Covid Creativity: 10May2020

By Katie Ditschun

Recently, I have been spending more time song writing and practising my piano. A couple of weeks ago, I completed and performed a live release of my newest song, “HER.”

“HER“ is a tribute to my late mother. I had reached a point in my grief where I was able to sit down and write lyrics that would speak to what life is like without her.  During the song writing process I endeavoured to make my lyrics relatable to anyone who has suffered the loss of someone dear to them. I also hoped to remind listeners that what keeps us going through the hard times is love. 

Days come and go

Life rearranges

Everything’s the same, but with changes

Oh what she’s missing

The things she’s missed

Seems a long expanding list

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

The kids are taller, getting smarter and smarter

Another year has come and gone

From the looking glass

Love will take us

Through the darkness into dawn

We’ll go on

Browsing through photos

I focus on faces

‘Cause over time, of course, memory erases

What was her preference

Not sure I recall 

But I do remember she loved the fall

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

The kids are taller, getting stronger and stronger

Another year has come and gone

From the looking glass

Love will take us

Through the darkness into dawn

We’ll go on

Life’s big – we endure

With one thing missing

her

The cover photo for “HER” is a piece of art that hangs behind me in the video. It is a painting of mine that I gifted to my mom for her last birthday. “Flowers for Mom” is one of my first attempts at still life. Even though my dad absolutely loves it, after mom was gone, he insisted that I keep it. It hangs in my kitchen and reminds me of how much she believed in me. 

Flowers for Mom, acrylic on canvas, 12×12″

During this time of social distancing I’ve been working hard to keep myself from feeling socially isolated.  Apart from having the opportunity for more practise and song writing, I’ve been offering free virtual voice lessons via Facebook and posting performances to my social media accounts.

I’d like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. 

xxoo

KATiE

Learn more about KATiE DiTSCHUN at http://www.katieditschun.com

Collectif members, send an image of your very recent work to cagac.ca@gmail.com with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. 

Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.

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