Debra Hadraba

Debra Hadraba

 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

I am a singer songwriter, yes, but I am also known as a performer/storyteller with over 100 videos on youtube....the stories that go with the videos can be found on my blog at honoryourtruth.com. I dream of one day taking my full length rock opera "Debra fell in the Fishbowl" to the stage. xxoo

Biography

Debra is a singer/songwriter,videoblogger, cartoonblogger, artist, performance artist, philosopher. She is a founding member of BraveHeart Women and has also founded her own community "Honor Your Truth." She is constantly creating something. She says "otherwise I'd lose my mind entirely!" Working with a few talented Minneapolis-based musicians and one genius of an arranger, she began laying down the tracks for 20+ songs. Over the winter and into spring 2010 they labored over the mixes and then she released her long awaited first ever multi-media CD consisting of 7 original songs, 3 e-books with more than 20 film and animated videos. She is already into the production of 2 more CDs loaded with even more content... rolling out a life time of work. Those who know her say "It's about time!" Hence the extremely relevant title to this debut album, "Time On Fire"

These are her words

"Yes I am those things, BUT I don’t like to box myself into any kind of an “I am” category. I prefer, “I am, that I am.” You can decide. Appearing quite differently to different people, it stymies me when I’m asked to fill in the blanks to define me. No matter what the choices, it’s always an uncomfortable fit. I know I am not alone in this feeling.

Each of us is a puzzle in-the-making, finding and adding pieces as we go. Some pieces come as a surprise. Some show up as parts of the never-ending sky or the current background we have chosen. The fun is in putting that puzzle together. Once it comes together, we usually tear it apart and put it back in the box or frame it on a wall.

In other words, life is a journey. Where it leads is uncertain, and we don’t need to know. We only need to take one step to start down the path to freedom… then take the next one and the next – often beginning with whatever feels like the next right thing. I honor my truth.

It has taken time to break free from the chains that held me for so long… ones that limited and confined me, made me think it was impossible to do something new. Now, I realize they were invisible, entirely in my head… made up of useless chatter that accumulated along the way - not any part of the present and not the truth.

I founded “Honor Your Truth” to guide and encourage people to follow the voice in their heart, rather than the noise in their head. It is our nature to help each other. We have divine goodness coursing through us. And, we are all meant to prosper by doing what we love. Everyone has a “song to sing” but, many of us leave this earth without ever discovering our own special melody. Together we can reveal and reclaim the truth… the truth of who we already are in our hearts.

People nearing the end of life seem to speak regretfully about all of the things they wanted to do but didn’t, more so than the things they did do. I intend to avoid regret and continue learning to the feel the joy of accomplishment. The agony of regret is unparalleled for me… the words unspoken, the decisions unmade, the risks untaken, the love unexpressed… all of the things undone… all the songs unsung. I must keep on keepin’ on.

We must empower each other to keep on doing our stuff, never give up on ourselves and attain our heart’s desire, our true calling, our raison d'être. I have already borne the burden of wasted potential. I felt time slipping through my fingers as I waited for my “real life” to begin… desperately stuck in some kind of limbo, paralyzed by doubt and fear. It is exhausting, depressing, lonely, and sad, but above all, it’s an even greater loss to everyone else aboard this planet."

"This is one of my most favorite quotes ever.....

“As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.”"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out."

"I do not know who wrote it?"

"This is a little bit of my story"

"I didn’t grow up with music playing. We did have a Radio Shack stereo, but my parents seldom listened to records. The only one I remember listening to was Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, “Whipped Cream & other Delights”. We hardly ever listened to the radio either. When we loaded up the wagon every summer to drive from Illinois to Oregon, we had a CB radio. My Dad, a.k.a. “Daddy Rabbit” would talk over the airwaves and we would listen and laugh in the back. My mom was always singing. If

Lyrics

Be Brave Have Heart

Written By: Debra Hadraba

BE BRAVE, HAVE HEART
Be Brave, Have Heart

Trust in our togetherness
Any storm we will weather this
To the surface we arise
Feel the truth within our eyes

Be Brave

Rock the boat, it won’t tip over
Steady through uncharted troubled water
There’s no map for where we’re going
Tapping into collective knowing

Be Brave

HAVE HEART AND BE HUMBLE
HUMBLY CARRY THIS FLAG OF LOVE
HAVE HEART AND BE BOLDER
BOLDLY WAVING THIS FLAG OF LOVE

Be Brave, Have Heart

There’s a calling out from the shore
We answer and welcome more
And the ripple effect is strong
Can you feel it and will you come along

Across the borders, across the lines
We want to meet you, this is the time
And we’ll be dancing, we’ll be changing
The consciousness and state of the planet

Be Brave

HAVE HEART AND BE HUMBLE
HUMBLY CARRY THIS FLAG OF LOVE
HAVE HEART AND BE BOLDER
BOLDLY WAVING THIS FLAG OF LOVE

Be Brave, Have Heart

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

Judas Does

Written By: Debra Hadraba

JUDAS DOES

I’m in the backseat
Where are you going
It’s not familiar here look around
I’m in the backseat
Look in the mirror
It’s your best friend
You’re bringing down

And I pray hard
to the angel
On the dashboard leading us home
She doesn’t hear me
No she doesn’t hear me
We’re farther from heaven
And I’m feeling alone

AND JUDAS DOES WHATEVER HE DOES
WHENEVER HE WANTS, DON’T EVEN TRY
LET HIM CUT YOUR HAND, SPARE YOUR HEART
IT’S A SACRIFICE
JUST A LITTLE PART OF YOU
DIES

And I’m riding along
Let you take me down
Let you take me
I’ve been here before
I recognize this street
But this time
I’ll do it differently

And the wind blows
In the window
I can breathe now
I’m alive
Watch the road go by, hold the door close
I’m gonna jump out
It’ll hurt, I’ll survive

A part of you dies
But somehow, something survives

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

Life is Short

Written By: Debra Hadraba

Life Is Short

It hit me from behind
Out of no where and reminds me
Life is short, yah life is short

I forget this every time
And despite that clocks still wind
Life is short, yah life is short

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’VE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I still feel like the night is young
And the morning is yet to come
If I’m lying to myself again
Don’t tell me

Cuz there’s hope in my heart
And if luck would play a part
I could finally accept the past
Because it all makes sense to me at last

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I forget this every time
Despite it clocks still wind

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

Debra Hadraba c2010

Gratitude

Written By: Debra Hadraba

GRATITUDE

I can’t hear pride like this
It goes deeper still
I can’t feel success like this
It goes deeper still
It’s quiet, not loud
It’s strong, not proud

Everything is such a gift, it’s all a gift
Even moments when I thought I would quit
It all fits, it all fits
The good things and things that seem bad
The happy times and the sad

GRATITUDE
IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE TO ME
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WE FEEL INSIDE US
IT WILL HOLD YOU UP
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WILL DO
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WILL DO FOR YOU

My dear sister oh you’ve had it rough
It’s been difficult for you
And you tell me that you want to give up
But I don’t think it’s what you want to do
Someone understands you
Someone really hears you
So hang on, hang on, hang on to

GRATITUDE
IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE TO ME
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WE FEEL INSIDE US
IT WILL HOLD YOU UP
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WILL DO
LIKE NOTHING ELSE WILL DO FOR YOU

Despite all this crazy pain
You’ll find water in rain
Despite all this crazy pain
You’ll find water in rain

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

Great Time

Written By: Debra Hadraba

When I am afraid
I know I’m growing
When I make changes
I tend to feel wrong, so wrong
I never could have planned this life
if I tried to any better, anyway
I just have to show up
be brave and step out
and have faith

I can’t figure out how it’s gonna happen how it’s gonna go down
In my humanness I try to use reason
to make some sense of this
More will be revealed as I go forward
to declare my dreams
Just have to commit despite my fears
and develop wings
on the way down

IF I LOOK AT HISTORY I CAN SEE A REASON
A REASON FOR EVERYTHING
IT’S LIKE A PUZZLE THAT FITS TOGETHER
TOGETHER PERFECTLY
This is a great time
no I wouldn’t trade it
Even if it’s scary it’s good to be alive
good to jump in
I’ve been hiding and waiting
getting ready for the guarantees to come
I follow my heart and I won’t regret
that I didn’t step out
and have faith

WHEN I LOOK AT HISTORY I CAN SEE A REASON
A REASON FOR EVERYTHING, ABSOLUTE EVERYTHING
IT’S LIKE A PUZZLE THAT FITS TOGETHER
TOGETHER PERFECTLY
THERE MUST BE REASON

You can have faith
this is a great time
to have faith

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

Our Potential

Written By: Debra Hadraba

OUR POTENTIAL

when I hung out in the wings
I hung out in the distance to
to those, those who would know me
safer, safer than showing

who we are, who we really are
underneath what we use to guard
guard us from the rejection,
guard us from our reflection

WHAT IF, WHAT IF WE CHOSE TO
WHAT IF, WHAT IF WE ROSE TO
OUR POTENTIAL

now it’s time, time to be real
if there’s something, something you feel
way down, down deep inside you
voices, they’re meant to guide you

WHAT IF, WHAT IF WE CHOSE TO
WHAT IF, WHAT IF WE ROSE TO
OUR POTENTIAL

you can begin your rising
you begin your rising now
you can come out of hiding
you can come out of hiding now

ALL OF WHAT USED TO BE
THE REASONS I KEPT WAITING
SEEM SO SMALL COMPARED TO
THE GOOD THAT
WE’RE MEANT TO DO

WHATEVER YOU BELIEVED BEFORE
WHAT WOULD SEEM SO TRUE
WAS KEEPING US FROM DOING
THE GOOD THAT
WE’RE MEANT TO DO
WE’RE MEANT TO DO

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

I Say Yes

Written By: Debra Hadraba

I Say Yes

Small…..Still….Voice
Small still voice inside
Speaking, speaking loud
And though I can hear it
I don’t always listen
But I can trust
What it’s telling me
If I’m open and willing, and I stand in that space
Where it’s me and God, me and God
And I choose to follow, yes I choose to let go
Of the pain I held onto, that I thought you should know
I can let go

We came here for a purpose
We came here to do work
And the work we were meant to do
We already know
If I’m quiet and asking
The answers lie waiting
If I’m humble enough
And I can be bold
And say Yes to the calling, I say yes to this call
It’s me and God, me and God
And I stand here in courage; take a stance for this faith
And I’m moving forward, not even knowing where this is going
I can let go

I SAY YES AND IT’S AMAZING
I KNOW WHAT TO DO
WHAT TO DO NEXT, IF I ONLY
SAY YES, SAY YES
SAY YES, SAY YES
TO THE CALLING

It may start as a whisper
But no matter how faint it is there’s no denying
It gets louder and clearer with every step we take
Every little step we take
I know that you hear it too
I know the voice is within you
I know that you feel it too
The calling

Debra Hadraba
Copyright 2007

Life is Short

Written By: Debra Hadraba

fe Is Short

It hit me from behind
Out of no where and reminds me
Life is short, yah life is short

I forget this every time
And despite that clocks still wind
Life is short, yah life is short

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’VE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I still feel like the night is young
And the morning is yet to come
If I’m lying to myself again
Don’t tell me

Cuz there’s hope in my heart
And if luck would play a part
I could finally accept the past
Because it all makes sense to me at last

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I forget this every time
Despite it clocks still wind

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

Debra Hadraba c2010
fe Is Short

It hit me from behind
Out of no where and reminds me
Life is short, yah life is short

I forget this every time
And despite that clocks still wind
Life is short, yah life is short

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’VE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I still feel like the night is young
And the morning is yet to come
If I’m lying to myself again
Don’t tell me

Cuz there’s hope in my heart
And if luck would play a part
I could finally accept the past
Because it all makes sense to me at last

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I forget this every time
Despite it clocks still wind

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

Debra Hadraba c2010

Life Is Short

It hit me from behind
Out of no where and reminds me
Life is short, yah life is short

I forget this every time
And despite that clocks still wind
Life is short, yah life is short

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’VE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I still feel like the night is young
And the morning is yet to come
If I’m lying to myself again
Don’t tell me

Cuz there’s hope in my heart
And if luck would play a part
I could finally accept the past
Because it all makes sense to me at last

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

I forget this every time
Despite it clocks still wind

AND I REMEMBER IT WAY TOO LATE
NOW YOU’RE GONE CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT
OH LIFE IS SHORT
YAH LIFE IS SHORT

Debra Hadraba c2010


Discography

"Be Brave, Have Heart" single
"Time on Fire" LP
I just put these up on CDBaby and I am streaming on "Women of Substance" Radio. Much More to come.....

Both of these are enhanced...they are loaded with additional content...video eBook, cartoon eBook and more...

I am currently in the studio recording 20+ songs for the music portion of 2 more enhanced CDs, the books for these CDs are already written, the videos and cartoons are almost done :) stay tuned.....

Set List

depends on the show....contact me for more info @ 1(6510-276-7487