Love 24/7: Behind The Story And Music Of This Uplifting Song

Love 24/7 started as a melody that was haunting me. I would hear it in my head all the time.

I then did the most common sense thing and started fooling around on the piano and guitar in order to realize the melody.

In it’s raw form, “Love 24/7” probably didn’t sound like much — and I had doubts.

But something kept drawing me back to it — it wouldn’t let me go.

The most challenging thing (as is mostly the case) was coming up with lyrics that were relevant, poetic and rhythmically fit the melody. 

That part took me some time until I finally settled on the idea of a new “service” in town that offered support 24/7.

That service of course, was Love.

It was partly inspired by a certain client that Mary was working with.

This client was always complaining about how bad their childhood was and how it was now holding them back.

But this person also had a lot going for them —including financial stability, abundance and decent health — that they seemed to constantly overlook.

I also thought “man, a lot of people, myself included have been through “stuff.” In my case I was a homeless runaway at 17. I somehow managed to build some success with my life but then lost everything at 28 ( and spiralled into depression and alcoholism for 6 years. I then had some tough work waiting for me in order to start spiralling upwards.

Mary has been through even worse in other ways.

And I thought “how were we able to turn things around? Are we special? Do we somehow have a different nervous system?” I know for myself, the first step was to acknowledge my responsibility in things and stop playing the victim.

And no, this is not to pass judgement on anyone who is struggling!

On the contrary, I hope it provides hope and inspiration. Even though it seems (it is!) like a different lifetime when I used to feel hopeless and utterly lost, if this can inspire one person to take up the challenge of choosing to Love themselves, then my mission is accomplished.

 

The Music Behind “Love 24/7”

As always, I played the instruments and did all the vocals here in my very modest home studio.


Note: I currently play the bass in real time using my keyboard. I’m dreaming about a real bass guitar — even though it will probably be right handed. I have yet to see a left handed bass except for Sir Paul McCartney’s. I’m pretty sure I can handle playing it the other way around. I have some experience jamming like that — and I think I can learn to play grooving and musical bass lines with a right handed bass.


I then started sending mixes to Gary Gray in LA. He would get back to me with suggestions about what I could do to bring the level of production higher.

This went back and forth so many times I can’t tell you! At one point, I was like “I can’t take any more red marks on my song!!” LOL

However, I sucked it up, let go of the frustration, and kept chipping away until I finally crossed the finish line.

Gary then brought in Kristen LaRoche to play the drum parts live in a studio in Orange County.

The next stage of course, was the mastering which was done by Gary. He also added some subtle strings which sound incredible!

Enjoy the song. If you are uplifted by it, please share it!

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Songs By Davidson Yeager

Launching My YouTube Channel Soon And Facing Fear

I’ve been deeply involved with music for most of my life. And according to an astrology report based on my past lives, I’ve been a musician several times before.

You’re probably thinking “so, what’s your point?” And depending on your mental models of the world, you may even be thinking “astrology? Seriously?  Past lives? What?!”

Don’t worry. This article is not about astrology. Maybe in the future. I’m not an astrologer but in my experience, it’s quite a profound tool for self understanding. Even enneagrams (from Sufism) are being accepted into mainstream psychology and the corporate world. I’m simply more familiar with astrology.

And even though I believe (and perceive) that consciousness transcends death of the physical body, I still face my own mortality most days. This inspires me to use my talents and abilities the best I can every day.

I feel like I really have something to say. And if I don’t say it now, I may not get another chance.

sidenote: It’s a paradox to believe in reincarnation but to also be present in the moment. It can be pretty amazing when the veil lifts and the infinite reveals itself to be right here right now.

I’m on a mission to express my soul.

 

What Is Success?

Success to me is being able to express my true and authentic self. My soul. This includes my musical abilities as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

BUT and this is a part of the struggle I’ve been facing. I also have another part of myself that yearns expression. I’ve been a “mystic” since I can remember. As far back as I can remember  the presence of a mysterious and formless Higher Power has been self evident to me.

Many strange experiences since childhood and I’ve now been seriously practicing a meditative and spiritual path for many years.

I finally realize it’s time to stop thinking about how to blend these 2 voices and just simply start doing it.

 

My Essential Strategy And Main Point Of This Article

My essential strategy for 2018 is to build my fanbase. I intend to do it with YouTube. I’m a bit scared but my excitement and passion are bigger than my fear right now.

I look at my YouTube channel and see my numbers and I think “man, that’s pathetic!” I have like 20 views or something like that on videos.

I should have many more than that! Not because anyone owes me anything or I think I’m “God’s gift.” I’m saying this to myself. “Dude! You should do something about your YouTube channel!”

So far I’ve only used YouTube as a repository to hold my videos so I can share them with you — my subscribers or anyone who happens by my website.

The numbers are pretty low and I really really want to take action on changing that. At least as much as I possibly can.

Will I succeed? Who knows. But I should be able to at least grow my fanbase to larger than it currently is. So I think that makes it well worth the effort and risk.

 

Launching My YouTube Channel

Yes. I already have a YouTube channel. But I’ve never truly “launched” it before. And I’ve certainly never committed to regular video uploading.

This is what I intend to do. I’m going to come up with a schedule that is realistic. Something along the lines of one upload per week along with one blog post per week.

My content will consist of my original songs since that is my main goal. I want more people to be aware of my songs so that hopefully more people can benefit from the inspiration, beauty and entertainment that they perceive in them.

And songwriting is really the reason why I do what I do at the end of the day. For me, there’s nothing like having an idea in your heart and mind and then bringing it to life.

I’ll also do my best to do a new blog post like this once a week or so. We’ll have to see how the scheduling goes because I’m already so busy writing, practicing, learning and upgrading skills, teaching students, etc.

I may need to cut back on how much social media interaction I do from my Instagram channel. I usually do this in the mornings — but I’ll probably cut back to 2 or 3 days weekly so I can blog and create video content.

 

Cover Songs

Since not very many people have heard of me, and the Internet world’s a pretty big and noisy place, I’ll need to do some cover songs so that people will find me on YouTube.

Here’s where it gets tricky. I have made a list of cover songs that I think I would enjoy doing a version of, but I don’t want to paint myself into a corner and wander off track from my original music.

However, I think I’ll have fun doing some covers. Mostly just guitar and voice so it should be fun and challenging to make them come to life in an interesting and cool way.

 

Guitar Instrumentals

I spend a fair amount of time playing my guitar (not as much as you may think since I need to spend time singing and keeping my voice strong as well as writing music and lyrics. Not to mention maintaining some basic chops on the piano). So I’ll probably do videos where I just play guitar. Acoustic and electric.

 

Behind The Scenes

There’s not much going on behind the scenes here, but if I think of something I’ll share it. Perhaps something I’m working on, new lyrics, how I work, etc. A few videos of this nature.

 

My Story

I’ll definitely share my thoughts. I can’t make music videos all the time — they tend to take a fair amount of preparation.

I think deeply a lot about life, who we are, mystical experiences…some call it “woo.” I find the term derogatory and arrogant since the fact that we exist at all is ALREADY pretty “woo” don’t you think?

That said, I do respect the beliefs of others. I believe very strongly that Love (understanding, empathy and sanity — not sentimentality) is the answer. We all have mental models of the world. Some of us don’t realize that we do, however.

So I’ll make videos about “woo” and how to overcome challenges, never give up, etc. They may also include books I’m reading that I’m excited to share.

I’ll probably write about spirituality and “grounded transcendence” in my blog as well.

 

Then What?

If I can grow a fanbase around my music this year, I’ll be thrilled to say the least! I don’t know what then, but hopefully many more possibilities will  open up to me that aren’t open to me right now.

I’ve come to realize it’s not so much about how good your music is as much as it is the experience of connection it provides for people.

Although for myself as an artist, I derive my own sense of satisfaction through creating something that reaches up to my own standards of what I want to hear. I also believe there’s a certain energetic “fingerprint” that gets encoded to the music. But that’s for another article on another day.

Although the past year has been a success filled year in many ways (and for which I’m incredibly grateful) hopefully my music will resonate with more even people this year!

Maybe I can even manage to outsource some of the recording responsibilities. When I do ALL the recording myself it takes a tremendous amount of time.

That way I can focus more on creating new music and other value filled content.

 

My Purpose

Another deeper and more soulful purpose with this mission helps to fuel me is this: I hope my story and journey will inspire others to do the same with whatever their mission is.

I really want to do my part in my little corner of the world to make the world a better place. By “better place” I don’t mean some kind of utopia like the one John Lennon sang about in Imagine.

Although I’m idealistic as well, I’m more of what you could call a pragmatic idealist.

My wish is to simply bring more sanity into the world.

If my sparks can help spark someone else, then I’ve done my job. Let’s bring more sanity in and eliminate more of the madness that seems to surround us. That’s our task right now.

Bigg Luv,

Dave

 

Further Reading

Once A Musician Always A Musician

Why Am I A Spiritual Teacher?

What Is Success?

Practicing Persistence

Why Do I Do It?

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What Is Holding You Back From What You Want Out Of Life?

What is holding you back from what you want out of life? Recently I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions. The kind of questions that have the potential to bring new information to light and reorganize our minds. “What do I really want of life?” has been the main one. “Who or what am I?” are ongoing for me as part of my spiritual practice.

Often our minds have a state of inertia to new information, however. Our ego wants to keep us safe in our comfort zone and will resist taking in new information that has the potential to change our lives.

By the way, my song Butterfly is about this idea of transformation after a struggle.

 

What Do You Want Out Of Life? Looking Within For Answers

Questions such as “what is life? What do I want out of life? What actions can I take? Is there anything I need to learn? Is there anything I’m not looking at? etc.” can be helpful in getting answers.

The trick is we need to be listening when the answers come on cue. And they do. But we have to be willing to listen.

Recently, a few people have randomly said something along the lines of “when you’re famous” to me when talking about my music.

I didn’t pay any attention to it at first. Here’s why…

Being on a path of personal and spiritual growth I made a decision many years ago that fame was “bad.” Not to mention observing so many celebrities having huge issues and falls from grace.

I thought fame was a dangerous thing (perhaps it is — but that’s for another discussion). Many years ago, when I was aligned with that kind of  thinking, I got into trouble with alcohol etc. I was very active in bands and although this was because I was a serious and dedicated musician, I also based my sense of self worth on how well my band did. I wanted notoriety — and actually had some here in Toronto’s club scene with one of my bands starting to build a small and loyal following.

Energy Vampires

sidenote: It turned out that my co founder in that band was an “energy vampire” and I eventually realized I had to walk away. The gift in that was that I realized I truly wanted to be a solo artist. As a highly empathic person it took me a while to understand learn that there are people who truly do not have your best interests in mind.

But because of what people said to me (about being famous) recently, I reviewed my feelings about fame. I discovered it was probably better to have an open mind to the possibility. Especially since on a conscious level I’ve been doing my best to find the people who would appreciate my music and be uplifted by it.

 

Everybody Wants To Rule The World…

If I’m pushing away fame, I may inadvertently be blocking the flow of energy I need to get my music and message out in front of people.

I realized with all the reflection and self inquiry I’ve done in my life — along with the experience I’ve gathered — that I’m now far less vulnerable to either criticism or flattery (I’m not perfect — I DO certainly prefer compliments, but it doesn’t make me overly excited. It’s more like “Cool. That’s very nice to hear”).

It suddenly struck me that fame being dangerous was nothing more than an unexamined belief. Fame is like anything else. It’s neither “good” nor “bad.” There’s no need to label it. There’s enough polarization going on in our world as it is! I don’t have to agree with your opinions — or even like you, for that matter — in order to Love you as a part of the tapestry of Life.

Besides, I have a theory that eventually fame won’t be something that exists anymore. Everyone will be so connected and a vast number of talented people will be heard in various ways. It’s already well on it’s way now.

I don’t need fame to own my own sense of natural self esteem — the kind where I don’t feel above or below anyone. Even thought we’ve been taught since any of us can remember about the “pecking order” in our society.

I don’t need fame to prove myself to anyone, although that might be a little gravy to add to the pie where any naysayers are concerned!

 

What Are You Afraid Of That Just Might Be Holding You Back?

But I’m no longer afraid of it. Wanting to hide our light for fear of others disapproving of us is an almost universal plight. I’ve been struggling with it my whole life, but I think I’m beginning to see results and feeling much more freedom!

I’m not saying that “fame” will happen for me. I honestly don’t think it’s a realistic possibility as I’m not very aligned with mainstream media. But the subconscious fear of fame is no longer blocking my energy, beliefs or actions.

Why all this talk about fame? I’m a musician and speaker. The more people know about me, the more impact my message has. And this means I can spend even more time and energy focusing on creating this message via my music, writing and talks.

As I said, I’m fairly confident that fame in my case would definitely not be celebrity status. That’s fine as that is not what I truly want. What I want is more like that 1,000 true fans type of ideal. I’d like to be able to continue life normally while making my authentic contributions.

Like a successful self-help book author whom you may not recognize on the street type of thing (unless you were their fan). That would be really nice.

If not, I will continue learning, growing and making the best music I can. Writing the best articles I can.

Loving the people in my life to the best of my ability. And above all, being grateful for what is here now in the present moment.

What about you? What do you want out of life?

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Resurrect Your Heart

I wrote “Resurrect Your Heart” in August of 2017. It was inspired by hearing Mary give healings and readings. She is often coaching people who are experiencing love relationship difficulties.

Our “egoic” selves are conditioned to look for fulfillment in the world.

The trick is, it’s not there! Unless you’re talking about the kind that comes and goes.

If you’ve ever bought a brand new car, you’ll know the “new car smell” eventually fades.

We need to find the source of Love and Happiness within our own beingness. The kind of peace that is unshakeable.

“Resurrect Your Heart” is about finding that Love within. I know there’s a whole movement these days that says love yourself. And that can be confusing. Who is loving who? What part of you is loving some other part?

We already ARE the love that we seek. And the more we remember that, the more love we have to BRING to relationships instead of looking to GET love from relationships.

And in my experience, the more I realize the truth of my nature (this is not an intellectual realization, it’s directly experienced when thoughts slow down) the more relaxed and less fearful.

This in turn leads to others feeling better when they are around me, which simply becomes an upward spiral.


Sidenote: You don’t have to formally meditate to experience your thoughts slowing down. You can easily  do this through saying “yes” to the present moment. Letting go of resistance to “what is” is my favourite method and the one I use most.

You can also do this in flow state such as when you are deeply engaged in an activity like gardening, playing sports or playing guitar.


That’s basically what “Resurrect Your Heart” is about. I’ve had times in my life when I didn’t know what I do now. At least not through my own direct experience.

I unwittingly believed (due to conditioning) that love was somewhere in the world. This leads to disappointment and even “bad” choices.

Often this pain is what leads us to  question what we were taught, and to turn around and look within. We want to free ourselves from the unnecessary pain and suffering.

But then once you find the love inside yourself, you just want more of it!

And you want others to find it too! So that’s why I wrote the song “Resurrect Your Heart.” No matter where you are, how long you’ve been there, in whatever dark place, you can resurrect your heart.

And since we are spiritual beings having a human experience, all is well and unfolding as it should.

Hope you enjoyed this article and my song “Resurrect Your Heart.” Please share it with others if you think they will too. See the lyrics below.

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Resurrect Your Heart

Crash tested heart
Crushed to dust
You thought it was different this time
You believed those kisses said she loved you

Your frozen limbs and bottled tears a nightmare of your worst fears
How could a lover do this to ya’?

ooh ooh the shadows grow blacker in the night
ooh ooh when you’re afraid of morning’s light!

Chorus
When there’s so much pain hey!
Things never seem to go your way
Don’t you know you can resurrect your heart?

When there’s so much pain hey!
It never seems to go away
Don’t you know you can resurrect your heart.

Verse
Why comb your hair?
Says a ghost of despair
your mind can’t find a signal
Why did someone take your disadvantage?

Yes, take some time to clear your mind
Some things no longer serve you
But don’t get stuck in those voices in your head

ooh ooh the shadows grow blacker in the night
ooh ooh when you’re afraid of morning’s light…

Chorus=>

Bridge
‘Cos you’re not alone
So many hearts have been there
One day you’ll know
that true love lives inside you
no one can forsake your love
no one here can break you…but you!

Chorus=>

Outro
cos it’s your heart now and you can
resurrect your heart if you play your part
it’s your heart now and you can
resurrect your resurrect your heart
‘cos it’s your heart and you can
resurrect oh resurrect your heart
if you play your part now you can
resurrect your oh resurrect your heart!

Music and Lyrics ©2017 by Davidson Yeager

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Butterfly: A Soothing Song About The Transformative Power Of Love

Butterfly soothing song
Artwork by Mary

Butterfly is a soothing song is about how my relationship with my wife Mary has transformed me.

After the honeymoon brain chemicals wear off, we have a choice to explore love. To be creative with learning about love.

Luckily for me, Mary’s on the same page.

Sometimes we don’t agree. And sometimes these can trigger sensitive issues from the past. We need to be careful with these situations. I look at these disagreements as opportunities to release suppressed energy from the past.

The trick is to stay alert while you feel these intense feelings. It’s usually a feeling of wanting to control (or be out of control). But because you love the other person and you want to grow, you do your best to let go. Breathe. Listen.

And when it’s appropriate to get some time on your own, you can use specific spiritual tools or methods to get in touch with your core essence of Love. Things will usually shift right away.

Of course, a little arguing is like rain. It’s healthy.  It can clear the air. But too much causes a lot of serious damage!

 

 

Butterfly: A Soothing Song

The other fantastic thing I’ve discovered is that the more I transform negativity within myself, the more Mary is willing to listen to what I want.

So I’m also practicing and learning to actually listen to her. Understand her. Without needing to be “right.”

This creates space for Love and Creativity to enter. To heal. I am able to love unconditionally at a much higher level now than I ever could in the past.

If my heart does close out of fear, I’m able to open it up again relatively quickly. Thanks to my muse and honey, Mary! 🙂

It’s a really incredible journey we are taking together!

So that’s what the song is about. I like to say Butterfly is a soothing song.

 

How “Butterfly” Came To Be Produced

As usual, I wrote the song and proceeded to record it. I played and sang all the parts in my home studio.

I then mixed the song to the best of my ability. I’m getting pretty decent at mixing, but I wouldn’t call myself a world class mixing engineer. But I’m pretty good.

My friend and mentor Gary Gray has helped me a great deal with my mixing skills by giving me feedback on my work.

I then apply his suggestions until the mix is ready.

 

Now The Story Gets Interesting!

I had actually forgotten about the song for a couple of years. I write a fair amount of songs, so I’d already moved on.

Butterfly sat on the shelf.

One day, Mary was filming in her office looking for fairies. She’s really into the whole realm of Nature Spirits.

They show up as orbs and dancing lights. Dusk is the easiest time to see them. If they show themselves.

I wasn’t sure about them before, but I’m a believer now. I’ve felt their presence and seen them too many times now.

The film Mary took that evening was the first time I’d seen them.

And she was playing my unmastered version of Butterfly while she filmed!

I was listening and thinking to myself “wow! It’s a better song than I remembered. Hmm…”

 

Enter Magic…

Around the time of this fairy filming experience, I was notified that I was a finalist in an international song competition I’d entered.

I’d won a prize of $2500.00 worth of mixing and mastering. Help from the fairies? Perhaps it was. I can definitely use all the help I can get! 🙂

The studio I used was Gary’s. He’s worked with a lot of very talented people down in Los Angeles, so I feel very grateful to have his input on my song.

That’s how I got Butterfly mastered. That’s the version you hear now.

Gary’s partner, Kristen LaRoche is a rock solid and very talented drummer. She played live drums in Gary’s studio to replace my drum programming.

 

What Is Mastering?

Mastering is bringing the sound to a certain standard. The song could be played beside anything you hear on the radio.

This requires a great deal of technical expertise which I don’t possess!

It basically has to do with the loudness, punch and shine of the music.

There are people who will do it for you on the internet for a cheap price — but the results are not at all impressive.

Major artists will typically be very selective about their mastering engineer. I’ve read that Canadian artists Rush will personally go to New York to a mastering engineer there.

Mastering is the final stage of production. But it’s no less important than the original songwriting, performances in the studio and mixing.

Here’s The Video Where You Can See Fairies And Orbs

Important Note: The music gets really distorted for some reason at a couple of places. But I thought the video is still interesting and decided it was worth posting. This is the unmastered version of Butterfly with my “drumming” (played on keyboard).

The 2nd song is my song “Whispers In The Wind.” I recorded that several years ago when I was first learning to record my own projects at home. I will quite possibly re do this song again in the future. I think it has good potential.

Butterfly Lyrics copyright Davidson Yeager

Butterfly before I found you I was on the run

Butterfly I knew a change had to come

Butterfly I left the past behind and I reached for the Golden Sun

Butterfly somthin’ in me had to die for you to come my way

And I went down so many dead end roads lookin’ for you

Now that I found you I don’t want to go oh no

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

Butterfly now that you’re with me my heart it sings so free

Butterfly you’ve opened up my eyes I see through this world’s thin disguise

Butterfly on the day I die you and I will continue to fly

‘Cos my Butterfly Destiny. Dance partners under the sun.

ooh I went down so many dead end roads lookin’ for you

Now that I found you I don’t want to go oh no

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

Now that I’ve found out where I’d hidden my pot of gold

It wasn’t at the end of the rainbow

It was with me all of the time, Butterfly

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

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Song About Spiritual Awakening

 

 

A song about spiritual awakening. People have reported feeling calmed and uplifted by listening to “Soul.”. It’s definitely a song that comes from higher realms.

To be honest, most of my songs come to me as flashes of inspiration.

Either the main part or the entire song.

From there, it’s a matter of applying craftsmanship to bring it into the world.

 

Playing And Discovering Between Guitar Students

I also teach guitar. (I’ve now taught over 10,000 private guitar and piano lessons in my career!)

I’d finished teaching for the evening and has about 20 minutes before leaving to participate in Mary’s Zumba class.

I was noodling about on my guitar. In this case I think it was my acoustic steel string.

The entire melody and chords just popped right in out of thin air. Even a few of the lyrics.

In these situations where I don’t have much time ( that’s usually when these flashes of inspiration happen!) I either record it quickly or write it out on music notepads.

I recorded it so I wouldn’t forget it — plus some of the lyrics were coming out spontaneously as I vocalized the melody.

You may also enjoy reading about how songs happen.

 

Song About Spiritual Awakening And My Left Brain

The left brain part of writing kicked in quietly and suggested it be a song about spiritual awakening. Yes! 🙂

When I wrote the song I was connecting with some very deep parts of Life. And I was truly feeling that come hell or high water, I was going to bring my Soul’s mission to bear in this world.

Whatever perceived failure (and I’ve had oh so many! Lol) I may have to go through — and whatever success might come my way, I EXIST!

I have a right to be me. And my voice deserves to be heard.

That’s the basic vibe of “Soul.” So I want you to bring YOUR Soul to bear on the world. Don’t allow fear and doubt to hold you back.

I’ve experienced fear and doubt at every step along the way of my journey. But I learn and get stronger by going around it or simply ignoring it.

Like I said above, I’ve had more than my share of “failure.” As an artist it feels like you’re literally putting your heart and soul on the line.

People are busy so sometimes all you hear for all of your hard work is “crickets.” But you can’t stop making music when that’s what you are here to do.

Making music is my calling. Not only because I love writing, singing and playing guitar. Because it’s my sacred duty.

 

Song About Spiritual Awakening
Soul Cover Art by Mary

“SOUL”  by Davidson Yeager

                                                              © 2011 all rights reserved

All of my walls falling down

Down to the ground

Down down

 

Choirs of Angels call my name

Where do I start?

Where is my Heart?

 

I’m bringing my Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing my Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do…

 

Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid

Go with the flow

Give up your control

Choirs of Angels call your name

Where do you start?

Where is your Heart?

 

You’re bringing some Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing some Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do, hey!

 

Me and you. Not a lot to do.

Let’s bring Soul Love to this world

http://davidsonyeager.com/songs-by-davidson-yeager/that’s so blue yeah!

 

Bringing my Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing my Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do…

Thanks for reading. As I said above, “Soul” is a song about spiritual awakening — so please share this article with anyone you think will be uplifted and inspired by it 🙂

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My Recent Bob Dylan Phase

 

I recently went through a Bob Dylan phase.

Every once in a while I go through a phase where I get obsessed with an artist or song. I listen to them. I read about them. I check out interviews.

My musical influences are many and fairly eclectic.

But as I said, right now I’m in a Bob Dylan phase. “Dylan?” you say, “that’s nothing new.”

No. He’s been around for a while. And I know some people who refuse to listen to him because they don’t like his voice. I say, who cares about that. I like his voice. It’s Bob Dylan.

But you know what? His lyrics and melodies break your heart open if you listen and can understand the symbolic language of poetry.

Leave your left brain at the door when listening to Bob Dylan and you’ll be well rewarded.

 

Not My First Bob Dylan Phase

This is not the first time I’ve had an intense phase of learning about Dylan’s muse. The previous several times were more focused on the work that everybody associates with him. “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Tangled Up In Blue”, etc.

This time ‘round I’m really digging into a larger span of his work. A brilliant album from 1983 called “Infidels” that was produced by Mark Knopfler and features Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and Sly and Robbie (drum and bass duo from Bob Marley’s band).

I love most of the songs on this LP. Check out this gorgeous song called “Sweetheart Like You.”

Also some stuff from an album in 1997 called “Time Out Of Mind” that was produced by Canada’s own Daniel Lanios (producer of U2’s The Joshua Tree, etc.)

And there’s a really cool song he released in 2000 for a movie soundtrack called Wonder Boys. The song is called “Things Have Changed” and ended up winning a Grammy for song of the year.

Did you know that his lyrics are now studied in major universities such as Harvard?

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

He’s definitely an interesting cat. To quote the New York Times, it’s something about his Trickster Mystique.

Earlier in the summer I had a Burton Cummings/The Guess Who phase. I love the way he can either croon like butter or sing raspy and menacing. High or low. Crazy set of pipes on him. And he’s from Winnipeg which just happens to be where I was born.

Before that it was Led Zeppelin(again). And I also had a mini phase looking at Bobby Darin.

Mary says that because I have a Cancerian influence in astrology that it gives me an appreciation of the past. Cool.

 


New Songs In The Fire

I’ve been busy writing and recording new songs. I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you!

I also have some new and unexpected developments happening in terms of my music. I’ll let you know as it unfolds more.

This year has been full of so much change for me! I’ve been at the crossroads several times before — where I wondered if continuing to make music was worth it. And I’ve always been guided to continue. And it’s been more than worth it everytime.

This is the one time I really thought I had to put my dreams away. And I have. They were old dreams. Related to an old point of view.

Funny thing is, that the music is flowing through me even stronger.

Maybe because I don’t care as much. Maybe because I’m not as attached to any outcome. I just love to create music and share it — as long as I don’t have to compromise my happiness by being away from home and family a lot.

So I’m still an artist. It’s my calling. I didn’t choose it. I was born this way. 

I am however, branching out. As you know, I now teach yoga. Love it!

 

note: Monday’s at 6:15pm at St. Nicholas Church (Warden and Kingston Rd.) if you’re interested.

 

I’ve always been a mystic and poet at heart and studied metaphysics. So helping Mary with her psychic business and doing some tarot readings to teach people wisdom is a perfect fit.

And of course my meditation/mindfulness workshops. It’s all about letting go of baggage. Y’know?


My Life Vision

I put my Life Vision into words this summer: “To inspire and teach people that the true source of love and happiness is within. And to make as much music along the way as possible.”

Yoga Teacher Trainings And Intensives

 

I’ve just completed a series of yoga teacher trainings and intensives. What is going on? Well, I’ve always appreciated (hatha) yoga as a form of fitness and self care.

And my insights into “who am I?” and “what is this Life?” are pretty much aligned with the “spiritual” and “philosophical” branches of yoga.

Yoga Teacher Trainings YogaFit Level 1
My YogaFit Level 1 Karma Hours completed 🙂

 

I have practiced hatha yoga since the millenium — I had a great teacher whose classes I used to attend regularly. He’s now retired, but he was a really cool older english gentleman who was also a jazz musician.

His classes were filled to capacity back in the day and I really enjoyed them.

However, once I started to practice on my own and look around at some other yoga schools, I just didn’t find a fit.

Although I entertained the idea of yoga teacher trainings, I never took it seriously at the time. I was far too busy being a musician!

And frankly, some of the poses were quite daunting. But I kept up a somewhat consistent practice of it throughout the years along with more traditional forms of fitness.

Mary has also been involved with yoga for a while — she even had the same teacher as me, but we didn’t attend the same years.

As someone who was already successfully teaching fitness classes, she had no trouble jumping in and getting some yoga teacher training.

I watched her and was so proud of her for going after something she’d always wanted to do.

 

Yoga Teacher Trainings: Wanna Try Level 1, Honey?

Yoga Teacher Training
Mary picking me up after yoga teacher training

Recently, after she had quite a few training levels under her belt and had also been teaching her own yoga classes for several months, she suggested I try my Level 1 yoga teacher training.

I resisted a bit, but then thought “what the heck. I enjoy yoga and I can always learn more!” So we went to the training together.

Even though Mary already had her Level 3 training plus some other necessary courses under her belt, all yoga teachers have to take a Level 1 retraining at some point. So she got hers out of the way.

It was an all day 2 day training. Very intense! The teacher was a master instructor with many years or experience — not to mention being an expert on anatomy. She is completing her degree in osteopathy.

I loved it! The next thing I know, I signed up for Level 2 a couple weeks later. After Level 2, I signed up right away for Level 3!! I was hooked and on a roll.

Level 2 was with another master instructor who had a different approach. He was absolutely amazing and brought a level of “game” to the training that was extremely high.

After that, Mary and I both took the Meditation and Mindfulness intensive to add to our training hours.

I’m now taking a break, catching my breath and digesting the massive amounts of information I processed during the trainings.

I am looking forward to doing some more yoga teacher trainings and completing my 200 hours.

 

Yoga Karma Classes

I am teaching a few “karma” classes in August. These are free classes. We have to teach 8 karma hours to receive our Level 1 certificate — mine are done! But I’m doing a couple more just to get some practice and to promote my classes a bit.

My classes will be put on the schedule at St. Nicholas Church on Mondays at 6:15 pm starting in September 2016.

I’ll see how it develops from there.

The school we are studying with is incredibly well put together and thought out. I’ll write another article about it sometime. It’s called YogaFit and you can read about it here.

Yoga Teacher Training
Final meditation/relaxation at one of my karma classes

 

Growing My Positive Mind

Meanwhile, when I haven’t been at yoga teacher trainings, I’ve also been involved in studying and taking tests from the Postive Psychology approach to life. It’s essentially about discovering our inherent strengths and then focusing on them.

Apparently our weaknesses change very little (3 to 7% at most) over the course of a lifetime — and even that’s only in people who are actively engaged in self improvement or 12 step programs.

However, our strengths are almost unlimited in the potential they offer us to grow and be creative and deal with the challenges of our lives.

note: By the way, this book/course was actually on the resources reading list in one of the yoga teacher training manuals. I’m checking it out independently because I love this kind of stuff. Almost as much as music!

It’s called Growing The Positive Mind: With the Emotional Gym & The Positive Mind Test.  Just to let you know, this is an affiliate link to Amazon. That simply means I’ll get a few shekels if you buy the book 🙂

One of the assignments from this positive psychology is to divide our lives into 15 areas:

  • Professional
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Intimacy
  • Home and Environment
  • Play and Fun
  • Education/New Learning
  • Adventure
  • Growth
  • The Completley New and Novel
  • New Learning
  • Breaking Taboos
  • Wild and Frivolous Wants

Many of these areas overlap. But the idea is to come up with about 15 or 20 ideas for each area. Write them down on sticky notes. Eventually these areas will be collapsed to about 6 or 8 areas.

For now it’s simply about dumping out the brain of everything. Even ridiculous or sublime desires are to be acknowledged.

By doing this work, and weeding through the sticky notes, themes will begin to emerge.

This will lead to 6 or 8 five year goals.

There’s more involved than this brief description, but you get the idea. It’s both fun and very enlightening.

Especially for someone like me who is currently navigating a major transition in my life’s journey.

 

We Can Grow More Intelligent Brains

Oh — and did you know that current brain research shows that our brains are designed by nature to expand and grow as we age and go through transitional stages in our lives?

The more positive our attitudes to the changes we encounter as we age, the more complexity unfolds in our brain.

That’s why as people get older they think they are losing their memory. But they aren’t! It’s just that our brains don’t want to be bothered with “diddle” such as phone numbers, names, etc.

We are using our processing power to see the big picture instead.

Research has shown that young people do better at remembering minor details such as numbers, names, etc. but the older people in the studies do much better at the deeper comprehension of the big picture.

I always felt this to be true within myself and through my own self observation. I always thought I was getting wiser and stronger. One would hope 😉

 

Music Sweet Music

I’m supremely inspired with music right now! I know, it seems strange because of the decision I made recently about giving up on any commercial aspirations. Aspirations that’d been with me since I was a teenager.

Other than continuing to teach my guitar and piano students and perhaps get a song or two licensed to a movie or tv show, I currently have no commercial plans or intentions.

But I feel as if I’m still growing as an artist and getting even better and more authentic. Man, I love music!!

I have some really cool new songs in the works. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to take me until September to “concretize” my goal setting work as I stated above.

Thanks for reading and supporting — I love you 🙂

Why Am I A Spiritual Teacher?

Why am I a spiritual teacher and what do I bring to the table? Someone recently inquired as to my background. Teachers I’ve studied with, books I’ve read, practices, etc.

So I thought it may be helpful for some of you to understand what has led to my being a spiritual teacher.

Amongst other things, of course.

Childhood Mystical Experiences

As a child I had “mystical” experiences. As an adult reflecting upon those experiences it was very tempting to put them off as childhood imaginings.

However, upon doing more research and thinking, I’ve come to the conclusion that they were valid experiences.

One of the motifs in my teaching and philosophy is that we are heavily conditioned by the current myth of scientific materialism.

Note: I have no issue with science, of course. It’s helped humanity immensely. I only take issue with the fundamentalist approach whether that is in spiritual matters or science.

 

Existential Angst And Scientific Materialism

This environment of materialism — that only things that can be measured are real — has led to an epidemic of existential angst. Depression, anxieties and the like are all extremely common in our culture.

 

Memories Of Reincarnation?

Back to childhood. One of the most vivid experiences I had was when I was 4 or 5 years old and living in Winnipeg. I can recall going down the stairs to the basement of a neighbor’s house and suddenly being overcome by the knowingness that I’d been here before.

A voice inside said “Oh! This place again. I’m here again.” Meaning in physical form upon the earth.

I had many other experiences as a child such as knowing what song was about to play on the radio or who was calling on the phone.

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” Ralph Hodgson

 

Follow Your Heart

As a teenager, I can remember thinking about what the Christian churches were teaching. And I remember thinking to myself that if good deeds and kindness didn’t come from the heart, but were just an obedience out of fear of punishment, then it didn’t mean anything true.

I thought about things like this a lot as a teen.

“Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.” Wittgenstein

 

Sex, Drugs And Rock n Roll

Too many “aha moments” and “satori” to list here. I’ll skip ahead to my next major awakening. I’d been going through a period in my life where I was really lost and depressed.

I was playing in rock bands at the top clubs around Toronto at night and working in kitchens and teaching guitar by day.

And I was drinking and doing drugs. My life was out of control.

I tried stopping on my own. And I’d succeed from time to time. A couple of weeks here, a month there, a few days there. But the behaviour patterns that were driving me were compulsive.

One day I got on my knees and prayed for help. I felt a sudden calm. I was drawn to the closest public library.

I went in to the psychology section and took down all the books relating to addiction I could find.

Several books suggested AA as being one of the best ways to really deal with the issue of addiction.

That was it. I looked up meetings in Toronto and I was at my first meeting that night. Over the course of the next 6 months, I went to no less than one meeting everyday. I worked the 12 steps with my sponsor and am now closing in on 20 years of sobriety.

If you’re reading this and addiction to alcohol or drugs is an issue, I can’t recommend AA highly enough.

Even though after 6 months I never went to anymore meetings. That was my path. We all have our own path to navigate.

My internal guidance at this time said it was time for me to spread my wings. I didn’t want to tell the story of my being “wounded” anymore.

 

Freedom

I was free of that story.

By this time I had cultivated a dedicated and strong spiritual connection with my Higher Power. I had a meditation practice in place and dove into studying and working on myself.

One of the first things I did was read John Bradshaw’s work on the inner child and family dynamics. I also did most of the exercises he suggested.
I then got into studying some Buddhism along with all the psychology I could get my hands on.

One of the coolest spiritual practices I engaged with was allowing myself to feel what I was feeling instead of distracting myself.

This led to quite a bit of healing. To the point where having been estranged from my family as a teenage runaway, I was now on very good terms with them.

10 years ago I discovered and began to practice one of the single most powerful tools I’ve ever encountered. It’s called the Sedona Method.

In a nutshell, it’s the practice of letting go of negativity and limiting feelings/thoughts.

I’ve been using this daily — and I can honestly say that if someone approaches this tool with sincerity and honesty, they can achieve as much in a few months as doing several years of traditional meditation.

I still use traditional meditation along with the Sedona Method.

 

The Power Of Now

Another teacher who had a huge impact on me when I first read The Power of Now back in 1999 or 2000 was Eckhart Tolle. I remember at the time of reading I thought “so this is what Krishnamurti was talking about!”  (J. Krishnamurti is a very powerful spiritual teacher from the 20th century who I read a lot of as a teen. I was then living and working in Toronto on my own).

Thanks to Tolle’s teachings, I still practice being present. Noticing if I’m avoiding the “present moment” by using it as a means to an end or not. Feeling my inner energy field.

Am I feeling resistance to things that are happening? Can I say “yes” to these things I’m resisting — including the resistance itself?  These are practices that have been ingrained in my daily life whether I’m in a conversation or typing an article such as this.

Note: By the way, saying “yes” to the present moment doesn’t mean giving up the power to change things. As a matter of fact, we have more power, creativity and intelligence at our disposal when we are not in a state of emotional resistance to “what is.” This requires a willingness to be honest with oneself, of course 🙂

I still get triggered and feel negative emotional states. But now I have tools to deal with them rather quickly.

Most of the time I’m able to let go of them within seconds or minutes. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but never longer than an hour or so. Once in a blue moon something’s lasted a bit longer than that. Perhaps 2 hours or so.

These are not set parameters — just a way for me to communicate that we can take our power back. We do have the power to choose happiness and freedom over wanting to control things.

And like anyone, I’ve had my share of disappointments, “failures”, and challenges. But through all of that, I can say that it’s been many many years since I’ve had a bad day.

 

Why Am I A Spiritual Teacher?

I feel called to be a spiritual teacher. I don’t think I “know” anything that anybody else doesn’t know.

Just that when I say things, it may resonate with a deeper part of you that you previously didn’t have access to.

I’m simply a friend along the way. Maybe I’ve got a candle that you can use to light your own candle.

My motive is that I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. And if the Universe conspires to bring people to listen to the words I’m using to point at the moon with, then great! Maybe we can all change this world together.

Optimistically yours,
Dave

Once A Musician Always A Musician

If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know that I’ve been going through a metamorphosis of sorts.

Like when the caterpillar feels the itch to allow the butterfly to emerge.

All you can do is surrender. Well, you don’t have to — but it makes it much easier.

For the first few weeks of 2016 I didn’t touch my guitar unless I was teaching.

I sang around the house when moved to sing a song, but did no vocal exercises (singing is a muscle).

I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall into the pattern of thinking I really had to do something with my music.

I mean, commercially. You know, make money from it.

Because for me, it’s just not working. The drug is not doing it’s thing.

If you know me, you know that I’m the master of discipline and perseverence. Going after your dream, being courageous and consistent, etc. All that stuff is child’s play for me.

That’s not the issue for me. It was coming to the realization that it’s just not what I want anymore.

 

Sometimes Dreams Change

It’s like suddenly realizing the shoes you’re wearing are too tight.

Or the person you’re “in love” with is just not loving you back, man! Get over it. Walk away. Move on.

Know what I mean? The wisdom to know the difference.

So it’s been interesting and disorienting at times waiting and allowing the “butterfly” to emerge from the caterpillar.

I’m getting glimpses.

And I’m now practicing a bit. 4 or 5 days a week is all I’m allowed. No more than 20 minutes on guitar and about 40 minutes of singing each day.

Just bare minimum to keep in shape.

And have fun. No commercial agenda. No putting pressure on myself.

 

What I’ve Been Up To In The Meantime

Previously I also talked about how I enjoy the idea of teaching about spiritual tools, techniques and realizations.

Stuff for people who are looking for that.

How to meditate, develop awareness, access intuitive faculties, more creativity, peace of mind, less reactive, more patient, etc.

And of course, to realize God. God being a word or pointer that I’m using in this context. You can use Source, Divine Intelligence, The Tao, etc.

I assume this is going to take some time to develop. I just want to follow the impulse to discuss these things and see where it leads me.

Meanwhile, I still need to earn a living, so…

 

Psychic Impressions

I’m still teaching music lessons privately and enjoying it very much. It’s very rewarding to work with the people I’m working with.

Helping them develop their musical gifts and interests.

I’m also still helping Mary with her Zumba and Yoga businesses however I can. This can be at class when I can make it, or brainstorming with her over coffee in the morning.

I’m also helping Mary with her psychic business. Because I’ve been interested in and studied tarot cards and astrology since my youth, it’s a natural fit.

In the past, I never felt doing readings professionally would be something I could ever do.

But Mary has been doing it since she was a teen. Both because of her gypsy heritage and her natural (and awesome!) gift at it.

She’s been training me over the past 10 years, and I’ve now done hundreds of readings both over the phone and at parties/events.

I really used to resist at doing readings too much in the past because I had a lot of pride in my abilities as a musician.

Not to mention my “guysho” (non gypsy) upbringing making me feel less than authentic.

But now I find I’m enjoying it.

And I can help people with my psychic impressions (how’d I develop that? Born that way plus many years of meditation, working with crystals, Reiki attunements, etc.) intuitive insights and common sense.

By the way, we all receive psychic impressions. It’s really just the developing the ability and confidence to “catch” them.

 

Music

I just want to close out by saying I know that somehow music’s still very much in the picture. I just don’t know how it’s going to fit in with my life yet.

I do have a new song that I’d really love to record. It’s constantly playing in my head and giving me goose bumps. It’s called “Empty Hands.”

As a writer, that’s when you know you’ve written a cool song that will connect with people.

I’ll keep you posted.