Saturday, January 14, 2017

As Imperfect As I Am, I Still Did It My Way

We all have dreams, hopes and insecurities” – David Hooper

It’s my season to indulge on something I realized this morning as I gathered with a beautiful family, memorializing their loved one who had recently passed.

The son of the departed spoke about the life his father lived and directly after that, I was requested to sing a rendition of Paul Anka, Jaques Revaux and Claude Francois’ English version of Giles Thibault’s “My Way.” The song an interesting one talking about the way that a person lived their life and even though they fell, made mistakes and had a full plate, they stayed in the race and did it their way. 

Kind of made me take a backward glance and think about all the legends that left us behind in 2016; Prince, Natalie Cole, Muhammad Ali, George Michael, Princess Leia, Paul Von Thadden, etc, and many family members of friends that are no longer in the land of the living. Yet, to think about the relationships that were built over time, even with those that were legendary that we only knew through television through their victorying and then the scandals and everything else that followed their lives. We loved them anyway. Then I look at myself and think of all my imperfections that some of the people I have lost over the years and then those who are still here that decided to love me anyway.

As Imperfect As I Am

We live our lives in the best way that we know how and folks in our lives still find ways to reflect on the best of us though we are still works in progress. Singing “My Way” for the first time and hearing the lyrics that were featured in this tune was a defining moment for me. Made me realize that the flaws are what people will miss. Made me realize that my imperfections are things that I should not look at as a reason to be angry at who I am because they are also worth loving. Who would think that a song like that would make me consider my own worth? The recently departed may be feeling his wings against the sky on his flight up into heaven, but his memory will forever live on. Even in his resting peacefulness, he inspired me.


I wrote a song that is similar to “My Way,” entitled “You Loved Me.” Lyrics and vocals by Stephanie Jeannot. Music by Mike LeShore. It is actually one of my many songs featured on Soundcloud. Please check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/stephanay-jnote/stephanay-jnotes-tracks-1



Let me know your thoughts on faults and imperfections.  
If you listened to the song, tell me what you think?  How can I improve it?

28 comments:

  1. Wow you have an incredible voice! I'm sorry for your loss. 2016 as definitely a year for losing some of our greats.

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  2. Don't know how you were able to sing this song without breaking down. Your voice is beautiful. Very talented

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  3. You have a beautiful voice! I agree as well that I don't know how you didn't break down while singing this! I guess finding the strength to actually sing the song is cathartic too?!

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  4. That was incredible! 2016 was definitely a sad and challenging year. Hopefully 2017 will be a massive step up!

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    1. Wasn't it though. Hoping 2017 is more of a pacifying year.

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  5. So many wonderful people were lost this past year! I am sure you honored the memory of the man with your beautiful song and voice.

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    1. I hope so. The family really looked up to him as a hero.

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  6. 2016 was a rough year for sure. Music has always been very healing for me and it sounds like it for you too. Such a beautiful song!

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    1. So true. I love that music can heal hearts.

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  7. 2016 has not been kind. There have been losses everywhere for everyone. My feed has been filled with both celebrity losses and losses for people I know personally. I'm sorry for yours, as well. =(

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  8. 2016 was a bad year for me too. My mother passed away. Your voice is so soothing. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your mom. But I can tell that she knew how much you really loved her. That is so important to know. Keep your head and spirits up. God loves you and so do I!

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  9. It really was a year we lost so many legends. The song "My way" does make me think about a lot of things. I will have to share your song with my sisters. Thanks for sharing the song and your thoughts.

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    1. Yes. I never really paid attention to it before until I had to sing it and to really sit down and analyze the lyrics was something.

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  10. Your voice is so amazing and so is that song. It's hard to lose a loved one but you're right, we love the imperfections of them and it's what we miss most.

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  11. Wow that's beautiful! You are so talented and you can really tell when someone puts heart into what they do. Beautiful!

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    1. I appreciate that 100% Heather. Thank you!

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  12. Your amazing and I love this song. 2016 was such a rough year with many losses.

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    1. You are amazing too, That's why I love you. Thank you for your beautiful words for me. God bless!

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  13. Omg wow!!! You have one incredible voice my friend. Some serious talent right here. Keep up the fabulous work

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    1. Thank you. I will definitely try my best to. God is amazing isn't he.

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  14. I really enjoyed that song. The music and the lyrics are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you my friend MArielle. Hope that you are well. Have a fantastic week.

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