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Renee Geronimo
I'm a songwriter and singer who likes to write songs and sing.
Interests: music, life, fashion, movies, writing, love, humor, coffee, orange, potato chips
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Mar 15, 2010
Happy Monday! I found this great article online, via @newscientist on Twitter. Ever wonder why some songs sound sad, and some songs sound happy, regardless of the lyrics? Here's something that breaks it down for you. Enjoy! Songs in the key of life: What makes music emotional? - life - 11 January 2010 - New Scientist. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at nobody likes mondays
I wrote this song for my hubby (p.s. how awkward is that word?! I have no choice, though. It's either that or "husband". Or worse, "spouse". I'll just stop there.) because he's been really sick and has been having a really miserable week. I can't be there to take care of him or cheer him up in person, and I figured rather than sending him an e-card with a cheesy song on it, I would just send him a video of me (also with a cheesy song on it - hahah). It's my first song on the ukulele, which I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at nobody likes mondays
This morning, I read the story in scripture of the day Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. It really made me think. Somewhere in that crowd of 5,000 hungry people, someone decided to give up what little food they had on them, into the hands of this seemingly crazy person who was under some notion that it would be enough to feed the entire crowd. If that had been you or me, would we have given up our food? It seems like a lost cause. It would be a waste of a perfectly good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at nobody likes mondays
Yesterday, I went to church with my husband and was inspired by the sermon, where the priest encouraged us to "be a light" for others. It's such a cliche nowadays to say "Let your light shine" or "Shine on". It's become almost a selfish thing to let your light shine, because people so often do it to glorify themselves. And yet when you think about how light really is used in the world, it's anything but self-glorifying. You use light to dispel darkness, to help others see, to banish fear, to rescue and give hope. You use light to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at nobody likes mondays
Renee Geronimo is now following Jane (sea of shoes)
Jan 4, 2010
It's a new year. 2009 was probably one of the most unpredictable, exciting, angst-ridden, stressful, joyful, miraculous, friendship-filled, heartache-prone years in my life. I could list all the milestones, but we all have our share of reminiscing to do. There are only a couple of things that I will share. Last year, I had a lot of unanswered questions and open roads waiting for me. I had just figured out how serious I really was about my music, and was just figuring out how to go about getting started. With the help of incredibly generous and talented friends in my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at nobody likes mondays
Here's a new song I'm working on. I'll release a tidbit of the mp3 later on. Hope you enjoy. :) Too Much Room Copyright 2009 Music and Lyrics by Renee Geronimo I lay across my bed sideways to fill up the space you left I breathe in deeply; I'm drowning, drowning in empty air There is too much room without you There is too much room without you There is too much room without you Silence deafening, wailing like sirens in the night Heartbeat crashing in, falling down like waterfalls on a pond There is too much room without you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Yesterday and today, I was in the studio recording an album for Brian Doerksen as part of an 8-piece choir for his new musical play, Prodigal God. I haven't done a lot of session work to date, so I felt very privileged to have been selected into the group. And these people I worked with - the writers and producers all included - are such lovely people. I've been to a number of studios and worked with all kinds of personalities, and it's such a breath of fresh air to work with individuals who are not only talented but are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
i don't know that you ever would shoot your kid down for any "silly" dream. you're surrounded by too many other "silly" dreamers to be surprised by anything.
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I guess he's figured out that you guys are always going to come back for him. :)
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On top of working full time and writing music, I also teach voice lessons from home. Half of what I do within a voice lesson is to figure out what type of voice I'm dealing with and uncover its strengths and weaknesses. It's like a diagnosis. Singers usually hate this part. This is the part where they get to hear what their weaknesses are, and it usually incites either a sense of panic or cements any underlying insecurity the singer might already have. Some singers get the feeling that they've gotten worse at first. But it's inevitable. Without it, you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
I went to a Speech Level Singing Masterclass today (with Jeffrey Skouson, who is one of the eight SLS instructors who teaches other SLS instructors around the world). He said something that really resonated with me. Unfortunately I'm a horrible notes-taker so I am not able to quote a lot of what he said except one thing: "Truth rings." He had the audience listen to a sample of a young man in his early twenties who has amazing vocal talent and technique. To put it in the simplest of terms, the guy soared through his bottom range to a dazzling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20 Whether or not you believe in God or a higher power, there's no denying that there is a certain fire kindled when people are gathered. It doesn't matter what the setting - all you have to do is walk into a room full of friends and you will know that there is life there that does not exist in a room full of strangers. But this is most evident when the group is assembled for a creative purpose. Today, for the first time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Ladies, tell me if you can relate: you're hanging out with your girl friend. You know the one. You've always thought she was prettier than you, she always has nice clothes, perfect skin, awesome hair, and she never gains weight no matter how many chicken fingers she eats, even though she never works out. And to top it all off, she's an awesome cook, she plays bass guitar, and has recently taken up halfpipe snowboarding. You love this girl. She's a great friend, maybe even your best friend. But you secretly resent her because she's so...awesome. And she makes you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Today, an old man stopped me on the street and said "You are absolutely beautiful!!" I laughed and said "Thank you!" as I walked by. He smiled back and said "You are! You really are!" It made me smile. But as we continued on our separate ways I caught myself thinking - whispering thoughts in my head. "Maybe he was a little crazy." "I wonder if he's high." "Was he expecting me to give him spare change?" "I hope he wasn't coming on to me." "That's a little creepy, I hope he's not a stalker." They were quiet thoughts, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Actually, I'm back because of the promptings of a dear friend who now lives far away and (for some reason) likes to read my blog. I miss him, and I figure if nothing else, this is a good way for us to keep in touch. In a unilateral and very public way, but still. In touch. :) My blog is mainly about songwriting, and the reason I haven't been blogging so much these last few weeks is that I....haven't been...writing very much. **GASP** I know, I know! It's hard even for me to admit! BUT there is a good reason:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
It's a familiar experience for me. Inspiration comes like a flash of lighting and I'm catapulted through wonderful metaphors and alliteration, playful figures of speech and storytelling. The story is unfolding beautifully, rhyming perfectly, humming, beating... ...and then, a verse and a hook later, a brick wall. What is it about the second verse? You're off to a great start and then there's nothing. I've been simmering in the same first verse and chorus of the song I'm working on right now, and for nearly a week I'd pick up the guitar, noodle around with the chords, journal, close my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Today is my birthday. Woohoo! With the help of modern technology, I received far more birthday greetings than I expected (or deserved, considering how poor my own birthday memory is). I made the decision at the beginning of the day to respond to every single facebook note, twitter post, text message and phone call. This resulted in a smattering of nostalgia, laughter, and even prayer throughout the day. It's easy to be "reminded" by automated machines when someone's birthday comes up. On the flip side, it's too easy to take it for granted when you see 15 new wall posts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
It's surprising how mean people can get, especially when criticizing other people and their work (or appearance, or names, or religious backgrounds, or skin color...or anything, really). I get that art is a very subjective matter - everyone views art from a unique perspective - and what could be beautiful to some may be appalling to others, but some people truly go out of their way to get personal and are sometimes just shockingly, disturbingly, destructively negative. Granted, some people bring it on themselves. Most people can pick out a poser when they see one. But I'm thinking about Taylor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Lately I've been getting a lot of comments from friends with various creative backgrounds, all stuck in the same 9-5 scenario, paying their bills, keeping their lights under a bushel. We're all in the same rut, trudging down the same dusty road - not sure where to go, but certain that we need to move or we die a slow, quiet inward death. We share our stories, we laugh at our circumstances and then we cry secretly on the inside. Oh, the life. But occasionally, one of us makes a move...and it's like kindling a wildfire. Somehow, when you witness... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
Many people in the world make a living out of what they do best. My dad is an accountant. It's what he does best. My husband is a graphic designer. It's what he does best. We as musicians call ourselves thusly because making music is what we do best. And yet so many of us (myself included) spend our days competing in fields with other individuals who are in it for better reasons than us. I'm working in an environmental organization right now - and don't get me wrong, I love everything about it - but I know that in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2009 at nobody likes mondays
congratulations!!! :)
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awww ethan is adorable
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2009 on The Many Faces of Ethan at The Suburban Dad
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Sometimes, you just have to follow your gut. It's not scientific. Luck, if it were real, is entirely capricious. And sometimes, just like a stroke of genius, a tiny voice whispers some kind of tip in your heart and you're not entirely sure if it's Divinity or insanity. But when your heart is right, it's right. I recently applied for a job as a music director of a church. I was so excited that they were even considering my application (and immensely grateful to the friend who referred me), but I had a feeling in my gut that it wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2009 at nobody likes mondays