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I write songs, I sing them... I play the piano and a little bit of the guitar.. I've released 5 albums of music, I love the scent of freshly fallen rain and the scent of lavender on bedsheets. I would drink tea all day long if the caffeine didn't keep me up at night. I hate driving in L.A traffic. I would love to one day catch the squirrel that steals the plums from my tree and make him a pet. I don't watch TV anymore. My 3 year old daughter is more entertaining than any TV show could ever be :)

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Monday, July 11, 2005

The kid within.

Just finished reading "Charlie and the Chocolate factory." I'd heard so much about the book as a kid in secondary school, but I'd never gotten round to reading it.
It was lovely reading it and taking a trip back into childhood again. Then again, I don't think I've ever really left childhood. I'm not sure any of us have. I mean, I think there is a kid in all of us. I think that's the beauty of it, to be able to still be in touch with that kid within, yet learn from the years of living as each year goes by.

I only just discovered Shel Silverstein a couple of years ago. He is the amazing author who wrote "The Giving Tree". This story is short, the moral is touching and the result left me teary eyed and yearning to read more from the author. So I bought "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and laughed my way through it :)'

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I worked as a music teacher at a piano school and taught piano classes to kids. I was known as "Miss Corrinne" and had a couple of group classes to teach. the kids were all very young and my youngest class consisted of kids who were 2 and a half years old.

They would come in with their parents, sit at the little keyboards and Miss Corrinne would be moving them around every couple of minutes to keep their attention, 5 minutes at the keyboard, 5 minutes at the blackboard drawing out notes, five minutes dancing to a song, another five minutes telling a story. It was exhausting and fun at the same time, and it got me to know more about kids.

Kids at that age have an innate curiousity about the world around them. "Miss Corrinne, why did the wolf try to eat the pigs?" And they are not shy about expressing their feelings, or about trying something new. Well, some kids are more shy than others, but it seems to me that, the older we get, the more fearful we become of the world around us. Kids don't care that they will fall, they just get up and start stumbling around, trying to find their pacing, trying to walk and if they fall, they get up and start over.

Sometimes, I wonder where that gutsy little toddler in me went :)
I'd like to believe that we all still have the ability to be fearless.
We just need to be reminded once in a while :)

14 Comments:

Blogger belle said...

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Monday, July 18, 2005 6:01:00 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Yup, each one of us has a kid within, to responding to our Father's love. Guess that would never change, forever in His loving arm.

Super Favored, you!

Monday, July 18, 2005 8:04:00 PM  
Blogger Deborah Li said...

I guess that's what God meant when He said, "Let the Children come to me"... Somehow, as we grow up, we lose the ability to believe innocently and whole-heartedly, without any doubts.

I pray that we can be like children in these aspects... makes for a lot less heartbreaks when God has to deal with us...

Monday, July 18, 2005 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

We still do, deb, we still do. As a kid, laugh in front Him, cry in front Him, make mistakes, fall down and pick up by His big hands again. Sometimes unreasonable, sometimes throwing tantrum, nevertheless, He still loves us, unconditionaly.

All His goodness to me was countless and was apart from my performance.

No matter how old we are in our natural age, to Him, our Father, we are forever His lovely kids in His family.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 3:02:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

hi corrinne..
is it possible if u have a second night for ur concert?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 8:10:00 AM  
Blogger t_w_rose said...

hi there. came by your blog by chance and just want to say, i love your songs.

was in my bf's car when i first listened to your songs (of ur first album) and read the lyrics at the same time. i felt touched. especially "if you didn't love me" and "all that i need".

thank you, and God Bless.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger chinyihui said...

Hi, just wanna say, it feels great to be able to read a singer's blog. Especially one from Singapore. I love music alot. And i really do admire your talents. Keep it up. And all the best to your journey as a singer-songwriter. We will support you. =)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Hi Corrine! Just want to drop by and let you know that your songs have done wonders for my soul.

My husband anthony has dropped you an email earlier and we are so glad that you have replied :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger jacques said...

heys corrinne.
i really like ur songs.
the lyrics are so meaningful!
a great encouragement too!
really looking forward to hear more of ur songs soon!

Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:22:00 AM  
Blogger Wynx said...

Hi Corrinne

Kids have no fears...as they always not afraid to fall to fly unless like us adults...especially so for us, Singapore...where 'face value' is very important....

Anyhow, looking forward for your concert in Singapore.

PS: Just introduce your music to my friend, Linda. She absolutely love 'Journey'....

God Bless

Friday, July 22, 2005 3:14:00 AM  
Blogger bop.blop.bloop said...

yes, lets all have childlike Faith in God! :>

i bought tics with my friends to your concert at the Esplanade on 10 Aug, but i cant go now cos of a meeting with my spiritual daddy.

Yes dear corrinne sis, would u perform moooorrrreeeeeeee? :>

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger iBlithe said...

Hey Corrine,

I'm a music teacher in a local government school, and i've recently done a series of lessons on local singer-songwriters. You were one of the featured artistes :)

Kids these days are more into rock and pop,so i thought it'd be a refreshing change to introduce your brand of music. I did a lesson on music as a form of narration with the song "Fly Away" and made the kids draw a story board inspired from the lyrics of that song...

Well here are their works...
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/1549/pict00010mi.jpg
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9793/pict00020lk.jpg

I really hope that teachers can do their part in exposing students to music from the local arena, because of worthy talent like you it'll be a waste not to inspire our youths.

Love your songs, and keep them coming. God Bless you...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger YaP said...

Hi Corrine,
love your music, and your writings. A Lot. keep on inspiring.

Friday, August 19, 2005 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger Pierre Fong said...

That is so true. I think it the pride of man that makes us fearful. Fear of falling and looking foolish.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:01:00 PM  

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