Art Form: Music
Singer-Songwriter: Cindi Hall
Gift Giveaways: CD, “Sleepin’ with the Window Open”
Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.
Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.
Cindi Hall: Singer-Songwriter
Music has been a constant in Cindi Hall’s life. While other little girls were carrying around baby dolls, Cindi could always be seen holding a small microphone that came with her parents’ portable cassette player, the first piece of equipment used to record her voice.
Cindi grew up listening to her dad and uncles play guitar as her mom sang along. That family hobby turned into a college curriculum for Cindi, who studied music therapy, voice and classical piano at Radford University and Averett University in Virginia.
Active in her church music program and community musical theatre, the Covington, Georgia singer-songwriter has just released her first full CD, “Sleepin’ with the Window Open.”
So, tell us Cindi …
R&B: What does ‘Forgive it Forward’ mean to you?
CH: Forgive It Forward means, for me, to first forgive myself. That is not easy for some of us. Many people find it difficult to let go of past mistakes. Showing kindness to yourself puts you in the mindset of realizing most people really are just doing the best they can.
Also, in order to Forgive It Forward, it is absolutely necessary that we forgive those who have hurt us in the past. How we perceive an offense is based on our own life experience. Interpreting the actions of someone in our present through the filter of what someone else did to us in the past keeps us repeating the same patterns and never gives us the chance to completely invest ourselves in healthy, meaningful relationships.
R&B: How do you feel music enriches your life and helps to heal our world?
CH: Music has always been a way for me to tap into what I’m really feeling, whether it’s writing a lyric or sitting down at my piano and just seeing what flows from within me onto the keyboard. Cellist Pablo Casals said, “The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.” I’m inspired by anyone who puts all of their heart and soul into whatever it is they do. I hope that’s what people experience when they hear my songs.
If you would like to hear Cindi’s music and keep up with what the muses have her doing here are a few of the places you will find her singing!
If you missed our previous Muse, Kerry Allor: Click here to see her work.
Did you miss the Forgive it Forward video? Click here for the 3-minute video that started it all!