Hiding Place

Feeding Georgi the Guitar cake for his "name day" (like birthday only better)

The other day, I came across my old mission sketchbook — not my journal, but the place where I wrote a bit more creatively: descriptive paragraphs, recipes, and song lyrics, mostly.  And I stumbled upon a song I’d forgotten about, called “Hiding Place.”

Now I’m not a great songwriter; I recognize that.  I don’t know enough about music, or the piano, or poetry to put together anything truly excellent.  Still, it’s a wonderful creative outlet I’ve enjoyed over the years.  When I started playing this song again on the piano, some fascinating memories came flooding back.  I remember writing it on a P-day in Pernik while I was companions with Sister R., and being a little bit baffled by it.  I wasn’t quite sure who I was writing to.  The other day, a good 7 years later (holy crap, I’m old!), I finally realized:

I was writing to ME.

This song is about faith, doubt, and finding the courage to tell the truth about yourself.  Long before I had any idea what was really going on with me, I knew I’d have to face myself; and this little song, as simple as it is, was permission to do what I needed to do.

I was pretty stunned.  So I opened up Garageband on my husband’s Mac and recorded it with the cheap little headset I use to Skype with clients.  The sound quality isn’t great — there’s a bit of background noise (at the very end you can even hear a watch alarm go off) — and I just messed around a little with some harmonies, but it’s actually pretty special to me…so I thought I’d share.  🙂

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About Katie L

Thirtysomething wife, mother, writer, runner, believer, and lover of good food and bad movies.

Posted on December 1, 2010, in Mormonism, Personal, Thoughts on God, Tunes and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Katie, my dear cousin. You consistently inspire me. You are far too humble and modest. The song is lovely and truly wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing :o)

  2. Thanks Krista. 🙂

  3. i sure think you are great. and your harmonies. i’m impressed.

  4. Loved it! Thanks for sharing my dear Katie!

  5. Ha! I just got to the end and heard the clip of Adah telling you “that’s enough singing.” Priceless!

  6. Nice job! That was cool.

  7. Thanks guys! 🙂

    And yes, Adah’s part at the end is my favorite.

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