Singer-Songwriter Sara Melson
3:54AM Jul 28, 2020
Well hello we are back again at hackers on planet earth, and its performance performance sign. we have Sarah Nelson here with us. I think you'll find that Sarah has unique distinctive voice and we're going to hear the same voice coming up shortly. Sarah Welcome to hackers on planet earth and I'd like to invite you to get a little bit about only what it is that we'll be hearing tonight.
Well, I absolutely love that you know the acronym of hope spells hope. I think that's no there's no accident there. Um, and you know one thing I love about hackers is there. I was talking about this with Aaron and Mel from radio Statler earlier today. And, you know, Aaron was saying how I mean hackers are really artists, because they're, they're thinking outside the box, they're coloring outside the lines, they're figuring out ways around the rules, you know, and there's just something very hopeful and optimistic about that. It's like fate, you have to have faith, you have to believe. Right, in what you're doing. In order to even attempt to hack into anything. It's like the, you know, picking the lock and believing that you're going to eventually with enough patience and enough trying and enough mindfulness, you're gonna, you're going to find that magic spot that just unlocks that block and. So to me, you know, that attitude is really what I try to embody in my songwriting. So there's a lot of interesting parallels and overlap there, because really I feel like my songs are about sort of having faith in something you can't necessarily see but you know is there.
If that makes sense.
Yeah, what a description and the tie into the conference theme is magical. Actually, so to sum up what you've been doing the songs you must not assume people know i mean you go out on the circuit or your coffee houses are putting out. Well what's going on.
Sure, sure, sure. All of the above. So, so actually I was supposed to go on a little East Coast tour for my EP. This spring and I had a bunch of fun dates booked. And I know what happened. You'll never guess what happened, Greg. So, I have had to pivot, of course like everybody else to playing online. I live streaming which I've been doing, you know, a bit of I need to do more and I'm going to actually be doing more of it so stay tuned for that. Around the release of my EP which is in a couple weeks. Awesome.
So, so, so I think we're about to do is go ahead and play the video listen to the songs and then we'll have a quality good 10 minutes or so afterwards if people are welcome to put. Questions, comments and usual place in the live chat matrix, and maybe when we come back we can talk a little bit about some of your motivations some of your inspirations all those great things that I'm sure you can share.
Awesome. Thank you.
Great, let's play it and we'll be back in, probably about 40 minutes to be live in discussion with Sarah Nelson.
Hello, hope community. I am so honored to be here with you guys. And,
yeah, it's definitely a transformative time and it's great that we can all come together I'll be a virtually
to move forward into a new collective awakening.
I for one think there are a lot of silver linings to having to go through what we're all experiencing right now, and for me that's been a gratitude and awareness of what's important in life, and what's not. And
I do have a lot of hope for the future, I really do.
We're at a time of upgrade opportunity and great change. And we really have to heed that call, and step up and do it with compassion and togetherness, and kindness. And to that end, I have a song like to play for you, called walk softly. And this one is coming out soon on my EP, which will be out August 7, so look for that. And there'll be a video for the song as well.
And it's really about.
It's kind of a letter. Originally written to myself.
And if you can find something in it that speaks to you then that's the goal.
But it started out as sort of a reminder to myself to walk a little bit more softly and be a little bit more gentle with others and with myself and with the planet.
So it's called walk softly.
Please walk softly, Thomas.
Tie your tie
moiety so much.
Hi, and you can't read.
Fans cuz we are high behind. And
nothing to do.
So please don't. Please don't.
one has time
to spare and see seems
like you're so strong I
in flow No, just my
So, yeah, that one is about, you know, just being a little more conscious a little more mindful, forgiving of yourself and others, and sort of cleaning up your own side of the street, you know what I mean. I have one that is called same river, and it's based upon based upon a quote by the Greek philosopher
Heraclitus who lived 600 bc i believe is the
is the time that he was writing which is one time ago, before Corona,
and he has a saying no man
ever steps into the same river twice because he's not because it's not the same river, and he's not the same man or woman.
Of course, but the whole premise of the, of the saying is that every moment is, change, change, change, change, change, change so
nothing ever stays the same. And even as I'm speaking to you right now I'm growing aging changing evolving. And so, to be attached to things staying the same, I think, as we've come to realize in the last few months is pretty pointless. So, the song is called same river.
We'll never step into
the same river twice.
sec rushing by, and we
will you'll never step into
the same river twice because
Something else will arise.
We are asked, as the
Is with. We
do the same.
First step into the same river twice, then sound underneath your feet will
ripples love enough for you
his past life
into the same room
into the same room.
So this next one is kind of about loneliness, which, you know, how many of you have been single and alone during the quarantine but uh Stefan Utley. An interesting and interesting experience.
And, you know, being an artist.
A lot of times, I can sort of sublimate my emotions into songs, which is a huge gift and it's great, it's a wonderful tool to have to be able to put those feelings into writing, and to self express that way. But this song is sort of about the frustration of that. And just feeling like I don't know I i would trade all my songs to really just have one true love, you know. So this is called I'd rather have you
Well, it's true that I did change so much.
I'm ready. Oh,
If I could shoot.
I'm not ashamed.
Everybody say happy.
together with someone by my side,
cuz I'd rather good.
yeah. Once again,
I'm Sarah Nelson, and the spelling is a little strange. So, it's Sarah with a no h, and then, Nelson, which is m, as in monkey. So it's like, Willie Nelson but with an M. So, Tara with no h Nelson, so find me because I'm all over the internet. And I would love to keep in touch, after this. Yeah, a lot of my songs are actually about about hope, and about faith. I don't know that I would call myself a religious person in any traditional sense but I'm definitely
keenly aware of.
I guess my spiritual self and.
And this song is about learning to love again after you've been hurt. And it's called it's called never been hurt. Oh, and there's a video for the song on YouTube, you want to check it out there a couple different videos there's a really really old one, I wrote the song, many years ago, then I kind of rewrote it and added a bridge. This past year, and did a new video for it so there's a brand new version online.
One day yeah didn't have care so my picture
protrudes some more Oh,
And I don't have
too much time left.
we can start. Good
me. It is
And I finally left my carry on bag behind me.
Oh yeah, mom. I love you.
We can start
gotta love you.
We can start all know what it's for you.
um, easier said than done, of course, but always the goal to stay open right
to still believe, you know, you're never fully formed. Never until it's over. So there's always an opportunity for growth at all times, which is what makes life so magical and beautiful and exciting and hopeful and hopeful. So this next song is actually a cover song I did not write this one and this one is by the great Leonard Cohen, and it's really about about freedom. Um, you know I've been giving my life. Up to this point, a lot of thought.
During this whole
escapade that we're living through and really just taking stock of how incredibly fortunate I have been on so many levels. But to have had the life experiences that I've had even up to now, you know. And just to really go through them all and remember them and savor them. Is this wonderful gift and blessing. And the song kind of just kind of reminds me of that
on a why,
like a drunk. And I'm in. Quiet. Ah have try
to be free.
Like a nice
I have say, Ah my ribbon. Never.
Ah have tau and
I saw back
You must master soon. She
like a drill in a man
to be free.
this is, this next song is
also about the fleeting nature of life.
Kind of a theme of my songwriting.
I tend to. I tend to think about that a lot. You know, just that we're here for such a short time. And so it's kind of a sad thought but in the flip side of that is that it is inspiring, as well, because it, it, it gives you more impetus to make the most out of life, while you are here. And so the song is called all the time. A lot of these songs will be on my, My EP that's gonna come out, August, 7, so look for that online. Live neighborhood noise, by the way, there's a very cute kid next door so if you hear screaming that's what it's about.
Phase two, you'll have
trust me someday soon.
cuz it's easy. The last summer.
It's not always gonna be.
Great George Harrison.
And this next song is my last song for you guys, this is an old song I wrote it over 10 years ago when it was I was on my first album. It was also on Grey's Anatomy, it was on that show. The song is called feel it coming, and this truly is about
hope and faith in a better future.
Oh, my window knows why.
Close my eyes on Tom hi hi died,
stretch my arms up.
It's coming soon.
Yeah, we got to keep the faith and keep positive and keep strong and keep growing and changing and evolving individually and together collectively. I really feel so honored to have been able to share this time with you guys and I wish you continued health and wealth and prosperity and safety and happiness and love and joy, and we're all in this together. So reach out to me and I really look forward to being in touch with you guys.
Thanks so much for sharing that with Sarah and I appreciated that you gave some description some you know some of the background on old songs and do some some enthusiastic response, not
just the slight. Okay. Are you on.
Yeah, the lighting is great. So, so you describe the motivations. Tell us. Tell us a little bit about sort of cliche but tell us a little bit about your process, you know, where do you get the ideas and how you start with words first yeah the regular questions about the songwriting process.
Okay. Well first of all, can you hear me okay cuz I'm hearing art. Yeah. Are you Hold on. Let me see. I think you're listening to the live stream, I know that's what happened. Hold on.
All right. Hey, can you hear me now.
Yeah, we're not we're live right so you were talking to me 10 seconds in the past which is not a great way to have a conversation. All right, welcome back to real time with Sarah Nelson. So did you hear my question though I was just asking I know it's sort of a cliche. Interviewer question but I am curious about your songwriting process and some of the inspirations things.
Wait, I'm so confused right now.
Hey, can, can you hear me because
I've got you up on a different shoot.
Oh my goodness, I should I just answer because right now I could go
on, you're gonna get my question in 10 seconds. So you're listening to me on the livestream which is 10 seconds delayed from zoom
and get in zoom. We'll be back in real time.
Hold on let me try to close this.
why that happened. I don't know why that happened. I can, I can hear you just fine but I can't hear myself.
You hear me.
I'm here are you.
Yes. Can you hear me. Yes,
we're back in real time, you were listening to me on the live stream, I think I'm getting the 10 second delay. Hey, you, Greg.
You can't confuse me with all this tech stuff I.
Please, I just
happen to be on the same control plane as you guys so this is, this is complicated setup that we have all right let's start over again, we get a nice audience, nice response some nice virtual applause we have one or two questions. My question is, just give us a quick little description of your of your process and where you get your ideas, what's your songwriting process, that's one thing.
Oh yeah, thank you so much for asking and, and I did hear your question earlier but I could not figure out was so disorienting I was like am I in a black mirror episode.
You were while you're back on. You might be back you might just think you're back I might all be, you know, exactly.
I don't know anymore, okay, I'm here now. Suffice to say your question was not cliche. So I did hear that part and it is not cliche it's a great question.
And, yeah, basically, I
get a lot of inspiration from from yoga and meditation, and like deep work, you know, just from like quiet time alone, like with nothing like just,
you know, silence and stillness, and just
not even music actually just my breath, and just the sounds around me just like the birds and the, you know, the breeze and the trees and then like,
just slowing down my breath. And just,
like, really just trying to get into my body, you know, it's very like writing for me is like a very physical, emotional like catharsis, there's a lot of tears there's a lot of like rolling around on the floor. I always have like a notebook and paper like on the floor with like Kleenex because I'm crying. It's like, really dramatic. It's extremely dramatic.
Your songs are they're not. They're not I wouldn't say they're particularly. They're not morose or anything like that, I guess,
no but that's because I had to do a lot of the work to get to the place where I see beauty, even in sadness. And I, and I know that all life is bittersweet, and that's what makes it so amazing. And so precious, you know, but it's like so easy for me to just spiral into like sadness about it, you know. And so, I can do that and I've done that in the past and like performances have like gone to shit and it's like, it's really disorienting and I just like
have to just rein that in. And remember that,
that it is my ability to feel those things, and maybe my message is just to communicate that everybody cries and everybody feels that and everybody feels that despair sometimes, you know, but it's like,
I guess I just
was just so thankful. I'm so that's what it is. I'm so grateful. I know,
for everything that I have.
And I'm just feel really blessed and I think that's kind of where my, my songwriting is coming from, or just my desire to like, sing or play music, or even just be in the world.
Yeah, that's that's that's great to hear thanks for sharing. You're listening to what your songs, get the whole line is that I've tried to be free. And I feel like what you just described to us is essentially a process of on always becoming you know always striving always, you know, maybe being ready to transform and the meeting in or am I right about this
that's sort of what I'm picking up on 100%. Yep, absolutely. Just the idea that
that we're always forming, and we're always. We're always growing and evolving and changing. And that's a beautiful thing, you know, every moment we have on this earth is another moment another opportunity to somehow. And it's like, I have to start learning to practice what I preach. You know what I'm saying like that's the thing
is, but just
realizing that every moment is such a gift because
as we shed.
Like, layers of delusion,
both individually and hopefully collectively, that we can all just come together and like really see and feel more importantly, you know, just truth and connection with everybody. And that day all of our priorities are the same, which is like
ease and, you know, having clean water to drink and a safe place to sleep at night, you know,
that process you describe becoming and transforming that striving was really the hacker spirit. Also, in a nutshell, it was essentially trying to better yourself you're trying to do some self introspection, but it's all very much a process of discovery, which is, you know, one of your central messages. We actually had a question in the chat, someone was curious how you heard about hackers on planet earth conference this year and what some of your motivation was for getting involved.
Well, I just tweeted about this actually, my dear friend and brother slash cousins slash brother from another mother, I didn't know we grew up since we were babies. I, he's like these my family and his families my family but a nova speedback. If you guys have not checked out Novus bivouacs work you need to do that.
Well it's talking at at home, and I knew him actually because of the Space Launch so he launched a Project Gutenberg to crash into the moon wasn't intended to crash into the moon but so that I'm that guy that provided the content so I interacted with
was intended to get to the moon.
All I had to do was get to the moon because it was this tiny. So the it's the art commission, it's spelled AR ch arc mission. Yeah, it came to him in a dream, when he was young, and he envisioned taking all the great works of humanity on one tiny little disk and into space and basically backing up.
Planet Earth. What, like the giant ultimate backup. So,
so he took a bunch of, you know, the songs. I took that hey, everything is on there. Okay, and amazing, and he even has I'm not allowed to say like everything that's on there but he has a lot of stuff on there. And it's on our it's on the moon. And he can tell you more about go I'm not the tech person, he can tell you about what it's made out of and all that stuff, it's incorrect he's a he's an, he's a genius, and he is the best.
Yeah, he's talking about hope in a future talk so everyone should tune in and hear about the moon landing, maybe it was not quite the smoothest of landings but like I said the content got
to hope is what you're saying,
dump of data, the bumpy data dump onto them.
So tune in tune in to the next day that hope to hear about that, um, we're, we're really at the end of our time here it's been a long day four for hoping a fantastic day you know so wonderful to have you here and I think we should give you the opportunity at the end here, you know, plug yourself you mentioned you had an EP Oh yeah.
Oh yeah. Cool. Well I was supposed to do a whole tour, you know, actually, on the East Coast as well, but that did not happen, and you'll never guess why. But, um, no In any case, um, yeah my records coming out, August 7, or it's an EP, you know, so it's like a six song recording, that's coming out and, Quite a few of these songs have already been released as singles and there's another song on there that has not been released as a single that has a video for it that's coming out. That's beautiful. And I really want you guys to see it.
Tonight you were solo guitar is the EP solo guitar you want to end or are never instruments that are involved
at least got a full band and yeah they're, they're all amazing so that's the thing is, I, you know, for me to hold it down by myself is like, it's just quarantine style but like, yeah, I mean, that you know, I can just sing even and they can just play because they're great. Um, but yeah, and I play piano too. And, um, yeah, check it out I'm all I'm so easy to find, all over, online just under my name. my name is a little hard to spell though, you know, because it's like somewhere else in the nation with an M n. Exactly, exactly. Yeah. Well, thanks.
Tune in to the rest of the conference we saw you get logged into matrix or nearly get logged into matrix not sure where you're
on. And I'm just letting you know it was too scary I
find me on Spotify and Instagram and YouTube and all that. and. Okay.
Thanks again. Have a great night. Thanks for staying with us and, and even if you're not in matrix, you can tune in some of the talks including Novus
that I dumped upon you. Yeah, cool you guys
salon Sarah thanks and be well.
You too. Bye bye.