Rise and Shine

I’m sure at one point or another, like me, you have been faced with that daunting blank sheet of paper. The kind of blank paper that eventually becomes a completed exam, an assignment, important letter, or maybe even a novel! The clock is ticking. The page is blank. 10 minutes later… still blank. 30 minutes later… a sentence or two. An hour later… scribbles everywhere! Tick, tock …

Sound familiar?

It’s often said that starting something is the hardest part. Once you’ve got that initial spark of inspiration and motivation, you’re off! I think it’s like that in lots of areas of life; not just in writing and the creative, but in the every day, and it’s not just a lack of inspiration that can postpone our ‘first’. Procrastination, fear and distraction are just a few of the things that I have personally found to have held me back at one point or another and I’m guessing I’m not alone in that?! You know… driving down the motorway for the first time, cooking that first Christmas dinner, running the first mile of a marathon… okay, maybe the marathon example isn’t the greatest! I’m sure the last mile is much harder than the first! Either way, my point is, ‘firsts’ can be daunting and even hard, but they can also be SO rewarding and can catapult us into something even greater than we had imagined, and take us to places we would’ve never got to without that first step.

“Every journey no matter how far, starts with a single step.”-Anon

So here we are … I’m writing my first blog, to reveal the title of our first EP! We started song writing together in 2012… that is, me and my husband Mac. Since then we’ve been faced with many blank pieces of paper; we’ve sat and stared at some for longer than others! We’ve been inspired, we’ve been frustrated, we’ve had hours of non-stop creativity and hours of going back and forth trying to desperately figure out how to finish that all-important verse 2. Songwriters out there, you know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t give up, you’ll get there eventually! Anyway, we’re really looking forward to sharing this ‘first’ with you and we hope that you’ll be inspired, motivated and encouraged as you listen to the words and hopefully get the songs stuck in your head!

As we pondered the title of our EP, there was an image that seemed to fit right away and a theme that just felt right. An image of something new, something exciting, something bright and beautiful on the horizon and full of hope.

Dawn.

Sunrise.

First Light.

This ‘first’ can’t be stopped by our fear, or procrastination or anything for that matter. First Light brings a sense of anticipation, that even though the night is dark and can sometimes even feel unsettling, dawn is always coming.

“The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.” – Psalms 30:5

‘Rise and Shine’ (one of the songs on our EP) paints a picture of the radiant beauty of early morning. I recently journeyed through the English countryside at 7am, the mist was covering the fields like a blanket, soft light was pouring over the trees and making the lakes sparkle and I thought … what have I been missing?! … The truth is, I’m not a morning person until I’ve had a coffee or two! But, it got me thinking about everything that morning could symbolise in life and how sometimes we can even have a bit of a ‘sleepy’ mentality and then actually miss some of the greatest blessings.

Everything that we write and ponder, has an underlying theme; hope and light. We believe in writing songs about reality. Darkness, fear and doubt are real, but the story doesn’t have to end there. We’re on a journey, and we may walk through seasons that feel more like night, but there’s always hope and that is the conclusion that I always find myself returning to. This EP focusses on movement, journeying through life, and finding peace and joy through the seasons.

‘First Light’ by Mac and Laura Johnston is coming soon. Keep an eye on social media for the release date over the next few weeks.
Peak District Sunrise Photograph by Joshua Barnsley Photography