My song, “Alabaster Seashell” began with three simple stanzas I wrote when I was 17. It was unfinished, but the beautiful chord progressions that utilized a different guitar tuning enraptured me. I had no idea how I was going to expand my song about a seashell.
My song was originally based upon the story of a boyfriend giving me a seashell when I was in my teens. But as I sang my old melody, suddenly my heart took me somewhere else. I was swept to a clear day at the beach. I squinted as the brilliant sun warmed my soul. My young son was walking with me along the seashore.
The “Alabaster Seashell” reminded me of a magnificent day combing the beach with Jason. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I quickly scrawled out additional lyrics for my song. I did not give any details about loss in my song, but the creature inhabiting the seashell left something beautiful behind when it died.
I decided that a seashell was a profound metaphor – about seeing death in a positive way.
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