Over the last 13+ years that I have been writing this weekly blog, I have been asked about the origin of the name “Let Life Happen”. I have always responded that it was the title song of a 15-song CD that my husband, Kirk, and I created together as our first joint project. But, this topic came to the forefront for me again this week when Kirk asked me what I would like for my birthday and I think it time to share not only the backstory but also the music itself.
I was reflecting on the fact that it was 20 years ago now when we were deep into the work to create the CD which ultimately was created, finalized and copy-written in 2002. This project was also the brainstorm of Kirk (as was the website) who decided that we should take the poems that I wrote and he would put them to music. This endeavor produced a product so far beyond my original thinking at the time but it has always remained something that still resonates with me in every song today.
So when it was completed, we gave CD’s to everyone who surrounded us at that time, including my co-workers. One of these ladies shared the music with a friend of hers who was going through a tough time after her cancer diagnosis and her friend thanked her profusely for the sharing because she said that the music was so inspirational for her and had helped her immensely. Well, to know that the music had helped a cancer patient in this way was all the reward we ever needed to be grateful for the opportunity that we had been given to do this project together.
But, that was only the beginning. Within the year after release, a friend of ours was diagnosed with breast cancer and at that time, we gave her a CD in the hope that in some small way, it might help her with the journey that she faced that ultimately resulted in metastases and her death. However, she loved the music so much and when I learned that she and a group of other cancer patients in her city were making and distributing gift baskets for newly-diagnosed patients, I asked her if she would like our contribution of CD’s to be included in those basket and she was overjoyed to accept.
I don’t know how many CD’s we gave and were ultimately distributed before our friend’s health declined to the point where she decided to move back to her hometown to spend the rest of her remaining time with her family but I know that I was so grateful that we had been given the opportunity to share our music in that way. And when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in 2008, it was once again Kirk who suggested that he would take my writings and create a new project to share my work and he decided that that only possible name for the website would have to be Let Life Happen.
Over the years, I have never lost my desire to share our music with others who may also receive inspiration from what we have created but I never knew how to do that so people could access without any cost to anyone. So this week, when Kirk asked me what gift I would like for my birthday, without so much as a second thought, I told him that I had only one request that I would like and that would be for him to find a way to give the gift of our other wonderful collaboration to anyone who would like to have it. And although I had no idea how he might even go about creating such a thing, within a day, he gave me the gift that I requested.
And now, we would like to present to you, “Let Life Happen THE MUSIC“. And should you, at any time, decide to listen and you don’t have the link available, you can just click on any article on the Let Life Happen website and you will see the “Let Life Happen THE MUSIC” icon to the right side of the article. All you need to do is click on the icon and you can listen from there on any device.
I am so excited and happy to share with you my birthday gift which we can now all enjoy together whenever and wherever we wish and we can give it to others as we like. And thank you to Kirk for giving me the greatest gift for which I have ever asked and now received. I hope that it helps to inspire so many more people as the newest part of the original mission of the Let Life Happen website.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.