14: Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire

I think we can all agree that the character in this song is feeling passionate! While his passion for this woman is borderline creepy, he taps into such visceral honesty. He is filled with desire, he is focused, he is longing to reach higher. It’s almost uncomfortable because so many of us don’t allow ourselves […]

13: Feist – 1234

This song, first of all, is a blast! ? It has such a joyful sound. The playful lightness when brought together with the lyrics embrace a beautiful lesson about how to hold the longing we often feel for “The way things used to be.” The lyrics are about a changing heart.? Leslie Feist seems to be trying to reconcile […]

12: Radiohead – Creep

Experimentation is key to evolution. And success! ??? On this particular day of the challenge we went with something a bit out of the norm as we wanted to experiment with using some of our sound healing instruments. Our amazing Rav Vast steel drum is in an odd tuning called G Pygmy, so it took a bit […]

11: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home

Collaboration! Life is so much better when we work together. This rendition of Home was super fun for us because our friends Cassie and John offered their instrumental and vocal support and Nathan’s younger brother Braden jumped right in too. It was so fun to lean on different people’s strengths. For example we had no […]

10: Rihanna – We Found Love in a Hopeless Place

Perseverance. ?? That was the lesson from this song. We talk about it in the video, but this is the first song that we didn’t post on the actual challenge day. We struggled and fought our way through learning it, and I think we actually had a real fight because one of us was feeling particularly defeated […]

9: Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love

Finding a groove. Okay, it helps that this song just makes you smile! Or makes you hungry… But behind the scenes we were finding our groove too. Amidst the cherry pie, ice-cream etc, we were in a vocal sweet spot. This song gave us a reprieve from the challenge of some of the others songs […]

8: Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.” Lets say it together 5 times! At this point in our New Song November process we had been confronted over and over again with our own perfectionism. It threatened to make even our best takes unusable. We would keep recording takes over and over hoping the […]

7: Fleetwood Mac – Landslide

We can’t predict the unpredictable. At some point something will take us down and we will be blindsided. When all that we know comes tumbling to the ground – our relationship ends, our health wavers, our business fails, our confidence falters – we are faced with countless questions about how to proceed. “Can the child […]

6: Bob Marley – Three Little Birds

Music is POWERFUL!? It can speak what’s in our hearts. Quell our anxieties. Lift up our spirits! ??Music can literally change our state of being, just by hearing it. I’m not sure how many people count this timeless song as one of their favorites, but millions and millions. Perhaps because the message of the song points to […]

5: Death Cab for Cutie – I’ll Follow You Into the Dark

Ah the dislike button. This is the first song from our challenge that received a thumbs down. ?? 2 to be exact, and that’s just at this moment in time. It’s not many in the scheme of things, but it still makes you flinch. We gathered our courage to put ourselves out there, knowing there would be […]