Today I am excited to share the music of Marie Pearson Tarbet. I was put in contact with Marie several months ago and was so touched by the message and the beauty of her songs. Today I want to share with you two of her songs "Rockin' Their Babies" and the "The Gift". Both of these songs make me cry when I listen to them (so get your tissues). In fact, as I was typing this post my husband came in to see if I was okay because he'd heard me sobbing.
Yes, I am okay. Just deeply touched.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, and don't forget to the enter the giveaway!
STORY BEHIND ROCKIN’ THEIR BABIES
My oldest daughter came home from 2nd grade one day excited about the “ancestor dolls” they would be making at our public school. She had to make a paper doll dressed like one of her ancestors and tell the story about that person. My mind immediately jumped to the stories I had heard growing up—a great great grandfather in the Mormon Battalion, another ancestor was a young boy who knew Joseph Smith. In the midst of these stories my daughter interrupted me and said, “no no no, it has to be about a girl ancestor.” This made me stop because I was having a hard time remembering any great heroic stories about my female ancestors and realized I didn’t know enough about them. After doing some research we settled upon her great great great grandmother who died in childbirth in Nauvoo, leaving her other two young sons. But there wasn’t much written about her sacrifice. For months I thought about her as well as all the modern mothers. Reflecting on all the toddler noses we wipe, and messes we clean and kids we rock and tears we wipe—and no one knows about it! “Where’s the notoriety?” I thought. “These women will never be in the history books!” But then I came to the conclusion that although we are not in the history books, these mothers have all truly made history, and that the recorded story of our society and church would have turned out vastly different without these women. I realized that God knows about all the sacrifices we make and especially all the women who made the ultimate sacrifice dying while giving birth to another life. Yes, our contributions are often more private than public, but that’s OK. We are definitely in heaven’s history book, and that’s a pretty important book.
STORY BEHIND THE GIFT
About 6 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked because I thought this should only happen to older women and definitely not to me. My three kids were still in elementary school. After the initial diagnosis I felt kind of like an onion with lots of lots of layers that keep peeling off. I had been so busy running here and there, doing the this and that of things I felt were so important. Suddenly all those layers of my life kept peeling off and peeling off until I was left with just the core of myself. I realized that only one thing mattered to me anymore and that was that I wanted to live—but NOT just to live so I could go out and do all the things I wanted to do. I wanted to live so I could be there for my three beautiful children and husband. Family. That was it. For me, I came to the conclusion that living is not the greatest gift, but being able to live so I could serve those I love is the greatest gift. This youtube video features pictures from my family and others friends I have that are cancer survivors. Celebrate your reasons to live!
Marie Pearson Tarbet is one half of the brother/sister duo The Pearsons. She and her brother Larry are singer songwriters with a style all their own! They’re known for their diverse songwriting, memorable melodies, and lyrics that offer a candid view into the soul. Marie is a 2 time breast cancer survivor and their song “The Gift” has been performed at Susan Koman Race For the Cure and multiple American Cancer society fundraisers throughout Southern California. You may hear Marie’s familiar voice on many national voice overs. She has also been a speaker at BYU women's conference and this spring Deseret Book will publish a book that includes one of her speeches. Marie and her husband are the parents of three children and live in Southern California.
Today Marie is giving TWO of my lucky readers copies of BOTH her CDs "There She Goes" and "'Til It Storms". If you would like to enter the giveaway please do one (or all) of the following:
1. Leave me a comment telling me which song touched your heart the most and why.
2. Like The Pearsons on Facebook
3. Share one Marie's songs on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or any other social media site you can think of.
Please leave me a comment letting me know which ones you did. The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, October 22nd at Midnight.