SO here I am. Ready to make music again! I want to thank you for considering to be a part of my journey - via a pretty awesome phenomenon- called Kickstarter. It's crazy to me that it's been almost 10 years since my LaRue days with my brother Phillip. Time has flown, I have morphed and changed, but I now finally feel willing and able to get back into doing what I truly love, the creative expression of my heart through music.
With an amazing husband and supporter by my side along with three beautiful children I now have something to say and I hope that with your support and generous pledges, I can simply do just that. Record songs. I believe you will resonate with each one of them.
I am so thankful to have Don Chaffer from Waterdeep on the team producing the 6 song EP at his studio in Nashville. The idea is to begin around the first part of March and should hopefully have the finished product in your hands around the end April.
Please spread the word by sharing this project with others. We literally cannot do this without you! We have to reach the full financial goal. It's all or nothing with Kickstarter.
Creativity and Interruptions - By Natalie
I am sitting on my piano bench, I take a deep breath. Time to practice. Time to be creative. I need to go over that song again, the one I keep forgetting the lyrics to because I never wrote them down. I need to stretch out my voice, I need to... ”Mama, can I have a snack?” my 5 year old daughter Ella asks me. “Sure babe, just grab a string cheese out of the fridge.”
Hmm, where was I? Yes, time to be creative, to let instinct run free and...
“Mom, why did Ella get a snack and I didn’t?” my son this time. “Did you ask me if you could have one, Noah?”
“No," 'Well all you have to do is ask permission bud, and you can have one.”
All right here we go again, deep breath, focus. My heart whispers a small prayer, asking the Lord to bless this time, to come and fill me. I begin to play, sing, words coming out with some effort but at least they are coming. My voice sounds tired. Not much sleep the night before - oh well, life is full these days.
Everything seems to be going to plan and then THUMP. I hear crying and shouting from the other room.
“MOM, the baby fell over!” I’m already off of my bench, out the room, scooping my smallest into my arms.
This is a snapshot of my world.
Ten years ago if you would have asked me where I would be now, I don’t think I could have even imagined.
Ten years ago I was in a band called LaRue with my brother Phillip.
Ten years ago I had about twenty countries stamped in my passport and a collection of plane ticket stubs and hotel keys.
Ten years ago I was months away from meeting my husband at a music festival in England.
My world after that was very much altered, in the best of ways, in the hardest of ways. Rob and I fell in love, got married shortly there after. We had our first son, our unplanned “Oops Baby” a year and a half later. If you are a mother, then you know what I mean when I say, the moment my baby was put in my arms, my whole identity shifted. I will never be the same.
So here I am now. Attempting, after a long hiatus, to step back into the world that was once familiar territory. Now I’ve got some new shoes, some old scars and a lot of perspective. I have songs that have been birthed out of the most pivotal period of my life. The transition from girl to woman, woman to wife, wife to mother. I have lots to say, and somehow, some way, out of the fog of family life - and with a little nudging from my husband - I feel ready to say it. I am ready to start a dialogue with words and music in hope that I reach the hearts of people very much like myself.
Women. Mothers. Spouses. Cooks. Cleaners. Friends. Sisters. Jesus-lovers... and oh, so much more.
Yes. I am excited about this journey toward music. It's been slow in the making but isn’t that sometimes where the best stuff comes from? The longest and the roughest, the things that surpass the test of time? I would be honored for you to be a part of it. Who knows what to expect? On my part at least, I know I can expect many interruptions.
- Natalie LaRue
Some initial thanks:
Liz at the Yellow House Salon
Eden Frangipane for here photography
Our family and friends who have walked the journey
Those who have already pledged and helped spread the word
Here is a teaser.....The lyrics to the song Humble Me (briefly heard in the promo video). It's a song I wrote during a dark season of the soul, and in the light of God's prevailing goodness, finding his righteousness is more than enough.
God of the broken, God of the weakHumble me to Love,Friend to the outcast, Savior to meHumble me to love
You who gave life, by conquering deathHumble me to LoveYou who knew no sin, yet bore mine insteadHumble me to love,
And I know my will may fail meMy heart will let me downYet you are constant and so faithfulTo let all grace abound So as I grow weaker, you remain strongHumble me to loveI find I am nothing unless you are foundHumble me to love
So God I am broken, God I am weakHumble me to love,You have been my Savior, my bringer of PeaceHumble me to love
by Natalie LaRue