made this comment during the interview:

MC: What is the key to creating songs that connect in such a powerful way?

Sierota: I think the key to writing is to be honest and write about what you think, feel and believe and stand for. I think the reason “Cool Kids” took off is because that song means something to people. As much as people like the partying songs, the drinking songs or the having-a-good-time-with-my-friends songs, people can’t deny they love a song that means something to them, whether it’s the same meaning I had when I was writing the song or something they interpret.

And it’s important, also, to leave your songs to interpretation and let fans decide what it means to them, because that’s what music is about. It’s about connecting with the listener. It’s important to write for yourself, but it’s important to write for those listening, too, and to be mindful of who’s going to hear the song. It’s important to keep that in mind as you’re writing and make sure the message you want to come across is coming across. It’s your job to share your story with others in the best way possible.

– Excerpt from Music Connection, Vol. 39, March 2015

I always ask myself before I hit the publish button how the reader will interpret what I just wrote. Are my emotions and ideas being transfused into these words in a way that the readers can reach out and receive what I have given? Will they take something away from this visit which will somehow add to their life experience? Even with a self-serving post, am I still giving value to those who visit? Am I making a personal connection with you, the reader?

This is something I can never will into happening. What I can do is to be conscious and aware of who I’m writing for: myself, and for all of you. Because without you, there is nothing to share, and that is where I gain value as well.

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in General, Music


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