I am beyond excited to share my new song “Keep Her Out of Heaven” with you!
You can listen everywhere you get your music —>
YouTube for a video w/ lyrics
So what’s behind this song?
I didn't want my mom to get cancer; I didn't want her to die. So I did just what the song says I did in the third verse: "I moved into my childhood room and I put down my guitar" so I could take care of her. I wanted to do (and have done) everything in my power to keep her alive, to keep her OUT of heaven.
Keep Her Out of Heaven (KHOoH) was the second song I wrote for my mom after she got sick.
In it, I'm just starting to figure out how to write song lyrics and sing melody lines that use the language of cancer -- words like "chemo" or "meds." I remember spending so much time trying to figure out how to find a rhyme for the word "cancer" that didn't sound totally amateurish. And then, once I found the rhyme (or near-rhyme, for the songwriting geeks reading this) how to sing it in a way that didn't sound leaden and stiff.
My mom heard this song before she died. She wept every time I played it. In the end, it didn't matter how hard I tried to keep her out of heaven. Cancer got her. But love is stronger than cancer, stronger than death. This song's the proof.