Open (#38 of 262)

by Brendan Milburn

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This is the thirty-seventh of my proposed 262 song-a-weeks. If you wanna see the video, it's here: and if you want to help me keep doing this, throw me a buck a song at my Patreon:

I first read this text on Maria Popova's brain pickings - she's amazing, go subscribe to her immediately - and I fell in love with this particular passage and knew I had to set it to music. I hope to return to it and expand it, because now that this version is done I wish I had let it be more expansive. But perfect is the enemy of done.


(Text by Martha Graham)

There is a vitality,
a life force,
an energy,
a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all of time,

this expression is unique.
And if you block it,
it will never exist
through any other medium
and it will be lost.
The world will not have it.

It is not your business
to determine how good it is
nor how valuable
nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business
to keep it yours
clearly and directly,
to keep the channel


released June 16, 2017
all singing and instrumenting and producering by Brendan Milburn.
Open photo by James Sutton from Unsplash - thank you!
The music and the arrangement are copyright (c) 2017 by Brendan Milburn, my hat music (ASCAP)
administered by WB Music Corp



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Brendan Milburn Seattle, Washington

Brendan Milburn writes songs and is a stay-at-home dad. Sometimes he writes musicals, songs for animated movies, shows for Disney parks and cruise lines. He used to play in a band called GrooveLily. He is trying to loosen the heck up after being tightly wound for a long time. ... more

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