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Choose To Live

These last 2 years have been so treacherous for me, as I'm sure it's been for so many of you out there. It's been quite the struggle to keep my head above water and try and focus on positive thoughts. There seems to be so much division, judgement, persecution and just plain old toxic hate out there in the world. It is making many of us feel alone, isolated and small...like we've lost our voices. When that happens, the negative starts to take more and more space in our minds and in our hearts.

I hear you, I see you, I feel you...all.

A young women laughing, an image of a threaded heart art piece and the words God Love in wood art

So many have messaged me with such heartbreaking messages of how immensely lost they seem to feel and asking me how I keep the dark at bay and keep moving forward in these times.


Simple. By being creative.


You see, whenever things on the outside are just way too much for me to wrap my head around, I go inward and create.


So today, after being triggered by a lot of mini things happening on the outside, I went inward and created the following song...

It's called "Choose To Live"

𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝒹𝒶𝓇𝓀𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓈 𝒾𝓈 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝓇𝑜𝓊𝓃𝒹𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊

𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝓈 𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝒹𝒾𝓂𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓈𝓉𝒾𝓁𝓁

𝒟𝑜𝓃'𝓉 𝒻𝑜𝓇𝑔𝑒𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓁𝒾𝓋𝑒𝓈 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊

𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝒢𝑜𝒹 𝑔𝒾𝒻𝓉𝑒𝒹 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒻𝓇𝑒𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁


𝒜𝓁𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝒾𝒸𝑒𝓈 𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝑜𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓃𝑔

𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓈𝑒𝓃𝓈𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝓊𝓇𝒹𝑒𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝓌𝑒𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉

𝐼𝓉'𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝑒𝓋𝒾𝓁'𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓃𝒶𝑔𝑔𝒾𝓃𝑔

𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝓀𝑒𝑒𝓅 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓉𝑒


𝒞𝒽𝑜𝓇𝓊𝓈

𝐼𝒻 𝒷𝓎 𝒸𝒽𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒, 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝑜𝓃𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃𝓉

𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓈𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒

𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝒢𝑜𝒹'𝓈 𝒹𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓂 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓎𝑜𝓊

𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝒾𝒸𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓁𝒾𝓋𝑒

𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝑜𝓃𝑒 𝒶𝓇𝑜𝓊𝓃𝒹 𝓎𝑜𝓊

𝒮𝑒𝑒𝓂𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓎 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒

𝐼𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓈𝒹𝑜𝓂 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒻𝑜𝓊𝓃𝒹

𝒮𝑒𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝒶𝓇𝓀𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓎 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝓁𝒾𝓋𝑒

𝒲𝑒 𝒹𝑜𝓃'𝓉 𝒶𝓁𝓌𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝒹𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹

𝒜𝓁𝓁 𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝒸𝒶𝓇𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓁𝒾𝑒 𝒷𝑒𝓃𝑒𝒶𝓉𝒽

𝒮𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓇𝑒𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝑜𝒻 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝒹𝓈

𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝒶𝓁𝓌𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝒸𝒶𝓇𝑒𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎

𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝒶𝒸𝓇𝑜𝓈𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝒮𝑜𝓊𝓁𝓈

𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓇𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝒹𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑒𝓇𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎

𝐵𝓇𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝒻𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒢𝑜𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝓉𝓇𝒶𝒾𝓉𝓈

𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝑜𝓁𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓁𝓎


𝒞𝒽𝑜𝓇𝓊𝓈

𝐼𝒻 𝒷𝓎 𝒸𝒽𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒, 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝑜𝓃𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃𝓉

𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓈𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒

𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝒢𝑜𝒹'𝓈 𝒹𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓂 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓎𝑜𝓊

𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝒾𝒸𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓁𝒾𝓋𝑒



Writing The Lyrics

As usual, the lyrics for this song pretty much wrote themselves at a feverish pace I almost had trouble keeping up with. When this happens, I feel a deep presence within me that seems to be from a higher plane. A higher vibration of energy takes over me and a message from above descends through me for the masses to hear. They may not listen but it is my duty to share and to put it out there.


As I have said before, these moments of "trancelike" states are more the song writing itself through me than me sitting down to ponder on the world and write my thoughts about it. This song, "Choose To Live", is one of those songs. One I look back on, after writing it, and am deeply touched by its message of compassion, empathy, resilience and forgiveness. Feels more like a message for me from my higher power than a message from me to the world. Although, I would love to take credit for its words, they are from a kinder, more forgiving essence than my own.


Finding The Music

I can hear a melody in my mind for this song. It is piano for sure. A soft touch on the keys for the verses that are meant to be intimate and vulnerable and a a stronger punch throughout the chorus when the message of "start seeing yourself through God's eyes, give yourself love...and then perhaps, you'll see that the life that He meant for you is worth living". I want strings to come in and set a mood, like the swell of a wave that comes out of nowhere. When I am composing the musical part of the song, the exercise becomes very visual for me. I read the lyrics over and over in my mind and start seeing the song come to life like a movie trailer of sorts and the music is the soundtrack to the scene. It needs to move me. needs to support the lyrics and the layers they peel off with time and cadence.


I perused Youtube for some inspiration of what could lie beneath the lyrics of "Choose To Live" and this song came really close to what is currently playing in my head ;)



What do you think "Choose To Live" should sound like? Drop me a comment or a link to music that you think could fit the essence of this song.


And there you have it!


My way of dealing with stress and the craziness of the world...



Choose to Live is about refusing to judge others for what you believe to be their circumstance. It's about showing mercy and forgiveness for someone even though their actions can often leave you scratching your head. We never know what people could be going through...so, BE KIND.


If you are looking for a coach to help you with your songwriting, reach out to me through the contact form on this website or at klaude@klaudewalters.ca. My schedule books up pretty fast but you never know, I might have an opening just for you :D


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