Clicking the blue link below plays a later recording of Crystal Oceans:

Crystal Oceans Acoustic 4-25-18

Crystal Oceans Guitar & Piano 4-22-18 Copyright 2018 by Unger

CRYSTAL OCEANS #1 INSTRUMENTAL-Copyright 2014 by Unger

BELOW IS AUDIO FROM MY VOICE LESSON – Once again, this is only for people that are interested in my passion for singing and songwriting.



While on vacation with my family last week, I decided to see if I could revise one of my favorite songs written when I was sixteen years old. The old song that I concentrated on was named “Crystal Oceans.” I had reworked the song, “So Real” into something new – so I was sure that this song was worthy of that effort.

My song had a nice, catchy chorus, and a bunch of la la la’s. It really needed some verses! Initially, I felt like the name “Crystal Oceans” needed to be changed. It was a nice metaphor for blue eyes, but didn’t really describe the feelings in the song.

I wrote this song when I was simply a young teenager dreaming of possibilities; it was not written for my husband. I thought of renaming my song “Into Your Heart,” but after receiving feedback from my friends I decided that Crystal Oceans was actually a sweet name.

This morning when I started writing, I didn’t plan to write about my new song. But I think my feelings connect to what I am currently doing. I’ve decided that I feel like Cinderella.

Unfortunately, I started out thinking I was like Cinderella – but not in a good way. I envisioned that as I danced around like a princess through my life, it would all suddenly change.

In a moment, my beautiful joy and demeanor would suddenly dissolve into gray and drab surroundings; the way it was for a very long time.

I am like someone who has spun around completely into a new existence. The best description I remembered using before, was that I was like a teakettle of emotion that simply exploded when I started writing.

I’ve always been an open person, but not to this degree. Most of the people who knew me, hardly ever heard me mention my deceased son. Certainly, I don’t think I ever mentioned that there was a time in my life when I loved guitar, songwriting and music either.

While I was on vacation last week, I looked at an old blog post of mine, and could hardly believe I had written it. I wished I had the time to delete most of my entries that I giddily thought at one time were so interesting. However, since my Cinderella story began with my writing – I feel hesitation to change anything. My writing documents the changes that have happened to me.

I like the idea that I’ve shared optimism and hopefulness!

I’m embarrassed quite often at how much I have revealed to my friends, as well as imposed. I frequently sent out far more emails than a normal person would. Hopefully, they will forgive me.

I think my awareness is part of my returning back to being a more “balanced person” again.

I have three teenagers and even though I no longer write about them, the challenges are there. My elderly parents depend on me and that is something that is also quite difficult for me.

I have not mentioned my husband too much. My husband and I have been very remote from each other for a long time. The death of our son and our childrens’ challenges made things quite difficult. We are still very committed to each other, but the distance is there. 

Here was a huge challenge for me: I’m fifty years old; how could I write verses to a love song? I’ve been married almost thirty years and I needed to tap into what I felt like as a teenager. This was going to be very interesting!

Somehow it came together for me, and it was indescribable. Writing about love and possibilities seems to fit well in my life right now.

I think the knowledge of “possibilities” is what has saved me. Although I started out thinking that my Cinderella life might turn gray again, I ended up realizing that in the actual Cinderella story, the prince finds her and she lives happily ever after.

I would like to be an inspiration for other people to know that despite loss and sadness, there is hope that joy can once again enter into your heart.


Original Song by Judy Unger, Copyright 2014

Into your heart, I hoped I could reach

From the day I saw you, walking on that beach

Into your arms, I wanted to be

comforted, caressed, held securely

I wanted you, and I’d often dreamed of what could be

‘cause in your eyes I’d look and I could see

crystal oceans sparkling ‘pon the sand

I’m longing for the warmth of your hand

Into your heart, I wished for a chance

you might get to know me; imagining romance

Into your mind, where memories reside

we’d write a new story, dancing in the tide

I wanted you, and I’d often dreamed of what could be

‘cause in your eyes I’d look and I could see

crystal oceans sparkling ‘pon the sand

I’m longing for the warmth of your hand

Into your heart, I searched for a way

Your smile melted me from that first day

I wanted you, and I’d often dreamed of what could be

‘cause in your eyes I thought that I could see

crystal oceans sparkling ‘pon the sand

I’m longing for the warmth of your hand

I wanted you and I didn’t think you’d notice me

But then you smiled my way and you

took my hand, so it became the start

The moment you let me in your heart

The moment you let me in your heart

The moment you let me in your heart

© Judy Unger and 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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