I was having a discussion with a friend recently about the power of saying YES. Sometimes we can feel out of our depth or like it will be too much of a stretch to agree to an opportunity. There is a lot of information out there about saying NO and having boundaries and yes, this is helpful and great. Life needs discernment, of course. Every YES is a NO to something else.
However, when it comes to YOUR life, your dreams, or new opportunities that will inspire you, develop you and help you grow, I encourage you to say YES.
Some of the best advice given to me was from a friend of mine who was a pastor at my church. Her name is Valery Murphy. We were talking about how there is so much to do, so much to get done, such a full dynamic existence…how to manage it all? Her answer was,
“The stretch is worth it.”
It was about ten years ago and I have never forgotten it.
My all time favourite quote is this:
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas A. Edison
Nothing good comes without sacrifice so when a chance comes along say YES! The stretch IS worth it. Sure you might be nervous, afraid, full of self - doubt and even think it cannot be done. THEN you will breakthrough all that and you will be at a whole new level. Happens all the time. Say YES!
Also, I have some GOOD NEWS! I have been invited to Tasmania later in the year as part of the concert series connected with Devonport Jazz Festival.
So to celebrate I am sending you this NEWIE! This jazz video was soooooo much fun to make.
The track has "more jazz changes than the last three gigs I was on" according to Sam McNally who features heavily, as does Jack Thorncraft, David Sanders, Shannon Marshall and of course Jim Kelly. Even a CAMEO from Jules Kelly at her famous lunch table where the musos hang between sessions.
Here is some of the video feedback:
“a masterfully produced and arranged version of Loverman.”
“It makes me VERY HAPPY to see this. I'm playing it for the 4th time!”
“I gotta say I'm proud to be in on that one! So understated and cool as hell. Jim's a genius, the arrangement/approach so nice. Wonderful vocal Simone Waddell. 10 out of 10, my review.”
“Simply beautiful Simone; congratulations on yet another superb track.”
“Beautiful Simone, my favourite so far.”
Enjoy this great jazz standard!
To purchase the jazz CD, My Romance which features this track, Loverman or my recent originals CD, Surrender please go to the store to order NOW! My vision for these projects was to have organic real playing by real people, making quality music. And we nailed that exact brief!
Finally, PLEASE do not miss out on my two upcoming LIVE shows!
Fantastic music, fantastic band, fantastic food….all FANTASTIC!!
I would LOVE to see you there! Book now on the links below.
June 22nd - Foundry 616 in Ultimo - Book Now!
June 23rd - Brass Monkey in Cronulla - Book Now!
Always remember, You Have A Voice!
Love Simone x