I asked Tod to write a bit about his SONG by NOON experience...Here's what he had to say:
The thing about writing, recording and sharing a SONG by NOON with my sweet, talented, handsome husband Ryan is not that it's going to be perfect or amazing or even any good. The thing is that it's going to BE. No matter what happens between the 9am coffee and the 11:45 moment of truth, there will be a song posted on YouTube and Facebook by noon. Creativity will be tapped; good (and bad) ideas will be scrapped; critical, judgemental voices in the brain will be silenced; laughter and light-hearted self-mockery will prevail. And a song will be born. It was really fun. Also scary. But the forward motion and firm decision to just get it done, no matter what, put an exciting spin of what-the-hell-it's-just-a-song on the whole enterprise and what do you know? We got it done! We spend so much time in our daily lives being self-critical, self-defeating, stuck, sitting on our dimply cans, thinking about doing something creative, not doing anything creative. Ryan's simple SONG by NOON idea is a worthy, workable exercise in just letting go of useless expectations, perfectionism, pride and sloth. Also, after Ryan and I were done, I had an adrenaline high that lasted all day. The song was okay, maybe good, not great, but the happy, excited feeling of We Did It! made the whole day shine. Thanks, Ryan. I love you. I am so proud of you. Of your creative work, your spirit of collaboration and service, your fresh definition of success.
If you haven't seen it yet, check out "like woody guthrie", Tod's SONG by NOON:
FEEL LIKE GIVING THIS A SHOT YOURSELF? SHOOT ME A MESSAGE--I'D LOVE TO GET TOGETHER AND HELP YOU WRITE YOUR SONG!
Thanks for reading! -RL