I asked myself this question yesterday.
I asked myself this question yesterday.
Well, tomorrow is the day!
One more sleep until my very first foray into the Australian Independent Music Awards. Found out that it’s sold out too, so there will be about 2000 people celebrating independent artists! What a great time it will be.
Just want to send you all a thank you for the support I have received over the years. Honestly, many times I have wondered if this is the right thing to do and the support I get just keeps me going. Really grateful and love you all for being there to help me along my merry little way.
In love and honour,
So I came across this blog I wrote a while back about the first time we used ‘All that is within me’ for corporate worship and I thought I would reblog it.
This is the song that has been chosen as a Finalist for the Australian Independent Music Awards this year and I am really surprised and elated to have been selected.
So without further ado, here’s the blog. I hope you enjoy
Often times I am asked ‘How did you write that song?’, ‘How did you get those words to come together?’ and other intriguing and challenging questions!
So here are some thoughts from my heart to yours…
Earlier this year I was at my antique piano and just playing around with ideas. As is per the usual, there are times when I get to a point of frustration and am dissatisfied until I hit a new idea. So I will try lots of different chord progressions, keys, etc until I hit on something that ‘resonates’ with me (pardon the pun).
This was one of those times. When I feel lazy, I’ll revert to chords I love, or that are easy but I wanted to push past that this time.
I was in an emotional state of frustration as well and feeling like I really hadn’t had much encounter with God recently and then I began to think about King David.
Suddenly as a melody began to waft up into my consciousness, and I began to play this ‘classical’ feeling arpeggio, the words of King David began to follow suit. ‘My soul will magnify the Lord’
Well, that was all it took.
I also had some lines from an old attempt at a song that ended up making the chorus ‘seated on the throne…’
I spent a good hour or so on this song – it kind of developed bit by bit, section by section. I love that it did because it’s made the piece easy to dissect and sing just one part or another at a time.
The most amazing thing for me about ‘All that is within me’ is the continual feedback I get about how it makes people feel when they sing it. The first time we introduced it at church, it was well over 20 minutes later before we finally stopped playing, the flags stopped waving, the dancers stood still and the room finally went from spontaneous ruptures of joy to restless quiet waiting…only to have the congregation and Pastor spur us on to play it again.
I have NEVER had that happen before or since. A feeling I will never forget.
Because of the intensity of this song, it has become the title track for my latest work ‘All that is within me’ and I hope that as you listen, you too are impacted by whatever it is that Holy Spirit has deposited on this piece. I am truly privileged to have written it and consider it one of the Lord’s most treasured gifts he has given me.
Click here for your free download of All that is within me. If you would like a lead sheet to use, royalty free, click here All that is within by Miriam Miles. Thanks so much for your support and be encouraged to share this song.
Just a quickie to share my very first interview ever! What a great feeling Thanks so much to Fast Track for their support and for organising such an exciting opportunity for local artists.
Here’s the link to the interview that was posted on Facebook. Please feel free to share!
Thanks for all the support!
In love and honour,
Recently I decided to take myself seriously. I have always been a musician and a writer but have struggled for countless years to really get a break in either. I would start with gusto then stall, run back into my shell and stay there for a while again. I did this by convincing myself that the fear I felt must have been a sign that I was heading in the wrong direction, which in some instances was true, however not all.
This year I made a choice. I chose not to allow this fear of the future intimidate me any longer or control my options in pursuing my dreams. As a way of activating this new mindset, I entered into a couple of singing competitions and started up a little creative writing service so that all of my creative skills could be utlilised.
Well, the business is going very well and I am now working between 15-20 hours a week writing for small businesses, getting paid and loving it!
And the music? Well, I made it through to the heats of the Fasttrack Singing Showcases here in Sydney and sang on Saturday night last week. I decided to sing two original songs and the short story is that I made it through to the semi finals…and won the Feature Artist of the Week.
I also have a song nominated for the Australian Independent Music Awards which blows my mind!
I cannot tell you what this all feels like. I’ve never been much of a competitive person, let alone really experienced in the sensation of wining! This new journey is insane.
I also want to thank the incredible friends and family who have journeyed with me thus far and the cheering squad I had on the night – couldn’t possibly do it without ya’ll!
So, I just want to encourage you. Take hold of what it is that you’ve got burning in your belly and take a step forward. Don’t’ look back and most certainly don’t stop walking forward! It’s totally worth the ride!
Cheers for now. I’ll update once I know more of what happens next
Well, I don’t normally enter competitions at all but this is an exception to the rule!
I am unashamedly keen to get the best opportunity to win this competition as I have been a big fan of Cfan (Christ for All Nations) for many years and to go and witness literally millions of human beings connecting with God is something I think worth trying get
You can check it out here and enter too if you like! www.freeafricatrip.com
I’ll keep you posted if I get in!!
I’ve just had possibly the most profound moment of clarity. I walked out of a job interview after 5 minutes because I realised how little suited I was to that work. It was freeing to say no and goodbye.
What happened next has taken me by surprise.
I was siting on the train heading home when I realised that I just cannot fit myself into any other mould than the one I am created to fit.
I am a creative. A writer. A singer. A musician. I cannot be anything else other than temporarily.
I have fought this for so long that I had almost convinced myself that perhaps I wasn’t really cut out to be a creative. That perhaps I had misunderstood my life’s direction. I had almost cut myself out of the picture that my dreams have been constructed from.
Tears welled up and splattered down my cheeks as I realised that I cannot run away any more. Simultaneously, a freedom from deep within has begun to burst up and into my vision. A crust that has been growing around my heart feels like its being smashed away, the broken pieces tumbling down into oblivion.
I know I am free.
So now begins the dance.
In love and honour,
I’ve been thinking about why so many of us, myself included, prefer to not risk the sting of rejection over the potential of success and it has got me this far: rejection really hurts. Like, physically. There is a pain on the inside, around my heart, that ripples out when I feel rejected.
Maybe I’m the only one who feels it so tangibly, but in all honesty, this is what it is like for me. A physical reaction in my body occurs when I am rejected.
What I find interesting though, is that this reaction can also occur even when I perceive that I might be rejected.
So even if I haven’t actually gone to the length of stepping out into a place where rejection or acceptance can result, I can find myself already experiencing that physical pain on the inside. Perhaps it’s no wonder then why I get so hogtied when I try to move forward?
So what to do about this I wonder?
My initial thought is to try to deal with this perception that stalls me, this physical reaction to a perceived scenario. Maybe if I can find the root of it, I can rid myself of it and be more free to step out into the unknown?
In the meantime, all I have is what tools I already know. Keep trying. And if I fall over again, get up and keep trying. Something’s got to give…right?
In love and honour,
Over the past few months, I have been doing a lot of soul searching, digging deeper into what makes me tick I suppose, trying to calibrate myself in line with what I really believe and what I have encountered in this short life so far.
It’s been a really hard journey. I’m not going to lie to you. There have been days recently where I just feel like I am drowing in doubt and confusion. At first it was easy to let go of what I knew and embrace an unknown period of time. But as the year has continued to march on at a pace that often takes my breath away, I am getting tireder, more fractious, more fragile.
Perhaps in fact, I was already tired, fractious and fragile? I’m not sure. But I have begun to understand something that I hope is instrumental in helping me to move forward.
In order to step into my future, I need to face my past, let it go and turn my back on it. I need to stop trying to program in the ideal future scenario and just live the day after today and then the one after that.
You see my past looks something like this: try and get myself where I want to be, but only put the most minimal amount of effort in in order to get some kind of result and then pull back when anyone really starts to take a serious interest in what I am doing. I put it down to things like ‘oh, I don’t know if that’s the right path for me’ and ‘I am uncomfortable with the idea of someone controling my future’.
As it stands today, I am beginning to see that I am my own worst enemy in my pursuit to make my future dreams come to pass. The fear of rejection has had a stranglehold on me for longer than I can recount and despite having dealt with so many aspects of this problem, I am clearly still not fully past it.
A month ago I would have written this post from a whole different point of view. It would have been written from the ‘I worked out the answer and now I want to share it with you’ place. And there is nothing really wrong with that.
But I have come to realise that I am nowhere near being able to fix it myself so who am I to give advice to you?
A big part of the issue is my inability to be broken, to allow myself to present a fragile and imperfect version of myself to the world. But perhaps that is my undoing? Perhaps I’ve just had things a little back to front? Maybe what I should be doing is fully embracing my pain, recognising that it’s there and then letting the beautiful broken pieces of my life connect with the beautiful broken pieces of another’s life and maybe finding that our pieces actually help heal each other?
Look, here is where I stand. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in healing and miracles. I believe in a God who loves us so much that he would spend eternity helping us become the very best, purest version of who he created us to be.
I also believe that as we offer the most authentic version of ourselves to the world, as best as we can, we have the opportunity to connect with others going through similar challenges, to help others embrace where they are at, to be a part of someone else’s journey to a better future. We might just find the broken pieces that we need in the hands of another who is broken too.
Anyway, at this moment, this is where I stand. I hope to be further along in my journey the next time I write, but if I’m not, then that’s okay too.
Do you believe your own press? Today I am undecided. Lately it seems there are two of me. The one who I see today and the one who I desire to be. It’s not that I’m having a mental breakdown. In fact I think it’s quite the opposite. It’s like I can see parallel tracks and at some point I know they will merge..but they haven’t just yet
So what am I to do with this revelation? I can’t go backward. And it seems I’m a little stuck in the going forward department. It feels like I am tacking, that my sails have dropped and despite knowing that somehow the destination remains resolute, I have to choose what to do next. It’s a bit strange here out in the middle of the sea, the waves tossing my little sail boat around a bit.
I’ve been spending a lot if time in thought over the past few weeks. A lot of time. And what I am beginning to see is a great deal if personal fragility coming to the surface…stuff thats been buried perhaps a bit too long and in truth it’s really hard. I see myself pulling back and getting scared and then not moving forward at all. Becoming confused, stalling and rehashing my choices.
I think there is a point where one perhaps needs to stop trying to program the future and just simply step in and not look back
Getting there is a little easier than said. I think I’m somewhere in the middle of the journey. Perhaps that’s okay too…
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